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Most Rev. Stephen Chmilar D.D.
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Shevchenko Monument


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A commentary and segments of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy

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Post Synodal Letter from Patriarch Sviatislav


Bishops at 2017 Synod



Послання Синоду Єпископів

Української Греко-Католицької Церкви 2017 року

до духовенства, монашества і мирян



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2017 Pastoral Letter of the Synod of Bishops

of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

to the Clergy, Monastics and Laity


Pastoral letter

For English click on "Pastoral Letter"

Christmas Greeting from our Ukrainian Canadian Bishops





Christmas Greeting from our Ukrainian Canadian Catholic Bishops


(For Ukrainian text please go to "Read More")





 To the Very Reverend Clergy, Monastics and Religious Sisters, Seminarians

and Laity of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory,

glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(John 1:14)

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

 For Canadians it has been an extraordinary year of celebrations as we commemorated the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Throughout this great nation communities large and small found their own special way to celebrate. On Canada Day throughout the land there were parades, picnics, family and neighbourhood barbecues, and, of course, fireworks, bringing the day to a glorious close. In each of our families, no doubt, we also celebrated other events: a birthday, an anniversary, a wedding, or a graduation. Celebrations have great meaning as long as we understand what is being celebrated and why we celebrate it. And even if we don’t completely understand a particular celebration, as is frequently the case in a multicultural and diverse country such as ours, we can at least tell a joyful celebration from a sorrowful one.

What does Christmas mean to us? Why do we celebrate it? How do we mark the feast? Our consumer society certainly gives us enough notice of the “holiday season” through endless commercials and advertising! We are urged to go to Christmas parties, to make our holiday plans well in advance, to purchase gifts, and to decorate our homes. On various radio and television talk shows we are told to not wait till the last moment to purchase Christmas presents, to make holiday plans early in order to avoid stress. We may even know people who begin their Christmas gift shopping for the next year almost as soon as Christmas is over, already thinking of the people to whom they will want to give a gift, and thus purchasing presents throughout the entire year. We probably also know people who wait till the very last minute to make plans and purchase gifts, only to find that their lives have become topsy-turvy. Then the Christmas celebrations come and go so quickly that all that seemingly remains is an inner emptiness, the so called post-Christmas doldrums, or the after-Christmas party blues. Is that the meaning of Christmas, a season of frenetic commercial activity? Shouldn’t we at least question the motives of those who kick off each “holiday season” with a “Black Friday?”

In the Gospel of Luke, the Angel of the Lord announces:

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (2: 10-12)

Then the narrative continues:

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (2:13-14)

 So, we are celebrating an event infinitely more important than Canadian Confederation, a family member’s birthday or wedding anniversary. We are celebrating the kind of Good News that comes only once in human history: the birth of a Saviour, a Messiah. Christmas commemorates an event that continues to impact the lives of all men and women of faith: the co-Eternal Son of God became one of us, so that we might share in his Divinity.

 Are we ready to celebrate the event, not materially, but spiritually? Did we take advantage of the Philip’s Fast (Pylypivka-Advent) to spend extra time in prayer? Did we limit our food intake and make personal sacrifices? Did we especially think of the needy, both near and far, and engage in works of charity? Did we take advantage of the Holy Mystery (Sacrament) of Reconciliation so that we might be able to sing “God is with us—Emmanuel!” with a pure and open heart? If we have, we truly understand and can appreciate the real reason for the season. If we have not, it is never too late to receive the new-born Saviour in the stillness of a joyful heart, for his message of good news is offered to all men and women of good will. Let us ask for the grace needed to understand the incredible significance of the event. Let us pray, that we might have the courage to proclaim the truth about Christmas, boldly and with faith.

 Our rich liturgical poetry for the Feast proclaims:

 Today heaven and earth unite, for Christ is born. Today God came to earth in the flesh, and the human race was lifted up to the heavens. Today, for the sake of all, He is seen in the flesh, the One Who by nature is invisible. Let us glorify Him, singing: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace which Your coming has bestowed on us. O Saviour, glory to You!

 May each and every one of you be blessed with a Christmas full of joyful and profound celebration.


