Vasyl Velychkovsky

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Blessed Bishop-Martyr Vasyl Velychovsky
Blessed Martyr
Born (1903-01-13)January 13, 1903
Stainislav (now Ivano-Frankivsk, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)
Died June 30, 1973(1973-06-30)
Winnipeg, Canada
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Beatified 27 June 2001, Lviv Hippodrome, Ukraine by Pope John Paul II
Major shrine St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Feast 27 June, with Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky and 24 Companions
Attributes incorruptibility

Blessed Martyr Vasyl Velychkovsky (born June 1, 1903, Stanislav, Austria-Hungary — died June 30, 1973, Winnipeg, Canada) was a priest, and later bishop, of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (Eastern rite Catholics).

In 1920 he entered the seminary in Lviv. In 1925 he took his first religious vows in the village of Holosko near Lviv in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer and was ordained a priest. As a priest-monk Vasyl Velychkovsky taught and preached in Volyn. In 1942 he became abbot of the monastery in Ternopil. Because of religious persecution by the Soviet Government he was arrested in 1945 by the NKVD and sent to Kyiv. The punishment of death was commuted to 10 years of hard labor.[1][2]

On release in 1955 he went back to Lviv, and was ordained a bishop in 1963. In 1969 he was imprisoned again for three years for his religious activities.[1] Released in 1972, he was exiled. He died in Winnipeg (Canada) on June 30, 1973.[3]

Thirty years after his death, Vasyl Velychkovsky's body was found to be almost incorrupt (his toes had fallen off and were subsequently divided to be used as holy relics).[3] Beatified in 2001, the intact remains of Blessed Bishop and Martyr Vasyl Velychkovsk are enshrined at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Today, his shrine is located at 250 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.[4]

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