OTTAWA — Warren Dungen of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon was ordained deacon by Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR, Jan. 8 at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine in Ottawa.
Dungen has been studying for the priesthood since 2014, moving from Saskatchewan with his wife and four sons to attend Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Ottawa.
In the homily before the ordination rite, Bayda referenced teaching in Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), saying, “Some of it will be illustrated today.”
Dungen handed out icons to his family, on behalf of himself and his wife Lori-Lou.
“These icons are to represent some part of the transition that is happening to Warren,” explained Bayda. “These icons are to illustrate the transformation the family is going to undergo.
Bayda said, “Evangelization is for all of us together — be it the family, or the domestic church — that is where we learn first and foremost to love, to forgive, to have faith, to be humble, to take direction.”
Born in Edmonton, Dungen has a long history in youth ministry, beginning in Calgary, where he met and married Lori-Lou. Over the years, the couple and their growing family journeyed through Louisiana, Alabama, and finally to Prince Albert with Dungen serving as the director of youth ministry in various dioceses.
While in Prince Albert in 2010, Dungen began the transfer process into the Ukrainian Catholic Church, with the family joining St. George Parish. He and Lori-Lou completed the two-year Eparchial Lay Formation Program in Saskatoon. Dungen joined the Knights of Columbus, and then began summer theology classes through the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute at St. Paul University, Ottawa.
In 2014, after discerning a call to priesthood, and with help of family friends, their parish, the Knights of Columbus and the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada (UCWLC), the family moved to Ottawa in order for Dungen to attend seminary. Lori-Lou is employed as a bookkeeper and their four sons attend Catholic French immersion schools.
Dungen is in the last semester of his studies for the priesthood; the family plans to return home to the Eparchy of Saskatoon in July 2017.