Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ukrainian priest

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Borowec: Father Bohdan Borowec (also Bothdan Borowic)
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Also Bothdan Borowic. (many media reports spell his surname with an “i” – Bothdan Borowic.) Canadian Catholic Church Directories spell hus surname with an “e” -Borowec. Church directories also spell his given name as Bohdan - Bohdan Borowec. I have opted to go with the latter spellings of his given and surnames.

Polish-born Ukrainian Catholic priest. Alumnus of Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary (1030 Baseline Rd., Ottawa). Students at the seminary pursue their theology studies at Ottawa’s St. Paul University.

Ordained in Winnipeg in 1984 for the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Charged February 2011 with sexual assault and kidnapping of a 55-year-old woman while vacationing in Hawaii.

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Unless otherwise indicated the following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) and media (M)

February 2011: charged with sex assault and kidnapping while vacationing in Hawaii (M)

Archeparchy website lists Borowec as one of 23 Active Priests http://www.archeparchy.ca/clergy.htm

2010: address on Machray Ave, Winnipeg (CCCD)

Administrator at Holy Ghost and Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church (UCC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba (CCCD and website: http://www.archeparchy.ca/parish.htm)

2009, 2008: Holy Ghost UCC. Winnipeg, Manitoba http://ucef.ca/pdfs/CanadianCorner3_2009_EN.pdf

2007: Holy Ghost UCC, Winnipeg, http://hguccbrooklands.weebly.com/church-history.html

2006: Holy Ghost UCC, Winnipeg, Manitoba http://www.ucwlc.ca/wp-admin/Nasha_Doroha_PDFs/2006-2(20).pdf

2003: Holy Ghost UCC, Winnipeg, Manitoba http://www.canadaobituaries.com/source/Deaths/Manitoba/Archives/2003/Obits/June03/Baron.htm

2002, 2000: address on Machray Ave, Winnipeg (CCCD) (not listed as pastor or administrator at either Holy Ghost UCC or Christ the King UCC or any other parish in the Winnipeg Archeparchy.) (CCCD)

1999, 1998: address on Machray Ave, Winnipeg (CCCD) (not listed as pastor or administrator in any parish) (CCCD)

1997: Pastor at St. Joseph UCC in Thompson, Manitiba and Blesssed Virign Mary UCC in Flin Flon, Manitoba (CCCD)

1996, 1995: listed as “c/o xxx Machray Ave.,” Winnipeg, Manitoba (not listed as pastor or administrator in any parish) (CCCD)

1994: Pastor at Saint Nicholas UCC in Fisher Branch, Manitobawith missions at Sts. Peter & Paul in Fraserwood, Saint John Bosco in Hamrilik, Assumption of the BVM in Meleb, Saint Nicholas in Poplarfiled, Saint Michael in Red Rose, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rembrandt, Saint John the Baptist in Silver, and Transfiguration in Sylvan (CCCD)

1993, 1992, 1991: Pastor at Saint Nicholas UCC in Fisher Branch, Manitoba with missions at St. Demetrius in Bjarmi, St. Demetrius in Chatfiled, Saint John the Baptist in Hamrik, Assumption of the BVM in Meleb, Saint Nicholas in Poplarfiled, Saint Michael in Red Rose, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rembrandt, Saint John the Baptist in Silver, and Transfiguration in Sylvan (CCCD)

1985-1986: Pastor Holy Ghost UCC Church In Beausejour, Manitoba with mission in Thalberg and Tyndall (CCCD)

1984: ordained (CCCD)

pre 1984: Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Ottawa, Ontario

1954: Born in Poland (M)

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Honolulu report details sex charge against priest
Alleged attack on woman occurred in church, it says

Winnipeg Free Press – PRINT EDITION

By: Gabrielle Giroday

Posted: 02/24/2011 1:00 AM

THE sexual assault accusations against a Winnipeg priest on vacation in Hawaii stem from an encounter with a female churchgoer after a Sunday service.

Allegations of sexual assault and kidnapping against Rev. Bothdan Borowic, parish priest for two Ukrainian Catholic churches in Winnipeg, are contained in court documents obtained by the Winnipeg Free Press.

A 55-year-old woman complained to police about an incident on Sunday, Feb. 13, at a Catholic church in Honolulu.

Borowic had been vacationing in Hawaii and was in contact there with a small Ukrainian Catholic mission that has about 15 to 20 local members.

“(The suspect) grabbed (the victim) in the dining room in a bear hug and proceeded to bury his face into her neck and planted kisses and grabbed her right buttock,” said the court documents.

“She related that he was very aggressive, rough, and too strong for her to get loose,” said a document filed in the District Court of the First Circuit Honolulu Division, containing information from a member of the Honolulu Police Department.

The document says the victim tried to free herself and leave when Borowic allegedly “became distracted by a phone ringing,” but he then “came from behind and shut the door in front of (the victim), holding it shut, and not allowing her to get out.”

“(The suspect) then grabbed (the victim) once again in a bear hug and was holding her tightly to his body. With one hand he rubbed down the crack of her buttocks on the outside of pants using his finger, and at the same time he kissed her on the lips three times and asked her if she was single, married or divorced,” said the document. “(The victim) did not give (the suspect) permission to touch, grab or hold her in the room without her permission.”

After the woman made the accusations, police arrested Borowic at Honolulu’s Holy Trinity Church, where officers said he presented them with a “Winnipeg Canadian identification card.”

He was still in the Oahu Community Correction Center Wednesday, facing two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping, according to a spokeswoman with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu.

An official with the Archeparchy of Winnipeg, where Borowic serves as a priest, said officials here still haven’t been in touch with him and didn’t know if he had a lawyer.

