Borschiw District

Administrator: Rev. Deacon Jim Nakonechny

Parish: St. John the Baptist
Location: Borshchiw, Alberta

Phone: (780) 424-5496

Service Schedule: (Please call parish to confirm service schedule.)



[wpspoiler name=”History of the Parish” ]St . JOHN BAPTIST Parish – Парафія св. Івана Хрестителя

Borschiw Parish is located in Haight, the County of Beaver Hill (S/E Sec 10 Twp. 51 Rge 16 4 M). The parish was established in 1903 and in 1905 the first Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Fr. Platonid Filas, OSBM. Forty acres of land were acquired for a church, a National Hall (Narodnyi Dim) and a cemetery (4 acres). The cemetery was purchased first, for $10.00, collected by parishioners and given to Fr. Filas. The parishioners managed to have the property registered under: Greek-Catholic Parish in Borschiw. The first settlers who arrived from Borshchiv District in Western Ukraine were: J. Bartman, P. Deputan, I. Kalynchuk, I. Petryga, M. Kyryliuk, I. Slyvka, V. Pochynok, S. Osadchuk, I. Rurka, T. Pidoborozhnyi, M. Korpan and V. Pavliy. From the beginning the cantors were: Baraniuk, J. Bartman, V. Shyba and I. Hrabec. In 1934 a choir was organized with the following conductors: H. Terebenets, S. Rurka, I. Semeniuk and Y. Matviyiv.

The parishioners built the first church for $1,500.00. The new church with five domes was built for $9,000.00 by S. Hayduk and S. Gara in 1939 (80’ x 30’) in a shape of a cross and was completely finished and painted. On the church property there is a monument commemorating the 75 th anniversary of the Ukrainian settlement. Two bells are built-in into the gates of the property.

The first bishop who visited the parish was Bishop Nykyta Budka in 1916 followed by Bishop Basil Ladyka in 1934. Later Bishops Neil Savaryn, Demetrius Greschuk, Myron Daciuk and Lawrence Huculak visited the community. The Parish was for many years a very dynamic congregation with many children attending the services.

The following vocations came from the parish: future Bishop of Saskatoon Most Rev. Basil Filevich, Fr. Peter Hrabec, OSBM, Fr. Evtimy Wolinski, a Studite monk, and Sister Cassianna Slywka, SSMI.

The Basilian Fathers have served the parish from the beginning: Fr. Platonid Filas, Fr. Matthew Hura, Fr. Josaphat Tymochko, Fr. Naucratius Kryzanowsky, Fr. Sozont Dydyk, Fr. Athanasius Filipiw, Fr. Alexander Krochmalny, Fr. Basil Ladyka, Fr. Porphyrius Bodnar, Fr. George Zydan, Fr. Sophron Diakowich, Fr. Basil Kamenetsky, Fr. Josaphat Jean, Fr. Damascene Popovych, Fr. Andrew Truch, Fr. Benjamin Baranyk, Fr. Ireneus Procenty, Fr. Victor Soroka, Fr. Eugene Bilyk, Fr. Irenej Nazarko (1946-1948), Fr. Vital Pidskalny (1948-1949), Fr. Athanasius Chimy and Fr. Jerome Chimy (1949-1951), Fr. Epiphany Paschak and Fr. Nicon Swirsky (1952), Fr. Modest Gnesko (1953-1957), Fr. Myron Daciuk (1957-1959), Fr. Cornelius Pasichny (1959-1963), Fr. Eugene Bilyk (1963-1964), Fr. Joseph Krupp (1964-1965), Fr. Severian Yakymyshyn (1964-1965), Fr. Flavian Kalba (1965-1966), Fr. Orest Slobodian (1967- ), Fr. Ignatius Holowaychuk (1970-1977), Fr. Stephen Chmilar (1972-1973), Fr. Harry Borecky (1973-1976), Fr. Anthony Holowaychuk (1976-1978), Fr. Vincent Prychidko (1978-1980), Fr. Myron Chimy (1988), Fr. Josaphat Konchak (1983-1987, 1989-2003), Fr. John Sembrat (2003-). [/wpspoiler]


