April 2: Divine Liturgy at Vatican Radio with Fr. Teodosij Vice Rector of the Pontifical Ukrainian College of Saint Josaphat

This Sunday morning Most Reverend Lawrence Archbishop & Metropolitan of Winnipeg, Bishop Ken of New Westminster & I, as Eparchy of Saskatoon, along with Fr. Teodosij Vice Rector of the Pontifical Ukrainian College of Saint Josaphat celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Vatican Radio. The choir were students from St. Josaphat’s College. Also in attendance was Signora Tanya Shuflan, who has been with the Ukrainian section of Vatican Radio for 57 years! Fr. Timotya the director of the Ukrainian Section was also present this morning. The Divine Liturgy was broadcast live to Ukraine and throughout the world. Today I especially remembered in my prayers the clergy, religious and lay faithful of my Eparchy, those who might be on the front defending and our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, my family and also His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar, on the 40th anniversary of his episcopal consecration at the hands of Patriarch Josyf.

March 31: Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of western Canada: Ad limina

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Bishop David Motiuk (left) and Bishop Ken Nowakowski (right) with Christopher Wells in the offices of Vatican Radio. - RV

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met this week with the members of the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (AWCB) of Canada, who are in Rome for their regular ad limina visits.

Ukrainian Catholic Bishops David Motiuk, of the Eparchy of Edmonton, and Ken Nowakowski, of New Westminster, came to Vatican Radio where they spoke with Christopher Wells about their meeting with the Pope.

Link to full article on Vatican Radio – Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of western Canada: Ad limina»»

March 28 – Pope Encourages Bishops of Canada to Foster Interreligious Dialogue – Canadian Prelates Are in Rome on Their ad Limina Visit


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Pope Francis received the Bishops of Canada on Tuesday, who are in Rome on their ad Limina visit.

Many subjects were addressed, Vatican Radio reported. Social challenges and pastoral subjects for the Church in that country, one of the most secularized in the world, where practices are permitted that challenge ethical subjects, such as assisted reproduction, human cloning, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Link to full artcile by ZENIT»»

March 27: Our group, getting vested for Mass at St. Peter’ tomb

March 27: Pope urges bishops from western Canada to be close to their people


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Pope Francis met Monday morning with Bishops from western Canada, who are in Rome for their visit ad limina Apostolorum (to the threshold of the [basilicas] of the Apostles).

Link to full article on Risu for Pope Receives Canadian Bishops in Ad Limina Audience, Among them Greek Catholics»»

March 25: Bishop Bryan Bayda – When You Close Your Eyes To See

At the invitation of Bishop Ken Nowakowski, I shared a song with the seminarians after the Divine Liturgy at St. Giosafat Seminary in Rome. I wrote it in August of 2016 during a family camp called CANA CONTINUES. The song is entitled, “When You Close Your Eyes To See”. It is based on Pope Francis’ Letter about Family (Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amores Laetitia – The Joy of Loving) – a letter, that Pope Francis wrote to summarize and inspire people to taste the Amore Laetitia – The Joy of Loving. In the context of the family is where we learn from a tender age how to love, forgive, be kind, and say “‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’.”


March 19:  Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR, of Eparchy of Saskatoon and  Bishop David Motiuk of Eparchy of Edmonton Celebrate Divine Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Ss. Sergius and Baccus, in Rome

Link to photos with Bishop Bryan Bayda, Bishop David Motiuk and Fr. Deacon Vasyl Tymishak»»