Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 17, 2002
Family circle remains unbroken
Bishop's twin sister joyfully recalls her brother's life
By RENATO GANDIA
"It's a privilege and honour to have a young man decide that being a priest is what he wants to do."
- Patricia Chomnycky
Growing up, she said her brother was a good student. He was studious, always reading, a real bookworm.
As he got older, Patrick discovered sports, although he was not involved in organized sports. But he would go out and play basketball with his friends.
Later, her brother's interest shifted to listening to classical music.
"We have a really good relationship," said Patricia. When her brother went to Rome to study, they kept in touch through letters.
"We didn't often phone because of the expense, but we kept together with letters."
After his studies in Rome, Patricia and her family were quite involved in organizing and helping out with the ordination in Vancouver.
Following the sacrament of the Holy Orders, Paul served in Alberta and Vancouver.
The family circle is crucial to Paul. Whenever the bishop is home, his sister would prepare pasta for him. "When he was in Rome, I think he ate a lot of pasta. That's probably his favourite."
Their parents died five years ago. It saddens Patricia that they never saw their son become a bishop.
"If they were here today, they would have been extremely proud and really excited for him."
The other sad part of this change in the bishop's life is that he is going to England.
"I've been to London and it's a beautiful city. I'm excited to be able to go and visit him there. But there is a mix of sadness and joy because he will be far away, not just from me, but from the rest of the family and his friends."
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