to the Most Rev. Stephen Chmilar, D.D.
Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada
April 18, 2007
Christ is Risen!
Dear Bishop Stephen,
We turn to you once again with regards to the Mother of God Monastery in Orangeville. This most holy Marian Shrine continues to function with God's help, gathering a growing number of faithful every Sunday and on Feast Days, despite the longstanding efforts of the Eparchy to sell it.
Based on our collective spiritual experience during the last year, we are firmly convinced that the time has come to abandon the sale option, and to embark on a renewed common effort to safeguard and preserve the monastery in the bosom of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church .
We certainly appreciate that the mortgage payments to the Cistercians present an unbearable financial burden for the Eparchy at the present time, which evokes the possible danger of loosing the monastery.
We, therefore, would like to submit the following plan of action to be implemented immediately to safeguard the monastery:
On our part, we have already undertaken the following steps to realize this proposed plan:
We humbly request that Your Grace grant us a meeting, in order to further discuss all the details of the above proposal. Please rest fully assured that our proposal has but one goal – to safeguard the Shrine of the Mother of God as a supernatural spring of God's graces for the edification of our Church and our Ukrainian Community. We remain truly sincere, and transparent in our intentions before Our Lord God, and before yourself.
We prayerfully await your response, and ask you, Bishop Stephen, for your Apostolic Blessing!
With faith, hope and love,
The faithful and benefactors of the Mother of God Monastery ,
Representatives: Vasyl Shafransky, Roman Zubrytsky, Andrei Jmourko
Abbot Dom Yvon-Joseph Moreau, Cistercian Monastery in Oka, Quebec.