Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New Bishop for France

Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University nominated Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians in France


Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has a new bishop. Pope Benedict XVI nominated the rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University Rev. Dr. Borys Gudziak as Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians in France and appointed him as Titular Bishop of Carcabia. This is officially informed by the Vatican Press Service.

Source RISU

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

+ Sister Barbara Terefenko, O.S.B.M. fell asleep in the Lord

 Sister Barbara Terefenko, O.S.B.M., 77, fell asleep in the Lord in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, July 15th 2012, in her 15th year of Religious Life.

Born in Mt. Carmel Pennsylvania, Sister Barbara was the daughter of the late Henry Jackson and Julia (nee Chato) Long. Wife of the late Walter Terefenko of Shamokin, PA., she leaves behind her children: Barbara, Walter, Inez and Henry, her grandchildren and great grandchild in addition to her Sisters in the Order of Saint Basil the Great.

Before her entrance into the Order of Saint Basil the Great in September of 1997, she was a parishioner of Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Cohoes, New York where she was working as a cosmetologist and home health aide.

While in the community of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, Sister professed her final vows on April 1st 2006. She worked with the office of Religious Education in Ambridge, PA as a Pastoral Minister; Saint Josaphat Parish in Philadelphia and at the Motherhouse in Fox Chase.

Her viewing 5PM until 7PM will be held on Thursday (July 19) in the Holy Trinity Chapel at the Motherhouse, 710 Fox Chase Road, Fox Chase Manor, PA.  Parastas prayers will be sung at 6:30 PM. Her funeral will take place on Friday (July 20) with her Requiem Liturgy being celebrated at 11:00 AM, viewing being at 9AM in the Holy Trinity Chapel. Burial will follow at the Sisters Convent Cemetery, Fox Chase.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka celebrated his 30th Anniversary to the Priesthood at a reception at the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great

In Celebration of a Dedicated Life to the Church

On June 20, 2012, the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great (Fox Chase Manor, PA) hosted a reception honoring His Grace, Most Reverend Stefan Soroka on his 30th anniversary as a priest. After a communal opening prayer, Provincial Superior Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski welcomed the Archbishop with a brief speech. Drawing from the words of the apostle Matthew on the theme of calling, she encapsulated the Archbishop's life and deeds in the realm of the Lord’s work.

Drawing from Scripture, Sister Dorothy Ann opened her remarks with an allusion to the Archbishop’s entry into the religious life. “Thirty years ago,” she observed, “Jesus whispered to you, ‛Come follow me, and I will make you a fisher of people.’” (Mt 4:19). She then noted that by accepting Christ's invitation, the young priest had begun a life of giving and that over the course of three decades, many “have been beneficiaries of the gifts you have received.” 

Sister continued by extolling Archbishop Soroka's achievements as a priest, enumerating his spiritual successes in the context of the Living Water that is the overarching symbol of those who choose the path of the Fisherman. "Your warm gift of welcome is like a lighthouse whose beams invite all into the warmth of its confines. You cast a net far and wide capturing those that the Lord has given to you, never throwing back what you catch. And you have a way of calming the stormy waters . . .  making each struggle seem surmountable. . . . "

Sr Dorothy Ann presented Metropolitan Soroka with a Fishing net and said, "You cast a net far and wide capturing those that the Lord has given to you, never throwing back what you catch."

The Provincial Superior closed by expressing her community's delight in sharing this special occasion with His Grace, recalling his personal interest in the well-being of the community and each of its members, his cooperation and goodness, his support of and participation in the Sisters' pilgrimages, jubilees, and the recent celebration marking the centennial of their work in the United States. "In all instances," she concluded, "you affirm us and show a confidence in what we are presently doing and indicate a hope in our future endeavors."  ----------------------------------------
See more photos from the 30th Anniversary Reception on our Archeparchy's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.386372374749502.95269.197564070297001&type=1
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