The XIII nation-wide conference of Ukrainian military chaplains of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Kyiv, Ukraine December 11-13, 2019
Translated from Ukrainian by Fr. Jeffrey D. Stephaniuk
Ukrainian original here:
The XIII nation-wide conference of military chaplains of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which began yesterday, December 11, continues now until Friday, December 13, 2019. The theme for this year’s conference is from Exodus 15:2, “The Lord is my strength and my praise.” The annual meeting of military pastors is organized by the Department of military chaplaincy of the Patriarchal Curia of the UGCC.
The second day of the conference began with the Divine Liturgy, at which Bishop Mykhail Koltun was the main celebrant. He is the Head of the Department of Military Chaplaincy. “Persevere in faithfulness and enthusiasm in your service as chaplains, placing your hope in God who is our strength,” Bishop Mykhail stated in his homily to the conference participants.
Following their time in prayer together, the chaplains were led in a retreat of spiritual renewal by Fr. Ivan Nahachewsky, a padre with Canadian Armed Forces. He reminded them that as military priests a chaplain’s heart also can grow weary in one’s total self-giving and self-sacrifice; and for them also to avail themselves of the strength which comes from the source that is God’s eternal love.
Also today there was a presentation of the main projects on the agenda of the Department of military chaplaincy for the UGCC, specifically topics addressing spiritual-psychological care, and support and rehabilitation for families of deceased military service personnel. The presenters were Natalia Dubchak and Ruslan Kokhanchuk, staff members with the Department of military chaplaincy.
Conference participants then heard a presentation by Fr. Andriy Zelinskiy, S.J., Deputy Director of the Department of Military Chaplaincy, entitled “A Spiritual Measure of Military Leadership.”
The XIII annual nation-wide conference of Ukrainian military chaplains of the UGCC continues until December 13. On Friday the chaplains will be given an in-service on tactical medicine.