+ Lawrence Huculak OSBM, Metropolitan Archbishop of Winnipeg

+ Michael Wiwchar CSSR, Bishop Emeritus of Saskatoon

+ Severian Yakymyshyn OSBM, Bishop Emeritus of New Westminster

+ David Motiuk, Eparchial Bishop of Edmonton

+ Stephen Chmilar, Eparchial Bishop of Toronto

+ Ken Nowakowski, Eparchial Bishop of New Westminster

+ Bryan Bayda CSSR, Eparchial Bishop of Saskatoon 




His Beatitude's Christmas Message


His Beatitude, Patriarch Sviatoslav's

Christmas Message to the faithful


Christmas Message in Ukrainian

click here


Christmas Message in English

read below

Prot. N. 17/455 ENG




Most Reverend Archbishops and Metropolitans, God-loving Bishops,
 Very Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics, Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters, in Ukraine and throughout the world

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich,

 yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

2 Cor. 8:9

Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Beloved in Christ!

Today once again we share the unspeakable joy of the Holy Nativity, which fills the heart of each believer. The Son of God became one of us, having taken as His mother a Virgin from Nazareth. The Son of the Pre-eternal and Almighty God, the Creator of all that is visible and invisible, was born in a poor stable cave and personally experienced all human misery. This is not merely some historical event from long ago, this is our reality as well. In this event that took place in Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago we recognize God’s infinite love for the human race, for all time: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).

Gazing upon the newborn Saviour, lying in a simple stable cave, on hay in a manger, we sense how Divine wisdom exceeds human wisdom. In the light of the Christmas star, human power, glory, and wealth seem empty, fleeting, and insignificant. Christ, the Son of God, became poor and helpless for us. He abandoned heavenly glory in order to be born among humans—deprived, having no place to lay His head, as we sing in our traditional carol: “not in a royal palace, but among cattle….” For us He becomes poor, having been rich, so that we might become rich in his poverty (see 2 Cor 8:9). Taking human misery and frailty upon Himself, the Son of God raises us poor humans to our Lord’s grandeur. Indeed, the poor shepherds of the Bethlehem and its surroundings are the first to receive this good news of salvation, proclaimed to us today by the Angel of the Lord: “’And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!’” (Lk 2:12-14). Christmas, it would seem, brings about an exchange of gifts: God descends from heaven to earth, so that mankind might ascend into heaven; the Son of God becomes poor, so that we might all be enriched.

Today we live in a world where, in the words of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the pursuit of material enrichment frequently grows into a “new idolatry of money,” and “the economy lays bare… a lack of real concern for human beings; man being reduced to one of his needs alone: consumption” (Evangelii gaudium, 55). And yet, the angel of the Nativity directs his message to the poor and calls upon them, and us as well, to praise God, in Whom we find hidden the true and eternal wealth of humankind. In being united with Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:3). Christians appear before the world “as poor, yet making many rich, as having nothing, yet possessing everything” (2 Cor 6:10)! And thus, in the Nativity, this wealth—a life with God and in God—comes to us and becomes a source of our joy and hope, which we exchange with one another..

In the midst of the misery and challenges of the present day, we should recognize that there are many forms of poverty—spiritual, cultural, educational, civilizational, and only then—material. The poverty of the present world is frequently not material, but spiritual. Thus, in a certain sense, today’s “new rich” in Ukraine may, in fact, be spiritually and culturally poorer than beggars. On the other hand, this spiritual poverty, that is, this distance of the powerful of this world from God, frequently creates social injustice, disastrous abuse of authority, corruption and misuse of resources, given for the common good.

In this situation it is not enough for the rich to share a portion of the crumbs from their table as a form of help for the poor. What is needed is a change of the human heart, an opening which will allow Divine light and grace to enter. For the one who claims to be a saviour of the poor, but does not have God in his or her heart—such a person carries empty ideologies which only exploit human suffering for political gain, but in reality, are unable to end it. In such circumstances the poor become poorer while the rich continue to prosper. Only those who have become rich in God can transform their own lives and contribute to the creation of a just society, having the human being at its centre rather than profit, the common good rather than egotistical interests of particular groups or clans.

In His Nativity Christ makes us all rich, fills us and raises us out of all forms of poverty, for Christ is born in Bethlehem in order to make every person His brother, His sister—a child of God and sharer of eternal divine blessings. That is why Christmas is the feast of solidarity for all humankind, even for those who cannot bear the gifts of gold of this world, for it enriches all with “a gift more precious than myrrh: the faith of the heart and sincere love,” as we sing in our Ukrainian carol.

