Monthly Archives: July 2014
Who’s the man of the hour? Why, it’s Bishop Bryan Bayda, of course!
We have the pleasure of hosting Saskatchewan’s Bishop Bryan Bayda, who will be participating in the Bishop’s Panel alongside Bishop David Motiuk, as well as leading his session on World Religions. Entitled “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” Bishop Bryan will speak on the sometimes baffling subject of how we as Ukrainian Catholic young adults can interact and learn from our neighbours with different faiths while still keeping and growing in our own faith. As Bishop Bryan puts it, “What is UNITY after all?”
As for the man under the mitre, Bishop Bryan describes himself thus:
Born on his mother’s birthday August 21, 1961 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Bryan became the third of six children that God entrusted to his parents Joseph and Florence Bayda. He attended Bishop Murray Elementary School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and high school at St. Vladimir’s College Minor Seminary in Roblin, Manitoba. The minor seminary, served by the Ukrainian Catholic Redemptorists, played an important role in nurturing his prayer life, Eastern spirituality and love for the performing arts of his Ukrainian heritage.
His post secondary education includes a 1982 BA from U of Toronto; 1987 M.Div. from U of Toronto St. Michael’s College; 1990 B.Ed. from U of Manitoba; and 1997 Eastern Theology Diploma from Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies. He professed perpetual vows as a Redemptorist in 1986, was ordained a priest May 30, 1987 and served in parishes, taught high school, did pastoral ministry, played an active role in various church youth activities including retreats, eparchial summer camps, five World Youth Day Pilgrimages and Youth For Christ Rallies.
On May 2, 2008 Pope Benedict XIV appointed him as Bishop of the Eparchy of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for Ukrainian Catholics and he was ordained bishop on June 27, 2008. He currently serves on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Doctrine Commission and Bishop Bryan still enjoys activities such as scuba diving, playing guitar and card games, and the occasional round of golf.
A pretty cool guy, if I do say so myself. I mean, just check out his shades from the last Unity in Pinawa:
P.s. 15 days!!! It’s not too late to register, so don’t delay!
Unity 2014’s zabava on Saturday night promises to be a fantastic time thanks to the music stylings of Edmonton band, Euphoria!
Euphoria is a fusion of Ukrainian pop, rock, and traditional music from Ukraine along with English favorites and is creating a transformational sound in the Ukrainian-Canadian music scene. Created in 2007, Euphoria has become a leader in creating an ultimate experience for clients and guests at weddings, dances, and performances. The band was formed on a foundation of their love for Ukrainian folk music. However with the influence of modern Ukrainian pop, rock, and techno artists from Ukraine, Euphoria has incorporated these genres into a unique sound. Alongside these modern elements of Ukrainian pop-culture, Euphoria’s love for playing traditional polkas, waltzs, and tangos is evident when they perform. In addition to Ukrainian music, the band performs a variety of English pop songs, country songs, and many good ol’ classics. Euphoria is thrilled to perform for you at Unity 2014! Join Euphoria in conversation: visit facebook.com/euphoriaukrainianband, twitter.com/euphoriaukiband, or their website www.euphoriaband.ca.
Peace and God Bless!
Another day, another SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT! Today? Our fearless Keynote Speaker, Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky (I’m still having trouble spelling his last name).
When asked to give us a brief bio, Fr. Stephen sent us the following:
Father Stephen was born and raised in Montreal.
He was educated at the following post-secondary institutions:
- Loyola of Montreal (B.A. in Political Science; post-B.A. diploma in Theology),
- University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto (M.A. in Theology),
- University of Toronto Faculty of Education (Bachelor of Education),
- John XXIII Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Maryknoll Seminary, Fordham, N.Y. (M.A. in Eastern Christian Theology)
- Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario (Certificate in Teacher Librarianship), and
- Saint Paul University, Ottawa (Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Eastern Christian Studies)
Since 1975, Father Stephen has been a teacher, principal and consultant in the Catholic school systems of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. He was the Director of Religious Education Services for the Edmonton Catholic School District from 1999 to 2007. Most recently he completed two three-year terms as the Director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.
Over this same period, he has been active in parish ministry as a Ukrainian Catholic deacon, assistant priest and pastor in the eparchies of Toronto, New Westminster and Edmonton. Since September 2013, he has been serving the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton as Chancellor and Vicar General.
Father Stephen has led retreats, given talks and served on local and national committees in the areas of Catholic Education, Eastern Christian spirituality, ecumenism, the role of the laity, and youth ministry. He has been a lecturer at Concordia College, Edmonton, in the field of Religious Education. He has also lectured at Newman Theological College, Edmonton, in the areas of Religious Education and Eastern Christianity. Most recently he taught several courses at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute
Father Stephen is married to Maria (née Jakimowicz). Together they have three children and six grandchildren.
Some other fun facts about Fr. Stephen:
He enjoys reading classic mysteries and thrillers, completing cryptic crosswords (his words) and Sudoku, playing folksy 60s/70s music on guitar, wine making (as a disciple of Christ should), and watching movies! He is also an avid fan of the Edmonton Eskimos (boo ya!).
I personally have heard Fr. Stephen speak and I have no doubt his keynote will intrigue, challenge, and inspire. Another great reason to register for Unity today! And while you’re at it, check out the updated Sessions page to educate yourselves on which session you’d like to attend when you’re at Unity.
God bless and tune in next time for another Spotlight!
Most of you won’t know this, but quite a few months ago, I (Joyanne) was sitting alone on a Friday night, just relaxing after a regular week of work. Disney’s Frozen was all anyone talked about at this point, and I found myself humming the iconic Idina Menzel song, “Let It Go.” What surprised me, however, is that new lyrics were popping into my head, so I quickly jumped up and grabbed my notebook and a pen. The following is the result.
CIX! Glory be to Jesus Christ!
More info for everyone. We have 2 awesome Bishops coming out to Unity, and we have the privilege to grill them during our Bishop Panel on Friday afternoon. We’re calling this session “Chatting with Cathy Catholic,” for our very own Catherine Wojcichowsky will be our host.
This is where you folks come in: the Unity 2014 Core Team is asking that you send in any questions you have for the Bishops prior to Unity 2014. You can do this through Twitter and the hashtag #unitybishoptweets. If you haven’t followed us on Twitter yet, how’s your chance! So, don’t be shy! Get your questions in today!
Stay tuned for more core team and speaker updates. Until then, peace!