Vibrant Parish Coordinators' meeting in Ivano-Frankivsk, UkraineIvano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, 2-3 December 2013: The Vibrant Parish Strategic Pastoral Plan Coordinators of the Archeparchies, Eparchies and Exarchates of Ukraine met with Bishop Ken Nowakowski and the members of the International Working Group in Ivano-Frankivsk. Most Rev. Volodymyr Vitishyn, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Ivano-Frankivsk hosted and welcomed the participants.
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Vibrant Parish Coordinators' meeting in Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy, 26-29 November 2013: The Implementation Team for the Strategic Pastoral Plan for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church - Vision 2020 "The Vibrant Parish a place to Encounter the Living Christ." are holding meetings with the Coordinators of the various eparchies and exarchates of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in South America and Western and Central Europe. The meeting is chaired by Most Reverend Ken Nowakowski, Bishop of New Westminster and co-chaired by Most Reverend Bohdan Dzyurakh, Secretary General of the Synod of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishops.
At this annual meeting the Coordinators and the Implementation Team members will share the activities in the various regions represented and work on the planning of the next stages of the Vibrant Parish program and Eparchial Sobors in 2014 leading up to the Patriarchal Sobor in 2015 to be held in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.
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Coordinators of the Vibrant Parish Meet in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA: Vibrant Parish - Vision 2020 Eparchial Coordinators of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchies of North America and Australia are meeting in Philadelphia - 19 -22 November 2013
Most Rev. Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan Archbishop of Philadelphia is hosting this Coordinators' annual meeting.
Most Reverend Ken Nowakowski, Head of the Implementation Team of the Vibrant Parish program along with the Coordinators will discuss the Directions of Development of the Church, Church Structures, and Eparchial Sobors leading up to the Patriarchal Sobor in 2015 on the Theme of the Vibrant Parish. During the meeting the Eparchial Coordinators will share their activities reports over the last year. This meeting is the first of three meetings of the Eparchial Coordinators from throughout the world. The next Coordinators' meeting will be held next week in Rome for Central & Eastern Europe and South America. The first week of December Coordinators from Ukraine and the East will meet in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.
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THE VIBRANT PARISH
On Sunday, November 17, 2013, Bishop Ken (Nowakowski) with the priests of the Lower Mainland and lay representatives gathered at the Holy Eucharist Cathedral in New Westminster for the first session of “The Vibrant Parish a Place to Encounter the Living Christ” program. Representatives from the Holy Eucharist parish (New Westminster), Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish (Vancouver) and the Holy Cross parish (Surrey) studied three firsts components of a vibrant parish (Word of God, Holy Mysteries & Prayer and Diakonia) and discussed a concrete ways to implement them into the life of their parishes.
A Place to Encounter the Living Christ
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13 November 2013
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Dear Faithful of the Eparchy of New Westminster,
We have all seen the images on television of devastation in the Philippines from the horrific typhoon Haiyan that struck those islands. We certainly want to pray for all the victims as well as the survivors of the storm in the Philippines. We unite our prayers with all the Filipinos in Canada who are struggling with what have happened in their homeland. Our Eparchy wants to show solidarity for the people who have lost so much in the Philippines therefore I am announcing that this Sunday a special collection be made tin favour of helping the victims who lost so much. Cheques should be made payable to your local parish and any cheques more then $20.00 will receive a tax receipt from your parish. Once the money has been collected at the parish level a cheque from your parish should be send to the Eparchy of New Westminster and the Eparchy will send the entire amount to Caritas Canada (Canadian Catholic organization for Development & Peace) for its relief work in the Philippines. I would request that the cheque from the parishes arrive no later then 27 November so that we could get these money as soon as possible to Caritas Canada. Donations made to Development and Peace for relief efforts are eligible for the matching fund program announced by the Canadian government. Donations will be matched until December 9th, 2013. Caritas Nassa, one of Development and Peace’s main partners in the country, is already coordinating the distribution of food and shelter for victims of this catastrophe.
Development and Peace also has programs in Tacloban City in Leyte Province, one of the most affected areas, and has been in contact with its partners there to assess the needs and develop a response.
Let’s remember in our prayers our brothers and sisters in the Philippines and also our neighbours who are Filipinos in Canada.
