Students and Graduates2019-09-01T18:00:30-04:00

Olena Matskiv

Matskiv graduated from UCU’s Faculty of Philosophy and Theology in 2003.

“I recall my fellow students and teachers, and the particular atmosphere that reigned at UCU, with great love and warmth. Because it’s difficult to call the Ukrainian Catholic University simply ‘an educational institution.’ The usual student’s formula “I sat at my desk, took a test, and then forgot everything” did not work there. Why? In my opinion, because at UCU the educational process cannot be separated from the process of forming the personality, making one’s faith solid, and deepening one’s spiritual life.”

Igor Telishevskyi

Consultant-assistant to national deputy in Ukraine’s Parliament

He graduated from UCU’s Faculty of Philosophy and Theology in 2008 and then entered the National Academy of Management, Law Faculty. From 2008 to 2009 he participated in the program “Assistant to the Head of a Committee of Ukraine’s Parliament.” Since 2009 he has been a consultant-assistant to a national deputy in Parliament.

“First of all, the Ukrainian Catholic University formed my personality and taught me what values should guide a person’s life. After I graduated from UCU, I found myself in a radically different environment. But I can say with certainty that the knowledge and spiritual formation from the university gave me the opportunity to move forward with certainty.

“After more education and a few years of work, I made a very important conclusion: the main thing in life is not ‘who’ you are but ‘what’ you are. The kind of people that the Ukrainian Catholic University ‘forges’ are precisely the kind of people necessary to build Ukraine.”

Fr. Stepan Sus

JANUARY 2020 UPDATE-  Good news! UCU graduate Bishop Stepan Sus is now the youngest Catholic bishop in the world. More HERE

Father Stepan Sus is the director of the Center for Military Chaplaincy of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv, Ukraine. He has also helped establish chaplaincy programs for children living in orphanages and other state-run institutions and for students at state-run colleges and universities.

Father Sus recalls a touching instance in his ministry:

“Once the commander sent two cadets to clean the floor in the military chapel. This was when we were repairing the church and there was a lot to clean up. These two guys did not really want to go to church, let alone to clean up, because they were not religious. But they had to listen to their commander, and so they came.

“I remember that they didn’t help us very much that first day.  But they asked a lot of questions, like ‘Why go to church?’ and ‘What is prayer?’ They really like working in the church and they asked their commander if they could be assigned to clean up in the chapel as long as the repair work continued.

“After a month or so their attitude toward the church changed quite a bit. Later they even went to confession and received Communion. I spoke with one of them, who said some very fine words to me:

‘I am,’ he said, ‘grateful to my commander, because once he made me take two steps and clean up the chapel. A lot of the guys laughed at me, because they knew that I never went to church, even though I had a reputation as a ‘good’ cadet. But those two steps changed my live entirely, and now I know how to pray and I can help others find their way to the church.’

Father Sus has evangelized many young men, including some baptisms. He graduated from the Ukrainian Catholic University and Holy Spirit Seminary in 2006.

Olha Bosak

Olha Bosak is the only Ukrainian and only woman on the Board of Directors of the Norwegian energy company AICE Hydro; founder/CEO of Olha Bosak Management Consulting with a focus on energy issues; founder and leader Energy Salon XXI; member of Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian-Austrian Association; founder and volunteer of the Ukrainian Freedom Fund; author of Live Free Project at the UN headquarters in New York. In 2019, she has received an award “Woman of the Year of the Ukrainian Energy Industry” in the nomination “Leader of the Year”.

During last few years Olha Bosak has succeeded to make a contribution to mitigating challenges Ukraine’s energy industry was dealing with. Has provided advisory services to improve the prospects of investment in oil and gas, nuclear, electricity and renewables sectors. Has more than 10 years of management experience including working with large international companies. Has worked in the Administration of the President of Ukraine, with Ministries, international organizations in Ukraine and abroad. During 2017-2018, worked with Naftogaz of Ukraine as a Director of the Center for Reforms of Oil & Gas Sector and Corporate Governance of SOEs.

