On the way to the Sobor: Day 2, Entry 2

August 25, 2015

That same morning, after breakfast, Jeffrey Wills agreed to show us the site where the main university chapel, a large church, by any reckoning is presently under construction. And right beside it, the new library and administration building is being built.

Metropolitan Lawrence, together with the building director and principal construction contractor, stood beside the main banya, dome of the church, which helps put it into perspective.

The church is quite unique. It is really three churches in one. The "Holy Sepulcher" in the crypt where Christ was buried and, of course, where He rose from the dead! The next church, also in the lower level, and accessible by an elaborate ramp system, reflects the early church or the catacomb church, reminiscent of St Clement's in Rome. The main larger church is on the upper level. It will be consecrated as Holy Wisdom, St Sophia after the great churches of Constantinople and Kyiv.

Construction is moving along at a good pace, even as the troubles in the southern and eastern regions of the country squeeze the future into a corner of uncertainty. But the Ukrainian Catholic University was always a hope-filled project and has overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges to become the strong institution it is today. God willing, it will come also through this time of crisis and grow to accomplish much good for years to come.

We made our way to the airport where we met up with many delegates from various countries, including Brazil, the United Kingdom, Australia, the US and other parts of Canada.

We boarded a chartered bus that took us along three hours of highways and village roads right to the Hotel "Nadiya" in the heart of Ivano-Frankivsk and right next door to the theatre where most of the Sobor will take place.

There we registered and found our rooms. Some went to the main conference hall to set up the display for their respective eparchy.

On Tuesday morning, we will bus over to the Cathedral to welcome His Beatitude Sviatoslav and celebrate the opening Divine Liturgy of the Sobor.

Please pray for a successful Sobor.

Watch this site for updates on the activity of the Winnipeg delegation to the 6th Session of the Patriarchal Sobor on "The Vibrant Parish - The Place to Encounter the Living Christ" in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. 24-28 August 2015.

Fr. Michael Kwiatkowski


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