Friday, September 21, 2012

Blessed Nykyta still leaves his mark on the Ukrainian church

Canada's first UGCC eparch, revered by current shepherds, honoured at bishop's synod

Blessed Nykyta Budka
The B.C. Catholic has the tale of Blessed Nykyta Budka, the respected martyr and the first Ukrainian Catholic eparch (bishop) in Canada:
As eparchs of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) gathered for their annual synod in Winnipeg Sept. 9-16, Blessed Nykyta Budka's name dominated conversation. Without him the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada might not be in existence today.
Born in Ukraine in 1877, Blessed Budka was appointed Canada's first Ukrainian eparch in 1912 by the Vatican. The 35-year-old was charged with uniting the Ukrainian faithful who were scattered throughout Canada.
He arrived in Winnipeg on a December evening with only 13 secular priests and nine monks to oversea the 80 parishes and chapels. Eparch Budka travelled far and wide across Canada in the days before most of today's highways connecting the country, visiting his 150,000 faithful from coast to coast.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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