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The Man-Made Famine (genocide) in Ukraine

Shevchenko Monument


Rt. Rev. Leo Chayka


65 years of priestly service


On Sunday, October 29th, 2017 Rt. Rev. Leo Chayka was honoured for his 65 years of priestly service in the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. Ordained to the priesthood in 1952, he spent nearly all of his priestly service in Northern Quebec and Northern Ontario. He organized  parishes and established churches in Val D'or QC, Rouyn-Noranda, QC and Virginiatown, ON. During that time he served Kirkland Lake, ON where he rebuilt an old church. He also reached out to many other smaller communities in the area and tried to serve the needs of the people there.

After 65 years of service, Rt. Rev. (Monsignor as he likes to be addressed) Leo Chayka  continues to serve 3 parishes in the North. He travels more than 2 hours from his home in Val D’or to Kirkland Lake to serve Divine Liturgy in St. Volodymyr Parish.


Most Rev. Bishop Stephen Chmilar, along with many clergy and faithful of the Eparchy, celebrated a Divine Liturgy of thanksgiving to God for having blessed Fr. Leo with the strength, good health, endurance, and a strong love for Church and for the Ukrainian people. Our Lord God  called his servant Fr. Chayka to serve in His vineyard and sent him to a place where His Ukrainian children were hungry to hear the word of God.

Bishop Stephen thanked Fr. Leo for his dedication, offering Fr. Leo his Episcopal blessing and wishing him strength and good health as he continues his service.  Fr. Chayka, at an age when most priests have long retired, continues to serve and write books.


Rt. Rev. Monsignor Chayka,  we thank God for having given you to us and most especially to the people of the North.

We bow with deep respect to you for your selfless service to our Church and for our people.


2017 Clergy retreat


The priests of the

Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada

held their annual spiritual retreat during the week of October 23, 2017.

The Retreat Master was Rev. Dr. Roman Rytsar.

The theme of the retreat focused on The Beatitudes.

(several participants were not available  for the photo)

Bishop celebrates Divine Liturgy in Montreal

Bishop Stephen Chmilar

joined the faithful at the

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

in Montreal

as they celebrated multiple anniversaries.

 1 жовтня 2017 р. Б. Преосвящений владика кир Стефан Хміляр відслужив Арихиєрейську Літургію в Церкві Успення Божої Матері в Монреалі де місцева громада святкувала відразу три ювілеї, а саме:

60років посвячення Церкви Успення Божої Матері,

65р. ювілей створення Монреальського відділу Ліґи Українських Католицьких Жінок Канади,

а також

115 річний ювілей місійної праці Сестер Служебниць Непорочної Діви Марії в Канаді,

(90р. в Монреалі та 65р. праці сестер служебниць в парафії Успення Божої Матері.)



On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the faithful of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Montreal joined the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate, their Pastor, Rev. Ihor Oshchipko,  the clergy of Montreal and their Bishop, Most Rev. Stephen Chmilar to celebrate a Divine Liturgy commemorating 3 special anniverseries:

the 60th anniversary of the building of their church

the 65th anniversary of the start of the Montreal Branch of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada (UCWLC)


the 115th anniversary of the missionary work of the Sister Servernts of Mary Immaculate (SSMI) in Canada. This also included 90 years of their missionary service in Montreal and 65 years of this very dedicated service at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


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Ukrainian Church in Kitchener "OPENS DOORS"


On Saturday, Sept. 16, Holy Transfiguration Church (Kitchener) opened its doors to hundreds of visitors as part of DOORS OPEN WATERLOO REGION 2017. As a first time venue for this very popular and province-wide event parishioners were excited to welcome into their Church interested people from around the Region.

In addition to a self-guided tour of the Church, parishioners prepared a cultural and historic display in the Church basement to further inform guests of the Ukrainian community. A special feature was added when it was arranged to host one of the volumes of the Saint John’s Bible (http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/), currently residing at St. Jerome’s University, for the weekend.

In the afternoon a talk on icons was scheduled.

Expectations were realistic: 100 visitors would be wonderful. In the end expectations were more than exceeded: the first visitors arrived five minutes before opening, over 500 visitors passed through the Church and the Church was full for the talk on iconography! The most common comment from visitors: “What a gem you have!” A wonderful event and a simple way to share the beauty of our Church with others.




Installation of Sub-deacons


Installation of Sub-Deacons

Greg Dutkewicz

Myron Dyczok

Shawn Goldman

Mark Stoiko


On Staturday, September 23, Most Rev. Bishop Stephen Chmilar, installed four new sub-deacons at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Family and friends gathered to witness the installation and to prayer for God's Blessings upon

Greg Dutkewicz, Myron Dyczok, Shawn Goldman  and Mark Stoiko.

May God always bless them with continued dedication in the service of the Church and for the Glory of God. May their zeal in serving in this new special role, be an inspiration to all for greater commitment to serving God and neigbour.




MASI - Relocated from Ottawa to Toronto

Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institue

Re-locates from Ottawa to St. Michael's College in Toronto


The Institute for Eastern Relgious Studies

enters the 2017-18 Academic Year

as part of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto


Relocation and dedication Ceremony



Letter of thanks from Director, Very Rev. Peter Galadza




The Relocation and Dedication Ceremony



+Leo Melnyk


+Rev. Deacon Leo Melnyk

November 9, 1932 - August 6, 2017


Funeral Arrangements

Visitation - Tuesday, August 8   4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church

135 La Rose Ave.

Toronto, ON

Parastas - Tuesday, August 8 - 7:30 p.m. -at St. Demetrius Church

Funeral Divine Liturgy - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Burial at Prospect Cemetery


+Rev. Deacon Leo Melnyk

God of spirits and all flesh,
You trampled death,
You made the devil powerless,
and You gave life to Your world.
Now, O Lord, to the soul of Your servant,
+Deacon Leo Melnyk
who has fallen asleep,
grant rest in a place of light,
a place of verdure,
and a place of tranquility,
from which pain, sorrow and mourning have fled,
As the good and loving God,
forgive every sin of thought, word or deed he has committed,
There is no one who will live and will not sin,
for You alone are sinless.
Your justice is everlasting justice and Your word is truth.

For You, O Christ our God,
are the Resurrection, the Life and the Repose of Your servant,

+Deacon Leo Melnyk
who has fallen asleep:
and we give glory to You,
together with Your eternal Father
and You most holy, good and life-giving Spirit
now and forever and ever . Amen



Sr. Christina Syrotynskyj - Provincial SSMI



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