Beloved in Christ! In order that we may worthily celebrate Christmas, with those who suffer from all forms of poverty let us share of the riches that are ours—our spiritual gifts above all, and then material gifts. May our ancient carol-koliada, which greets the king in a poor stable cave, be a Divine covenant for us, to approach the poor and share with them the riches of our holy faith. Let us lean down before Christ, present in our impoverished brothers and sisters, allowing them to experience the closeness of God, Who embraces all with His endless mercy and unconditional love. Let us greet with carols our soldiers, wherever they may be—in their homes, having fulfilled their sacred duty to defend their country, in their military units, at the front. Let us visit those who were wounded in battle, let us receive into our hearts the pain of the poor and the needy, for in doing so we will receive Christ with the Most Holy Family, enriching our own homes, our families, and the society we live in with endless divine treasures, “where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Mt 6:20). This is what the Holy Church encourages us to do in singing: “Let us meet Him with pure hearts and with good works. Let us prepare ourselves now through the Holy Spirit to greet Him who is coming to His own people as He himself had willed. He is being born in Bethlehem, so that through His compassion He might bring back all of those who were exiled from life in Paradise” (Sunday before the Nativity, Stikhera from Vespers).

Dear Brothers and Sisters, with a sincere heart I wish each of you, from the youngest to the oldest, from the richest in Divine gifts to the poorest, in Ukraine and abroad—the true joy of children of God, a tasty kutia, a Christmas full of cheer, and a happy, peaceful, and blessed New Year!


Christ is born! Glorify Him!




Given in Kyiv

at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ,

on the day of the Venerable Martyr Stephen the Younger and the Holy Martyr Irenarchus,

the 11th of December (28th of November) in the 2017th Year of our Lord

His Beatitude's letter to the Canadian Catholic Bishops


Humanitarian Situation in Ukraine

His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Patrirach of the Ukrainian Catholic Church sends a letter to the

Conference of Canadian Catholic Bishops


Humanitarian situation in Ukraine.






Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Catholic Eparch of Toronto and Eastern Canada

was joined by

Bishop Andriy Peshko of the Eastern Eparchy of the Orthodox Church in Canada

along with clergy and faithful

to commemorate, in prayer,  the millions of people who died, 

victims of the forced famine orchestrated by the Stalin regime in 1932-33. 

Bishop Stephen Installs Sub-deacon

Douglas Martin - Sub-deacon

The faithful of St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church

witnessed an installation ceremony during the evening vespers.

On Sarturday, November 11, 2017 Most Rev. Bishop Stephen

installed Douglas Martin as Sub-deacon.

St. George Parish in Oshawa celebrates 90th annivery of first XATA

Most Rev. Stephen Chmilar

joined the clergy and the faithful at St. George Church in Oshawa to celebrate a special anniversary.

It is the 90th anniversary of the first community building of St. George Parish. This community gathering place is lovingly referred to as the XATA (house).

This XATA has undergone several changes and upgrades over the years to the current parish hall known as LVIV HALL.


Young children welcome Bishop Stephen

as he enters the church for the Divine Liturgy.


Bishop Stephen said that

it is not only in our strengths but in our weaknesses that we bring Christ to others.

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Special Anniversaries of Ordination

Special Anniversaries

of ordination to the priesthood

Most Rev. Bishop Stephen Chmilar               45 years

Rt. Rev. Leo Chayka                                   65  years

Rev. John Sloan                                         60 years

Rev. Ed Yarema                                         59 years

Rev. Boniface Malowany                             57 years

Rt. Rev. John Tataryn                                 56 years

Rev. Cyril Mykytiuk                                    54 years

Rt. Rev. Conrad Dachuk                              40 years

Rt. Rev. Josef Zyla                                      35 years

Rev. Ostap Chorniy                                     25 years

Rev. Andrii Lopatniuk                                  25 years

Rev. Bohdan Winnicki                                  25 years

Very Rev. Volodymyr Yanishevsky                 25 years

Rev. Oleg Yuryk                                           25 years

Rev. Jaroslaw Lazoryk                                  20 years

Rev. Peter Shumelda                                    15 years

Rev. Bohdan Mironovich                                10 years

Rev. Ihor Panchyshyn                                   10 years



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