Ukrainian Greek Catholics in Ireland are experiencing a historic week


From October 10 to 13, in the city of Limerick (Ireland), with the blessing of Bishop Kenneth Novakivskyi, the Apostolic Visitor for Ukrainian Greek Catholics in Ireland and Northern Ireland, the first retreat for priests of the UGCC in Ireland is taking place. Later, on October 14, the faithful of the UGCC with the clergy will make a pilgrimage to the main pilgrimage center of Ireland, and on the 15th, the consecration of the first church for Ukrainians in this country will take place.

Ukrainian Greek Catholics in Ireland are experiencing a historic week Bishop Kenneth Novakivskyi announced this on Facebook.

Retreats for priests are held in the monastery of the Redemptorist Fathers of Saint Alphonsus, led by Fr. Roman Lagish, ZNI. Father Roman recently came from Ukraine to start a pastoral ministry for Ukrainians in Limerick. The retreats are attended by: Fr. Vasyl Kornytskyi, pastor of Dublin, Fr. Taras Fedorenko, pastor of Sligo, Fr. Andrii Sovyak, pastor of Waterford, Fr. Roman Biletskyi, pastor of Cork. And also Fr. Vitaly Fedun, judicial vicar of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of the Holy Family in London, and Fr. Andrii Malysh, chancellor of the diocese. From Bishop Kenneth, the pastors received for the first time antimins and myrrh, which were consecrated by the Father and Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav for the performance of divine services in Ireland. This is an important symbol of the unity of our Church in Ireland with the Head of the UGCC.

On Saturday, October 14, the All-Ukrainian pilgrimage to the town of Knock, the main Irish pilgrimage center, will take place. The pilgrimage will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the main Basilica of the Immaculate Virgin, Queen of Ireland. The Divine Liturgy will be led by Bishop Kenneth Novakivskyi together with Bishop Grigoriy Komar, assistant bishop of the Sambir-Drohobytsk Diocese, and the clergy of Ireland.

On Sunday, October 15, in the city of Waterford, the renewal of the Church of St. Francis of the Ukrainian Catholic Church will take place. The celebrations will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Bishop’s Divine Liturgy, which will be presided over by Bishop Kenneth together with Bishop Gregory. The rector of the Church of St. Francis is Fr. Andrii Sovyak, a priest of the Sambir-Drohobytsky eparchy. With the blessing of Bishop Alphonse Cullinan, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, and the efforts of Fr. Andria, the Ukrainian community of St. Francis in Waterford got its own church for prayer. This is the first church that the Ukrainian Catholic Church received in Ireland. We are happy to invite everyone to take part in this historic event.

Courtesy: Facebook of UGCC Ireland