Parish: Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Location: Krakow, Alberta

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[wpspoiler name=”History of the Parish” ]PROTECTION of the Blessed Virgin Mary ParishПарафія Покрови Матері Божої

The Parish is located 95 km. east of Edmonton and 19 km. north & 5 km. west of Mundare. The first settlers arrived in 1898 from the Brody (35 families) and Chortkiv regions (2 families) in Ukraine. Some lucky ones brought with them $20.00 and others even less. The church building (40’ x 20’) was started in 1918 and the enlargement was done in 1922. The completion of the work was in 1928. The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated in a private home by Fr. Naucratius Kryzanowsky.

In 1913 Nykola Stelmach, Kazymyr Lamash, Myron Koroliuk, Havrylo Prokopchuk, Ksenka Laschuk, Ilia Yakymyshyn and Polko Vicyntowych got together and decided to buy 4 acres of land for the cemetery (Pl. 24-55-17), that was incorporated in 1917. A group of people, organized by a self proclaimed preacher by the name Kudryk, organized their own congregation 3 km. north of the cemetery. Most of the people were originally from the Sniatyn region in Ukraine. A community hall, 6 km. west from the cemetery was acquired, transferred on the cemetery property and adopted to serve as a Ukrainian Catholic church. The approximate cost was $600.00. A well known artist, Petro Lypynsky of Edmonton, painted the outside of the church; the inside was done by P. Matiash. The first choir director was Ivan Stadnyk, who in the summer months was teaching Ukrainian. The Parish also owned a Narodnyi dim (National hall), which was burned down one week before the great gathering of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood of Canada in 1938. But the faithful rebuilt the hall in a very short time.

Among the many Basilian Fathers who served the Parish were: Fr. Naucratius Kryzanowsky, Fr. Basil Ladyka, Fr. George Zydan, Fr. Sozont Dydyk, Fr. Neil Savaryn (1935-1938?), Fr. Athanasius Chimy, Fr. Nicon Swirsky (1952), Fr. Martin Pryma and Fr. Leontij Yakubow (1952-1955), Fr. Eugene Kushko and Fr. Cornelius Pasichny (1955-1957), Fr. Myron Chimy (1963-1964), Fr. Severian Yakymyshyn (1967-1969), Fr. Josaphat Konchak, Fr. Myron Chimy (1970-2003) and Fr. John Sembrat (2003- ).[/wpspoiler]


Parish: St. Nicholas
Location: St. Michael, Alberta

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[wpspoiler name=”History of the Parish” ]St. MICHAEL – St . NICHOLAS Parish – Парафія св. о. Миколая

Location: Lot 35, Bl. 55, Pl. 18. The church has 40 acres of land (25 acres are farm land) and is 6.5 km. south-east from the town of St. Michael. The first settlers arrived in 1896 (I. Danchuk, I. IUrkiv, IU. Khomliak and L. Protsinskyi families) from Brody and Chortkiv Region of Western Ukraine. Most of the parishioners were living some miles away in Wostok. Between 1897 and 1901 another 19 families arrived from Ukraine. Fr. Nestor Dmytriw, the first Ukrainian Catholic priest in Canada, arrived from the United States in 1896. In 1898 with the support of Fr. Paul Tymkewych the community decided to buy 10 acres of land ($10.00) for their church. Fr. Tymkewych, after incorporating the land for the future Parish, left for the United States. Starting in 1900 Fr. Ivan Zaklynskyi looked after the spiritual needs of the Parish. He stayed in homes of I. Danchuk, V. Hryniv and Sobko Andrukhiv. There was one more Eparchial clergy, Fr. Basil Zholdak, who created a membership list of the faithful and then went back to Ukraine. From the proud beginnings of the Ukrainian Catholic community in Canada, we see from some memoires how some elements were trying to hurt our faithful: “In those times several agents of Russia were infiltrating our people. Many times dressed in black cassocks and long beards and hair, they were disseminating Russian imperialism under the cover of orthodoxy. There was a batiushka (priest) M. Korchynskyi who started his church in Wostok. He was supported by Fr. Krokhmalnyi, a suspended Ukrainian Catholic priest, who purposely was disorienting the faithful. Some of our parishioners, disoriented by these agents, tried to get this Orthodox priest into our community. Here started the dark page of our history. Confrontations, frictions and court battles ended in 1918. Finally in those days a chapel was built in Wostok to shelter the altar from wind and sun. Later a residence was built, and the parishioners started to collect the building materials for their first church”.

