St. Andrew’s College in Winnipeg traces its beginnings to the
Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Seminary which was established in
Winnipeg in 1932. Previously, pastoral courses in Theology had been
conducted in Saskatoon and Regina since 1918.
A concrete plan for the establishment of a College, a higher institution
of learning, was presented to and approved by the Clergy Conference of
the Ukrainian Greek-Orthodox Church of Canada on June 25, 1943.
Subsequently, St. Andrew’s College was incorporated under its charter
in September 1946 on the premises of the former St. John’s College
(Anglican) on Church Avenue in Winnipeg. The programs included: a
degree program in the Faculty of Theology, a regular Department of
Education High School program (until the end of the 1952-53 academic
year), and Ukrainian Cultural Summer Courses (introduced in 1947 and
continued until the 1980s).
After the discontinuation of the High School program, Church leaders
expressed the need to move the institution to the University of
Manitoba campus. In 1960, negotiations were initiated with the
University of Manitoba, culminating on June 14, 1962 when
St. Andrew’s College became an associated college of the University.
Construction of a new building on the campus began in December 1962
and was completed in the spring of 1964.
At the official opening celebration on July 4, 1964, the Very Reverend
Dr. SW. Sawchuk, founder of the College, and then Principal of the
institution, emphasizing the importance of the event, stated that
St. Andrew’s College was: “a fitting monument to the Ukrainian Canadian pioneers
without whose vision, fortitude and faith in the future of
Canada we would not have had the kind of life which we
now enjoy. The project is also a challenge to the present
generation to continue building and enriching their own
lives and the life of the country on the foundation laid by
For the next eight years, St. Andrew’s College offered studies in the
Faculty of Theology, operated a residence on the campus, conducted an
extracurricular Ukrainian cultural program and the Ukrainian Cultural
Summer courses (1964-82).
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am,there will my servant
be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
We have established a tradition, that every month of March we make a special
appeal to the faithful of our Church to search their hearts as to whether they
hear a voice calling them to unique service to the Lord in the ranks of the clergy
of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.
This time of Great Lent is ideal for pondering about the purpose of our life and the
manner of our service to God and neighbour. This is an opportunity to step away from
the bustle of everyday life in order to better hear the call of our Lord.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and
open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Following a sincere examination of one’s heart, if a person feels called to priestly
service or even has an interest in this question they should discuss this matter with
their spiritual father. If, after the discussion with their spiritual father the interest
in priestly service remains strong, the next step is to contact St. Andrew’s College about
the possibility of entrance to theological studies where one can test one’s talents, acumen
and strength of one’s calling.
If the candidate completes the process of preparation for ordination he may be accepted into
the ranks of the clergy to fulfill a two-fold mission to preach the Gospel as well as passing
on the living tradition of the Church.
Examples of such service are numberless in the history of the Church, from the apostles to our day.
In this year, when the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada celebrates its centenary we should take
as an example the priestly service of our first three priests ordained in 1920 – the priests Semen
Sawchuk, Dmytro Stratychuk and Petro Sametz. They set the foundation of the young Ukrainian ecclesiastic
jurisdiction in Canada through their preaching, their organizational acumen and self-sacrificial service.
They fulfilled the words of Jesus Christ –
Whoever would follow me, let him deny himself, let him take up his cross and let him follow me.
Our Church needs to replenish the ranks of her clergy in order to continue the good deed of saving souls
– are you called to such service?
St. Andrew’s College is the Theological school of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.
The College exists to promote Orthodox spirituality, academic excellence, cultural awareness,
and leadership within the Church, the Ukrainian Canadian Community and Canadian society.
▷ To offer programs and courses in Orthodox Christian Theology;
▷ To prepare candidates for the clergy for service in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada and other Orthodox Churches;
▷ To support the Faculty in scholarly and educational activities;
▷ To develop community leaders;
▷ To provide a Ukrainian Orthodox Christian residence on the campus of the University of Manitoba;
▷ To support the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies thereby reaffirming our affiliation with the University of Manitoba;
▷ To encourage development and support of Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian culture within Canadian society;
▷ To provide community outreach;
▷ To provide Orthodox witness on the campus of the University of Manitoba and beyond.