AXIOS

AXIOS to newly ordained Fr. Gleb Pistruga On 26 October 2016, the feast of St. Demetrius -Deacon Gleb Pistruga was ordained a priest of the Eparchy of New Westminster at the Cathedral of the Holy Eucharist by Bishop Ken. Newly ordained priest Fr. Gleb has been serving in the Canadian Armed Forces as a chaplain. Fr. Gleb will continue to serve as a Chaplain with the Armed Forces, stationed in Ottawa. Present at the ordination Divine Liturgy were Bishop Emeritus Severian, Bishop Scott the Bishop Of the Canadian Military Ordinariat,  Clergy of the Eparchy as well as Fr. Cherwick Armed Forces Chaplain, Fr. Peter of The Benedictine Abbey in Mission BC, & Fr. Micheal Winn rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in...

Fundraising Gala for Ukrainian Catholic University

FUNDRAISING GALA IN SUPPORT OF THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY UCU Fundraising Gala Ukrainian Catholic University   7 September 2016 Glory to Jesus Christ! Dear Friends, The Vancouver Friends of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) and the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF) is hosting a special fundraising gala for UCU on 11 November in Vancouver. I fully support this initiative and would also ask you to support it. Ticket information is in the attachment. Please note that there are ten places at each table. Perhaps you could consider purchasing a full table for yourself and inviting friends to join you. The theological and philosophical faculty of the UCU has papal accreditation. The history, IT, humanities, journalism and business programs are among the best in the country. UCU and its various faculties are open to students of all religious denominations and confessions in Ukraine and internationally. The seminarians (more than two hundred of them) at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine receive their academic formation from UCU free of charge. In fact a good number of the clergy of our Eparchy have received their academic formation from UCU! Today UCU is not only a flagship of reform in higher education but is an acknowledged leader in the transformation of Ukrainian society. The university is setting the highest academic standards while being in the forefront of social responsibility. Most of the students come from humble economic backgrounds and can dream of a world class education only with our help. I cannot emphasize enough how important this educational institution is for the future of Ukraine. Local resources are sharply limited during this time of...

AXIOS to newly ordained Deacon Mykhailo Ozorovych

AXIOS to newly ordained Deacon Mykhailo CONGRATULATIONS!   Deacon Mykhailo Ozorovych on the occasion of your diaconal ordination.   May the blessings of the Lord be upon you as you follow in His way.   May you find joy and peace as He inspires you each day.   (on behalf of the Clergy & Faithful  of the Eparchy of New...

Vibrant Parish Post Sobor Eparchial Conferences

VIBRANT PARISH POST SOBOR EPARCHIAL CONFERENCES ПІСЛЯСОБОРОВІ КОНФЕРЕНЦІЇ In the Eparchy of New Westminster we made a decision rather than holding  a Post Patriarcal Sobor Eparchial  Conference on the theme of “The Vibrant  Parish the place to Encounter the Living Christ”, we decided to hold a conference in each of our parishes to maximize participation. (Bishop Ken Nowakowski) DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD parish (Richmond, BC) DORMITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD parish (Kelowna, BC) ST. GEORGE'S parish (Prince George, BC) ST. NICHOLAS THE WONDERWORKER parish (Victoria, BC) POST SOBOR CONFERENCES Dormition of the Mother of God parish (Richmond) – 17 April, 2016 St. George’s parish (Prince George) – 24 April, 2016 Holy Trinity parish (Kamloops) – 13 October, 2016 St. Josaphat’s parish (Vernon) – 14 October, 2016 Sts. Peter & Paul parish (Grindrod) – 15 October, 2016 Dormition of the Mother of God parish (Kelowna) – 16 October, 2016 Holy Resurrection parish (Penticton) – 17 October, 2016 Exaltation of the Holy Cross parish (Surrey) – 23 October, 2016 St. Nicholas parish (Victoria) – 6 November, 2016 Holy Eucharist Cathedral (New Westminster) – 13 November, 2016 St. Michael’s parish (Nanaimo) – Protection of the Blessed Virgin...

Ukrainian Catholic Bishops Met With Pope Francis

Ukrainian Catholic Bishops met with Pope Francis As Pastors We Speak Out on Behalf of Our People Before the Holy Father and Before the World: “Pope Francis heard us.” As Pastors We Speak Out on Behalf of Our People Before the Holy Father and Before the World: “Pope Francis heard us.”   “We came to reaffirm our communion with the Holy Father and to ask for his help for the suffering people of Ukraine during the Jubilee Year of Mercy,” stated His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevhchuk. “And the Holy Father heard us.” In Rome on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Lviv pseudo-synod the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), His Beatitude Major Archbishop Sviatoslav, and the members of the Permanent Synod came to Rome to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. “We reaffirm what no totalitarian regime could break: our communion with Rome and the Universal Church,” His Beatitude said. The Head of the UGCC and the Permanent Synod conducted meetings, discussions with representatives of the Holy See, and prepared a public statement denouncing the invasion and hybrid war in Ukraine and decrying the suffering of millions of innocent men, women and children. The Church condemns the atrocities, the kidnappings, imprisonment and torture of citizens of Ukraine in the Donbas and Crimea—especially abuses directed at religious communities and ethnic groups, especially Muslim Tatars, as well as broad violations of civic rights and the human dignity of millions. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church ceaselessly prays for and promotes peace, and today its leadership appealed to the Holy Father and to the world to help stop the war and stem the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  The ongoing undeclared hybrid war—today marginalized in the world’s attention—has directly affected 5 million people. It has caused 10,000 deaths, tens of thousands of crippling injuries, and rendered homeless over two million people. Insidious means of hybrid warfare have brought post-traumatic shock upon hundreds of thousands and caused immense socio-economic damage. Much of the...