Very Rev. Michael Winn’s term as Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary concludes on June 30, 2021. Father Michael served two five-year terms as Rector, then accepted an additional two-year term to assist in the relocation of Holy Spirit Seminary from Ottawa to Edmonton. We are grateful for his dedicated service in guiding the discernment and formation of candidates for ordained ministry in the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada.
I am pleased to announce that Metropolitan Lawrence and the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada have appointed Rev. Greg Faryna as Vice-Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary, effective January 1, 2021, with an eventual appointment as Rector. Father Michael and Father Greg will overlap the 2021 Winter Seminary/Academic semester to ensure a smooth transition.
The Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in Canada have also appointed Very Rev. Mihajlo Planchak as Spiritual Director of Holy Spirit Seminary effective September 1, 2020. Father Mihajlo continues to serve as Pastor of Holy Eucharist Parish, Edmonton, while dedicating time to providing spiritual direction for the seminarians.
At the same time, with Father Greg’s appointment to Holy Spirit Seminary, I am pleased to appoint Rev. Michael Bombak as Assistant Pastor of Saint Stephen Protomartyr Parish, Calgary, effective September 13, 2020, and then Pastor effective January 1, 2021. Father Michael currently serves as Pastor of Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish, Lloydminster, and St Olga Parish, Vermilion. Given that these two parishes have mutually asked to be reincluded in a parish district structure, consultations with the parishioners and selected clergy will take place as to how and when this can be realized.