Most Reverend David Motiuk was born on January 13, 1962 in Vegreville, Alberta, the son of John and Olga (nee Sawchuk).
In the 1980s, he specialized in computer science and business applications at the University of Alberta.
In 1984, he began his seminary studies at Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa, graduating from Saint Paul University with a Bachelor Degree in Theology (1987) and a Masters and Licentiate in Canon Law (1989). He was ordained to the priesthood on August 21, 1988.
From 1989 to 1993, he served as pastor of Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish in Darling, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Drayton Valley, and Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish in Edson. He was assistant pastor at St. Josaphat Cathedral in Edmonton from 1994 to 1996.
He was Chancellor and Judicial Vicar of the Eparchy of Edmonton from 1989 to 1993, Finance Officer for the Eparchy from 1990 to 1993 and 1994 to 1996, Associate Judicial Vicar from 1993 to 1996, and a member of its College of Consultors from 1989 to 1996 and again in 2002. He was a member of the Senate of Newman Theological College in Edmonton from 1994 to 1996.
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