Thursday, 19 March 2015
The presentation of God's Martyr, History's Witness, the historical biography of Blessed Bishop-Martyr Nykyta Budka, took place on 18 March 2015, at Centro Ecumenica in Borgo Pio, near the Vatican. Presentations were given by: Bishop Borys Gudziak, Ukrainian Eparch of France and Benelux and President of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv; Father James McCann, SJ, Rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Dr. Gianpaolo Rigotti, Archivist of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and Professor of the Oriental Institute, and the author. Father McCann acted as moderator. Among those present were: His Beatitude, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church; Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, Ukrainian Eparch of Great Britain and Apostolic Visitor of the Irish Republic, Bishop Irenaeus Bilyk, Canon of the Liberian Basilica of Mary Major, Her Excellency Tetiana Izhveska, Ukrainian Ambassador to the Holy See, clergy, religious, historians, archivists and other scholars. The presentation began with the singing of Царю небесний (O Heavenly King), led by Patriarch Sviatoslav.
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
|New icon of Blessed Budka |
from St. Basil's Seminary,
On 26 November 1956, the Sacred Congregation for the Eastern Church (known today as Congregation for the Eastern Churches) published a notice in it's publication, Servizio Informazione delle Chiese Orientali (Information Service of the Eastern Churches). The notice stated that word had finally reached the Vatican of the death, seven years previously, of Bishop Nykyta Budka.
Recently, the source of this information was discovered in the Archives of the Congregation. On 28 September 1956, Archbishop Ivan Buchko, Apostolic Visitor for Ukrainian Catholics in Europe, sent a letter to the head of the Congregation, Cardinal Eugène Tisserant, stating:
I am only now able to confirm to Your Most Reverend Eminence, that I have definitively ascertained the sad news that, on the 6th [sic] day of October 1949, His Excellency Bishop Nykyta Budka, titular bishop of Patara, died in a forced-labour camp at Karaganda. The city of Karaganda is located at the geographical intersection of the 50th degree of latitude and the 73rd degree of longitude. [...]
Contrary to what had been claimed, until now, that he had been reduced by mistreatment to a state of semi-consciousness, these rumours have now proven to be false (and were probably spread by the Bolsheviks themselves). It is now known with certitude that he truly heroically endured all the persecutions and died as a Confessor of the Faith, while thanking the Lord for having allowed him to suffer insults for Jesus. [...]
The source of this information is not yet known. Following the death of Stalin, in 1955 Bishop Ivan Liatyshevsky was released from the gulag and allowed to return to western Ukraine. The following year, he wrote to Father Hryniokh that Budka had died, but did not provide a date. On 20 January 1956, Pope Pius XII issued an apostolic letter entitled Novimus nos, to mark the millennium of St. Olha's baptism in 955. In the list of of addresses, the later Bishop Budka's name still figured, as the Apostolic See did not learn of his death until September of that same year.
Soviet documents discovered in the 1990s, allegedly reporting Budka's death and burial, give the date of death as 28 September, coincidentally the same date Buchko wrote to inform the Apostolic See.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
"Historian Takes a Hard Look at Budka's Accomplishments" Ramon Gonzalez for Western Catholic Reporter
"Biography of Bishop Nykyta Budka Launched in Edmonton" Press release of CIUS (Українською)
Budka Book Launch (CIUS) with photos
"Banff Symposium a Timely Examination" Press release of UofA Wirth Institute
Video Interview with Jan Bentz for EWTN
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Participating in the presentation: Jars Balan (CIUS), Father Peter Babej (St. Josaphat Cathedral) Volodymyr Kravchenko (CIUS), Father Peter Galadza (MASI), Orest Eveneshen and Serge Cipko (Budka Society), Father McVay, Bishop David Motiuk.
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies has issued the following communique, announcing the publication of the God's Martyr, History's Witness: Blessed Nykyta Budka the First Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of Canada:
Friday, 12 September 2014
On 10 September 2014, during the Synod of the Hierarchy of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Lviv, Ukraine, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major-Archbishop of Kyiv-Haklych and Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, was very pleased receive a copy of my biography, God’s Martyr, History’s Witness: Blessed Nykyta Budka the First Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of Canada. It was presented to him by Bishop David Motiuk and Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak.
Eparchy of Edmonton
Eparchy of Edmonton
Monday, 25 August 2014
God's Martyr, History's Witness:
Blessed Nykyta Budka
the First Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of Canada
has been published by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton
and the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky
Institute of Eastern Christian Studies.
