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Speaker Spotlight: Bishop Bryan Bayda

Who’s the man of the hour? Why, it’s Bishop Bryan Bayda, of course!

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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:


God bless!

Joyanne 😀

P.s. 15 days!!! It’s not too late to register, so don’t delay!


Seems Like A Good Idea, Eh?

I know this is from way over in Saskatchewan, but our lovely friend and Youth Minister, Sophia Nahachewsky, posts about “Mission Days” on the new Eparchy of Saskatoon Youth Ministry blog. “Mission Days” is a 10 day spiritual pilgrimage moving from the Feast of the Ascension to the Feast of Pentecost. For 10 days only Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk invites us all to work through specific readings in The Acts of the Apostles to renew our spirit and focus more deeply on our faith. It looks pretty interesting, so I thought I’d let you all in on this not-much-of-a-secret, since we’ll all be at Unity 2014 in just a few short months! Think of these 10 days as the beginning to your preparation for Unity 2014.

I’m sure going to do this. Who’s with me?

God bless and Christ is Risen!

Joyanne, Unity 2014 Website Facilitator

P.s. Did I mention we start this tomorrow???!!! Be there or be square!