Blesseds Vasyl and Nykyta

Posted June 29, 2018 4:46 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

Blesseds Vasyl and Nykyta

Today we celebrate Blessed Vasyl Velykchovsky (+1973) a Ukrainian priest and later bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. A devout and holy man, he joined the Redemptorists in 1920, and spend a quarter of a century in a very active and productive ministry, until his arrest in 1945 by the NKVD for ‘anti-Soviet’ activities. (You’ve got to love those Communists, ‘cause they’re real difficult to like). Father Vasyl’s sentence of death was commuted to ten years of hard labour. After his release, he was ordained a bishop in 1963, before being imprisoned again six years later, during which he

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