Apr. 10th 2014
For Immediate release
Visitation of the Head and the Father of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada
His Beatitude Sviatoslav, head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and Patriarch of Kyiv, will be visiting the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada from May 1st until May 12th and will include Toronto (GTA), Ottawa and Montreal. Patriarch Sviatoslav will be welcomed by Ukrainian Catholic clergy and the Ukrainian community and will visit numerous Ukrainian Catholic churches, Eastern Rite Catholic schools, Ukrainian Care Centers and other organizations of the eparchy.
Among the events open to press are:
May 1st, 2014 (19:10, Terminal 3) Arrival and brief greeting of the Patriarch at the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
May 2nd, 2014 (10:30-13:00) Visit of St. Demetrius Parish (135 La Rose Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9P 1A6), Seniors Residence (123 La Rose) and Elementary School (125 La Rose Ave).
May 3rd, 2014 (9:30-12:00) Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Parish and (14:00-14:45) meeting and blessing of eparchial youth. (770 Queen St. West, Toronto ON M6J 2P4)
May 3rd, 2014 (19:00) Gala Concert A Tribute to Ukraine, celebrating the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk. (Hammerson Hall, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga ON L5B 4B8)
May 4th, 2014 (14:00) Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Holy Dormition of Mary Mother of God Parish. (3625 Cawthra Road, Mississauga ON L5A 2Y4)
May 4th, 2014 (18:30) Banquet in honor of His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk. (Mississauga Convention Centre 75 Derry Road West, Mississauga ON L5W 1G3)
May 5th, 2014 (9:30-11:30) Divine Liturgy at St. Josaphats Cathedral (143 Franklin Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 1C4)
May 5th, 2014 (14:00-15:00) Visit to St. Sophia School (3540 Havenwood Dr., Mississauga, ON L4X 2M9)
May 7th, 2014 (10:15-12:00) Visit of Patriarch Sviatoslav together with His Eminence Cardinal Collins to Josyf Cardinal Slipyj School (35 West Deane Park Dr., Etobicoke, ON M9B 2R5)
May 7th, 2014 (16:00-18:00) Divine Liturgy at St. Joseph Parish (300 River Oaks Blvd East, Oakville, ON L6H 5T1)
May 8th, 2014 (9:00-10:30) Divine Liturgy at Holy Protection Parish (30 Leeds St, Toronto, ON M6G 3R8)
May 8th, 2014 (12:30-13:00) Moleben Service at Holy Eucharist Parish (515 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N6)
May 8th, 2014 (5:00) Church of St. George the Great Martyr the Victorious Oshawa
May 9th, 2014 (6:00 p.m.) Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. John the Baptist Shrine - Ottawa
2014 (9:00 a.m.) Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary -Montreal.
For more information please contact Rev. Oleg Kachur 647-244-8186 or Rev. Alexander Laschuk 416-799-5174, or visit Eparchial web page http://www.ucet.ca/
Born May 5, 1970 in Striy, Lviv region, he began his religious education in 1991-1992 at the Don Bosco theological seminary in Buenos Aires.
He continued his education from 1992 to 1994 in the Lviv Theological Seminary.
Ordained a deacon on May 21, 1994 (by Bishop Fylymon Kurchaba), he was ordained a priest on June 26, 1994 (by His Beatitude Myroslav Cardinal Lubachivsky).
From 1994 to 1999 he studied at the papal university of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, where he received his doctoral degree summa cum laude in theological anthropology and the moral roots of theology in the Byzantine theological tradition.
From 1999 to 2000 he served as prefect of the Lviv Holy Spirit Theological Seminary. From 2000 to 2007 he was vice rector of the seminary. In 2001 he became vice-dean of the theology department at the Lviv Theological Academy (now the Ukrainian Catholic University).
In 2002 he was named head of the secretariat and personal secretary to His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar, head of the Patriarchal Curia in Lviv.
In 2007 he was named rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary.
On January 14, 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI confirmed the decision of the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church to name Father Sviatoslav Shevchuk as auxiliary bishop of the Protection of the Blessed Mother eparchy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On April 10, 2010 he was named Apostolic Administrator for the Eparchy of Argentina.
On March 23, 2011 at an election held by the Synod of bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church he was named Major Archbishop (Patriarch) of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. On March 24, the election was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. He was
enthroned on March 27, 2011 in Kyiv in the Patriarchal Cathedral of The Resurrection.
The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern CanadaThe Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada is a Ukrainian Catholic eparchy that includes the Eastern part of Canada. Erected in 1948, the current bishop is His Excellency Stephen Victor Chmilar. Parishes in this eparchy are located in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.
As of 2013, the eparchy contains 57 parishes, 81 active diocesan and religious priests, and 37,900 Catholics. It also has 15 Women Religious, 2 Religious Brothers, and 19 permanent deacons.