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50TH CONNECTICUT STATE UKRAINIAN DAY FESTIVAL

Many Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians attended the 50th annual Connecticut Ukrainian Day Festival on the campus of St. Basil Seminary, Stamford. Since Bishop Paul P. Chomnycky, OSBM, was in Ukraine for the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, Bishop Emeritus. Very Rev. Archpriest Edward Young, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Ansonia, CT, preached the English and Ukrainian language homilies. Concelebrating the Divine Liturgy were Very Rev. Roman Malyarchuk, seminary rector, and Very Rev. Petro Shyshka, dean of New York Metropolitan area and Rev. Deacon Methodius Soroka, OSBM. Responses to the Liturgy were sung by St. Vladimir’s Cathedral choir, directed by Mr. Mykola Maksymiuk. The afternoon offered ethnic and picnic food; shopping at book, folk art, music and art kiosks; touring the museum and visits to the seminary chapel; and a program of instrumental music and Ukrainian Falk dance groups performed in the campus Hutzul pavilion. Roman and Olena Stanislavsky served as masters of ceremonies for the program which included the following performers: dance ensembles Kalynonka, Stamford, CT; Zolotyj Promin, Hartford, CT; instrumental and vocal groups: Carpathian Lads, duo; Stefanie and Melania Koronovski, duo, East Heaven, CT, Pavlyshyn Sister, duo, Brooklyn, NY; Iryna Lonchyna; Valeriy Zhmud, Kyiv, Ukraine; and Lanka Halychanka, choir, Hartford, CT.

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ST. BASIL SEMINARY BEGINS NEW ACADEMIC YEAR SPIRITUALLY RENEWED

From right to left, 1st row: Very Rev. Archpriest Roman Malyarchuk, Rector, Msgr. Martin Canavan, Spiritual Director.

Second row: Roman Kuzmiak, Vasyl Vorokh, Volodymyr Sabalo, Ivan Manolev, Markiyan Dmyterko, Nazariy Dmyterko.


At a September 6th Divine Liturgy in the Seminary Chapel, Very Reverend Rector Roman Malyarchuk, blessed and presented cassocks to two new seminarians of St. Basil Seminary in Stamford, Roman Kuzmiak and Ivan Manolev. Concelebrating the Divine Liturgy along with the Very Reverend Rector were Msgr. Martin Canavan, Director of Spiritual Formation at the Seminary, and Rev. Robert Markovitch in residence at St. Basil. The Ceremony was preceded by a two-day period of retreat and recollection on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd. Beginning with Vespers on Saturday evening and ending with Moleben on Sunday afternoon, the silent retreat was centered on Christ’s call to every one of us. The retreat was led by Msgr. Canavan. The academic formation of the seminarians at St. Basil takes place at Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, CT. Three of the seminarians take college courses with a concentration in philosophy, while the other three take English as a Second Language courses. Of the six seminarians, four are from Ukraine, one is from the United States, and one from Macedonia. At the Seminary, catechesis is taught by the “retired” Msgr. John Squiller, a former Rector and longtime teacher and track and field coach of the Seminary; Msgr. Canavan, in addition to Spiritual Formation, teaches Liturgy, Mr. Yuriy Yanovskiy, Cantor at St. Michael Church in Yonkers NY, teaches liturgical chant and music theory.

