New Catechism for Ukrainian Rite
Six years in the making, the first worldwide catechism for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is almost finished and will be published in 2010.
Sister Luiza Ciupa, whose work at the Catechetical Institute in Lviv, western Ukraine, has been vital in the Church’s recovery from 70 years of communist atheism, told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the catechism was intended for Ukrainian Greek Catholics around the world. “Because this will be the book of our faith for our Church and will unify our faith it will be translated into at least six languages,” she said.
Stressing its significance for a Church that was not allowed to teach catechesis in Ukraine under communist rule, Sr. Ciupa explained, “The catechism is important because it leads people into the sacraments and into the life of the Church….I think that every time we open ourselves to the deepening of our faith, our tradition, our membership of our particular Church, it helps us live our faith more deeply and better express our faith and so it helps us in some way to better know our identity and testify to our faith.”
Aid to the Church in Need has helped with numerous catechetical projects in Ukraine, including printing 70,000 Bibles as well as building churches. Sr. Ciupa thanked us by saying, “ACN has made very substantial contributions and we are profoundly grateful to the staff and benefactors for all the various projects.”