As has been our custom over the last many years, the clergy of the Ukrainian Eparchy gathered in Millgrove for the annual retreat and soborchyk of our Eparchy.
Bishop Ken, Eparch of New Westminster in Canada, led the retreat. This year’s topic was taken from the book: “Divine Renovation” by Fr. James Mallon from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The book talks about bringing a parish from the maintenance role to that of church mission. So many parishes around the world, in all churches, worry about the physical maintenance of church properties, instead of spending their efforts mainly on spiritual efforts to service the people in the church and those who have left the church or are not yet in the church.
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Bishop Ken was a logical choice for this retreat because he is the chair of our Ukrainian Synod’s:” Vibrant Parish” or “Vision 2020” programme.
The soborchyk, which followed the retreat, was also on the same theme this year.[AFG_gallery id=’156′]
Bishop Ken used many examples of parish activity, failures, from the examples he has personally seen in various churches around the world. He stressed the fact that all is not lost, our parishes can come to a fuller life if we become more “vibrant” while also striving for viability.
We need not invent new things. We must however commit ourselves to make disciples of all people as our Lord Jesus commanded His apostles do.
Many of those present noted that they really were enriched by the retreat.