Thursday, February 2, 2012

It is "rite" to celebrate cherished bishop

Ukrainians commemorate 100 years in Canada

Blessed Nykyta Budka

Blessed with more than saintly qualities, Blessed Nykyta Budka had many talents establishing the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in Canada. Below my story on why Ukrainian Catholics will celebrate the future saint during the Ukrainian Catholics bishops synod:

 In 1912 a young Ukrainian bishop arrived in Winnipeg tasked with establishing a unified Ukrainian Catholic Church in his adopted land. Bishop Nykyta Budka evangelized the sick, the oppressed, and the imprisoned.

He was only 35, but equipped with the words of Jesus's proclamation in the synagogue of Nazareth (Lk 4:18-19), he not only established a new eparchy but also offered inspiration to thousands of Ukrainian Catholics.

One hundred years later the Ukrainian Catholic bishops of Canada will celebrate Blessed Budka's accomplishment with the annual worldwide synod of Ukrainian Catholic bishops in Winnipeg Sept. 9-16.
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