His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) visited Ukrainian students in Rome

Saturday, 23 November 2013, 09:48
On November 19th, UGCC Head His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) prayed the Divine Liturgy together with students of the Ukrainian Institute of the Intercession of the Blessed Mother in Rome. Concelebrants were Rev. Louis Kasian, rector of the Institute, clergy and priest-students from various eparchies in Ukraine who study in Rome.

In beginning our jubilee celebrations in Rome, I first wanted to visit you – because you are the hope of our Church,” stated in his sermon UGCC Head in turning to the seminarians from Ukraine.  In commenting on an excerpt from the Gospel according to Luke, His Beatitude Sviatoslav urged the future priests “no to be afraid to ‘lose your life’ because you are serving God and His Holy Church because only then will you be able to save your life.” He also greeted the students with the beginning of a new academic year and wished them success in their studies.  Note that at the Institute of the Intercession of the Blessed Mother in Rome there live students from Ukraine who are studying at various Papal universities and programs granting licentiates and doctorates. 

At present his Beatitude Sviatoslav is in the Vatican in order to lead the commemoration and celebration of several anniversaries which UGCC marks on an all-Church basis:  80th anniversary of Holodomor in Ukraine; 50th anniversary of the transfer of St.Josaphat’s relics to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ukrainian Catholic University.  Other events which took place were the awarding of the Medal of Blessed Omelian Kovch and the conclusion of the Year of Faith in the Catholic Church.


UGCC Department of Information




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