The Royal Society of Arts is based in London and was founded in 1754 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in the fields of the arts, manufacturing, and commerce. Previous fellows include Benjamin Franklin, Charles Dickens, Marie Curie and Nelson Mandela. The current patron of the Royal Society of Arts is Queen Elizabeth II and the President is the Princess Royal.

“This is a great honour awarded for Fr. Athanasius recognizing his historical and international scholarship, as well as our Ukrainian Catholic Church worldwide, and, all humanity.” ~Bishop David

These past several years, Rev. Fr. McVay, STB, HED, FRSA has been performing research in Rome on a variety of church topics at my request and at the request of the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in Canada. For example, he is the author of “God’s Martyr, History’s Witness: Blessed Nykyta Budka, the First Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of Canada” (Edmonton, 2014); an authoritative book in English on the life and contribution of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (awaiting publishing); A history of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Britain (in editing), and the Origins and History of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada (work in progress). 

“Dr. McVay’s sterling record of publications has provided invaluable insights on the history of the Ukrainian Catholic church. He has, in particular, provided original work highlighting the contribution of historical figures including Nykyta Budka, who worked in Canada, and Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky. This work is particularly important in the light of international developments in Ukraine and sheds much light on migrant communities in North America and in the UK. Dr. McVay’s current research has a focus on Ukrainian communities in Great Britain, whose history during the 20th century has yet to be adequately documented. In short, his strong publication record (which includes two books) is significant in terms of historical, ecclesiastical, and ecumenical terms and this distinguished scholar is a credit to the RSA.” ~Dr. Paul Scott, FRSA

Entrance of the Holy Mother of God into the Temple (Nov. 21) Activities for the Domestic Church (Family)

If you don’t have an icon for the Feast you can print one at www.eeparchy.com.   Learn about it: Access the Bozhi Dity (God’s Little Children) lesson on the Edmonton Eparchy Website. You will learn about the Feast and have fun decorating candles to carry in...

Explanation of the Entrance of the Holy Mother of God into the Temple Icon

What we know about the Entrance of the Theotokos into the temple comes to us from Sacred Tradition. The most significant source that speaks about the early life of the Mother of God is the Protoevangelium of James. We learn that Joachim and Anna, who were childless...

Pastoral Letter of the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of 2020

ONLY ONE THING WILL REMAIN YOURS – THAT WHICH YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THE POOR Pastoral Letter of the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of 2020 to the clergy, religious, and laity   Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers! Venerable Brothers and Sisters in...

Christmas With Camp St. Basil

We are so excited to share that we will be hosting a Christmas camp from Dec. 27-31! Join our Christmas themed games, crafts, and a lesson on the Christmas story!  Details: December 28-31 2020, 10:00 to 11:15 A.M. MST  Cost: FREE OF CHARGE Ages: Attendees are required...

Rev. Dr. Athanasius McVay Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

“This is a great honour awarded for Fr. Athanasius recognizing his historical and international scholarship, as well as our Ukrainian Catholic Church worldwide, and, all humanity.” ~Bishop David

Making a Family Christmas Hamper for Saint Philip’s Fast

Week 1:  Find a large basket or a box that you can fill over the six weeks of St. Phillips Fast with food for your choice of charity. Some suggestions are: Youth Empowerment Services, Wings of Providence, WINN House, Boyle Street Services. Make a large cloth Christmas...