Shevchuk greets Canadians on eve of Ukrainian synod

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

September 10, 2012

The major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church sent greetings to Canada’s Ukrainian Catholics as he prepared for a multicity visit that includes leading the Church’s Synod of Bishops.

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, Ukraine, said the synod would “fill all our Canadian community with the special blessing of the Holy Spirit, blowing the fresh wind of this Spirit into the sails of the Ukrainian Church in this country.”

His remarks were contained in a message read in Canada’s Ukrainian Catholic churches Sept. 2.

Canada will host the annual worldwide synod of Ukrainian Catholic bishops in Winnipeg Sept. 9-16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Ukrainian Catholic Bishop Nykyta Budka in Canada in 1912.

Archbishop Lawrence Huculak of Winnipeg said the synod would renew ties between the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukraine and Canada and would “affirm the struggle of . . . the early pioneers who did so much to establish our Church in Canada and bring it to what it is today.”

In his message, Shevchuk expressed thanks for Canada’s preservation of the Church’s religious and cultural traditions and for their help after the Ukrainian Catholic Church began emerging from decades of communist oppression in Ukraine late in the 20th century.