IN MEMORY: DEACON JOHN BUJEA
October 15, 1926 – April 4, 2020
(Regina, Saskatchewan) Deacon John Bujea was born into the family of Pamfil (of Birlad, Vaslui, Romania: 1884-1968) and Maria nee Alexe Bujea (of Fagaras, Romania: 1886-1972) in Regina, Saskatchewan. The couple relocated in 1907 to Dobrogea and in time immigrated to Regina, Saskatchewan. Baby John was baptized by Father Teofil (Maxim) in Saint Mary parish church, Kayville, Saskatchewan, October 15, 1926.
The Bujea family included six children: Mary, George, Anne, Helen, Eleanor and John. All are now deceased.
Deacon John was graduated from Central High School, Regina, in 1944, after which he furthered his education. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (B.Comm) 1968, University of Saskatchewan; Bachelor of Education (B.Ed with Great Distinction) 1970, University of Saskatchewan; Master of Arts (M.A.) 1977, University of North Dakota; Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) 1985, University of North Dakota.
He taught High School Business Education at Melford Comprehensive High School; Thorn Collegiate and Martin Collegiate, all in Regina. He also taught Accounting and Vocational Business Education Instruction at Saskatchewan Institute of Technology (SIAST); he headed the Business Department at Martin Collegiate and also headed the Accounting Department at Saskatchewan Institute of Technology (SIAST), both in Regina. He was a member of the Saskatchewan Superannuated Teachers’ Association and a member of S.S.T.A. Deacon John is Past President of the Saskatchewan Business Teachers Association.
Deacon John is a Past President of the Orthodox Brotherhood of Canada (ROEA); Past Treasurer of ROEA Deanery of Canada (RODOC); Past Camp Director of St. Nicholas Religious Education Camp in Shell Valley, and Ft. Qu’Appelle, as well as at Saint Nicholas Parish, Regina.
John Bujea was a member of the Department of Religious Education Canada (DOREC) as well as a member of the Department of Missions for Canada (ROEA). He also was a member of the Episcopate Congresses and Council.
John Bujea spoke fluent Romanian, and he and his sister, the late Dr. Eleanor Bujea, knew by heart a grand repertoire of Romanian folk songs. In his earlier years, he played violin with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and was also a member of the Regina Philharmonic Chorus. He was also a volunteer for “Meals on Wheels.”
At the 90th anniversary of St. George Parish, Dysart, Saskatchewan (1997), John Bujea was blessed Reader and Subdeacon for Saint George Cathedral, Regina. He followed the Episcopate Religious Training Program and was ordained into the Holy Diaconate on April 23, 2005, in and for Saint George Cathedral, Regina, Saskatchewan, by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel (Popp).
During the fifteen years of his diaconate, he was a devoted servant at the altar. He continued to be present in the sanctuary, even though he was not easily able to exit to stand before the faithful in the church. He was blessed to serve inside.
Deacon John remained celibate throughout his life, making his home with his maiden sister, Eleanor. He was a true Canadian and patriot.
May God accept his diaconate in His kingdom.