Photos: 75th Anniversary of the Siracky Chapel (Mundare)

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 in News from the Eparchy


June 6, 2015

Your Excellency Bishop David, Reverend Fathers, Sisters family, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.

I am Bessie Fedoruk a granddaughter of the late Peter Siracky who we remember and celebrate along with his little chapel. Today, l feel very privileged and thankful to God for being here, because so very many are not, may they rest in peace.

It must have been the year 1939 when our grandfather got this idea to build a little stone chapel on his farm in dedication of the 50th year of the coming of Ukrainian pioneers to Canada in 1891-1941. Then on August 5th, 1990 it was rededicated to the 100th anniversary with a mass and dinner attended by many people under-taken by a grandson Joseph and his wife Jennie Siracky, a 3′ generation farmer on site.

I was about eleven years old when dad drove our gido to a farm someplace on the north side of Elk Island Park and south of Lamont to see this stone mason, a Mr. Frank Rupchuk, who was hired to do the building. This same person was the one who built the United Church in Lamont. The site was prepared and finally the building started. I recall a beautiful sunny morning when at least three neighbours came driving two horses pulling a stone boat with a pile of large rocks they collected off their land just so they could watch the stone mason at work. Much more I don’t remember, but one day it was finished, beautifully painted with angels and stars on the ceiling. Then low and behold a time later the paint started running off the angels and they disappeared. Because the building was quite air-tight and it was either very hot or cold. Two panes of glass were removed from the middle of each window and replaced with a screen for fresh air.

On the altar is a statue of St. Bernadette as she saw a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France.

The chapel was officially opened and dedicated on August 28th, 1940 by Reverend Father Ramanovich.

I recall the days before gido, our dad and his brother Mike (there may have been others) planting trees around and putting up signs to the north and south to drive carefully. To the east of grandfather’s house there were rows of quite large caragana trees and in between a couple of these rows they, set up tables and benches for a dinner after mass. Who prepared the meal I don’t know, but recently one of my aunts said our mother made soup.

After that, during the month of October and May, our gido encouraged us to walk with him in the early evenings to the chapel to recite the rosary and we would sing hymns, a favourite was Prenebesana Prechudesna Diva Maria. l was so proud to do this with gido. Sometimes mom and dad came too, but there were small babies to look after.

That December I turned thirteen in January of 1941, our mother passed away and much of the time after is a blank. Life goes on and its seventy-five years later and I’m still here. Thank you God for now and years past, and thank you all for listening to me.

I want to take this time to say “Thank You” to Jennie Siracky, Brian Bilyk, and the late Florence Carter for planning this day. It has been going on for quite a few years.

Now if I may, I would like you to join me one more time for gido in the singing of that favourite hymn, Prenebesana Prechudesna Diva Maria.

Than you all.

Bessie Fedoruk


Source: Edmonton Eparchy

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Director of Youth Ministry Employment Opportunity – St. Nicholas and Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Parishes, Edmonton, Alberta

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 in News from the Eparchy



– Experience working with youth and or young families

– Active member of a Ukrainian Catholic parish faith community

– Knowledgeable about the Ukrainian Catholic Faith

– Proficiency in the use of various social media – Facebook, twitter etc.

– Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education or Theology OR National Credential in Youth

Ministry OR background in theology and educational methodologies with a willingness to move toward a credential or degree.



  1. Supervise/coordinate/assist Sunday preschool (ages 3 – 7), Junior Youth (ages 7 – 14), UCY (ages 15 – 19) programs and programs for young families
  1. Develop leadership skills in youth and young adults.
  1. Coordinate recruitment, training, support, and evaluation of volunteers in the youth ministry program
  1. Maintain communication within the parish, with other parishes throughout the Edmonton eparchy, with the eparchial youth ministry office and other Christian youth based organizations
  1. Determine and deliver effective ways of publicizing and promoting programs and experiences; particularly in the areas of Social Media
  1. Be a presence in the St. Nicholas and Dormition of the Mother of God communities through their liturgical and social activities.


25 – 28 hours per week

This position entails weekend and evening work therefore the successful application will be willing to be flexible in their time.

Salary $26,000 – $30,000 commensurate with experience and education.

Term is for one year beginning Sept 1, 2015 with the option of extending upon the agreement of both parties.




Please send resume along with the contact information for 2 references by Aug 18, 2015 to:

education [at] edmontoneparchy [dot] com

Those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

For further information contact Fr. Stephen at 780-424-5496, or Fr. Julian at 780-668-1127

Source: Edmonton Eparchy

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Venerable Andrey Sheptytsky, a spiritual leader for his people

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 in News from the Eparchy


Source: Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday approved the publication of decrees recognizing the heroic virtues of eight Servants of God, including Ukrainian Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who led his flock during the Second World War.

“Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky was a very important church leader in central and eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century,” says Father Athanasius McVay, a scholar specializing in early twentieth century Church history.

Father McVay, a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, told Vatican Radio about the life and mission of Metropolitan Sheptytsky.

Venerable Andrey Sheptytsky was born in the Ukrainian village of Prylbychi in 1865, in what was then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was given the name Roman Alexander Maria at baptism, and later took the name Andrey when he entered the Ukrainian monastery of Saint Basil the Great in 1891. “He went to serve the Ukrainian people who required strong spiritual leadership,” McVay says. Sheptytsky “entered the Basilian order, whose mission was to form the oppressed and fallen down Ukrainian people in Austria-Hungary…  and also to promote Church unity.”

Andrey Sheptytsky became Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians and Metropolitan of Halych in 1900, and filled that office until his death in 1944 – an “era of great upheaval” that witnessed two World Wars, and saw the land that is now Ukraine occupied by various groups, including the Soviets and the Nazis.

