The Greek-Catholic Diocese of Oradea continues to rejoice at the high number of new priestly vocations. One of the most important factors contributing to this is the intensive family apostolate of the diocese, as it is families who play an active part in Church life and who truly live their faith that provide the most fertile soil for future priestly and religious vocations.
Three quarters of the population of the eparchy (or diocese) of Ivano-Frankivsk in Western Ukraine are members of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. This Church is in communion with Rome but celebrates the Liturgy in the Byzantine rite. That makes this diocese the largest community of this particular rite in Ukraine, in terms of the number of faithful.
The Church in the Czech Republic may now be free, but a majority of the population have grown up in atheism and are far from the faith. At the same time, there are more and more young families who are discovering the faith, and more and more young adults seeking baptism. Good priests are urgently needed to help the people find their way to God, who for many generations under communism was denied to them or torn from their hearts.