First church building – In 1903 Fr. Anthony Strotsky, OSBM, started to visit the faithful in the Wostok district and under his initiative the faithful collected the necessary material to build their first church (20’ x 26’) and residence in 1904. From 1903 Fr. Josaphat Tymochko, OSBM, consecrated the church in 1904, and he was followed by Fathers Athanasius Filipiw, Naucratiius Kryzanowsky and Sozont Dydyk. In 1910 the parishioners welcomed our highest Church leader from Ukraine, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky of Lviv. The overnight stay was provided by Mr. I. Starko. The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church realized at once the destructive work of the Russian “batiushky” (clergy), whose purpose was not to build the religious life but to destroy it. The churches at that time were incorporated not as part of a religious entity, i.e. the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, but their ownership was given to the trustees. The Russian emissaries were trying to influence the trustees of the churches. Having their support they were transferring the ownership of our churches to their jurisdictions. Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, a holy man, realized that the sacrifices of our faithful were enormous. He asked the priests and the faithful to secure the property by incorporating it under the Catholic chapter. Bishop Nykyta Budka paid a visit to the Parish in 1914 having the Divine Liturgy at Anton Sloboda’s house. For seven years Fr. Naucratius Kryzanowsky celebrated the Divine liturgy in the house of Mr. A. Sloboda, until the church was incorporated under the Catholic chapter.

New church building – This was the first red brick church in Northern Alberta. K. Sheremeta was the building contractor. The building costs were $11,000.00. The architectural structure was a copy of a typical Ukrainian church in Ukraine. The church is looked after very well. Fr. George Zydan, OSBM, was supportive in building the National Hall (Narodnyi Dim) and establishing the Fr. Markian Shashkevych Society. Thanks to the efforts of Fr. Neil Savaryn the church was painted on the inside, a bell tower was built, and a new organization of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood (UCBC) was established. The consecration of the church was planned for May 24, 1925 but the weather did not permit it. On October 25, 1925 the church was consecrated. On July 10, 1932 and on May 25, 1941 the parish was visited by the Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholics in Canada. Among many outstanding families in the parish one parishioner should be remembered here. Petro Paltsat who discovered that a counterfeit rubber stamp was being used on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church to forge the documents and who presented the court with substantial evidence in that matter. Thanks to his sharp mind justice to the Ukrainian faithful was recognized in 1918. The Parish has its own cemetery (2 acres) close to the church. The whole community, through many years of turbulence in the past, preserved its identity as an outstanding Parish community in the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada.

There have been religious vocations from the parish: Four Basilian Fathers: Boniface Sloboda, Damian Weleshchuk, Ignatius Holowaychuk and Anthony Holowaychuk; two Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate: Sr. Zoya Frances Yurkiw and Sr. Boniface Julia Sloboda.

The following Basilian Fathers served the Parish: Anthony Strotsky, Josaphat Tymochko, Athanasius Filipiw, Naucratius Kryzanowsky, Sozont Dydyk, Basil Ladyka, Sophron Diakowich, George Zydan, Paul Olinsky, Neil Savaryn and Ignatius Lesiuk.

From 1950 to 1982 Fr. Eugene Dmytruk served the Parish. Fr. Dmytruk arrived from Germany, where he escaped at the end of World War II with his wife Neonila, their sons and daughter.

