At the Sobor: Day 4, Entry 3
August 27, 2015
The small group discussions were exceptionally interesting on Wednesday afternoon. There were a number of new people in the group. It grew by a Seminarian, two priests (one from Germany) and a Bishop. We talked about successes and failures in promoting unity within the church - within the eparchy and in a local parish. We were asked to share what works in our part of the world and what doesn't. Then we were asked for concrete ways by which we can avoid conflicts and achieve better unity. The need for better communication and sharing of information was stressed, but also was the need that more time be given to the faithful by the parish priest. The many ideas will be collated, shared the following morning and then at close of the Sobor for voting purposes.
Today was another long day, so we were happy to make our way to the buses at 5:39 PM and to the cathedral for Vespers. The Vespers, once again, were very moving and uplifting. We had to agree with Monsignor Buyachok, who said, that the liturgical services were worth the trip themselves.
It is always a joy to see young people coming to the services on their own or with a friend. Every day, one sees many teenagers and young adults.
We have had some interviews with the news media - television and Catholic news paper. They want to know about our parish life in Winnipeg. Metropolitan Lawrence is the most sought after as he can speak about the whole Archeparchy.
We had a special supper meeting of all the eparchial and exarchal Vision 2020 Coordinators from around the world.
We were joined by His Beatitude Sviatoslav and the Secretary of the Synod, Bishop Bohdan Dziurakh. The annual meeting of the coordinators is being planned for the first week of December.
A film on "the Vibrant Parish" was shown in the evening.
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