NEW EVANGELIZATION & MISSIONARY SPIRIT IN MY LIFE RETREAT/SEMINAR
On Saturday, March 8, in St. Basil Seminary in Stamford, CT, Fr. Athanasius McVay led an enthusiastic group of laity in the exploration of the significance of the New Evangelization and the development of a Missionary Spirit in the life of every faithful Christian. Fr. McVay used Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation: "Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel" as the basis for his conferences. The day ended with a celebration of Vespers for the First Sunday of Lent - The Sunday of Orthodoxy - in St. Basil Seminary Chapel. During the vespers service the participants of the seminar carried holy icons in a traditional solemn procession around the chapel.
EAST MEETS WEST - A PILGRIMAGE TO WORSHIP WITH FRIENDS FROM THE “OTHER SIDE” OF THE CATHOLIC FAMILY
Fr. Bohdan Danylo,Rector of St. Basil College Seminary;Most Reverend Paul Chomnycky,Bishop of Stamford, Diocese of Stamford; Fr.Maxim Kobasuk, OSBM, Spiritual Director,St. Basil’s;Msgr. Alan F. Detscher, Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside, CT with children in the St. Catherine of Siena Sunday Family Program
From Friday, March 28 to Sunday, March 30 the deacons of the Stamford Eparchy gathered in St. Basil Seminary in Stamford for a weekend session of the On-Going Diaconate Formation Program. During the weekend encounter the deacons attended classes presented by Bishop Paul, Fr. Maxim Kobasuk OSBM, Fr. Bohdan Danylo and Msgr. John Squiller. The topics presented included Homiletics,The New Evangelization, The Vibrant Parish initiative in the Stamford Eparchy, lectio divina, and lessons on the liturgical services. In the photograph below the participants stand in St. Basil Seminary Chapel along with the Diaconate Formation Program Director, Fr. Maxim Kobasuk, OSBM.
On a rainy Saturday afternoon, March 29, the Ukrainian Museum and Library of Stamford revealed its contribution to the world-wide celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of the Bard of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko, by unveiling a new exhibit in his honor. The exhibit, designed by Museum Curator, Lubow Wolynetz, incorporates many exquisite graphic works by the artist Vasyl Lopata, which he created to be used as illustrations in Shevchenko's monumental work: KOBZAR. In addition, the display includes rare printed editions of the KOBZAR taken from the museum collection and other works on Taras Shevchenko. The exhibit will be in place until September. For more information about the Ukrainian Museum of Stamford, including hours of operation, please visit the Museum's wegpage: www.ukrainianmuseumlibrary.org
EPARCHIAL WOMEN'S DAY - 'A SPIRITUAL SPA'
On Saturday, May 3, over 150 women from every corner of the Stamford Eparchy gathered in St. Basil Seminary in Stamford, CT to partake in a 'spiritual spa'. Sofia Shchur, Lesia Muraszczuk and Sr. Natalya Stoczanyn SSMI led the ladies through a day of spiritual cleansing, meditation and fellowship. The participants also had a chance to create their own healing oils, make their own rosaries from olivewood beads from the Holy Land, and obtain ideas for creating their own family prayer corner at home. Bishop Paul, Fr. Bohdan Danylo, Fr. Kiril Angelov and Fr. Edward Young were also present to lead prayers, hear confessions and bless the finished work of the ladies at the end of the day.