YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS BID FAREWELL TO ARCHEPARCHIAL COORDINATOR

December 31, 2017

LONG-SERVING YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY COORDINATOR PASSES ON THE TORCH TO A NEW GENERATION

- Submitted by Alex Pankiw

On Saturday, December 30, 2017, Ukrainian Catholic Youth and Young Adults of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg came together to extend a bittersweet farewell to Tamara Lisowski, the Youth Director for the Archeparchy of Winnipeg.

Tamara served the Archeparchy of Winnipeg's Youth and Young Adults for 17 years, touching many lives throughout the tenure of her ministry. With a résumé of accomplishments too vast to acknowledge within the scope of this article, Tamara's dedication to her ministry bore numerous retreats, annual Christmas carolling excursions, and service initiatives for the less fortunate in Winnipeg to name just a few. She was also integral in the planning of Ukrainian Catholics in Canada attending several World Youth Days. She will also be remembered ecumenically for her work with fellow Christian youth ministers across Canada.

Many young adults came forward to share their memories of the profound impression Tamara's ministry left upon them, and how formative her friendship has been as they continue to explore and grow into their Ukrainian Catholic faith. As a token of her years of service, the Ukrainian Catholic Youth and Young Adults gifted Tamara an engraved cross with the inscription; " 'Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.' - 1 Thessalonians 1:3."

In her retirement speech, she thanked those who were able to come to her farewell party, and those who shared in the 17 years of her life spent in youth ministry. She welcomed guests from out of town, as far as Saskatoon, Toronto, and Ottawa. She extended a special thank you to her husband, David Lisowski, for his constant support throughout the years in her role as Youth Director. She concluded by offering a toast, saying "Here's to many more years for the next person in this role -- may it continue and prosper."

Please remember Tamara and her family in your prayers, in Thanksgiving for the years of service she gave to our Archeparchy.


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