Parish Catechist - Olha Aleksic

Olha Aleksic (Horodyska) was born on June 13, 1972 in Boryslav, Lviv oblast, Ukraine. She graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages at Ivan Franko Lviv National University, specializing in Romance and Germanic languages and literature. Olha worked as an instructor of English at the Ukrainian Catholic University and in Department of International Relations at Ivan Franko Lviv National University. She received a Certificate in Eastern Christian Studies from the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.

In 1999, Olha married David Aleksic when they were both employed as instructors of English at Ukrainian Catholic University. In 2000 they moved from Lviv, Ukraine to Boston to pursue graduate studies in their respective fields. Olha graduated from Harvard Divinity School with Masters in Theological Studies in 2004. While working at the university’s library, she enrolled at Simmons College in Boston and received a Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science. After graduation, Olha was appointed the Bibliographer/Archivist for Ukrainian Collections at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University. She continues to hold this position and work concurrently in Slavic Division of Harvard University’s Widener Library.

Olha Aleksic started teaching catechism classes for children at the Ukrainian catholic parish of Christ the King Church in 2005, preparing kids for their first confession and first solemn Holy Communion. Olha and David have two daughters, Katherine and Emily and a rescue lab, Scotty.