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THE 63RD ANNUAL HOLY DORMITION PILGRIMAGE IN SLOATSBURG, NY

The 63nd Holy Dormition Pilgrimage, hosted by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Sloatsburg, NY on August 12 & 13, welcomed 4, 239 pilgrims who journeyed from near and far, including Canada. Although God’s graces and blessings come to us whether it is raining or sunny, God bestowed beautiful weather upon the pilgrims this weekend despite the predictions. The theme of the pilgrimage was Glory to God! Honor to Mary! Peace to Us!, which is the motto for the Sisters Servants. The pilgrimage opened on Saturday, August 12th with the celebration of the Akathist to the Mother of God by Fr. Jack Custer in St. Mary’s Chapel. The pilgrims flowed out into the gallery, and their resounding voices of praise seemed to echo throughout the Villa. In the evening Bishop Kurt Burnette, Bishop of the Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic, along with hierarchy and clergy from Stamford Eparchy, the Archeparchy of Philadelphia and the Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic, celebrated the moleben to the Mother of God in St. Mary’s Chapel again with an overflowing crowd of pilgrims. On Sunday, Aug. 13th, the pilgrims were lined up for confessions by 9:00 am and continued to prayerfully wait in long lines with over 20 dedicated priests, including a bishop, hearing confessions, from morning until the afternoon. The Pontifical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Paul Chomnycky, Bishop Bohdan Danylo, Bishop John Bura, Bishop Basil Losten and concelebrating clergy. Archbishop Stefan could not attend due to health issues. In his homily, Bishop Paul expressed gratitude to the SSMI’s for their service, but also noted the possibility of the non-existence of the Sisters Servants in the U.S. in the near future, challenging families to respond to this need. Throughout the day, Divine Liturgy, various prayer services, the Stations of the Cross, the rosary, Moleben, blessing of the sick, activities for the children were available. Sr. Janice Soluk, SSMI from Canada and Sr. Tekla Gnatyuk gave presentations about the history of the SSMI’s and how we continue to serve God’s people. Throughout the day, pilgrims reverently lit candles and prayed for their many intentions. Pilgrims stopped and shared with the sisters their stories. One family was in distress as the mother had lost the broach during the pilgrimage somewhere on the grounds. It was the broach which her husband gave her 37 years ago, which he purchased at the pilgrimage in Sloatsburg and it was here in Sloatsburg where they met and in time were married. Thankfully, the broach was found and returned. The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate extend their heartfelt gratitude to the Hierarchy, clergy for their presence and spiritual leadership. We are grateful to all of the pilgrims who travelled to Sloatsburg to receive the plenary indulgence and other graces. Finally, we acknowledge and extend our sincere gratitude to the many volunteers from the League of Ukrainian Catholic, our Lay Associates, from the local parishes, from the village of Sloatsburg, and family members who helped us prepare for this huge endeavor, months in advance, the week before pilgrimage and during pilgrimage. We extend our gratitude the choirs who sang the responses to the Divine Liturgies. Our sincere gratitude to the parishes of St. Nicholas in Passaic, NJ, Transfiguration in Shamokin, NJ, St. Michael’s in Yonkers and SS Peter & Paul in Spring Valley, NY that donate each pilgrimage hundreds of dozens of pyrohy and help make holubchi. May the many blessings and graces received during the Holy Dormition Pilgrimage this year give us the love, wisdom and courage to witness Christ’s love during this year until the 64th Holy Dormition Pilgrimage on August 11 & 12, 2018.

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MARIAN KOCZANSKI (1954 - 2017)

Marian Koczanski, lifelong resident of Stamford, CT, passed away at her home on April 16, 2017. She was 63 years old. Marian was born on January 29, 1954 and was one of five children born to the late Peter and Mary (Tihansky) Koczanski.

Marian graduated from Stamford High School with the class of 1973. She worked as an administrative assistant at St. Basil’s Seminary. Marian was a member of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church. She had a natural talent and love for music which was handed down to her from her father who was a former choir director and cantor at St. Vladimir Cathedral. Marian was at her happiest when she was singing as a member in the St Vladimir Cathedral Choir and the Mendelsohn Chorus.

Marian is survived by her sisters; Susan Rubino and Betty Koczanski, her brother; Zachary Koczanski (Kathi), a sister-in-law; Kathy Koczanski, her nieces and nephews; Tim, Matthew (Andrea), Alison and Lexi Koczanski, Jeremy and Brandon Rubino, and Lauren Butler (Brandon) and five grand nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents Marian was preceded in death by her brother, Gregory Koczanski.

Marian’s family will be receiving the sympathy and condolences of friends and family on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm, with a Parastas service taking place at 7pm, at Bosak Funeral Home, 453 Shippan Ave., Stamford, CT 06902. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:00am at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, 24 Wenzel Terrace, Stamford, CT 06902. The interment will immediately follow the service at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Terryville, CT.

ВІЧНАЯ ПАМ'ЯТЬ ! ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕС!

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ПАТРІЯРХ ЙОСИФ - ІСПОВІДНИК ВІРИ, ПРЕДСТОЯТЕЛЬ УГКЦ

11 квітня у семінарії Святого Василія Великого у Стемфорді, КТ, відбулася конференція з нагоди 125-ліття з дня народження Патріарха Йосифа Сліпого на тему “Патріярх Йосиф - ісповідник віри, предстоятель УГКЦ”. Учасники конференції мали змогу почути наступні презентації: “Незламність, воля і віра” д-ра Володимира Сергійчука, історика і директора Центру українознавства Київського Національного Університету ім. Т. Г. Шевченка; “Патріярх Йосиф Сліпий і Америка” отця д-ра Івана Кащака; “Часопис <<Вісті з Риму>>: доба Йосифа Сліпого” д-ра Миколи Тимошика, професора Київського Національного Університету культури і мистецтв.

