Journey of Hope: The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Alberta DVD


A Brief History of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Alberta. This is the last chance to grab what’s left in our stock!

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This film presents a brief history of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Western Canada and more specifically in Alberta. It touches upon the spiritual journey of Ukrainian Catholics who were part of the great Immigration that began in 1891. When they suddenly found themselves on the frontier in Canada, a western country where there were no Ukrainian Byzantine churches they felt themselves spiritually and culturally marooned in a strange land. Father Albert Lacombe, the great Oblate missionary to the Aboriginal and Metis People of the West was moved by the spiritual plight of the Ukrainians. Though he was French Canadian, he travelled to Ukraine in 1900 to confer with 35-year-old Metropolitan Archbishop Andrew Sheptytsky who was the spiritual father of the Ukrainian Catholics. In the face of great difficulties, the two men were able to organise the foundation of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Western Canada.

Metropolitan Andrew sent four Basilian Missionaries and four Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate to Alberta. They arrived in Edmonton on October 31st, 1902. This handful of missionaries established themselves a Mundare, Alberta in the spring of 1903. Thus began the foundation of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the West. The film presents the drama of this foundation. It looks at the journey of the Ukrainian Catholic Churches in Alberta through the period of Immigration, the Great War, the Prosperity of the 1920s, and the lows of the Great Depression. It touches on the tragedy of World War 2 and the Stalinist suppression of the Church in Ukraine. The story of this church is one of local drama and adventure.

A film by Harvey Spak. Executive producer: Bishop Lawrence Huculak OSBM.

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Weight 0.117 kg
Dimensions 25 × 20 × 1.97 cm
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