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1 REBUILDING CIVIL SOCIETY: THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH

2 What is Civil society? _______________________________ “un-coerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values…” (The London School of Economics Centre for Civil Society) _______________________________ “un-coerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values…” (The London School of Economics Centre for Civil Society)

3 THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH IS: The largest Eastern rite Church within the Universal Catholic Church

4 UGCC Today: Over 6 million faithful throughout the whole world –Over 4 million in Ukraine –Over 2 million in the diaspora Over 6 million faithful throughout the whole world –Over 4 million in Ukraine –Over 2 million in the diaspora 29 Eparchies and Exarchates –12 in Ukraine –2 in Poland –1 in France –1 in Germany –1 in Great Britain –5 in Canada –4 in the USA –1 in Brazil –1 in Argentina –1in Australia 29 Eparchies and Exarchates –12 in Ukraine –2 in Poland –1 in France –1 in Germany –1 in Great Britain –5 in Canada –4 in the USA –1 in Brazil –1 in Argentina –1in Australia

5 HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

6 PERSECUTION AND THE UNDERGROUND CHURCH 1945: Metropolitan Slipyi and other UGCC hierarchs arrested. 1945: Metropolitan Slipyi and other UGCC hierarchs arrested. 1946: The beginning of the Church’s underground era, which lasted 43 years. 1946: The beginning of the Church’s underground era, which lasted 43 years. 1989: Legalization and freedom for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. 1989: Legalization and freedom for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Archbishop Volodymyr Sterniuk, Underground bishop – led the Church to freedom in ( ) Patriarchal Josef Slypyi ( )

7 faithful - ONE church building FREEDOM AND THE REALITIES OF 1989

8 20 years later Over 3,500 churches - 2,000 priests

9 THE GROWTH OF THE CHURCH IN UKRAINE: AN OVERVIEW

10 THREE STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT National level Eparchial level Parish level and Educational institutions

11 Founding and registering parishes Forming Seminaries Founding theological- pedagogical institutions Renewal of monasteries Stage I: First steps in Freedom

12 Stage II: Strengthening Eparchies Setting up eparchial administrations Development of key pastoral areas: Catechetics and Youth The development of Charitable activity

13 FORMING THE PATRIARCHAL CURIA Stage III: Developing the National Level

14 THE TASKS OF THE PATRIARCHAL CURIA 1. Serving the Head of the Church, the Synod of Bishops, and the eparchies. 2. Building cooperation with government agencies and other denominations 3. Representing the UGCC at International organizations and gatherings.

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16 August 21, 2005 The transfer of the See from Lviv to Kyiv Forming the Patriarchal Curia

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19 COMMISSION STRATEGY 1. Problem identification. 2. Analysis. 3. Taking action. 4. Making adjustments as necessary.

20 EXAMPLES OF OUR MINISTRY

21 COMMISSION ON NATIONAL HEALTH COMMISSION STRATEGY: 1.Problem identification. 2.Analysis. 3.Taking action. 4.Making adjustments as necessary. PROGRAM EXAMPLES: 1.Hospital Chaplains 2.Program: For a Sobor Way of Life.

22 CATECHETICAL COMMISSION COMMISSION STRATEGY: 1.Problem identification. 2.Analysis. 3.Taking action. 4.Making adjustments as necessary. PROGRAM EXAMPLES: 1.Christian Ethics 2.Programs for Migrant Children and Youth.

23 COMMISSION ON MIGRANTS COMMISSION STRATEGY: 1.Problem identification. 2.Analysis. 3.Taking action. 4.Making adjustments as necessary. PROGRAM EXAMPLES: 1.Research and Publications 2.Networking 3.Counseling Centers 4.Lobby on Migration

24 PRISON MINISTRY COMMISSION STRATEGY: 1.Problem identification. 2.Analysis. 3.Taking action. 4.Making adjustments as necessary. PROGRAM EXAMPLES: 1.Training for Chaplains and Volunteers. 2.Ecumenical and State Cooperation. 1 st Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Zarvanytsya

25 THE CHURCH An integral part of Ukrainian Society

26 THE UKRAINIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH


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