Keynote Presenter

Father Athanasius McVay ~

Blessed Nykyta Budka, Pioneer Missionary Bishop for the Ukrainians in Canada

Session description: The challenges faced by a young man who was given the responsibility over the spiritual welfare of his fellow countrymen in a foreign country.

Biography: Doctor of Ecclesiastical History.  Ukrainian Catholic priest.  Archival researcher and professional church historian.

Born inWinnipeg. Studied Philosophy, Sacred Theology and spirituality and Church History inRome. Ordained to the priesthood in 1995.  Served in parish ministry in Edmonton, Winnipeg, and London, England. Commissioned by the Ukrainian Bishops of Canada in October 2008 to research and write a biography of Blessed Nykyta Budka.

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Facilitators:
Ms. Lesia Sianchuk

My life journey has taken me on a interesting path of fundraising and management for not-for-profit organizations.  My career as a fundraiser has been one committed to supporting the needs of children and families through the arts, education, religious organizations and health care.  My faith is deeply rooted and for as long as I can remember, my spiritual life is something I rely on to guide me daily through the many adventures and challenges that I face.  I look forward to spending time together during Unity 2012 as go “into the wild”.

Watch Lesia’s Interview on Youtube (with Fr. Ivan)*

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Presenter Name: FR. IVAN NAHACHEWSKY

Facilitator Theme: INTO THE WILD

Presenter(s) current title/ministry/occupation: PRIEST OF THE EPARCHY OF SASKATOON  Catchy Title: FR. IVAN

Biography : Married with 4 kids. My two boys Roman and Andriy, along with my wife Debbie wear army boots and are all out of Saskatoon. My daughter Sophia studies Theology in Ottawa. My daughter Nina is in grade 10 in Prince Albert. I love nature and camping and my favorite way to experience it is by canoe or kayak. I am fond of fire. I write icons. I’m 48 years old. I drive a Ford Ranger and own my own chain saw. I’m a workaholic. I have 3 bachelor degrees: Religious studies, education (industrial arts) and theology. I journey with St. George parish in Prince Albert and I wear some eparchial hats like vocation director, dean and consultors, but I also do windows.

My theme for the year is “Sing to our God, sing” (Psalm 47:6)

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Workshop Presenters:
Rev. Mark Gnutel

Fr. Mark William Gnutel was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1999.  He completed his seminary studies at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Ottawa.  Prior to his ordination Fr. Mark was the Youth/Vocation Director for the Redemptorist’ s of the Yorkton Province, providing ministry opportunities for young adults and has remained a clergy associate/collaborator with the province since.

Fr. Mark is currently the Protopresbyter (Dean) of Winnipeg and is the parish priest for St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church.  He is married to Theresa and has served as Vocation Director, Youth Chaplain and currently is the Chair for organization committee of the 2012 World Synod of the Ukrainian Catholic Church to be held in Canada this September.  He is also a consulter of the Archeparchial Preysbyteral Council.  He facilitated the Archeparchial Sobor that also set in motion many new initiatives for the Archeparchy.  He has been invited as the keynote speaker and facilitator for many retreats, missions and workshops.

Topic The Human & Divine chatroom : Texting our way to improved communication The conversation that everyone wants to be part of!  In this session we will explore the many effective ways we communicate with God and people and how these skills can be improved.

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Rev. Dr.  Michael Kwiatkowski

Workshop topic:  Taking Ownership of our Role in the Mission of Christ’s Church ~  Siblings of the Ring: FULL HEIRS OF THE CHURCH FAMILY

Sometimes we may feel the uncertainty of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) with regard to our place in the local Church – on the eparchial or parish level. We are not only nominal members of Christ’s ecclesial family, we are full members with the right to “wear the ring” of an heir. With this privilege comes duty, but we have a lot more to offer than we sometimes imagine…!

Father Michael was born in rural Manitoba and grew up in Brandon where he was an active member of the UCY. He was a graduate of the Redemptorist Fathers’ St. Vladimir’s College. He completed seminary training in Rome and was ordained by Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk in 1986. After serving six years in a Winnipeg parish, he returned to Rome to complete doctoral studies in Canon Law. His dissertation was on “The Role of Governance for the Laity”. He spent almost 10 years total in Ukraine serving as Chancellor in Lviv and spiritual director, vice-rector and lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University. He served for three years as director of Spiritual Formation at the Seminary in  Ottawa. He now serves as pastor at Holy Eucharist Parish in Winnipeg.

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Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr’s Shrine

Fr. John Sianchuk, C.Ss.R.  & Mary Jane Kalenchuk

Director & Administrator of the Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr Shrine

In the Footsteps of a  Modern Day Martyr  ~ The Life and Ministry of Blessed Martyr Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky.  Reflecting on the past ten years since the Enshrinement, we will share Blessed Vasyl’s journey to martyrdom and the gift he has been to the church since his beatification. For the past ten years Fr. John and Mary Jane have been ministering in the Bishop Velychkovsky Shrine in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Besides welcoming pilgrims and sharing the martyr’s story, they have done extensive research in Ukraine on his life and have organized pilgrimage tours to visit the sites relevant to Blessed Vasyl’s life.

