Metropolitan Borys expressed condolences on occasion the death of Bishop Emeritus Severian Yakymyshyn


On behalf of Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy, priests, monks and nuns, and the faithful of the Philadelphia Archeparchy, metropolitan Borys Gudziak expressed his sincere sympathy and condolences to Bishop David Motiuk, Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of New Westminster and Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, previous exarch of New Westminster (2007-2020), superiors and brothers of the Order of Saint Basil the Great on the occasion of the repose in the Lord of Bishop Emeritus Severian Yakymyshyn.

“Being younger in age, priesthood, and episcopacy, I did not have the privilege to know Bishop Severian too well, but for many years I followed him from afar recognizing His energy and perseverance. He selflessly ministered to the needs of parishioners on the parishes he was assigned to, devotedly worked for the good of the Order of St. Basil the Great, which he entered as a young boy and remained faithful being involved on various positions in Canada and Rome, and, when it became possible, helped to restore the Order in Ukraine. Later, he took on the episcopal responsibility for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in western Canada, where it serves not only the descendants of Ukrainian migrants but all people of good will”, wrote the Archbishop.


April 22, 1930:           Born at Plain Lake, Alberta

March 16, 1945:         Entered the Novitiate of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat (OSBM) in Mundare

November 21, 1946:  Made his Simple Vows in Mundare

January 1, 1953:        His Solemn Perpetual Vows in Rome, Italy

May 19, 1955:             Ordained a priest in Rome, Italy

1958:                            Received an STD in Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy

January 5, 1995:         Appointed Second Bishop of New Westminster

March 25, 1995:          Ordained to the Episcopate in Vancouver

1997-2007:                  Served as the eparchial bishop of New Westminster

June 1, 2007:               Retired

September 6, 2021:     Died in Vancouver, BC



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