Lviv to become a meeting venue for active laity from Europe and Ukraine
The 30th Anniversary Colloquium of the European Parishes (CEP) to be held from July 27 to August 1 will gather in Lviv the clergymen and laity who seek to invigorate the life and activity of their parishes.
"Who will help us to be Christians in modern Europe?" - this is the theme of the forum, which will be held in Ukraine for the first time. More than 150 participants from Europe and the same number of representatives from Ukrainian parishes will take part therein. The slogan of the forum: "Can diversity unite us?”
Forum venue: Seminary of the UGCC of the Holy Spirit (Lviv, Khutorivka, 35 a), youth programs venue – Andrey Sheptytsky center (UKU).
As part of the CEP in Lviv, interesting discussions, excursions to the spiritual landmarks of Lviv region, visits to successful parishes of the UGCC will be made, in the evenings the "Holidays of Nations" will be held, where groups from different countries will have an opportunity to present their "national highlights", a master class on icon-painting on glass will be also conducted.
The Colloquium of European Parishes also has a youth dimension. Active parish youth from Europe set to come to Lviv.
The movement of Christian parishes maned CEP – the Colloquium of European Parishes – was initiated in 1961. Every two years, representatives of Catholics from different countries of Europe gather at the Congress in which bishops, priests, theologians and active laity participate to discuss the question: how to be good Christians in the modern world, how to transfer faith to the next generations, how to search for new forms of evangelization, how to revive parishes? This movement was launched in the RCC in 1963, in recent decades Greek Catholics of Ukraine, Romania and Hungary have joined it. It now includes 35 countries.
30th Colloquium of European Parishes in Lviv, July 27 - August 1, 2019
Saturday, July 27:
18:00 Holy Liturgy at the Seminary parish
Welcoming speech by Ukrainians and the President of the Colloquium
19:30 Meeting of experts with animators / group secretaries / organizing committee.
21:30 Informal meeting (for each national group to present themselves). Every evening representatives of different nations engage in communication.
Sunday 28 July:
11:00 Holy Liturgy (Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
15:30 Start of the cultural program. A trip to the Univ Monastery (60 km from Lviv)
Tour and presentation about the Church, the country, the Ukrainian tradition
Time for a rest and refreshments at the monastery
19:30 Return to Lviv
21:15 Musical evening (seminarians' orchestra), communication with representatives of other countries
Monday, 29 July:
8:30 Prayer. Information
8:45-9:00 Opening of the Colloquium and presentation of the topics. President of Colloquium, Antonio Cassar.
9:00-10:15 Conference. Topic 1: "Pope Francis: his personality and vision." Professor Paul Zulehner
10:30-11:45 First group work. Presentation and discussion.
Tasks for group secretaries: summarize and present
12:00 Holy Liturgy
15:00 Presentation of the pastoral experiences of the two participants
16:00-17:10 Second group work
17:15-17:45 Presentation of work of groups from secretaries
18:00 Cultural program (master class “Icon on glass”)
21: 30 meeting of delegates (free time for others)
Tuesday, July 30:
7.00 -8.15 Breakfast
8.30 -8.45 short morning prayer and the speech of the President of Colloquium
9:00-10.00 Conference. The second topic: "Parable of the Prodigal Son." Professor Halyna Teslyuk. Discussion.
10:05-10.25 Coffee Break.
10:30-11:30 Third group work (final)
11:35 Presentation of the results in the conference room
12:00 Holy Liturgy
14:00-15:00 Meeting of experts on the staff / secretaries of the groups
16:00 Visit to the parishes.
16:30 Arrival at the parishes. Meeting, presentation, prayer
20:00 Return (opportunity to spend time in the city)
Wednesday, 31 July:
8:30-8:45 Short morning prayer and the President's word
9:00-10:00 Conference. The third topic: "Who will help us to be Christians in modern Europe?".
Fr Mychailo Dymyd. Discussion.
10: 00 Contribution of the Youth.
11:00 Presentation of the next Colloquium (2021).
11: 45 Distribution of the Colloquium assessment form
12:00 Holy Liturgy (thanksgiving)
14:30 Tour of the city
17:00 Opportunity to spend free time in the city
19: 00 Dinner - Holiday of Nations (We offer each nation to present their culture through videos, songs, etc. However, the main program is organized by Ukrainians)
Thursday, August 1:
7:00-8:15 Breakfast and farewell
9:00 Gathering near the bus. Cultural program of choice – visit to the historical town of Zhovkva and Krekhiv monastery (with lunch)
17:00 Return to Lviv