September 18, 2014

"The Vibrant Parish: A Place to Encounter the Living Christ”, was held in the Western Region-Dauphin Deanery headed by Very Reverend Father Oleg Bodnrski at the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin, Manitoba on Saturday, May 24th, 2014. Facilitating this event was Archeparchial Vision2020 Coordinator Rev. Fr. Michael Kwiatkowski from Winnipeg. The Western Region extends from Portage la Prairie to Brandon, west to the Saskatchewan border, north to Thompson and south to Neepawa.

The Vision 2020 Sobor was attended representing 5 of the 6 Districts and their clergy: Fr. Michael Tkatchuk - Brandon District, Fr. Emil Karadseinec - Neepawa District, Fr. Mykalo Khomitskyy - Rossburn District, Fr. Yaroslav Strukhlyak - Gilbert Plains District, and Very Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski - Dauphin District, and also seminarian Jay Korban from Winnipeg, for a total of 87 participants (plus the parish priests and presenters!).

The one day seminar opened with celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am, group picture was taken, then down to the auditorium for the six main priority topics and strategies to be held as group table discussions, confirming the priorities, changes, and means of revitalizing the future of our churches in Canada. A Gallery walk of these strategies was shared upon completion.

The topics of discussion to prioritize and strategize were: 1) Word of God - the Bible, 2) Holy Mysteries - Sacraments, 3) Leadership, 4) Serving One's Neighbor, Fostering and Serving Unity and 6) Missionary Spirit of the Parish Community.

Three presentations enjoyed were: 1) A couple (by Jason and Michele Gulenchin), 2) A Woman Religious (by Sister Jean Zemliak, SSMI) and 3) A Young Man (by Jay Korban, now a Seminarian!).

A Prayer Devotion to our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary (Moleben) was celebrated, including a Group pledge, followed by a delicious supper catered by the U.C.W.L.C. and Parish Ladies. The session was concluded with the final group presentations. What an informative, enjoyable and revitalizing experience.

Archeparchial Sobor 2014 – Western Region Dauphin,

Manitoba – 24 May 2014

Submitted by Shirley Novalkowski, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Dauphin, Manitoba.

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