UCU Grad-Priest, Crisis Coordinator, Featured in Article

Monday, July 30, 2018

Father Volodymyr Pihichyn, a graduate of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), is now assistant at the Crisis Coordinating Center of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. He is featured in an article of the newsweekly “Our Sunday Visitor.” Excerpts follow.

The Patriarchal Curia of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church — the bureaucratic structure that allows its bishops to work in collaboration — has commissions on military chaplaincy, healthcare, migration, peace and justice, and other issues, but the systemic pressure of the war prompted the bishops to create the UGCC Crisis Coordinating Center, which combines the Church’s various capacities in a strategic way.

Father Volodymyr Pihichyn, assistant crisis coordinator, described the work of the center, which includes training volunteers who will help soldiers in rehabilitation and even special training for priests in cooperation with Ukrainian Catholic University’s psychology institute.

“Most priests who are educated in normal seminary didn’t have a special course for working … with people after the war,” Father Pihichyn said. And so this special training is being offered in all eparchies (Eastern rite dioceses) to help priests minister to people with posttraumatic stress and more effectively minister to soldiers and their families.

Full article available HERE

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