UGCC Patriarch to make a pastoral visit to Austria
On November 7-12, 2019, UGCC Patriarch Sviatoslav will pay a pastoral visit to Austria. The program of the visit includes events in two cities – Innsbruck and Vienna.
This is reported by the Information Department of the UGCC.
Before Innsbruck, the head of the UGCC will visit on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the arrival of Ukrainian theological students and the Ukrainian community in the capital of Tirol. His Beatitude Sviatoslav will arrive in Vienna to participate in the solemn opening of a memorial plaque in memory of the assistance of the Archbishop of Vienna, cardinal Theodor Innitzer to the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine. Also, for the first time in history, the Order of Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky will be awarded in Vienna.
During his visit to Innsbruck, the Primate will meet with the mayor of the city, Georg Willy, as well as with students and employees of the "Canisianum" Collegium of the University of Innsbruck. In addition, he will take part in Liturgies, a memorial service for the repose of all believers, priests and bishops, and other events.
It is worth noting that on November 8-10, the head of the UGCC together with diocesan Bishop Herman will celebrate the 120th anniversary of Ukrainian theologians and the Ukrainian community in Innsbruck, during which the anniversary bilingual publication will be presented.
"To mark the 120th anniversary of the presence of Ukrainian theological students and the Ukrainian community in Innsbruck, an anniversary collection of articles was published. This is, in fact, the first detailed study of Ukrainians in Tirol. It not only describes the path of many prominent figures of the Ukrainian Church, spiritual leaders of the nation, who at different times studied in the capital of Tirol – among them are blessed martyrs Clement Sheptytsky, Nikita Budka, Andrei Ishchak, cardinals Iosyp Slipyy and Miroslav Lubachivsky, but also analyzes in detail the formation of the Ukrainian community under the order of students of theology and other faculties of the Leopold-Franz University of Innsbruck," Dr. Lydia Melnyk noted in the book.
By the way, the authors of articles and essays are doctoral students from Ukraine, who are now studying at the theological department of Innsbruck University, MA Igor Hinda and MA Volodymyr Mamchyn, MA Vladimir Voloshin, Father Dr. Ivan Datsko, Heinz Panteleimon Gstrain and Lviv journalists who live in Tirol today: Iryna Zaletska and Lydia Melnyk (executive editor). All materials in the collection are presented in two languages: Ukrainian and German, which makes it available to a wide range of readers.
The Jesuit College Canisianum (lat. Canisianum) is an educational institution of the Jesuit fathers in Innsbruck (Austria). It was founded in 1562 by Jesuit Peter Canisius (italian: Pietro Canisio, proclaimed saint in 1925) and further on it was called Canisianum. In 1856, the College was integrated into the University of Innsbruck.
The modern building was erected in 1910-1911 by the rector Michael Hoffmann, so officially the countdown from the foundation of the College is made from this period. In 1938, the College was closed and re-established in 1945.
Ukrainian students began to enroll in Canisianum in 1899. The first student from Halychyna was Joseph Zhuk (enrolled October 17, 1899) - later a Greek Catholic priest in the United States, and later the founder and first Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America.
Priests and bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and other Greek-Catholic Churches of the Byzantine rite studied in Canisianum.