Throughout the years, Metropolitan Sheptytsky was an important leader for his people – but, says McVay,  he was a reluctant civic leader, because this was just part of his job as a spiritual leader” Despite his historic significance, McVay says, it is Metropolitan Sheptytsky’s “heroic virtues, the Christian virtues, which Pope Francis has officially recognized on behalf of the universal Church.”

Listen to the interview of Father Athanasius McVay, of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton (Canada), with Christopher Wells:

Source: Edmonton Eparchy

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Recognition of Metropolitan Andrey’s Heroic Virtue – Now Venerable Andrey

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in News from the Eparchy


Statement from the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies Regarding Pope Francis’s Recognition of Archbishop Sheptytsky’s Heroic Virtues

The professors and staff of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa welcome with joy the Holy See’s announcement that Pope Francis yesterday recognized the heroic virtues of its patron, Andrey Sheptytsky. During this time of foreign aggression against Ukraine – as well as turmoil in so many other historically Eastern Christian lands – this recognition brings particular consolation. Archbishop Sheptytsky demonstrated saintly courage when he sheltered more than 160 Jews during the Nazi Holocaust. The Holy See’s recognition comes in the wake of similar initiatives by other authorities. On April 24, 2012, the Canadian House of Commons unanimously passed a resolution that concludes: “This House unite[s] in expressing Canada’s recognition of Andrey Sheptytsky’s courageous activities, compassion for his oppressed Jewish Ukrainian countrymen, and enduring example of commitment to fundamental human rights as humankind’s greatest obligation.”

The Sheptytsky Institute is particularly gratified that so many members of the Jewish community have promoted the cause of Sheptytsky’s beatification from the very beginning. Already in the 1950s, Kurt Lewin, the son of the murdered chief rabbi of Lviv – saved by Sheptytsky – argued strenuously for the Archbishop’s beatification. Eric Goldhagen, lecturer in Jewish Studies at Harvard University, wrote the following about Sheptytsky in the Introduction to David Kahane’s memoir, Lvov Ghetto Diary: “No other ecclesiastical figure of equal rank in the whole of Europe displayed such sorrow for the fate of the Jews and acted so boldly on their behalf.”

The Archbishop also worked tirelessly throughout his lifetime for reconciliation between Ukrainians, Russians and Poles, as well as other nations and groups. Particularly legendary were his efforts to see Catholics and Orthodox overcome their historical estrangement. Sheptytsky was a precursor of the ecumenical movement long before the Catholic Church officially endorsed the movement.

During this time of economic crisis in Ukraine and so many other historically Eastern Christian territories, it is also important to recall Sheptytsky’s commitment to the poor. Born into an aristocratic family, the Archbishop used his resources to create a free clinic, provide countless scholarships and help victims of famine, flooding and war. He personally lived a life of poverty, as attested by the Russian-born founder of Canada’s famed Madonna House, Catherine de Hueck Doherty. The former baroness wrote of Sheptytsky’s passion for the poor in her report for Commonweal Magazine in 1939.

Sheptytsky also immensely valued education. Consequently, the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, founded in 1986 by Fr. Andriy Chirovsky to continue the Archbishop’s legacy, views Pope Francis’s recognition as particularly inspiring. It confirms the Institute’s mission and compels us even more earnestly to follow Sheptytsky’s saintly example.

– Fr. Peter Galadza, PhD

Acting Director and Kule Family Professor of Liturgy

pgaladza [at] ustpaul [dot] ca

Source: Edmonton Eparchy

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“Heroic virtues” of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky & 7 others

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in News from the Eparchy


Source: Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday received in private audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decrees regarding the heroic virtues:

– of the Servant of God Andrey Sheptytsky (given name: Roman Alexander Maria), of the Order of Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians and Metropolitan of Halych; born 29 July 1865 in Prylbychi (Ukraine), died in Lviv (Ukraine) 1 November 1944;

– of the Servant of God Giuseepe Carraro, Bishop of Verona; born in Mira, Italy, on 26 June 1899 and died in Verona, Italy 30 December 1980;

– of the Servant of God Agostino Ramírez Barba, Diocesan Priest, Founder of the Congregation of Sister Servants of the Lord of Mercy; born 27 August 1881 in San Miguel in Alto (Mexico) and died in Tepatitlán (Mexico) 4 July 1967;

– of the Servant of God Simpliciano della Natività (given name: Aniello Francesco Saverio Maresco), Professed Priest of the Order of Friars Minor, Founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart; born in Meta di Sorrento (Italy) 11 May 1827 and died in Rome (Italy) 25 May 1898;

– of the Servant of God Maria del Rifugio Aguilar y Torres, the widow of Cancino, Foundress of the Congregation of Mercedarian Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament; born in San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) 21 September 1866 and died in Mexico City (Mexico) 24 April 1937;

– of the Servant of God Maria Teresa Dupouy Bordes, Professed Relgious of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; born in Saint Pierre d’Irube (France) 6 May 1873 and died in San Sebastán (Spain) 26 May 1953;

– of the Servant of God Elisa Miceli, Foundress of the Institute of the Rural Catechist Sisters of the Sacred heart; born in Longobardi (Italy) 12 April 1904 and died in Frascati (Italy) 19 April 1976;

– of the Servant of God Isabella Méndez Herrero (in religion: Isabella di Maria Immacolata), Professed Sister of the Congregation of the Servants of Saint Joseph; born in Castellanos de Moriscos (Spain) 30 August 1924 and died in Salamanca (Spain) 28 December 1953.

Source: Edmonton Eparchy

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