Hi, I’m Fr. Bo and this is my website / priestly side gig.
I am a Ukrainian Catholic parish Priest who serves in the Eparchy of Edmonton, who also loves to paint traditional icons and create things out of wood.
I am known for working with young people in parishes, at Camp and in Catholic Schools. Sometimes even online.
I am married to the most awesome teacher, and we have three adult children. Most of the time I am the most childish of us all. I am often joyful, sometimes serious, but seldom formal.
Want to do something together?
If you would like me to make something for you, your church, or for someone else, or if you want to learn how to write icons and such, or if you want me to speak to a group of people about our faith, feel free to get in touch with me. I do both commissioned and charity projects in my spare time for the glory of God, and sometimes to help me feed my kids.
- Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
- Lay Collaborator with the Redemptorist Priests at the Welcome Home in Winnipeg.
- Monastic observation at Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Mt. Tabor) in California.
- Iconography under various teachers, especially from Abbot Damien Higgins, the Prosopon School of Iconography, Fr. Vladimir Lesak, and several others, 1985 – ongoing
- Priestly formation at Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa, 1997 – 2000
- Ecclesial Batchelor of Theology Eastern Christian Studies, from Sheptytsky Institute through St. Paul University in Ottawa. 1997 – 2000
- Listening to my wife, and raising kids, has taught me more than all the other schooling I’ve done put together.
Priestly / Church Ministries
- Youth Ministry Office – Eparchy of Edmonton in 2000 – 2002
- Ordained to the Diaconate in 2002
- Ordained to the Priesthood in 2003
- Pastor of Holy Spirit in Lloydminster & district (at one point 13 total parishes) from 2003 – 2013
- Assistant Pastor of St. Stephen’s in Calgary from 2013 – 2018
- Pastor of Dormition Parish in Edmonton from 2018 – current
- Director of Camp Programs at Camp Oselia 2018 – current
- Youth Commission Member
- Religious Education Commission Member
- Social Justice Commission Contributor