MASI’s Fr Andrew Onuferko Presents Vibrant Parish Initiative to Chicago Eparchy Clergy
Mundelein, IL, May 20-24, 2013.
The Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church has launched a strategic initiative to assist in the enlivening of parish life in all of its eparchies worldwide. This includes Europe, North and South America and Australia. The initiative is titled “The Vibrant Parish: Place of Encounter with the Living Christ.” Fr Andrew Onuferko of the Sheptytsky Institute is traveling through the UGCC’s many eparchies, introducing the clergy to the concrete aspects of this far-ranging initiative, the first of its kind in the UGCC.
During the annual Chrism Conference of the St. Nicholas Eparchy of Chicago, which includes the entire Western United States, from Detroit to Honolulu, Fr Onuferko led the deliberations, presenting six sessions on the Vibrant Parish initiative:
- The Word of God and Catechesis
- Liturgy and Prayer
- Service to our Neighbor
- Missionary Spirit
Each session included a lecture by Fr Onuferko, followed by a structured discussion by deaneries. Each Deanery then reported the results of their deliberations to the full body of clergy. Written reports of these discussions will be submitted to the commission coordinating the effort for use by the Synod of Bishops. It is hoped to thus create the first worldwide survey of the pastoral situation in the various eparchies of the UGCC. Additionally, these sessions serve to inspire the clergy to implement renewal in the six above-mentioned areas. The global effort was introduced to the Church in a December 2011 pastoral letter from His Beatitude Sviatoslav, patriarch of the UGCC. It is hoped that the program of renewal at the parish level will be fully implemented by the year 2020. From Chicago, Fr Andrew continues on to the eparchies in Argentina and Brazil with similar presentations.
In addition to Fr Onuferko, the clergy of the Eparchy also had occasion to hear a series of presentations on the Holy Trinity by MASI alumnus Fr Oleh Kindiy.