By Summer the Patriarchal Pilgrimage Center will Share its Routes
KYIV – From the 44 pilgrimage places of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) that have been visited by the monitoring group of the Patriarchal Pilgrimage Center, around 10 percent of the pilgrimage objects are ready for pilgrims, reports Mr. Dmytro Myronenko, the head of monitoring group of the Patriarchal Pilgrimage Center of the UGCC. Throughout February the group worked in the western regions of Ukraine, reports the Information Department of UGCC. RISU’s Ukrainian-language web site posted this story on February 5, 2010.
“We have enough such places which for today already accept hundreds of thousands of people,” Mr. Myronenko tells. “However, we see that there are pilgrimage places where there isn’t any published material, that lack information. Therefore, we are preparing to print a map, catalogue, and guidebook about every pilgrimage place. All published materials, which will be printed with money from the Patriarchal Pilgrimage Center of pilgrim, will be distributed to the different places.”
On the basis of the results of the work of the monitoring group, by the Patriarchal Pilgrimage Center of the UGCC, in the near future pilgrimage routes will be developed and catalogued. And thus a web-resource will be created, and the mentioned publishing projects – a map, catalogue, booklets, and guidebooks – will be produced for every pilgrimage place.
As was foreseen in the presentation of the center, which was held in December of last year at the Synod of the UGCC, the Patriarchal Pilgrimage Center plans to prepare these products by April. It is expected that by June of this year the program of pilgrimage will be ready. The Patriarchal Pilgrimage Center of the UGCC (FPC) of the Patriarchal Curia of the UGCC was created on May 8, 2009, by the Decree of Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych His Beatitude Lubomyr, considering the initiative of Patriarchal Society of Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Prince Volodymyr to better organize pilgrimage activity of the UGCC and to provide the spiritual needs of pilgrims.