Bishop Borys Gudziak awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour
January 8, 2015
On January 1, 2015, Bishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Paris for France, Benelux and Switzerland, the President of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, has been awarded France's Knight of the Legion of Honour.
The order, established by Napoleon Bonaparte back in 1802, is the highest recognition in France. The Order is divided into five degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer), and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).
Bishop Gudziak, become one of 691 members of the distinguished order, which is also very seldom given to non-French. The order is presented to foreign nationals who, have served France or the ideals it upholds. Bishop Borys, has spent his professional life preaching the message of freedom and dignity, democratic principles and models of ethics and morality, social activist and a leading scientist in the field of church history and Ukrainian Church history.
According to the Catholic Church in France, together with bishop Boris Gudziak Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor was awarded to the three French religious.
This year among others were two Nobel Prize winners in 2014 - the writer Patrick Modiano and economist Jean Tirole, French nurse to recover from Ebola virus, a French economist and bestselling author of "Capital of the XXI century" Tom Picket.