Our Books

Emmaus Centre was created for the purpose of spiritual support for people with disabilities, their families and all those who share their lives with them.
The Centre was founded in 2001 and works within the Ukrainian Catholic University.

These books carry a message identical to our mission. Their publication started with the activity of “Faith and Light” movement and was taken over by the “Emmaus” Centre after its foundation.


Fr. Martyn Khomiv
A Practical Guide for Priests in Serving People with an Intellectual Disability

Published by: “Emmaus” Centre and Patriarchal Curia of the Greek-Catholic Church
Year of publication: 2013
Publishing house: Manuscript, Kyiv-Lviv
Number of pages: 74
Format: 60×84/16
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
This book will be a good guide for priests, willing to serve people with an intellectual disability. It was compiled due to the urgent need to acquaint wider circle of priests and laymen of the Greek-Catholic Church with the existing programs for people with special needs and to promote social integration of people with an intellectual disability into the Church, since church community is called to help a person find his or her place and gifts to serve in it.

Excerpt:
“People with an intellectual disability seem to wait for our service, but, without a doubt, they show us an example of real unselfish evangelic service to the neighbour. They carry a special prophetic mission in the Church through a distinctive evangelization – preaching Christ through their own life in their own environment. People with an intellectual disability are not only the ones who receive the good news, but they are the ones who preach Gospel by their life.”


The Most Important Things Are Not Seen with Eyes. Fioretti

Published by: communities of “Faith and Light” in Ukraine, community “L’Arche-Kovcheh” and “Emmaus” Centre
Year of publication: 2012
Publishing house: Koleso, Lviv
Number of pages: 96
Format: 70×100/24
Binding: hard cover


Annotation:
This is a collection of short personal stories, featuring people with special needs. In our society these people are often rejected and unnoticed. But when you look closer you will see something that is the most important, something you will not see with your eyes, only the heart: the true ability to be joyful, to believe, to love, a wish and need to share these gifts with others. For a wide circle of readers.

Excerpt:
“Once I was hurrying with Andriyko and his mother, Iryna, to catch the train. We left home really late, and all the way long we were worrying whether we would come in time, reproaching ourselves for our punctuality. Suddenly Andriyko said,
–    Why do you worry? Listen how the birds are singing.
We were speechless with surprise. Because of the troubles and anxiety we didn’t see anything around us, didn’t notice the beauty (and the birds were really singing fabulously).
Later, on the bus we started to complain again, but Andriyko cheered us up,
–    Don’t worry – I am with you, that is why everything will be fine.”

“When Ania received Communion, I asked her,
–    Where is Jesus now?
She answered, smiling,
–    In my heart!
–    What is He doing there?
–    Living!”


Joe Vostermans
The Role of Chaplain in the Community Life

Published by: “Emmaus” Centre
Year of publication: 2012
Publishing house: Manuscript, Lviv
Number of pages: 33
Format: 60×84/16
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
These are the materials from the retreat given in 2011 in Ukraine by Joe Vostermans, a preacher well-known in the communities of “L’Arche” and “Faith and Light” of Canada and the world. The author suggests to contemplate five excerpts from the Gospel, where Jesus is vulnerable and defenceless. Birth, wedding at Cana, supper in the house of Simon, crucifixion and meeting after the resurrection – these are the stories that not only happened once in Palestine. These are the situations we can also experience today. And when we try to find ourselves or our friends with special needs in these stories, we will understand why our weakness may become the place of victory and the biggest grace.

Excerpt:
“Our hearts are so hard. We do not accept the things we need the most. And the thing we want most of all is right here in front of us. We reject others, judging them. But this is not the way we would like people to treat us. We say that we are tired, that we are too busy, we cannot find time to do everything. We are afraid and we hide. And love is waiting for us.
Core members from “L’Arche” and “Faith and Light” can teach us a lot. But we will not understand what it is until we make friends with them. We need relationships from heart to heart with people who will not judge us.


