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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Prospects for the Future PDF Print Write e-mail

Through their ever deepening emersion into the Byzantine Tradition, over the past years our teachers have achieved the goals that were set out at the time of the foundation of the Seminary. Now we have set ourselves the following goal - to contribute to the Byzantine foundations that have already been laid by our own Kyivan Tradition, that is the one thousand year long “construction” that still makes its appeal to us today. We have already been engaged in intensive research into the Kyivan Tradition for several years.
. We believe that while clarifying our future prospects under no circumstances are we to lose the legacy of the previous years.
Therefore each teacher now has the task of creating a textbook for their subject area.
The first step in creating such a textbook is the so-called "script" (course notes). We plan to start publishing course notes for use in the seminary. This should help teachers make more creative use of lecture time. These course notes will also be the result of a “conversation” that has been going on between teachers for a number of years now, in such a way that each subject area taught in the Seminary has influenced the other subject areas.
Therefore, all the course notes, while different from each other will have the common approach that has been adopted by the Drohobych Seminary. Over the past years, we aimed to write, in cooperation of teachers of other seminaries, common textbooks for all the seminaries of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. With this aim in mind, we have conducted meetings with teachers from other seminaries. Unfortunately, this project, for various reasons, has not been successful. So now we consider the publication of the course notes as a step towards publishing our own textbooks.
For those teachers who are ready to commence writing textbooks, we plan to create optimal working conditions (for example, by introducing the practice of the so-called "Sabbatical year"). In regards to training teachers, we have planned that in a few years’ time there will be two specialists in every major area of study which will ensure the continuity of the tradition that has been elaborated over the past ten years. The Seminary magazine "Word" is intended to develop into a serious theological periodical, which will be brought out by the publishing house of the Seminary.
We are aware that these and many other plans can only be realized by relying primarily on God's mercy, and the prayers and donations of the faithful. Summing up the previous years, we feel gratitude to the whole Church, our faithful, and many benefactors from Ukraine and abroad. Thanks to their generosity we have never gone without bread and something to eat with it, and so we are ever gratefull for their support and care.

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Current state of the Seminary PDF Print Write e-mail

There are currently over 80 students in the Drohobytch Theological Seminary undertaking the required six years of study. This is the maximum number of students that the Seminary can accommodate. Courses in Theology, Philosophy, Scripture, Liturgy and the Humanities are taught by 30 teachers, 8 of whom have a Doctoral degree. The students’ academic needs are therefore met by a highly professional, permanent staff.

Seminary graduates work as priests in the Sambir-Drohobych Eparchy or outside of it, especially in the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, the Kyiv Archeparchy, Donetsk and Kharkiv and Crimea Exarchate. Some work in the U.S. while others belong to monastic orders. Some graduates are continuing their education in Ukraine and abroad.

When the seminary began its work, it was originally housed in a former pharmaceutical warehouse, which was almost completely demolished, and then thoroughly renovated by the Church. In 1998, with the growth of student numbers, a part of the buildings that make up the Holy Trinity Church complex, was given over to meet the Seminary’s needs. For almost 10 years the seminarians prayed in this Church and took part in the liturgical life of the parish.

On June 24, 2006 a new building, completely designed and built as a seminary, was inaugurated. This had a symbolic meaning: for the seminary it opened a new phase of life with new tasks and objectives.

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History PDF Print Write e-mail

