The Basilian Fathers of the Ukrainian Catholic Church have acquired the 220 acre farm of Burgess Book on Grimsby Mountain, and their plans call for the establishment of a theological seminary in the near future.
This information came from Rev. Father Josaphat Tymochko, superior of the order, who has been here during the past week making arrangements to take over the farm. Father Tymochko, who comes from the order's headquarters at Mundeer, Alberta, stated that the seminary would be a finishing school for members of his order, and that graduates would be assigned to their churches on completion of their course here. The course of studies is of 5 years' duration, and the chief subjects will be theology and philosophy. Prior to coming here the students will have completed their junior work in Mundeer. Each class is expected to consist of fifteen.
The farm which the order has acquired is planted with several types of fruit, and the property has four residences on it. No building is planned for the immediate future. The farm will be operated by members of the order.
In addition to his duties as director of the seminary, Father Tymochko will take over the pastorate of St. Mary's Church on the Ridge Road, the first time that church has had a regular pastor since it was started several years ago.
Students for the priesthood come from all parts of the continent, said Father Tymochko. Many Canadian provinces are represented, as well as several parts of the United States. Rev. Father B.B. Andreychuk, son of Nicholas Andreychuk, North Grimsby Township, and at present stationed in Chicago, was one of Father Tymchko's students at Mundeer.