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#JesusIsHere: Everywhere Present - Eastern Eparchy Youth Retreat

On December 13, 2014, the Eastern Eparchy of the UOCC hosted a spiritual retreat for young people - teenagers and university students.  The Retreat was held at St. Demetrius Sobor on Lake Shore Blvd. in Toronto.

There were three age streams moving through 3 presentations:

#JesusIsHere. Fr. Bohdan Hladio led an interactive discussion about how we can “keep Jesus in the room" with us, and not just invite Him in for certain events, or appeal to Him when we’re in trouble.  

Got Questions? The participants had the opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Peter Kondra, a UOCC Consistory Board Member and adolescent Psychiatrist.  Through his professional experience and theological knowledge Dr. Kondra was able to address the tough questions that our youth have at the interface of faith and “normal” life.

Hands on Faith.  Under the direction of Dobr. Tania Hladio and the ladies of UWAC Sophia Rusova branch, the retreat-ants spent time in the kitchen preparing Guacamole, Hummus, Shrimp Pasta Salad, “Linyvi” (lazy) Holuptsi, Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing and Carrot Walnut Loaf - all fast-worthy foods!  This was perfectly timed for the Nativity Fast. 

Great Vespers was served at 5 PM, and after Vespers everyone sat down to partake of the food they had prepared together earlier in the day!

After the delicious dinner, Long Branch CYMK invited and treated all retreat participants to a visit at the Sky Zone for lively, bouncy dodgeball games.

Our next youth retreat is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2015. We are looking forward to seeing participants from all of our Eastern Eparchy parishes.  It’s a great opportunity to deepen our spiritual knowledge in a relaxed atmosphere, to discuss questions regarding the relationship between our faith and the world we live in, and to meet Ukrainian Orthodox youth from other parishes and towns.

Natalka Olynyk Kowalenko

#JesusIsHere: Everywhere Present - Eastern Eparchy Youth Retreat - 12/13/14

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