Pre-History
The Drohobych Seminary is the third institution in a line of religious institutions that have been formed in our region since the emergence of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from the underground. The first was, in fact, a seminary called "the accelerated group" or the group for "accelerated learning", launched in 1989. The main reason for its creation was the ever increasing need for priests, which showed itself in relation to the movement for the legalization of the Church and the organization of the so-called "Commemorative Liturgies" on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the Baptism of Ukraine. In fact, these celebrations had already taken place during 1988. But the idea was so effective that the celebration of the1,000 years of Christianity was continued for another year. In 1989 it began like a wave, in distant Carpathian villages and rolled on with ever greater force to the cities, including the majestic Liturgical celebrations in Lviv. The last of these occurred in 1989, when approximately 250 thousand people participated.
It is clear that this movement appeared to be very spontaneous, but the need to provide celebrants for these "Commemorative Liturgies " had demonstrated the lack of priests who at that time were still in hiding. In other words, the scale of the revival of the Church exceeded the real capabilities that it then had. Finally, the composition of the priests and their number, that were more or less adequate for the conditions of an underground Church, clearly proved to be inadequate for circumstances after the legalization of the Church. Therefore, anticipating the growing need for priests, and, on the other hand, seeing that the flow of those interested in the priesthood grow, as the number of participants in these Liturgies also grew, it seemed that it was necessary to create institution, that would meet these new challenges, which, in fact, could not be ignored. That is why the idea of a seminary first came about, but a seminary that in no way resembled anything that exists today, as today’s conditions were then only a dream.
So, the "first seminary" was established at a private residence in Sambir, which simultaneously served both as a Chapel, and Lecture Hall. Notable in respect to this project are such priests as Frs. Mykola Kuts and Mykhaylo Voloshyn. They were the instigators of the foundation course. Later, they invited Fr. Myron Bendyk. Together, in a joint effort they identified the main areas of study. So, in Sambir at the end 80’s, starting in fall, systematic studies began. Gradually the number of student groups increased, ranging from 8-10, and at times there were already 20. Naturally, problems arose with the premises. Students gathered from around the Lviv area. There were some who hearing about the revival of our Church, left the Orthodox seminaries and begged to study in the UGCC seminary. On the one hand there were exuberant hopes, and on the other there were the modest possibilities for what could then come out of Sambir.
Undoubtedly, it is difficult not to see God's guidance in all that happened, as on December 1 of the same year, when the Church of the Holy Trinity in Drohobych was returned, and with it some rooms, the idea grew of transferring the Seminary into a larger premises there. And in December 1989 the Seminary at Sambir was to relocate to Drohobych, where there was a church to pray in, and several rooms in which to work. The priests already mentioned above brought this about. So the Seminary began to function in this location. From January-February 1990 the number of students who came for training, increased to 150. Of course, these classes were held at night, because in this transitional stage, students worked in state jobs or were studying at various schools, and in the evening traveled to Drohobych to study. Soon after this there arose the problem of placing a spontaneously organized institution under a bishop of our Church, so that it would have every sign of belonging to the Church and existed with its blessing.
This bishop was His Excellency Julian Voronovskyy, who already at that time (1989-90) was out of the underground. The priests of the Seminary asked him to take under his pastoral care this first attempt at a seminary in our Church. Other priests were also enlisted to conduct courses at Drohobych. The history of the Church was taught by Vasyl’ Hovera (Pastor of the village of Veryn near Mykolaiv), Father Vasyl’ Tsyhulyak - Pastor of Churches at Silets and Kolpets also worked with students. Of course, it was difficult to say what could be achieved, because the conditions were extreme: lack of space, the teachers did not have any already existing programs, as they had still to be created. The essence of the phenomenon of this Seminary lies in the fact that it was the first such establishment in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, because only some time after, in late January /early February 1990, the Theological Seminary in Lviv started operations at the Church of the Transfiguration, where there were lectures, and where students could attended classes.
Accordingly, the Drohobych priests reorganized their seminary, namely: they identified the so-called "fast-track group" of students who were found to have an adequate level of knowledge, that is higher state education, and who had gifts. There were also students with various abilities and skills for learning. So, about 120 students who needed longer training, were sent to Lviv leaving a group who, by making some effort, could in a short time to be ready for priestly ordination, as in 1990 "an avalanche of transitions" began of many parishes to the UGCC, which automatically meant a sharp increase in demand for priests, where each priest might have to serve 2, 3, 4 and even 5 parishes. They might also have to combine this ministry with work in the Seminary. Therefore, 35 students were selected who, because they were members of the "accelerated group", resigned from their jobs and were transferred to a full time form of training.
They lived in the hotel " Chervone Prykarpattya (Red Pre-Carpathia)” and ate at one of the Drohobych eating houses. The situation appeared as follows: students worked in the city that is they no longer traveled to Drohobych. In the morning there was Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Trinity then after breakfast classes began, which lasted all day. The late Rev. Vasyl’ Mykhaylyuk was the visiting professor of Moral Theology, and he taught day and night at the Seminary as his course was extremely necessary. In addition, there were faculty members for: Church History, Liturgy, Dogmatic Theology - in short, all the minimum set of items that are directly required for future priests were taught.
The first group of priests (8-10) and three groups of 35 was ordained on the 30th December 1990. These ordinations were done by Bishop Yulian Voronovskyy. The newly-ordained priests at once had to move to their parishes for the Christmas period. Liturgical practice lasted only several days, and then they were sent to parishes.
The next group of priests (12-15) was ordained on March 17 of that year just before Easter. So, in these days of numerous confessions to be heard, they could give their assistance. The last ordinations took place in late May, with a over 20 new priests. And so ended the cycle of ordinations for the 'accelerated group ", and at the same time the first Drohobych Seminary also ended its existence.

