The Ukrainian Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand has a long tradition of days of recollection at Pallotti College in Warburton, Victoria.
It is here that one can say that the priests, sisters, and deacons have grown into one spiritual family. The clergy of the Eparchy come from various countries but it is during retreats that they bond into a team or family.
We all share a common faith, culture, and traditions. Over the years, many famous spiritual leaders have helped focus our group on the important questions of life. Who are we? Why are we here? What does God want me to do? What am I going to do in the future?
These are the very same questions that Fr. Ihor Kolisnyk C.Ss.R., the current pastor of the parish in New Zealand, reflected with the priests, deacons and sisters who gathered at Pallotti College from the 20th to 24th April 2015.
At the end of the retreat, several priests thanked Fr. Ihor for his sincerity, his simple approach to deep and complicated questions. They commented that he relaxed everyone and left all with many thoughts to reflect on. It seems that all grew as a group and as individuals.
The week at the monastery on the hill ended with a Soborchyk of all present on Friday noon.