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CANTORS PROGRAM AT ST. BASIL SEMINARY

Participants of the Cantor's Program "Services of the Passion Week" that took place at St. Basil Seminary on March 24-26, 2017.



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BIOETHICS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AT ST. BASIL SEMINARY

During March 9-12, 2017 St. Basil Seminary in cooperation with the Ukrainian Catholic University was offering Bioethics Certificate Program. The presenters were Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Lviv Fr. Ihor Boyko, PHD, who is also the director of the Program of Bioethics at UCU, and Nataliya Tsiupa, MSB, lecturer in the School of Bioethics. The lectures touched very important moral and ethical issues like the beginning of human life, who is the human embryo?, prenatal diagnosis, abortion, reproductive technologies, human organ transplantation, euthanasia and suicide. The participants also had the opportunity to ask questions and do the case study on the presented issues.

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ALTARBOY CONVENTION

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

On September 24 2016 St. Basil Seminary held an Altar Boy Convention for the young altar servers from the parishes of the Eparchy of Stamford. Under the guidance of Bishop Paul Chomnycky, Eparch of Stamford, Father Roman Malyarchuk, rector of St. Basil Seminary and other assisting clergy from the Eparchy, the young men refreshed their knowledge and learned new things during the presentations about what does it mean to be an altar server. After the Divine Liturgy and lunch they had a recreation time in the seminary gym where they had an opportunity to practice their skills in shooting the ball in the basket. The recreation time was followed by the movie "Don Bosko" and dinner. This convention was a wonderful chance for young altar servers from the Eparchy of Stamford to deepen their knowledge about their role as altar servers and their relationship with God.

 Sincere thanks to all participants!


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REV. MAXIM KOBASUK, OSBM (1949 - 2016)

Rev Maxim Kobasuk, OSBM, fell asleep in the Lord in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

GOD GRANT HIM ETERNAL REST!

Over the years, Father Kobasuk served as Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Hamtramck, MI, St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore, NY, St Vladimir Parish in Hempstead NY, and Holy Cross Parish in Long Island City, NY. He served as Spiritual Director at St. Basil Seminary in Stamford, as the Director of the Eparchial Cantors’ Workshops and a Director of the Deaconate Formation Program. To all he brought his quiet demeanor, his gentle sense of humor, his great piety and his most striking gift from God – his beautiful bass singing voice.

Please pray for the repose of his soul, his brother Mark and sister Carol and their families, and the Basilian community as they celebrate his life and mourn his death.

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ДЕНЬ ВІДКРИТИХ ДВЕРЕЙ В СЕМІНАРІЇ СВ. ВАСИЛІЯ

5-6 березня 2016 року у духовній семінарії  Святого Василія в Стемфорді відбувся «День відкритих дверей», в якому взяли участь Владика Павло Хомницький, ЧСВВ, протоієрей Роман Малярчук, ректор семінарії, о. Максим Кобасюк, ЧСВВ, духівник семінарії , священики нашої єпарії, юнаки, які приїхали з різних парафій та брати-семінаристи. Ректор семінарії – о. Роман Малярчук – розповів гостям історію заснування та розвитку закладу, в якому виховуються  майбутні  священнослужителі, підкресливши особливе значення  духовного покликання і служіння Богу і людям.   Опісля   семінаристи   провели  екскурсію, під час якої відвідувачі змогли ознайомитись з молитовним та  академічним життям студентів семінарії. Також у зустрічі взяли участь о. доктор Іван Кащак, який розповів про академічну підготовку майбутніх священиків; отці Ігор Мідзяк і Іван Мазурик говорили про духовне покликання, а о. Іван Тихович розповів про капеланське служіння священика в лікарнях, місцях позбавлення волі і війську. Після  вечірньої, зустріч суботнього дня  завершилась  частуванням у трапезній духовної семінарії. А відтак усі переглянули фільм «Risen».  Наступного недільного дня Кир Павло в співслужінні з семінарійними священиками  відслужив Божествену Літургію виголосивши чудову проповідь . Протягом двох днів усі спільно молилися, слухали духовні науки, обговорювали роль молодих людей у євангелізації сучасного світу та участь у житті Церкви. Гості  були приємно здивовані щирістю та відкритістю семінаристів, ерудованістю та люб'язністю викладачів, дбайливістю настоятелів. Можливість такої зустрічі стала за сприяння  Владики Павла Хомницького і отців Ігора Мідзяка, Івана Кащака, Івана Тиховича, Максима Кобасюка, Івана Мазурика, Тараса Чапаріна та ректора семінарії о. Романа Малярчука.

