Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Transfiguration

УКРАЇНСЬКA КАТОЛИЦЬКA ЦЕРКВА ПРЕОБРАЖЕННЯ ГОСПОДНЬОГО


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Blessed hieromartyr Nykyta Budka the first Ukrainian bishop in Canada|Блаженний святщенномученик Никита Будка: перший український єпископ в Канаді

BishopBudkaThe hieromartyr Nykyta Budka was born on June 7, 1877 in the village of Dobromirka in the region of Zbarazh.

After finishing elementary school in his village he entered the Ternopil classic gymnasium (secondary school) which he completed with honours in 1897. He did a year of compulsory military service after graduation. He studied theology in Vienna and Innsbruck and upon completion in 1905 he was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Andryj Sheptytsky.

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Re-invigorating the Church’s Social Mission|Владика Василь (Тучапець) і соціальне служіння в УГКЦ

BishopVasylAt the recent Synod of Bishops of our Church (Sept. 2-12), Bishop Vasyl (Kharkiv Exarch) reviewed the Church’s progression on its 2016 commitment to live its social teaching. Bishop Vasyl emphasized that we must all strengthen our sense of generosity and responsibility.

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Towards correcting a historical error | До справлення історичної помилки

SYNAXISA formal episcopal gathering called a SYNAXIS took place on Sept. 1-3 at the offices of the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. This consultative body of the leaders of the ancient Constantinopolitan Patriarchate had, as its main topic of discussion, the fate of Orthodoxy in Ukraine.

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Transfigured Perception | Переображене Сприймання

Transfigured1On our praznyk at church we brought fruit to celebrate creation transfigured through Christ. This week we bless flowers and herbs on the feast of the Dormition, again seeing the sacred in the everyday world around us.

These flowers and herbs, however, bring our attention more specifically to our place in the miracle of living. The plants we bring to the memorial of the death of the Mother of God celebrate the beauty and peacefulness of her passing from the earth to the embrace of her Son.

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Christianity in Ukraine and the struggle for Orthodox unity | Християнство в Україні та питання православної єдности

OurUkraineThe desire for an autonomous Orthodox Church resurfaces in the national revival of the early twentieth century.

On May 5, 1920 a group of Orthodox Ukrainians in Kyiv proclaim the creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The Church is destroyed by the Soviet government in 1921 and survives only in the West.

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Christianity in Ukraine and the struggle for Orthodox unity | Християнство в Україні та питання православної єдности

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Bohdan Khmelnitsky | Богдан Хмельницький

An Orthodox hierarchy is re-established at the beginning of the 17th c. initiating an important (albeit brief) period of autonomous flourishing for the Church. The Metropolitan of Kyiv is Petro Mohyla, regarded by many as the father of Ukrainian Orthodox theology.

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Christianity in Ukraine and the struggle for Orthodox unity | Християнство в Україні та питання православної єдности

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A map of the “Union of Lublin”.

Church life was peaceful into the 16th century. The hierarchy was still formally tied to Constantinople, however because it was now under Turkish rule, the bishops of the Kyivan metropolia were independent and had good contacts with the Roman Church.

Two events in the 16th century changed things radically: the 1569 Union of Lublin and in 1589 and the creation of the Muscovite Patriarchate.

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