UGCC Synod Pays Special Attention to Celebration of 120th Anniversary of Birth of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj
On February 8-9, 2012, in Lviv-Briukhovychi, the 56тг session of the Synod of Bishops of the Kyiv-Halych Supreme Archbishopric of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was held.
The Synod was preceded by a brotherly meeting with Roman Catholic bishops acting in the Ukrainian territory. Therefore, after the first working Synod session, a joint prayer was conducted to open the Year of Remembrance of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj.
The main theme of the session of the Synod was the parish as the community of prayer. Bishop Venedykt (Aleksiichuk) made a report on the liturgical life in the parish.
The Synod paid considerable attention to the question of celebrating the 120th anniversary of birth of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj. In this context, proposals from representatives of the church community, state authorities and local government bodies were reviewed and decisions were passed to duly celebrate the jubilee. In particular, the participants approved the text of the Pastoral Address of the Synod and decided to organize a pilgrimage of the UGCC to Zarvanytsia in 2012 for the occasion of the jubilee.