Olha is co-author of two books and author of articles that raise important management and energy issues. Graduated with honors from Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, where she studied Physics. Received two master’s degrees in Economics and Philosophy-Theology. Also completed training programs in Austria, Germany, France and the US. In the past years Olha has also developed a distinguished international career as painter. Her artworks were on display in Ukraine, Austria, Italy, France, the US and Canada.

Ольга Босак

Ольга Босак – єдина українка і єдина жінка у Раді директорів норвезької енергетичної компанії AICE Hydro; засновник і директор Olha Bosak Management Consulting з фокусом на питаннях енергетичного сектору; засновник і лідер Energy Salon XXI; член Наглядової ради Українсько-Австрійської Асоціації; засновник і волонтер Фонду Вільна Україна; автор проекту «Живи вільно» у штаб-квартирі ООН у Нью-Йорку. У 2019 році отримала нагороду «Жінка року української енергетики» за номінацією «Керівниця року».

Протягом останніх кількох років Ольга Босак зробила свій внесок у подолання викликів, з якими стикається українська енергетика. Надавала консультаційні послуги для покращення перспектив інвестицій у нафтогазовий сектор та електроенергетику. Має значний досвід роботи на керівних посадах як у державному, так і в приватному секторах. Працювала в Адміністрації Президента України, з міністерствами, міжнародними організаціями та великими компаніями в Україні й за кордоном. У 2017-2018 рр. очолювала Центр реформ нафтогазового сектору та корпоративного врядування в державних компаніях НАК “Нафтогаз України”.

Ольга є співавтором двох книг та автором статей, в яких піднімаються важливі питання менеджменту і енергетики. Закінчила з відзнакою Львівську малу академію наук України (відділення фізики). Отримала дві вищі освіти (економічну і філософсько-богословську), навчалася в Австрії, Німеччині, Франції, США. Також протягом останніх років вона зробила успішну міжнародну кар’єру художниці. Представляла свої  картини в Україні, Австрії, Італії, Франції, США та Канаді.

 

Egor Reznichenko

Egor Reznichenko, a student at the St. Petersburg Orthodox Theological Academy, took part in UCU’s 2011 Philosophy Summer School.

“UCU’s Summer Philosophy School gives fundamental knowledge of the subject, and also an opportunity to interact with Western scholars, which is very important for researchers. Our disputes are fairly lively- we have heated discussions of problems. All the participants are very different, so discussion is always rich.

“As a future priest, I should know how to conceptualize religion in a philosophical way, for philosophy is the common language that we speak with people and the intelligentsia. Priests should know how to speak about high Christian values in an understandable language.”

Michael Salo, COO of Romexsoft, First UCU Grad to Become UCU Senator

Michael (Mykhailo) Salo: COO, managing partner of the company Romexsoft; member of the academic council of the UCU (Ukrainian Catholic University) Lviv Business School (LvBS) MSc in Technology Management program; member of the UCU investment council. Salo is actively involved in the non-commercial sector: he is president of the Lviv Education Foundation charitable organization and was a member of the administrative council of L’Arche-Ukraine. He previously held the post of financial director of LvBS from 2010 to 2016. From 2006 to 2010, he was UCU’s financial director of the Ukrainian Catholic University and assistant to UCU’s first vice-rector for administrative and financial affairs.

Education: Ukrainian Catholic University, master’s in theology; Economics Faculty of the Institute of Post-Diploma Education of Ivan Franko National University in Lviv. He interned at the Financial Department of Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA.

“UCU is a special place! I studied here as one of the first students of the Lviv Theological Academy. For me the university was always a place of development, friendship, trust, and acceptance, a place of encounter with people who are not afraid of great challenges, who take responsibility and then act. For me, becoming a Senator of the university is a great honor, trust and responsibility for the development of the university, the responsibility to be a good representative of the university, its advocate, through my actions to foster the further development of this special place, where its staff and students can witness, serve, and communicate!” So says Michael Salo.

News about appointment to UCU Senate (Governing Board) HERE

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