Creation
"The second seminary" under the name of the “Theological Faculty of the Eparchial Catechetical Institute” was established by decree of Bishop Yulian in 1996. It functioned within the structure of the previously established Catechetical Institute as the Theological Faculty of the Institute. Teaching began in September. Twelve students were enrolled. This was the first and the only course at the Drohobych Theological Seminary. At that time there was already a staff of teachers. Year by year a new course was added. Soon a 5-year course of study had been formed and 2001 saw the first graduating class of the "second seminary" which was called the Theological Faculty. Classes were conducted on six days of the week.
The establishment of the "third seminary" was a type of reorganization of the Catechetical Institute. It took place in September 2003. The Theological Faculty was separated from the Catechetical Institute and was named the “Drohobych Seminary of the Blessed Priests Severyn, Yakym and Vitaliy priest-monks of Drohobych (who a little before had been beatified by the Pope in Lviv), and so the Seminary was given its roots in Drohobych even with its name. This reorganization effected the structure of teaching in the Seminary, namely: courses are now conducted over a six year period.
In 2003, when the Theological Faculty of the Eparchial Catechetical Institute was separated to form an independent institution called the Drohobych Seminary of the Blessed Priests Severyn, Yakym and Vitaliy, a Seminary statue and a Seminary Constitution were adopted. They provide a variety of management structures - a board headed by the Rector, faculty council, student government, headed by the Dean of the Seminary, elected by the seminarians. Training is conducted in the seminary over six years for five-days a week. Prayer in the Chapel, study in the classrooms, the library, the computer lab with Internet access, meals in the refectory and accommodation in comfortable conditions, the possibility of sports - all under one roof.

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About us PDF Print Write e-mail

The foundation of the Sacrament of the Priesthood is God's call to priestly service directed to the Christian, as expressed in the words of the Lord Jesus: "You did not choose Me, it is I who chose you" (Jn. 15.16).

The Christian responds personally to Christ's call by following the example of the Apostles who, "left all and followed Him" (Lk. 5.11; cf. Mk.1.18; Mt. 4.20,22).

This Christian readiness to "follow Christ" is witnessed to by the Parish community and is confirmed by the Parish Priest (the Spiritual Leader), when he presents the candidate for the Priesthood to the Bishop.

The Bishop, following the advice given by St. Paul the Apostle –"Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands" (1 Tim 5.22)- tests the candidate as to his suitability for service and takes upon himself the obligation to provide the necessary formation, therefore the Seminary serves for the preparation of the candidate for the Sacrament of the Priesthood, by using academic standards to grade its students.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2011

Тарас Живчин, «Виховний процес у Львівській духовній семінарії Святого Духа в 1926-1944 роках, згідно з хронікою Львівської духовної семінарії» (керівник - п. Ігор Бриндак, рецензент – о. ліц. Олег Сподар) PDF Print Write e-mail
Вступ
«Я дам вам пастирів відповідно до мого серця»(Єр.2:15) – саме з цих біблійних слів починає свою енцикліку «Pastores dabo vobis» Іван Павло II, застановляючись над важливістю покликання священиків та правильного його формування. Оскільки покликання є даром від Бога, то Він не тільки ним обдаровує, але і дбає про його розвиток і плідність. Він ставить завдання перед Церквою про ці покликання турбуватися і направляти їх в правильному річищі.
Проблематика виховання і формування духовенства ніколи не втрачає своєї актуальності, лише набуває щораз новіших форм. Пов’язано це насамперед з тим, що кожного разу час, місце та епоха ставить перед Церквою нові завдання і вимоги, які потрібно задовольняти, труднощі, які необхідно долати.
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Friday, 05 August 2011

Members of the band "Quo vadis" PDF Print Write e-mail

The Band "Quo vadis"“Quo Vadis” - started as an amateur band. Initially, none of the boys was a professional musician. Some of the participants studied in Drohobych music college, others had studied at music schools (some for only six months). However, none of them played on their own original instrument, for example those who played on keyboard - now play the guitar, and the brass player - now plays keyboard .

In October 2010, the Seminary band “Quo Vadis” changed its members. Young "talent" took the places of three brothers who, because of their graduation from the Seminary, had stopped playing in the band. Now on the bass guitar is Ruslan Stetsyk. On the drums is - Ivan Stefanyshyn and on rhythm guitar - Mykola Vytivskyy. Given that none of them were all that familiar with "their" instrument, the first months of training were limited to gaining elementary competence. But at the same time we have learned new songs, which we perform at the Seminary on various occasions.

It is difficult to predict the future of the band, which depends totally on the enthusiasm of its members. But we are trying to develop, primarily in the area of musical technique, without which it is impossible to convey the full meaning of our songs.

Band members (including previous years):

Stepan Bober (percussion, backing vocals)

Oleh Kuzyk (vocals, solo guitar)

Roman Skalych (drums)

Vitaliy Sokruta (vocals, bass guitar)

Andriy Ustrytskyy (vocals, rhythm guitar)

Andriy Melnychuk (keyboard)

Petro Makovetsky (vocals, guitar)

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Concerts of the band "Quo vadis" PDF Print Write e-mail

1. 24. 11. 2007 - Debut at the Seminary during the “Famine Concert”.