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Melita Mudri-Zubacz

 “So they say we should sing…” ~ Congregational Singing: It’s Brief History but Immense Significance

Graduate Student – Faculty of Music; ministering to the parishioners of St. Michael’s as a “spiritual mother” i.e. Fr. Greg’s wife.  This workshop will focus on the importance of active participation of a congregation in worship. Historical, as well as spiritual implications will be explored in order to show why we worship the way we do, as well as how we should continue.

Melita holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Theology (Sheptytsky Institute, Ottawa) as well as a Bachelor’s in Music (University of Manitoba). Her thesis in theology explored historical evaluation of congregational singing in the Rus’ liturgical traditions. Currently, Melita is pursuing an interdisciplinary Master’s study with the Faculty of Music where she is combining conducting with a historico-cultural Ukrainian study. Melita has always been active both in Ottawa and in Winnipeg in her work with music and liturgical studies. She has conducted various choirs and worked extensively with seminarians and laity instructing liturgics. Melita is married to Fr. Greg Zubacz, and they have three lovely daughters, Sofia, Helena and Teresa.

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Sr Theresa Metwe, SSMI

SSMI Formation Directress; SSMI Provincial Councilor; Practitioner of Structural Integration

Human Trafficking “Stop!  Take up the challenge – defend human dignity”

Has the world changed our Christian standards? Has human trafficking become a way of life? Do you want more meaning in your  life?  Then, let us look in our own ‘backyard’.  “Stop, as the Good Samaritan did, at the suffering of one’s neighbor, to have compassion for that suffering, and to give some help.” (JP II)

Born in Saskatchewan. Residing in Winnipeg. Currently I am a ‘Practitioner of Structural Integration’, an SSMI Formation Directress and on the SSMI Leadership Team as Provincial Councilor.  I work with the UCWLC, am a Board member of Holy Family Home plus several committees and presently a member of the Archeparchial Vocation Evaluation Committee.

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Sr. Emily Schietzsch, SSMI Novice

Vocation Discernment, with focus on Religious Life

Novice of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate

Learn and discern: Do we know where God’s calling us?

In a society where everyone is shouting for attention, how can we learn to hear God’s quiet, gentle voice inviting us to consecrate our lives to Him with “an undivided heart”? (c.f. 1Cor.7:34) Learn and discern how we can use our God-given gifts to serve God and His people, making present the kingdom of Christ in our world.

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Rev. Fr. Taras Kowch Ukrainian Catholic Priest

Workshop topic:  Blessed Emilian Kowcz ~ Patron Saint for all the Ukrainian Catholic Clergy worldwide

Workshop Title:   One of the greatest stories ever told about a heroic priest martyr Blessed Emilian
Kowcz who gave up his own life to save the lives of many others.

In this workshop Fr. Taras will attempt to portray the unique story of his grandfather Blessed Emilian
Kowcz a truly chosen warrior and defender of the Christian faith.

Fr. Taras Kowch is a married Ukrainian Catholic priest who has been blessed with a
wonderful wife, two daughters, a son-in law, and two grandsons. He currently
serves as the pastor of two parishes on the outskirts of the city of Winnipeg
in the Cooks Creek, and Beausejour  Manitoba areas. Fr. Taras was born in Windsor
Ontario (Canada) but spent the majority of his youth growing up in Detroit,
Michigan (USA). Fr. Taras’ educational background stems from having achieved
two Masters Degrees in the fields of Divinity, and Sacred Theology.  Fr. Taras is a compassionate and spiritual
individual who treats everybody with love, honor, and respect in accordance
with his Christian values and Catholic Church teachings. He continues follow in
his grandfather’s footsteps realizing that he is not “Blessed” but feels very
blessed to be working as Christ’s shepherd and attending to his flock.

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The Welcome Home ~ Presenter: Fr. Michael Smolinski, C.Ss.R.
Workshop Title:  Ukrainian Catholic Church Meets Inner-City ~ Bishop Budka came to build Church in the wilds of western Canada in 1912.  What does it look like when the Redemptorists build Church in Winnipeg’s inner-city in 2012?

Fr. Michael Smolinski, C.Ss.R., has been the director of The Welcome Home:  A Mission of St. Alphonsus since 2003.   He loves the ministry of The Welcome Home and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.  He works closely with his young adult live-in community members and his fellow Redemptorists to make the Ukrainian Catholic Church visible and present in Winnipeg’s inner-city.

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Other presenters/speakers:

Reconciliation Service

Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky

During the service on Saturday, Fr. Stephen will reflect on the Holy Mystery of Repentance. “Why do I need to confess my sins to a priest?” This and other questions about confession will be addressed to offer participants a deeper understanding of the meaning and effectiveness of this sacrament of healing.