Jean Vanier
Потойбіч депресії

Translated from: Jean Vanier. Seeing Beyond Depression. – USA: Paulist Press, 2001.
Fist published: Jean Vanier. La Dépression. – France, Livre Ouvert, 1999.
Year of publication: 2010
Publishing house: “Papuha”, Lviv
Number of pages: 120
Format: 70×90
Binding: paperback


Oleh Romanchuk
When You Dream about Music

Year of publication: 2010
Publishing house: “Svichado”, Lviv
Number of pages: 96
Format: 120×165
Binding: paperback


Extract from the text:
This book can be finished in a very simple way. The essence of our vocation is to follow the dreams about music, which lives deep inside us. That music will inevitably call us into the depth, will allow us to open our heart and the One who created us and this music for us. And then – to yield to it. Then our life will become a dance, and in that dance we will be transformed, we will grow, become fully ourselves – the ones we are truly called to be. And that dance is always about love, friendship, community, about creation of good, creation of life in the deepest sense of this word…
This is what we are called to, what makes our life fulfilled, allows us to bear much fruit, to feel deep peace and deep joy…
Our heart always knows and remembers this truth – and it sends it to us in our dreams and visions. In Myron’s dream about the music, in my dream about the apple-tree, about the life as a dance from the first till the last moment…


Oleh Romanchuk
A Nightingale with One Wing
(a fairy-tale)

Year of publication: 2009
Publishing house: “Svichado”, Lviv
Number of pages: 24
Format: 60×84
Binding: hardcover


Annotation:
This fairy-tale about a nightingale with one wing, as well as any other one, tells us about our human world. It tells us about the families which have children with special needs and about a difficult ordeal of the true love which they go through, as well as all of us. Because they depend on us for their life road.
Therefore, our fairy-tale is addressed not only to children with special needs or their relatives, but to the wide circle of readers – both small and big ones – for all of us are a part of this big world, where it is so important for everyone to find his/her place, for the music of everyone to be performed and heard.

Extract:
“There must be a place for everyone in our community, and all of us should take care of one another. The nightingale with one wing helped us to realize something that is the most important: the thing which makes a bird a real bird is not the strength of its wings and size of its beak, but the music living in its heart!”


Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Gift and Vocation of People with an Intellectual Disability
Compiled by Taras Zheplynskyi

Year of publication: 2005
Publishing house: “Svichado”, Lviv
Number of pages: 24
Binding: paperback


Annotation:
This book tells about people with an intellectual disability, who despite their mental limitations have a special vocation from God. It is about mission and gifts of the disabled. For wide readership.


Jean Vanier
Прийняти дар убогих

Translated from: Jean Vanier. The Heart of L’Arche: «A Spirituality for Every Day» – Novalis; Geoffrey Champan; Crossroad, Toronto, Canada, 1995.
Year of publication: 2002
Publishing house: «Svichado», Lviv
Number of pages: 80
Format: 60×84
Binding: paperback


Jean Vanier
Спільнота – місце радості та прощення

Translated from: Jean Vanier “Community and Growth”
First published: “La communauté, lieu du pardon et de la fête », Edition Fleurus, 1989
Year of publication: 2001
Publishing house: «Svichado», Lviv
Number of pages: 332
Format 60×84
Binding: paperback


«Екуменізм – рух до єднання»

Translated from: Jean Vanier. Piligrims together a vision of   ecumenism
Jean Vanier. The Ecumenism in Faith and Light.
Compiled and prepared for publication by the community «Faith and Light”
Year of publication: 1999
Number of pages: 64
Binding: paperback


ГЛИБОКА РАНА В ЛЮДСЬКОМУ СЕРЦІ

Translated from: Jean Vanier. A wound deep in man’s heart. Lumen Vitae, 1981
Year of publication: 1995
Publishing house: «Свічадо», м. Львів
Number of pages: 120
Format: 70×100
Binding: paperback


Jean Vanier
Розбите тіло

Translated from: Jean Vanier. “Le corps brisé. Retour vers la communion.” – Bellarmin, Le Sarment – Fayard
Year of publication: 1993
Publishing house: «Свічадо», м. Львів
Number of pages: 144
Format: 60×90
Binding: paperback