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Friday, August 26, 2016

Meet Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC

On Sunday, August 28, 2016 a new edition of Witness will premiere on Salt+Light Television: an interview with the priest who has been overseeing the coordination of the documents for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, is the postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He is also Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Brian Kolodiejchuk obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1977, and his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1981. He received a M.Div. in Theology from Saint Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, New York, USA, in 1985 and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, USA, in 2001.

Fahter Kolodiejchuk’s 20-year association with Mother Teresa began in 1977 when he joined a new group of contemplative brothers she was then starting. He later joined the priestly branch of Mother Teresa’s religious family, the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, at the time of their foundation in 1984. He was ordained to the priesthood in June 1985 in the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Saint John the Baptist in Newark, New Jersey, USA, by the late Metropolitan-Archbishop of Winnipeg, Maxim Hermaniuk, C.Ss.R. In March 1999 he was appointed Postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and had the joy of seeing her beatified on October 19, 2003.  Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized on September 4, 2016.

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