The Archeparchy sent out a notice to its clergy saying the church was “fully co-operating” with the authorities. The notice said Borowic, who also goes by the name Bohdan Borowec, was born in Poland in 1954 and ordained in Winnipeg in 1984.

Borowic was the parish priest for Ada Street’s Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church and Fountain Street’s Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church.

“Rev. Borowec has served in Manitoba and, to the best of our knowledge, he has never been in trouble with the law or had any complaints of misconduct,” said the notice. Chancellor Richard Soo of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg said Borowic has been put on administrative leave. Soo said he’s been in touch with the alleged victim.

“I’m worried about all the people involved,” he said.

“I’m worried about the person who made the complaint, I’m worried about the person that the complaint was made against, I’m worried about the parish there, and I ask for prayers for everyone concerned.”

gabriellegiroday@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 24, 2011 B2

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Visiting priest indicted in assault of woman
The Star Advertiser (Honolulu)

By Star-Advertiser staff
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 24, 2011

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging a visiting priest from Canada in the assault of a 55-year-old woman on the grounds of a Kuliouou church earlier this month.

The indictment charges the Rev. Bothdan Borowic with kidnapping and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.

Borowic, 56, remains in custody, unable to post $75,000 bail.

The woman told police Borowic held her against her will and groped her while on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church Feb. 13.

A spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Hawaii said Borowic was staying at Makai House, at the back of Holy Trinity Church, and led services for the St. Sophia Ukrainian Greek Catholic Mission. Police said the woman is a member of the St. Sophia congregation.

Deputy Prosecutor Amy Murakami said Borowic is Ukrainian but had traveled here from Canada.

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Canadian priest charged with assault, kidnapping on Hawaiian vacation
Vancouver Sun

By Gabrielle Giroday, Postmedia News February 23, 2011

WINNIPEG — A Ukrainian Catholic priest from Winnipeg has been charged with sexual assault and kidnapping during a vacation in Hawaii.

A Honolulu Police Department spokesman confirmed Bothdan Borowic, 56, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with kidnapping and two counts of sexual assault in the third degree following allegations made by a 55-year-old woman.

Lawrence Huculak, archbishop for Ukrainian Catholic churches in Winnipeg, said he hasn’t spoken to Borowic, who is the parish priest at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church.

“It’s quite a shock for us,” he said. “Because the information’s been coming to us piecemeal, that makes it even more difficult for us to get a correct understanding of what’s at issue here.”

Borowic had been in Hawaii for about two weeks before the accusations arose, said Patrick Downes, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu. The priest was in contact with a small Ukrainian Catholic Church mission which has about 15 to 20 local members and has been around since the 1990s, he said.

Borowic was staying at the Catholic parish where the Ukrainian group meets in a small chapel, said Downes, and the attack is alleged to have happened on church property.

Police said the victim, who is a parishioner, alleges Borowic “held her against her will as he sexually assaulted her.”

She was in contact with a Ukrainian Catholic official in the U.S. before going to police.

Huculak said it’s been “rather difficult” to get information on the case because of the distance between Canada and Hawaii.

“One of the complications here is the question of jurisdiction,” said Huculak.

A statement released by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saint Nicholas in Chicago — which oversees all Ukrainian Catholics in the Western half of the United States, as well as Hawaii — said the victim contacted a bishop there before going to police.

“After being informed of the allegations by the victim, (the bishop) counselled her to immediately file a report with the police,” said the statement.

The statement goes on to mention Borowic was “not connected in any way to its mission” in Honolulu.

Police said bail was set at $75,000.

The Winnipeg Police Service said Borowic is not known to them.

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Priest, 56, accused of sex assault at church
He arrived in the islands two weeks ago to conduct services for the St. Sophia’s Catholic mission

Honolulu Star Advertiser

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 18, 2011

The priest charged in connection with the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault on the grounds of an East Honolulu church arrived in Hawaii only two weeks ago.

The Rev. Bothdan Borowic, 56, was charged yesterday with kidnapping and two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The assault occurred in what is known as the Makai House, a former convent on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, 5919 Kalanianaole Highway in Kuliouou.

The priest was to lead services for the St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Mission, said Patrick Downes, spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Hawaii. The priest was staying at Makai House, which is at the back of Holy Trinity Church. St. Sophia’s holds services daily in a small chapel of Makai House, Downes said.

The 55-year-old woman told police the priest held her against her will and sexually assaulted her about 1:55 p.m. Sunday. The priest was arrested at Makai House at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A man who answered the door at the Makai House yesterday declined to answer questions, as did people working in the Holy Trinity church office.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic rites are separate from those of the more common Roman Catholic churches like Holy Trinity. But Ukrainian Catholics also fall under the leadership of the Vatican and the pope.

St. Sophia’s is part of the Chancery of St. Nicholas Eparchy in Chicago, Downes said. The priest arrested, however, is a member of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Rev. James Karepin, chancellor of St. Nicholas Eparchy in Chicago, said in a written statement that the suspect is “a priest from Canada.”

He said there is no record of the priest receiving an authority from his office to conduct any services or perform any missionary activities in Hawaii.

Karepin said the victim contacted Bishop Richard Seminack, head of St. Nicholas in Chicago, and was advised to file a report with police.

St. Sophia’s, founded in 1975, has a congregation of 15 to 20 people. Police said the victim was a member of the church. Efforts to reach members of the church were unsuccessful. Holy Trinity School, also on the same Kalanianaole grounds, shut down last June.

Star-Advertiser reporters Gregg K. Kakesako and Robert Shikina also contributed to this report.

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