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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:

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God bless!

Joyanne 😀

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

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Speaker Spotlight: Deborah Larmour

Meet Deborah Larmour.

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She will be leading two sessions on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. The beginner’s session is called “Warm Bodies: What Our Bodies Tell Us About Being Human,” while the more advanced session is called “Les Misérables: What Our Bodies Tell Us About Our Relationship with God.”

As for who Deborah is as a person, she writes:

Deborah Larmour is the Director of the Family and Life Office for the Eparchy of Saskatchewan.  She is married to Don and they have six children (ages 26-15).  Deborah has a degree in Law from the University of Saskatchewan and practiced law for about 10 years between staying home to raise her children.  She has a passion for St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and that passion has prompted her to complete her Honours degree in Philosophy in order to understand JPII’s philosophy and for the past 5 years she has been a Certification Student with the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia. She is also a student of the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies.   Besides being a perpetual student and advocate for family and life, Deborah really enjoys spending time with her husband and kids watching movies, so she is really excited to explore how we can get closer to God and the meaning of life at the movies.

Sounds like Deborah is as excited for our movie theme as I am! Here’s hoping this information makes it even harder for you to make a decision about which sessions to attend (just jokes, guys!).

Peace and God bless!

Joyanne