Canadian Donor Given ‘Key’ to UCU Sheptytsky Center

Monday, September 11, 2017

James Temerty, the main founder of the new Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), was given a symbolic “key” to the structure on September 10, the day of its consecration. The photo shows him with UCU President Bishop Borys Gudziak.

“Today is a wonderful day. I have the incredible honor to witness the opening of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptysky Center,” said Temerty. “What can be better than to know that my name and that of my wife and family will always be associated with a hero, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky. I take pride in this day.

“I was here a few months ago with my wife, Louise and then saw only photographs. When I was coming to this building today, I was even a little afraid of what I would see. But then I saw and understood that it was even better than it was in the pictures. I have more than once been the member of committees to choose architects who are involved with large construction projects. It very seldom happens that the results are better than the promises.

“I want to note that architect Stefan Behnisch has an understanding of my company. We are also guided by the words: ‘Promise little – do much.’ I want to congratulate Stefan Behnisch, who is a beautiful, talented person. What you have done here is amazing. In one of his interviews about UCU he said: ‘A university is not about buildings. It’s about people.’ He turns attention to the spiritual dimension of life, the idea, the concept, the content. I am very grateful that I have the great honor to be involved with such a great idea,” said Temerty.

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