Thursday, December 8, 2011

Blessed Nykyta Dec. 11

Local priest puts on one-man show

Father Edward Evanko, of the Ukrainian Catholic parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God, will perform a one-man show about the life of Canada's first Ukrainian Catholic bishop. 

Blessed Nykyta tells the story of Nykyta Budka (1877-1949), who served as bishop to Canada's Ukrainian Catholics from 1912-1928. After he returned to the Ukraine, he was eventualy sent to the Gulags for his opposition to the Soviets, where he later died.

Father Evanko's performance commemorates the upcoming centennial of Blessed Nykyta's appointment in Canada, and is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute in Ottawa.

It takes place this Sunday (Dec. 11) at 7 p.m. at the Mother of God Parish at 8700 Railway Rd. in Richmond. Tickets are $15 for the 1 hr 10 performance, which will be followed by refreshments.

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