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PANAKHYDA FOR THE FALLEN HEROES OF MAYDAN AT ST. BASIL SEMINARY

On Saturday, February 20 2016 in the chapel of St. Basil Seminary Very Rev. Roman Malyarchuk, Rector of St. Basil Seminary, celebrated the commemorative panakhyda for the Heavenly Hundred (Nebesna Sotnya), who gave their lives for Ukraine during the events on Maydan in 2014. Students and teachers of the School of Ukrainian Studies at St. Vladimir's Church, members of SUM and members of the Ukranian community were praying together for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes of Maydan.

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48th CONNECTICUT STATE UKRAINIAN DAY FESTIVAL

On September 13 2015 on the grounds of St. Basil Seminary took place 48th Connecticut State Ukrainian Day Festival. It started with the Pontifical Divine Liturgy, celebrated by bishop Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, together with bishop-emeritus Basil Losten, Right Rev. Mitred Archpriest Ihor Midzak and Very Reverend Roman Malyarchuk. Congregational responses sung St. Vladimir Ukrainian Cathedral children’s choir under the direction of Oksana Bereza. After the Divine Liturgy started the festival program. It was opened by National Anthem of USA, sung by Marichka Sharavarnyk and National Anthem of Ukraine, sung by Protection of BVM parish choir, directed by Oksana Kit. Masters of ceremonies were Roman and Olena Stanislavsky. The following performers were participating in the festival progam: Zolotyi Promin (Hartford dance group), Yunist (NY dance group), Pavlishyn sisters, Kalynonka (Stamford dance group), Volodimir Verminskyy, Horlytsia (Long Island dance group), Victor Sydir, Vesna (Spring Valley NY dance group), Melania and Stephania Korenovsky, Stamford CYM Rusalky, Popovichi duet, Lorrie and Evelin Solonynka, Chornobryvci (Staten Island NY dance group), Valeriy Zhmud, Ariana Ostaphiychyk. Besides the wonderful festival program guests were also able to enjoy delicious food and purchase beautiful souvenirs from multiple vendors.

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PRIESTLY ORDINATION IN THE EPARCHY OF STAMFORD

On Saturday, May 9, Most Rev. Paul Chomnycky, Bishop of Stamford, ordained Reverend Deacon Andriy Krip to the Holy Priesthood. The ordination took place in the chapel of St. Basil Seminary in Stamford, CT. Congratulations to the Newly Ordained: AXIOS and Многая літа!


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CANTOR'S PROGRAM AT ST. BASIL SEMINARY

On April 24-26 Cantor's workshop was held for cantors from the parishes of the Stamford Eparchy. Under the guidance of Ihor Boyko, the participants were improving their knowledge of the Resurrectional Tones.

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ST. BASIL SEMINARY OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 20-22, an Open House was held for young men contemplating a possible vocation to the holy priesthood or religious life. The young men enjoyed a taste of seminary life including prayer, fellowship, good food and stimulating discussion on personal vocation.


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THE EXHIBIT:

“To the Light of Resurrection through the Thorns of Catacombs” at St. Basil Seminary

This year we commemorate 25th Anniversary of the Reemergence of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. On this occasion, on November 15th, St. Basil Seminary hosted the exhibit entitled: “To the Light of Resurrection through the Thorns of Catacombs”. The exhibit was sponsored by the “Sophia” Association of the Ukrainian Catholics in U.S.

This Exhibit is a collection of unique photo materials and eye-witness testimony of clergy, religious and faithful who live through the years of Church in Catacombs (1939-1991).

The exhibit gave the opportunity to learn about the life of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the 20th century and heroic witness of faith.

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25 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE EPARCHY OF STAMFORD

Congratulations to the Catechists of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Elvira Julek, Cecilia Daciuk, Ilesaveta Gardasz and Julia Bronski, who on October 29, 2014 celebrated the 25th anniversary of their service to Stamford Eparchy.



МНОГАЯ ЛІТА!

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75TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. BASIL COLLEGE SEMINARY

SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2014

September 18 – 20 St. Basil Seminary celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its founding in 1939. The festivity opened on Thursday evening with the Evening Prayers (the Sixth Hour) at the seminary chapel. The next day the alumni had a chance to visit various sites on the campus and reminisce the years spent at St. Basil’s. In the evening, the seminary hosted the Anniversary Banquet dinner attended by more then 200 guests. The Anniversary celebration concluded on Friday with the Thanksgiving Divine Liturgy and the Symposium dedicated to the history, as well as, the future of St. Basil Seminary. Ad Multos Annos dear St. Basil!

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