Fr. Terry Kraychuk: A Lapsed Catholic Who Returned to the Faith
Father Terry was born in Canada, and although he was canonically a Ukrainian Catholic he was mostly raised in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. At a young age he became obsessively interested in hockey, to the point that it became an idol. The death of his grandfather shook his faith, and he began experimenting with drugs and was soon kicked out of high school. He bought a Harley, skipped town, and began riding and dealing drugs across Canada and the United States. While on top of a mountain in California, he was plunged into a moment of despair, leading him to read from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians. He became convicted of his sins, but it took a year for him to complete his return to Christ. Father Terry is now a hieromonk of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.