2. 25. 11 .2007 - Parish of the Blessed Priest-monk-martyrs Severyn, Yakym and Vitaliy in Drohobych

3. 09. 12. 2007 - Celebration for the Brotherhood of "The Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple"

4. 13. 02. 2008 - Concert at the Seminary

5. 14. 02. 2008 - An “Evening” to celebrate the feast of the “Meeting of the Lord” at the Youth Ministry Centre in Drohobych

6. 08. 03. 2008 - Carnival at the Youth Centre.

7. 10. 05. 2008 - Mother’s Day concert.

8. Mid-June 2008 - End of Academic Year Concert.

9. 15. 06. 2008 - Pentecost Concert at Dobromyl’.

10. 28. 08. 2008 - Concert as part of the celebrations for the consecration of the new Church at Nadyba.

11. 30. 08. 2008 - Youth Festival of Ukrainian Song at Mostyska

12. September 2008 - Annual celebration of “Ukrainian Youth for Christ” in Sambir

13. Autumn 2008 - Anniversary of the Youth Brotherhood of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Drohobych.

14. 07. 12. 2008 - Celebration for the Brotherhood of "The Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple"

15. 12. 12. 2008 - St. Andrew’s Day Concert at Dobromyl’.

16. 15. 02. 2009 - Celebration of the feast of the “Meeting of the Lord” at the Youth Centre.

17. 23. 02. 2009 - Birthday celebration for the Rector of the Seminary Mitred Archpriest Myron Bendyk.

18. 16. 03. 2009 - Conference of Ukrainian workers in Italy (Youth Centre)

19. 12. 04. 2009 - Palm Sunday at the Youth Centre.

20. 09. 05.2009 - Mother’s Day at the Seminary.

21. 10. 05. 2009 - Mother’s Day at the Youth Centre.

22. 13-14. 06. 2009 - Pan-Ukrainian Youth Pilgrimage to Zarvanytsa.

23. 28. 06. 2009 - Festival of Religious Songs at the Parish of the Blessed Priest-monk-martyrs Severyn, Yakym and Vitaliy in Drohobych

24. 12. 07. 2009 - Concert as part of the celebrations for the consecration of the new Church of Ss Peter and Paul, Kropyvnyk (Sambir District).

25. 18. 07. 2009 - Youth camp “Zarephath” in Dovhe

26. 02. 08. 2009 - Concert at Yuzhne (Odessa District)

27. 30. 08. 2009 - Concert for the Patronal feast of the Church of the Mother of God, Protectress of Ukraine.

28. 12. 09. 2009 - AA Conference at the Youth Centre

29. 29. 11. 2009 - Celebration of 15 years since the foundation of Ukrainian Youth for Christ at Novyy Rozdil

30. 06. 12. 2009 - Celebration for the Brotherhood of "The Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple"

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Петро Сюсько, «Пастирська опіка сім'ї в сучасній практиці УГКЦ» (керівник - о.ліц Іван Гаваньо, рецензент – д-р Олександра Козанкевич) PDF Print Write e-mail
ВСТУП
Останнім часом проблема сім’ї як в церковному, так і в суспільному середовищах стає щораз-то гучнішою. Сьогодні ми є свідками виразного погіршення стану сім'ї і руйнування подружніх цінностей, коли кількість розлучень на державному рівні, сімейних сепарацій та уневажнень шлюбів катастрофічно зростає, особливо у перші роки подружнього життя. Серед проблем, які сьогодні переживає українська сім'я, не останнє місце займає заробітчанство, яке стає причиною розлучень, розбитих сімей, позбавлення батьківської опіки дітей, створення ранніх необдуманих шлюбів серед молоді, втрати моральних вартостей, руйнування родинних зв'язків, поширення алкоголізму та наркоманії, росту агресії та насильства серед дітей та молоді. До таких проблем ніхто не може бути байдужим, адже від морального стану сім’ї залежить розвиток народу і держави загалом. Митрополит Андрей на цю тему писав:
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Wednesday, 03 August 2011

Маркіян Шашкевич і київська традиція PDF Print Write e-mail
о. д-р Мирон Бендик, ректор

о.Маркіян ШашкевичКиївська традиція являє собою церковно-національне життя українців, яке почалося від Хрещення князя Володимира, розвивалося впродовж історії і сьогодні є найглибшою підставою української ідентинчости. Кожне століття нашої християнської історії вносило свої елементи в київську традицію. У ХІХ ст. знаковою постаттю її розвитку став о. Маркіян Шашкевич, який прийшов на світ рівно 200 років тому, а саме — 1811 року. Детальніше...

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