Clergy Spiritual Retreat
The priests from the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada gathered in St. Anne de Beaupre, QC for their annual spiritual retreat from October 19 to October 23. Retreat master, Very Rev. Dr. Peter Galadza, director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, led the retreatants’ reflections on the teachings of Venerable Metropolitan Sheptytsky.
Bishop Stephen Chmilar chose the site for this year’s retreat not only because St Anne de Beaupre is a wonderful site for pilgrimage and a place for spiritual reflection but also because he wanted to use this occasion to reach out and make contact with recent immigrants from Ukraine who have settled in Quebec City. Our clergy from Montreal were able to make some contact and extended an invitation to our brothers and sisters from Quebec City to join the clergy in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and an opportunity to break bread together. To everyone’s pleasant surprise, several families, totalling 21 people, arrived from Quebec City. We were told that several others had hoped to come but were unable to do so because of work commitments. The people who came had the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) and reception of the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist.
Following the Divine Liturgy, everyone shared a meal and had a very pleasant “getting to know you” evening. The people from Quebec City expressed their hope that some mission might be set up in Quebec City to enable a priest to provide sacramental, spiritual, and liturgical services in their area. This was Bishop Stephen original desire.
Efforts are currently in progress to establish a mission in Quebec City for such services. Initially, it is expected that a priest from Montreal will travel at least once a month to Quebec City to provide sacramental, spiritual and liturgical services. As this initiative unfolds, with God’s help and guidance, it is hoped that soon we will have a thriving Ukrainian Catholic community in Quebec City.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Quebec City
for the success of this mission work.
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