The present pastor is Fr. John Sembrat, OSBM.[/wpspoiler]

Parish: Ascension of Our Lord

Location: New Kiew, Alberta

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[wpspoiler name=”History of the Parish” ]ASCENSION Parish – Парафія Вознесіння Господнього

The first settlers arrived in 1901 and the place was called Warwick. The name Kyiv (Kiev) was used for the school built in 1908. In the early 1920’s a post office was established and thanks to our Member of Parliament Michael Luchkovych the place was called “New Kiew”. The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated on July 7, 1903 by Fr. Platonid Filas in the house of Semen Kits. A month later the same priest started the services in the house of Nykola Yakimec until 1910, when a small chapel of St. Nicholas was built.

Location: NW 22-53-13-W4M and 16 km. from Lavoy or Two Hills. The church (53’ x 40’) with one dome was built in 1918 and blessed on May 16, 1920 by Bishop Nykyta Budka and incorporated in 1918 under the chapter: The RuthenianGreek-Catholic Parish of Holy Ascension of our Lord United with Rome of New Kiev, Alberta. In 1919 Petro Lypynsky did the artistic painting for $2,000.00. The church construction was approximately $5,500.00 and the contractor was H. Osetsky.

The cemetery has 4 acres of land.

For many years the so called “Seraphim plague” was very influential in the community. Some people, without a permanent spiritual care, were joining the sect. Seraphim was an Orthodox cleric, supposedly suspended or excommunicated, who passed himself as an Archbishop of a hitherto non-existent Russian Orthodox Church in Canada. The official Russian Orthodox Church did not recognize him as a bishop. Although the adherents of the new faith were not numerous, the division itself weakened the parish considerably and the building of new Ukrainian Catholic churches was delayed for some years at least. Although the Seraphim movement, subsidized by the Presbyterian Church financially, was doomed to failure in its early beginnings, only a small percentage of its followers came back and were received into the Church again. Thanks to the Basilian missionary Fr. Naucratius Kryzanowsky, who prior to 1910 was a missionary for Manitoba, the hearts of all who cared for the Ukrainian Catholic Church were won again.

National hall in honour of Ivan Franko (Narodnyi Dim Ivana Franka) (60’x24’) was also built in 1929 approximately 200 meters from the church and helped the church, hospital and also institutions in the old country of Ukraine.

Founders of the parish: N. Yakimec, S. Busko, V. Steblyk, S. Cvihun, V. Fydyna, D. Marchak, D. Samoil, H. Cymbaliuk, I. Hryciw, H. Melnyk, K. Duk, O. Zuravel, I. Cymbaliuk, S. Hryciw, S. Kilyk, T. Semeniuk, H. Busko, A. Derleyko, M. Kilyk, T. Yaremko, A. Duk, V. Farion and M. Krysak.

The following Basilian Fathers served the community: Fr. Platonid Filas, Fr. Athanasiius Filipiw (1905-1907), Fr. Naucratius Kryzanowsky, Fr. Matthew Hura, Fr. John Tymochko, Fr. Sophron Dyakowich, Fr. Josaphat Tymochko, Fr. Damascene Popovych, Fr. Paul Hewko, Fr. Benjamin Baranyk, Fr. Innocent Rychkun (1936- ), Fr. Matthew Sianchuk, Fr. Ignatius Lesiuk, Fr. Nicholas Kohut, Fr. Andrew Truch, Fr. Neil Savaryn, Fr. Bernard Dribnenky, Fr. Myron Daciuk, Fr. Sebastian Kurylo, Fr. Dionisius Dzygolyk, Fr. Markian Pasichnyk, Fr. Jerome Chimy (1949), and again from 1993: Fr. Josaphat Tyrkalo and others. Between 1950 and 1992 the Eparchial clergy provided the spiritual care: Fr. Volodymyr Tarnawsky (1950-1955), Fr. Bohdan Hanushewsky (1956- ), Fr. Peter Lytwyn (1964-1985), Fr. Ivan Makuch (1986-1992).[/wpspoiler]