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Week of May 9, 2005
Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, head of Ukrainian Catholic Church will convene Winnipeg meeting
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
Canadian Catholic News
The worldwide head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, will convene an historic meeting of the Church's permanent synod in Winnipeg May 22-29.
This is the first time the permanent synod, composed of Husar and four other members of the Ukrainian Catholic Synod of Bishops, will meet in Canada.
"This is a major event in the history and the life of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada and in fact in North America," said Father Ken Nowakowski, press officer to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Canada.
The permanent synod discusses problems, makes decisions for the Church and usually meets in Ukraine at least four times a year.
Future of the Church
After a couple of days of private meetings, the permanent synod will participate in a three-day gathering that's expected to draw more than 170 Ukrainian Catholics from across Canada to Winnipeg's Sheraton Hotel to examine the future of the Church.
"The Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada have invited all of our priests, deacons, subdeacons, wives of clergy, members of our religious and monastic communities and seminarians to come and join us in Winnipeg," said Archbishop Michael Bzdel, metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Canada.
Nowakowski said the future of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada is bright and positive, and the Winnipeg meetings will discuss the vocation of the Church and what more it can do. "We've been now in Canada for over a 100 years, and our Church is certainly a very alive Church."
Nowakowski pointed out that one of the Church's flagship programs, Welcome Home, is an outreach centre assisting aboriginal people in Winnipeg. He said the Church also runs nursing homes, schools and other forms of outreach.
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