With assurances of my prayerful best wishes and Episcopal blessing,
Eparch of New Westminster
St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Parish celebrates PraznykVernon, BC, 10 November 2013
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Bishop Ken of New Westminster was joined at the Altar by Fr. Andrzej Wasylinko, administrator of St. Josaphat's Parish, Fr. Andriy Werbowy, Eparchial Protosyncellus and Pastor of Holy Dormition Parish in Kelowna and Fr. Pavlo Myts administratio of Holy Trynity Parish in Kamloops, BC for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Parish Praznyk. Sisters Angelica and Daria of the Servants of Mary Immaculate from New Westminster along with other out-of-town guests joined the parishioners in this special celebration.
St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Parish celebrates PraznykNanaimo, BC, 9 November 2013
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Bishop Ken of New Westminster was joined at the Altar by Fr. Theo Machinsky, administrator of St. Michael's Parish, Fr. Yuriy Vyshnevskyy, Eparchial Chancellor and Pastor of Holy Eucharist Cathedral in New Westminster and Fr. Steven Basarab of Duncan, BC for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Parish Praznyk. Sisters Angelica and Daria of the Servants of Mary Immaculate from New Westminster along with other out-of-town guests joined the parishioners in this special celebration. Bishop Ken spoke about the faithful being part of the One Body of Christ and also shared information with the parishioners about the Vibrant Parish pastoral plan.
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Dana Koren Lupynis'
Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster
Christmas Candle Initiative
Last year, 2012, saw a new initiative in our local community entitled “Christmas Candle” or “Різдвяна свічка”, set out by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (Diocese) of New Westminster. This Eparchial appeal is based on a similar project in Ukraine and was locally spearheaded and coordinated by Dana Koren Lupynis with the support of Eparchial Chancellor Fr. Yuriy Vyshevskyy. The main goals of this appeal are to raise funds to assist the disadvantaged children in Ukraine and to also encourage the children and laity to take part in this global fundraising program, sponsored by Caritas Ukraine.
Caritas Ukraine is the official charitable organization of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and is endorsed by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk. The organization works throughout Ukraine to provide the basic necessities to the needy, disadvantaged, disabled and orphaned children. Most Rev Ken Nowakowski, Bishop of New Westminster was instrumental in the founding of Caritas Ukraine and through his guidance developed the support system needed to provide much needed shelter, food, medical care, education and love. It is through campaigns such as the Christmas Candle, that they are able to raise funds for their works. In Ukraine, the candles sold for their annual campaign are handmade by people with special needs, and distributed at the start of the Advent (or Pylypivka) through Parishes. It is Caritas’ hope that the candles will become an important part of Christmas celebrations.
The local inaugural campaign in 2012 was successful, raising over $2,500, with 100% of the proceeds being sent to Ukraine. With this initial success and the encouragement of Bishop Ken, it has been decided to make the Christmas Candle Project, in support of Caritas Ukraine, an annual appeal and fundraising campaign in British Columbia. The project has become an Eparchial appeal, with all of the Ukrainian Catholic Parishes in British Columbia taking part. In addition with the cause of helping Ukrainian Children transcending boarders, the project has also expanded and drawn the interest of Ukrainian Catholic parishes in Washington State, USA. The Eparchy is appealing for help in reaching their goal for 2013 of raising $10,000 to send to Caritas Ukraine. In hopes that by raising funds for children in Ukraine, more people will become more aware and connected with their cultural and spiritual homeland.
The Eparchy’s mission is twofold: First and foremost, to provide assistance to the needy children in Ukraine, second, to enrich the children, youth and volunteers with the understanding of diakonia - charity/self giving. Children helping children is surely one of the greatest rewards. Sales of these special Christmas candles will begin in December at all of the Ukrainian Catholic Parishes in BC. Mrs. Lupynis is inviting people to volunteer and to help this cause by purchasing candles or by making direct donations to the project. For more information she can be contacted at email@example.com .
The following interview concerning the Eparchy’s involvement in last years campaign was conducted by Caritas with Dana Koren Lupynis.. This interview can also be found on the Caritas website in both English and Ukrainian http://caritas-ua.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=941:-q-q-&catid=14&Itemid=105&lang=en
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Vision 2020 Implementation Team meet in England22 October 2013
Bishop Ken head of the Vision 2020 "Vibrant Parish" Implementation Team and Members and their host Bishop Hlib, 20 October 2013, London, England
Clergy Conference in New Westminster - October 15-17
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Bishop Paul Chomnycky's 25 anniversary of priestly ordination6 October 2013
St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Vancouver, BC: Bishop Paul Chomnycky, Eparchy of Stamford, USA celebrated his 25th anniversary of priestly ordination that took place at St. Mary's in Vancouver.