Institute of Eastern Christian Studies.
An abridged table of contents of the 615 page book may be found here.
A private launch for contributors and benefactors took place on 22 August (photo)
at a cost of $25
Friday, 22 August 2014
Monday, 4 August 2014
To the Rev. Clergy and all the faithful Ruthenians:
Not long ago the world was stirred by the news that Austria is fighting with Servia. All other powers decided to wait and mainly England with all her might and efforts tried to make the war local and maintain peace.
At the time when no state was endangered by war except Austria and Servia, when England did not call her citizens to defend their homes, then, we issued a circular in which we stated that Austria, through the Austro-Hungarian Consulate challenges her loyal subjects to stand under the Austrian flag. We also stated that the Ruthenians who arrived here only for a short period ought to bey the call of Austria and go to defend their homes and families.
... Our new home of Canada challenges her faithful subjects to gather under the British Standard and be ready to give their lives and properties for the British cause. Today all the nationalities living under the British flag send their sons to defend that flag.
In this event when to us as loyal citizens comes England with appeal to have us gathered under her flag, when Britain needs our aid, we, today as faithful citizens of the part of the British Empire the Canadian Ruthenians have before us a great and solemn duty to flock under the flag of our new land and under this standard give our lives and blood.
Ruthenians,– Canadian citizens: It is our great duty to defend Canada, for it is the land that not only received us and gave us shelter under the Constitution of the Great Empire, but more than that, it gave us liberty in developing ourselves spiritually.
Once more Ruthenians; it is our holy duty to be in readiness and offer everything for Canada.
It isn our home to which we swore allegiance, for which we declared to give lives and all in its defence when necessity demands.
It is our dear Motherland whereon our families, relatives, children, property, our hearts and future depend.
Therefore, in these most critical times as now, we must remember that as true Sons of Canada bound y the Oath of Allegiance to our King, we must flock to the British Standard.
Put aside all party and radical feelings, aside all indifference.
We conscientiously and with deep feelings of loyalty and duty want and will help our new country when endangered by enemies.
Ruthenians, Canadian Citizens: You that have already sown allegiance to be loyal to your King George 5th, and you that intend to do so, remember that the present moment demands you. For any unloyal word or action here as in any other country in time of war death is punishment for treason.
Loyalty binds you to deeds and sacrifice and when the Empire calls for this everyone must be ready even to put up his life.
If it were necessary and possible to organize a regiment of the Canadian Ruthenian Citizens, it would be obvious sign that the Ruthenians in Canada are true subjects and are ready to sacrifice everything for their new home.
Secondly we declare that we must fulfil our duties not only from the standpoint of the law but with deep feelings of duty.
Only God knows how this war the greatest in history is going to end.
Pray God that He may with His almighty power shorten this terrific storm and cause its end and that our new home may not suffer loss.
In view of the fact when our former letter was issued then, the war was exclusively between Austria and Servia, and only few believed that it will spread over other Kingdoms; viewing the fact that there existed a peace in England and that England did not call her subjects to action, we declare emphatically that our letter of the 27th of July, in view of the new altered political situation, is irrelevant and must not be read in public and churches.
Instead we urge the clergy t read the present letter during the sermons in their parishes and inform accordingly the Ruthenians of their solemn duty to the Great British Empire.
— + Nicetas Budka, 6 August 1914
(English translation of the Bishop's Chancery, August 1914)
published in Kanadyiskyi Rusyn, 8 August 1914
Friday, 1 August 2014
The official proclamation of the partial mobilization order issued by the Government of Austria-Hungary was published in Winnipeg yesterday in “The Ukrainiann Voice” and other papers of the nationalities concerned. German is the official language of Austria, but about ten languages are spoken by the people within the boundaries of the Empire. Consequently, the proclamation of the partial mobilization appears in the two German papers of Wpg., in the seven Ruthenian and in the one Hungarian paper of the west.
The men concerned in the mobilization are being informed by announcement cards, in addition to the mobilization orders. The order promises that expenses of travelling will be paid, and this will make considerable difference in the returning, as it is considered that many of the men, in these hard times, are too poor to bear their own expenses.
When the expenses are to be paid, and even advanced to those unable to meet them at the moment, it is expected that a large number of the men will respond to the call to arms.
The Austrian proclamation issued from the local consulate is an interesting document, and as published in the papers yesterday, reads as follows: [...]
