School of Christian Life & Evangelization of Saint Mary from Nazareth & Mother of the Church

The School of Christian Life & Evangelization is a formational movement that leads to the full understanding of Christian life and prepares Catholics to be leaders in the Church, either in parishes, different Church movements, or prayer groups.

  1. Schooling lasts for six years. Each year is divided into four sessions. There is a two week session held during the summer, and three weekend sessions are held during fall, winter, and spring. Teaching takes place in Krasyliv, Ukraine, and also in branches: Ivano Frankivsk (Western Ukraine, predominantly Greek Catholics), Dniprodzerzhynsk (Eastern Ukraine), Kiev, Vinnytsia (central oblasts), Odessa, Ternopil, Lviv (predominantly Greek Catholics), Kamianets-Podilskyi, Zhytomyr, Chortkiv, Chernivtsi, Moscow (Russia, predominantly Orthodox), and Minsk (Belarus). There are also branches in Poland: Posen, Wroclaw (Breslau), Warsaw, Cracow, Nowy Targ, Gliwice, Nowa Sol, Olkusz. Branches also exist in: Prague and Ostrava (Czech Republic), Haifa (Israel), Wiener Neustadt and Sankt Marein (Austria), Kaunas (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), Sofia (Bulgaria).

  2. The School was pleased with the blessing of now deceased, Bishop Jan Olszanski (Kamianets-Podilskyi Diocese). The School also received the blessing of the current Bishop Ordinary, Leon Dubrawski. In the Greek Catholic Ivano Frankivsk Diocese, it received the blessing of Kir Sofrona Mudr and his successor, Kir Wolodymyr Wijtszyn. In Lviv, the School has the blessing of Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz. Correspondingly, we have a written authorization in Posen and Wroclaw. The other branches have a verbal authorization from their local ordinaries.

 

  • In addition to the Western and Eastern Rite Catholics, Orthodox and affiliates of smaller denominations are also members of the School.

  1. The School is led by: Capuchin Friars: in Krasyliv, Kiev (with Marian & Pauline Fathers), Vinnytsia (with Pallottines), Dniprodzerzhynsk (with Conventual Franciscans), Odessa (with Pallottines), Ivano Frankivsk (with diocesan Greek Catholic priests), Lviv (with diocesan Greek Catholic & Latin Rite priests, Conventual Franciscans), Kamianets-Podilskyi (with Christ Fathers), Prague (with Dominicans), Posen and Wroclaw (diocesan priests).

  • The School co-led by:

  • Laypeople community leaders from: Krasyliv, Vinnytsia, Ivano Frankivsk, Kiev, Odessa, Melitpol, Lviv, Uzhhorod, Ternopil, Mukachevo, Drohobych, Starokostiantyniv, Dniprodzerzhynsk, Kamianets-Podilskyi, Berdychiv with other towns and villages.

  • Laypeople from Polish communities: Posen, Wroclaw, Gliwice, Nowy Targ, Czyzowice, Warsaw).

  • Americans from Renewal Ministries (only in summer; Catholic Renewal in America). This way, the School partly becomes a movement that unites people and develops relations of friendship.

  1. The goal of the School is not only sharing knowledge, but preparing people to meet the living God. Another focal goal is to develop relations between parishes and prayer groups from different parts of Ukraine and the world.

  2. The goal of the School is not only to cause laypeople to become active, but also the clergy. This is why the School organizes four day retreats for spiritual renewal (a.k.a. retreats for spiritual renewal). Twenty seven of these retreats have occurred. Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, has led one of these retreats. Father Emanuel Cassanova, responsible for the Charismatic Renewal in Spain and for Evangelization 2000 also led the retreats. Clergy and laypeople from Poland, Slovakia, the U.S.A, and others chosen by Episcopate Conferences, also took part.

  3. The structure of the School is open. This means, that after the School’s retreat, those willing are invited to join a KOINON, a community of Christian leaders. The leaders meet on two weekend retreats (fall & spring), which are formational and monographic sessions. These leaders take part in different Church activities (lower level School sessions, retreats for children & youth, pilgrimages, youth meetings, etc.). During the year, the leaders help out in parishes and local church groups. This way, the School not only wants to form, but it additionally aims to create a permanent society of Christian leaders who work together, share their experiences, and live in a bond of companionship.