Photo: Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak, Archbishop of Winnipeg, Most Rev. Severian Yakymyshyn, emeritus bishop of New Westminster, Most Rev. Paul Chomnycky, Most Rev. Ken Nowakowski, bishop of New Westminster.
Caritas Reunion24 September 2013
Saint Adele, Quebec-Canada the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops annual meeting 23-27 September
His Eminence Oscar Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, (Honduras) President of Caritas Internationalis along with the Mr Michel Roy, Secretary General (Rome) spoke to the Canadian Bishops about the role of the Bishop and Episcopal Conferences in Justice, Peace and Caritas and the organizational structures of Caritas throughout the world.
Pictured in this photograph is Most Rev. Ken Nowakowski, Bishop of New Westminster for Ukrainian Catholics in British Columbia and Yukon and Past President of Caritas Ukraine, Mr. Roy and Cardinal Maradiaga.
Bishop Ken celebrated Divine Liturgy on Sunday 22 September at St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Yonkers, New York22 September 2013
"The Vibrant Parish" - theme of the annual retreat for the Basilian Fathers and Brothers of the American Province16-20 September 2013
Glen Cove, New York, USA - Most Rev. Ken Nowakowski, Bishop of New Westminster (Canada) directed the annual retreat for the Ukrainian Catholic Basilian Province in the USA at their Provincial Home in Glen Cove, on Long Island, New York. The theme of the five-day retreat was centred on the Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Sviatoslav "The Vibrant Parish - a place to encounter the Living Christ". Most Reverend Paul Chomnycky, OSBM Bishop of Stamford and Most Reverend Basil Losten, Bishop Emeritus of Stamford joined Bishop Ken, Basilian Provincial Superior Fr. Phillip and the Basilian Fathers and Brothers on Tuesday, 17 September.
Eparchy of New Westminster celebrates the 1025th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus'!
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This year all Ukrainian Christians celebrate the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of the Kyivan Rus’ – Ukraine. In 988, during the reign of St. Volodymyr the Great, our forefathers believed in Jesus Christ and were baptized. Without fear of contradiction, it can be said that this is the most important event in the history of the Ukrainian people. That event had a profound and indelible impact on our history and culture. The values of the Gospel and of the Christian faith have permeated our way of living, our customs, our tradition. The Baptism of Kyivan Rus’ – Ukraine made us what we are – a Christian people.
The Ukrainian Catholics of the New Westminster Eparchy together with the Orthodox parishes of the Lower Mainland were the first who start to celebrate this event. The official celebration took place on Sunday, April 14, at the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Center. At the beginning of the festivity Most Rev. Ken (Nowakowski), Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster, together with Rev. Fr. Roman Tsaplan, the pastor of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, greeted all the participants and reminded them that absolutely everything that is best, finest and loftiest we owe to our Christian faith, that our forefathers received 1025 years ago. The musical performance of the joint choirs of the Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral Choir, (Director Lydia Gennai), the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Choir, (Director Willi Zwozdesky), and the Svitanok Chorus, (Director Ann K. Kozak) has created an unforgetful atmosphere of the feast. A prayer-aria “Vladyko Neba i Zemli” permormed by Rev. Fr. Edward Evanko became an “adornment” of that musical part.
In addition to the musical performance, the participants of the celebration also have heard the presentations on the various topics: the history of the Baptism of the Kyivan Rus –Ukraine (by Fr.Andrii Chornenkyi); the cultural and religious impact of the acceptance of Byzantine Christianity by St. Volodymyr on Europe and eventual the New World (by Most. Rev. Ken (Nowakowski)); the influence of Kyivan Byzantine religious practices on the Church in Canada (by Sr. Angelica (Hodowansky) (SSMI)).
The performances by the children the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox School and the Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Heritage School gave hope to all the attendants that in another 1000 years our Ukrainian Christian culture will be alive.
At the conclusion of the celebration Bishop Ken led the rite of the renewal of baptismal vows and
blessed all the participants. The official part of the festivity was closed with the traditional “Mnohaya
The First Biography of Bishop Budka
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Sifton, January 1913
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