The series contains petitions, media releases, newspaper clippings, appeal letters, pamphlets, correspondence, and various documents relating to religious oppression and violation of human rights in Ukraine under the Soviet regime. Many of the petitions and appeals are to the United Nations, written by Congress representatives between 1967-1993.
The series includes papers from the time Metropolitan Hermaniuk was appointed Bishop in Canada and throughout his religious career, spanning the anniversaries and milestones in his life. The documents are both official and personal, greetings, congratulations, and newspaper clippings.
The series is comprised of papers often in Latin and Italian, but sometimes in English, generated by the four sessions that comprised the Second Vatican Council from 1962-1965. This includes working drafts, reports, and schemata derived from committee positions held by Metropolitan Maxim.
The series includes records of the efforts made to aid Ukrainians in Europe displaced by the Second World War. He helped organize the Committee's publication, Visti, with the aim to bolster the spiritual, social, and nationalist life of the refugees. Metropolitan Maxim's work in Belgium in aid of those dispossessed, continued from his new home in Canada.
The series records the interest Metropolitan Maxim took in the spiritual and cultural life of Ukrainian youth in Canada. It traces the development of the youth program guided by the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada, the evolution of St. Nicholas School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, into the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, the history of St. Vladimir's College in Roblin, Manitoba, and the emergence of Ukrainian Park, in the decades of Metropolitan Maxim's influence.
Series consists of papers relating to the conferences of the Synod of Bishops, primarily in Canada, to discuss issues arising from larger discussions at Vatican II level. Metropolitan Maxim's papers were generated to a great extent at the gatherings of the Western Canada Bishops' meetings, though some of the material covers meetings of bishops from across Canada, from the US, and other countries. The material is correspondence, meeting agendas, minutes, and reports from the Western Canadian Conference of Bishops, the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops, and Synods Episcoporum.
Reverend Maxim stands in a garden of flowers in this black and white print which is identified in his hand at the bottom of the front of the photo. He has written in Ukrainian: "Father Maxim Hermaniuk, CSsR, Louvain, Belgium, 1947". Oversized.