Monday, August 26, 2013

EWTN Dormition Homily

A video clip from an EWTN Live TV Broadcast of the Homily at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, by Rev. Msgr. Walter J. Rossi, J.C.L, rector. In the homily, Msgr. Rossi mentions the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia donating the Dormition Shroud and explains the Shroud.  The video aired on August 15, 2013.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Knights of Columbus in Ukraine

Metropolitan Stefan attended the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus August 6-8, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.  At that convention, it was announced that the Knights of Columbus has established a presence in Ukraine and Lithuania.

The Ukrainian presence is the result of an invitation extended to the K. of C. by Cardinal Lubomyr in his homily at the 2005 Supreme Convention in Chicago.

This year His Beatitude Sviatoslav extended his gratitude during a video greeting to the convention for the establishment of the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine.

(Below are two videos.)

1.  The 2005 K. of C. homily of Cardinal Husar has been posted on YouTube at:

2.  The 2013 K. of C. Greeting of His Beatitude Sviatoslav has been posted on YouTube at:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Video of entire Liturgy - Blessing of Sobor

The beginning part of the attached video is the entire Liturgy from the Blessing of the Kyiv Sobor on August 18, 2013.

1) The video starts at the 5:38 minute mark.

2) You can see Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka helping at the Altar during the Blessing Ceremony starting at the 25 minute mark on the video.

3) At the 41:18 minute mark, you can see Bishop Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, and Bishop John Bura during the Liturgy.

4) Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka  blesses the walls of Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv with Holy Water in the 47 minute mark of the video.

5) You can see a close up of Bishop-emeritus Basil Losten during Communion at the 2:25:40 mark of the video.

6) At the 3:07 mark on the video, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk greets Cardinal Timothy Dolan of NY representing the US Conference of Catholic Bishops from the United States.

Video of Homily - Newly Blessed Sobor

His Beatitude Major-Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk offered the Homily on August 18, 2013 at the newly blessed Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Holy Dormition Pilgrimage in Sloatsburg, NY

The Holy Dormition Pilgrimage was held at the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Sloatsburg, NY on August 11, 2013.  The main celebrant and homilist was Bishop-emeritus Basil Losten.




See more pictures from the pilgrimage on our Archeparchy of Philadelphia Facebook page.

Pictures and video by "The Way".

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Opening of the Synod Video

In Kiev, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk announced the opening of the Synod of Bishops on Sunday, August 11, 2013. The annual gathering of bishops began with a Hierarchical Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection.

His Beatitude invites all to Ukraine for the Blessing...

In the video, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk invites everyone to participate in the Blessing of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv, Ukraine on August 17- 18, 2013.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Knights of Columbus expands to Ukraine and Lithuania

Knights of Columbus expands to Ukraine and Lithuania;
His Beatitude Sviatoslav via Video Addresses K.C. Convention

San Antonio—During the 131st Annual Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, held here August 6-8, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson announced that the Order has established two councils in Ukraine and a round table in Lithuania. This is the Knights’ first international expansion since the Order established councils in Poland in 2006.

“Our presence in Lithuania and Ukraine, along with our growing numbers in Poland, gives us even deeper roots in Europe,” said Supreme Knight Anderson.

The origins of the Order’s expansion to Ukraine go back to 2005, when Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, now the major archbishop emeritus of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, attended the 123rd Supreme Convention in Chicago. Cardinal Husar was invited to give the homily during a concelebrated Mass at the convention. A video excerpt was screened during the Wednesday business session at this year’s convention.

“I wish to thank you very much for the good example you are giving,” Cardinal Husar said. “I am happy to hear that our closest neighbor, Poland, is already one step ahead of us and has invited the Knights of Columbus to be instituted in their land. I hope that this will happen also for us.”

Nearly 100 men in Ukraine joined the Knights at a series of exemplification ceremonies in 2012 and 2013. Among those who took their First and Second Degrees were Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, who succeeded Cardinal Husar in 2011, and Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki of Lviv, who was a longtime under-secretary to Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka, of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, was introduced at the States’ Dinner Tuesday evening, as the representative of His Beatitude, Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

During the business session Wednesday, after the video excerpt from the homily of Cardinal Husar during the 2005 Chicago Convention was shown, the convention viewed the following video message from His Beatitude Sviatoslav:

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

This marvelous medium allows me to personally express my gratitude on behalf of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, to the Supreme Knight, Sir Knight Carl Anderson, his Supreme Officers, and all of the Knights of Columbus of this valued and esteemed international order gathered for its annual Supreme Convention in San Antonio, Texas.   We happily rejoice with the establishment of the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine, a process begun with the personal invitation extended by my predecessor, His Beatitude, Lubomyr Cardinal Husar at the 123rd Supreme Convention in Chicago.  Much has been dutifully accomplished since then by many dedicated Supreme Officers and delegates, and Knights of Columbus from the USA and Canada.  We are grateful for the special efforts extended by the Assistant Supreme Advocate and Supreme Director Sir Knight Michael O’Connor, a Special Assistant to the Supreme Knight and Past State Deputy Sir Knight Lawrence Sosnowich, and for the efforts of the specially formed Ukrainian speaking degree teams from Manitoba, Canada.  The combined and steadfast efforts of many have led to the successful establishment of the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine.

Ukraine, has around 46 million inhabitants.  Many identify themselves as members of the Orthodox faith.  Some five million are Ukrainian Greek Catholics in addition to a smaller number who are the Roman Catholics.

Our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has suffered severe persecution during the oppressive communist past. Churches were destroyed.  Bishops, clergy, religious and tens of thousands of faithful suffered martyrdom for the faith.  Their gift of great sacrifice calls forth our re-energized zeal in the celebration of our faith.   We are rebuilding our basic structures and renewing our faith with God’s abundant grace.  Our people thirst to know God and to grow in their faith.  The challenges for evangelization are immense amidst our own faithful and for all residents of Ukraine

We are strengthened and encouraged by the support offered to us by such esteemed Catholic institutions such as the international order of the Knights of Columbus. The cherished and practiced ideals of the Knights of Columbus, namely that of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, resonate deeply with the soul of a Church and a people experiencing a vivid resurrection in its spiritual and moral life.  We are confident that the bond between the Knights of Columbus and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will enrich the journey of growth in our faith and serve to evangelize the faithful.

Please be assured of my fervent prayers offered for the Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, for his Supreme Officers and to all Knights of Columbus and their family members participating in this 131st annual Supreme Convention.  May the famous Texan hospitality and the intercession of St. Anthony, for whom your host city is named, warm your hearts and your spirits.  We rejoice that now becoming part of this international Catholic family of the Knights of Columbus, rejoicing in our fraternity as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Slava Isusu Khrystu! Glory be to Jesus Christ! 

Archbishop Mokrzycki and Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, Lithuania, also delivered remarks during the Aug. 7 business session.

(This story includes material from Knightline August 8, 2013.)

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