Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk makes a pastoral visit to the Eparchy of New Westminster
By Nathan Rumohr
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), made a pastoral visit to the Eparchy of New Westminster Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.
The archeparch travelled with his fellow bishops Archeparch Ihor Vozniak, CSsR, of Lviv; Eparch Peter Stasiuk, CSsR, of Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania; and Eparch Daniel Kozlinsky, Apostolic Administrator of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in Argentina. The group, along with Eparch Ken Nowakowski of New Westminster, convened in Winnipeg Sept. 9-16 for the UGCC bishops' synod.
Canada was chosen to host the synod because the Ukrainian church here is celebrating 100 years of hierarchy as it commemorates the arrival of Blessed Nykyta Budka in 1912.
While in the eparchy, the Ukrainian shepherd celebrated a moleben (prayer service), blessed the shiny new eparchial house, and celebrated Divine Liturgies (Mass) in Vancouver and Kelowna. He also sat down for an exclusive interview with The B.C. Catholic.
Major Archbishop Shevchuk blessed the new Bishop Jerome Chimy Eparchial Centre Aug. 31. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, and Msgr. Pedro Lopez-Gallo from the Archdiocese of Vancouver witnessed the event along with Ukrainian Catholic priests and civic leaders representing the city, the province, and the federal government.
The major archbishop's visit to the Eparchy of New Westminster ended Sept 2 in Kelowna, where he celebrated Divine Liturgy at Dormition of the Mother of God Church.