Fr. Andrij M. Hlabse, SJ, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic, grew up in the Cleveland area, where his family attended St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Parma and St. Basil the Great, a Latin Rite parish in their hometown, Brecksville. Following in his father’s footsteps, Andrij graduated from Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, where he first began to discern a vocation to the Society. At the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance as a jazz saxophonist and in romance languages and literature. He performed regularly as a professional musician during college, was involved in liturgical ministries at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus and assisted with liturgical music at Notre Dame’s Log Chapel. In 2006, Andrij returned to Saint Ignatius as part of the Alumni Discernment and Volunteer Program, working in Christian service, campus ministry and the jazz and liturgical music programs. He entered the Jesuit novitiate at Loyola House in Berkley, Michigan, in 2007 and was sent to work at a Fe y Alegría school in Lima, Peru. Andrij earned a master’s degree in philosophical resources at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, in 2012 and was next missioned to Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. During his time there he taught Spanish and religion and served for two years as a liturgist in campus ministry. Missioned to Rome in 2015 to study for a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Andrij served as director of the choir of the International College of the Gesù at the Church of the Gesù and ministered as a deacon at Sts. Sergius and Bacchus, a Ukrainian Catholic parish in Rome. Formative experiences for him included studying the Ukrainian language and visiting family in Ukraine; participating in an international seminar on Catholic social doctrine in Poland; and working at World Youth Days in Spain and Brazil. He will be ordained according to the Byzantine Rite at St. Josaphat in Parma, where he will also celebrate his first Divine Liturgy. After ordination, Andrij will begin a licentiate in patristic theology at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. (USA Midwest Province)
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