Deported (Ukrainian) deacon ‘needed’ here

Sorry it’s a little late, but I think this deserves some attention:

Members of the Ukrainian community are working to have returned to Canada a popular church deacon who was deported after overstaying his visitor’s visa.

Stepan Lylak, 55, was removed to the Ukraine a year ago after serving here for 10 years mostly at churches in Toronto. His last posting was at the Holy Protection of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Guelph.

Lylak, a cantor and church volunteer, was granted a new hearing on humanitarian and compassionate grounds by federal court last week.

He is not coping well,” Lylak’s lawyer, Joseph Young, said yesterday. “There are no jobs and very little for him to do in the Ukraine.”

Lylak’s case will be expedited and if there are no setbacks he should be able to return to Canada in months, Young said.

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