UGCC Synod of Bishops began

September 9, 2014

On September 7th in St. George Cathedral, with a Pontifical Divine Liturgy officially began the the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. Among many others participants in the opening of the Synod were present; Thomas Edward Hallickson Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, representatives of Bishops Conferences from USA, Germany, France, and Italy. “Your presence is a sign of great solidarity with our Church and the Ukrainian people in this challenging times for our nation and our Church,” said Patriarch. In a meditation on the Sunday Gospel, Patriarch Sviatoslav noted that the parable about the vineyard owner summarizes the history of the interaction of God and man: “God did not simply plant a vineyard. He trusted it to his envoys, in other words – to all those who carry His word. He expects from man a fruitful activity in his vineyard. Because the vineyard is the property of God and not man.” He also mentioned that all who are called to work in God's vineyard, should in due time return the fruits of one's labor to its owner. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy Bishop Bohdan Dziurakh, secretaryof the Synod, read the Decree of the beginning of the Synod of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. At the end, the bishops prayed a Memorial Service for Patriarch Josyf Slipyj since that day marked the 30th Anniversary of his death.

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