SASKATOON — Warren Francis Dungen was ordained to the Holy Presbyterate July 20 by Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR, at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George in Saskatoon. Dungen completed his studies at Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa.
In his homily, Bayda asked the assembly to reflect on how a baby is “oblivious to the grace of God being fused into them” at baptism, and how a baby is “transformed at baptism, as a new member of the community of Christ becomes a missionary disciple.
“In that baptism you received the Holy Spirit — as prophet, as king and as priest — the one who intercedes for other people. We are all asked to be that missionary disciple. Every one of us has that obligation, to be the prophet, to speak clearly about the presence of God, to trust in his providence.”
Bayda called Dungen forward, noting that “one of the biggest challenges of being a missionary disciple is that you have to preach the truth and you have to preach the ethical living out of that truth when you yourself know, first and foremost, that you’re probably not the best example of it.”
The divine liturgy and ordination was attended also by Rev. Michael Winn, rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa, Rev. Kevin McGee, diocesan administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Dungen’s brother-in-law Rev. Jack Michalchuk of Prince George, B.C., and Rev. Roman Rytsar, Dungen’s spiritual director at the seminary. Some 35 clergy were in attendance from Ukrainian and Roman Catholic rites across the province.
Following the ordination, a banquet was held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. Harvey Granatier spoke on behalf of the K of C Charitable Foundation, which provided assistance to Dungen on his journey to the priesthood, and Rev. Mike Bombak spoke on behalf of the seminarians.
Winn spoke of Dungen as “a son who has answered fully to the call of the Lord to be a priest” and spoke of the joys in priesthood — using the example of confession and being the first one there to welcome someone back.
Dungen started his career in youth ministry in Calgary, where he married Lori Lou Michalchuk. He went on to serve in several dioceses in the U.S. before moving with his family to the Diocese of Prince Albert in Saskatchewan. They began the transfer process into the Ukrainian Catholic Church in 2010, and Dungen was ordained to the diaconate for the Eparchy of Saskatoon by Bayda in January 2017 in Ottawa.
Dungen will serve in the Kamsack/Norquay district of east-central Saskatchewan as of August 2.