It is very difficult to obtain any information regarding the spirit of Servians in Western Canada and whether orders of mobilization have been issued to them. There are not many Serbs in Winnipeg, but Moose Jaw and Regina number quite a few among their cosmopolitan population.
By Austrian Emperor on condition they offer for service now
(Toronto July 30/14). Local Austrian subjects of various races have been officially advised that they are wanted only if they receive individual notice to that effect. Those who do not receive such notice will remain where they are.
It is stated with absolute authority that a manifesto has been issued by the Austrian Government granting official pardon “By the grace of the Emperor” to all subjects under military discipline who have previously deserted, or in any other way evaded their military duties. All to whom this applies must, in order to receive pardon, present themselves at once for military service without waiting for a summons.
It is anticipated that when this becomes widely known there will be an exodus of some thousands from Canada.
Austrians Leaving to Fight
(Montreal, July 30) The German liner Millahad, now in port from Rotterdam and Antwerp, will carry back to Europe the first Austrians to sail from Montreal to the seat of war. When the vessel clears from thisn port Saturday morning or possibly on Sunday morning there will be at least 200 of the local Austrians on board hurrying back to Austria at the call of the Emperor. 5000 Austrians in Montreal are supposed to answer the call of the sovereign for they are in te first and second reservists. Quite a number of the collony have become British subjects and so are exempt from military service in the conflict. Austrian labor agencies are crowded today. On the door of each one is posted in a conspicuous place the order from the local consul requiring the first reservists to leave for home at once. They are to report to him to arrange for passage. The notices are dated the 28th inst., and stamped with the local seal.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Ruthenian Partial Mobilization.
In Austria-Hungary His Imperial Majesty has proclaimed partial mobilization (___) supplement the general forces ___ on war footing).
Those who are obligated to the call to arms as reservists are being notified of the fact by summons cards.
Those called will be reimbursed their travelling expenses.
Those called, who do not have sufficient funds for the journey, have to call on the nearest Imperial and Royal representative, presenting their summons cards, and there the funds for the journey will be paid.
All others summoned will have the funds for the journey to join the colours returned later.
Those among the summoned whose home is on the frontiers of the Monarchy, instead of to the nearest representative of the Imperial and Royal Governemnt are to report directly to their government station at home..
His Imperial and Royal Majesty Emperor Franz Josef І granted amnesty to those who did not report for conscription and also to those who are classified as deserters, if they immediately return home.
Winnipeg, 26. July 1914.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Historians such as Margaret MacMillan, John Polland, Roberto De Matei, discuss the causes of the Great War, which began on 28 July 1914. The video, produced by Catholic News Service, features the often ignored Vatican's diplomatic efforts to mediate between the powers and to end the war.
Friday, 4 July 2014
This morning, my biography of Blessed Nykyta Budka was submitted to the printer. It will take about six weeks to print and then an additional few weeks to bind. Stay tuned for updates. Here is a history of the book's composition and an abridged table of contents.
Saturday, 28 June 2014
... For quite a number of years the war-cloud has hung over our country which, however, did not realise it, and it was held off by the efforts of the peace-loving Emperor Franz Joseph I. Then happened an incident which would exhaust the patience of the most patient of men. On June the 28th, Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian throne, a man of great hopes in the present difficult moment for Austria, was assassinated in Sarajevo, together with his wife, by the bullet of a Servian student. This loss was greatly felt by the monarch and all nationalities of Austria, and especially by Ruthenians, who held great and deserving hope in him. The enemies of Austria, and especially the enemies of the Ruthenian Ukrainians, do not conceal their satisfaction on account of this tragic loss. The Canadian Ruthenian Ukrainians sympathise with the sorrow of our Motherland, and give proof of it by special services in the churches for those assassinated and in the prayer for the welfare of the maternal country. ...
—(Pastoral Letter, 27 July 1914: version printed in the Northwest Review, 8 August 1914)
Saturday, 14 June 2014
"As I write this, I feel that I am in Lviv, where a war is going on after the world war. It is a war for values that in theory have already been won in the world, but in our homeland they are yet being birthed in blood and agony. Merciful God, how bitter it must be to live there—have mercy upon us and finally grant us peace! The Faith of our brothers and national freedom are constantly foremost in all our thoughts. We know little of what is happening there, but we believe that one and the other are progressing."
— To Metropolitan Sheptytsky, November 1918, during the war for Ukrainian independence (p. 275 of the upcoming bio)