Our Lord Jesus Christ established only one Universal (Catholic) Church, of which He alone is the Head.
Our Lord entrusted His Church to His Apostles and their successors, under the primacy of the Apostle Peter.
The spiritual father of the Christ’s Church on earth is the Universal Pontiff, Francis, Pope of Rome. He is the direct successor to the Apostle Peter, the chief pastor among all pastors of the Church. Pope Francis presides at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, in Rome.
Of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC)
In the image of the Trinity, the one Universal (Catholic) Church exists as a communion (a family) of Particular Churches, which trace their origin to one of the Twelve Apostles. The Catholic Church today is a communion of twenty three Particular Churches.
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is an autonomous Particular Church within the Catholic Church. It is the Catholic descendent of the Church of Kyiv, born of the Church of Constantinople (the Apostle Andrew), born of the Church of Jerusalem, born of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day.
The head and spiritual father of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church throughout the world is His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kyiv and Halych, who presides at the Resurrection Cathedral in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has established parishes, eparchies, exarchates and metropolia throughout the world: Europe (Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Italy, Ireland, England, Switzerland, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain); Asia (Kazakhstan, Russia), North America (Canada, United States); South America (Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela); Oceania (Australia, New Zealand).
Ukrainian Catholics in Canada
The spiritual father of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Canada is His Grace, Lawrence Huculak, Metropolitan of Winnipeg, who presides at the Cathedral of Saints Volodymyr and Olha in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
There are five Eparchies in Canada:
- Archeparchy of Winnipeg (Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak);
- Eparchy of Edmonton (Bishop David Motiuk);
- Eparchy of Saskatoon (Bishop Bryan);
- Eparchy of Toronto (Bishop Stephen Chmilar);
- Eparchy of Westminster (Bishop Ken Nowakowski).
In the Eparchy of Edmonton
The head and spiritual father of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the province of Alberta is His Excellency, David Motiuk, Eparch of the Edmonton, who presides at the Cathedral of St. Josaphat in Edmonton, Alberta.
A Cathedral Parish Community
As members of St. Josaphat Cathedral, we are a community and a parish family, open to all who desire to hear the word of God and come to the knowledge of truth. All are welcome! Every Sunday, in “spirit and truth,” we gather to worship the one true God, our Heavenly Father, revealed to us in fullness by His Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and by His Holy Spirit.
Sixty five generations (one generation = 30 years) separated us from the life of Christ on earth: four generations in Canada (2013-1891); thirty-four generations in Ukraine (1891-860); twenty one generations in Asia Minor (860-63); and one generation in Jerusalem itself (AD 63-33).
Parish Mission Statement
The mission statement of the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Saint Josaphat is:
“We the people of God, united by the Holy Spirit and with faith in the Resurrected Christ, respond to our baptismal call by being a welcoming and loving community in the service of God and all people.”
Cathedral Constitution, Article 1