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

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.

Bozhena Zakaliuzhna

Project manager at the Centre for Cultural Management, Lviv, Ukraine

“For me the Ukrainian Catholic University was the ideal place to test myself out: all the conditions are here to discover your talents and realize your possibilities. It’s a very unique laboratory in which to ‘know thyself.’ But, above all, the university is people who accept you, who are close by and don’t walk away in difficult times. There is a certainty that remains for the future that you can be yourself everywhere.”

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

Olha Bosak

“Development of intellectual capacity, exploring your hidden talents, building personality with a strong moral values system. That is what an UCU education is all about. Women may benefit the most from it; not only as future professionals in the humanities but also as future wives and mothers.”

Founder/CEO of Olha Bosak Management Consulting, Board Director at AICE Hydro, Member of Supervisory Board of Ukrainian-Austrian Association, Founder of Ukrainian Freedom Fund

Mariya Makovetska

UCU graduate Mariya Makovetska (’05) is now team manager of the Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization Department of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for the Development of Ukraine in Kyiv. Previously she was executive director of the International HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Institute.

“The Ukrainian Catholic University [UCU] is an institution that does not simply teach philosophy. At UCU they always taught us to think, to analyze the facts, to look for similarities, different accents, to correlate them.

“UCU gave me all the instruments to realize my dreams: an education that was so multifaceted and of such high quality that in my work now I feel no lack of knowledge or experience. As a student, I looked for answers, I looked for my calling. I took part in social projects and now, working in the social sphere, I can help a great number of people. In this way I am realizing myself as a theologian.”