  4. School Program

  1. 0 Level

  • Ordinary Kerygma, kerygma on the example of David, kerygma on the example of Abraham, kerygma based off the life of the Holy Virgin Mary.

  1. I Level

  • Kerygma (Based off the Oasis of Father Francis Blachnicki and materials from the Alpha Course) – 12 days during the summer.

  • The topics discussed, based off theology and psychology, lead to accepting oneself and answering questions such as (how does God view me? how do I see myself? J. McDowell) – 3 days in the fall.

  • Basics of learning (being a student): how should I form my life in order to become a student of Jesus (P. Flores, Formation of Students) – 3 days in winter.

  • Cenacle: teaching about the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Jesus’ disciples - 3 days in Spring. (The time in between the School’s 4 sessions is spent working in a member’s local community – at one’s home, parish, or small parish groups).

  1. II Level

  • Biblical topics, which reveal the path of freeing oneself from sin, addictions, and weaknesses (Based off the Oasis II of Father Francis Blachnicki, Cardinal Martini, and Moses) – 12 days during the summer.

  • Subjects from the teaching of Ignatius Loyola, revealing the basics of spiritual orientation, spiritual battles, and struggles. (summer)

  • Topics based off the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, which reveal the path of freeing oneself from addiction. – 9 days (fall, winter, spring).

  1. III Level

  • Community (Based off the materials from Oasis III and also Jean Vanier) – 12 days during the summer.

  • Leaders of small groups – (summer).

  • Christian Anthropology (according to Fr. Francis Blachnicki, Karol Wojtyla and others) – 9 days (fall, summer, spring).

  1. IV Level (12 days during the summer)

  • Evangelization (According to Blachnicki, Flores, Bukowiecki – Chapter 2 & 4 of the Alpha Course).

  • Leader of petition form of prayer.

  • Leader of worship form or prayer.

  • Seminary of creativity (pantomime, dance, drama).

  • Leader of a community.

  1. V Level (12 days during the summer)

  • Theology of inner life

  1. After finishing the V Level, one can join the KOINON (Community of Leaders).

  • In KOINON, there are 2 formational meetings during the year (weekend & monographic) discussing these subjects:

  • Social, political, psychological, and economical subjects.

  • Theological-pastoral subjects.

  • Subjects regarding inner life.

  • Time between KOINON sessions is spent: leadership work in parishes and local communities.

  • KOINON leaders help in 2 School sessions, other retreats, and Christian ministry activities.

  1. Daily School Schedule

  • Meditation (Learning of intimate prayer) - time: around 30 min.

  • Breakfast.

  • Worship (with singing) - time: around 30 min.

  • 2 conferences – time: (each) 45 min.

  • Holy Mass.

  • Dinner.

  • Free time (possibility of: adoration of Holy Sacrament, confession, petition prayer, rest) – time: from 90 – 120 min.

  • 3rd conference – time: 45 min.

  • Small group discussions – time: 90 min.

  • Evening meal (Supper)

  • Evening prayer meeting – time: around 120 min.

  1. Additional Information:

  • The School does not give theological knowledge in the stricto sense, which is needed to uphold a canonical mission so that one could, in example: teach religion.

  • The School gives something more than any other theological teaching institution by forming leaders for various Church groups (biblical, evangelization, prayer, and charity groups, etc.), and other Church activities.

  • Some of the School’s members, gain theological knowledge from different theological universities and teaching institutions.

  • One of the School’s and KOINON’s goals is to create strong local communities.

  • The School’s and KOINON’s goal is a strong cooperation between these communities which will lead to the development of a united web of these communities on an international level.

  • Another goal of the School and KOINON is to invite people, communities, Western charitable foundations, and incorporating them to help in Ukraine and other Eastern countries.

  • The School’s final goal is to begin work in Russia and other Eastern countries on a smaller scale. Working on a smaller scale means one goes on short group retreats in order to help carry out a session of the School. Working on a larger scale means longer (even year-long) missions of laypeople groups.

  • The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin Vice province of Ukraine (with agreement with the Cracow Province) is responsible for the School’s work. The director of the School is Father Zbigniew Sawczuk OFM Cap.