Biography of Msgr. Michael
Msgr. Michael was born in France on October 16 and came to Canada with his parents, Andrew and Catherine in 1948. He has one sister, Sister Andreja, Vladia of the Cross, Carmelite Byzantine Nun, and one brother Bohdan. He received his early education in Winnipeg and was an active member at Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. He attended St. Josaphat’s Seminary and University in Rome from 1964 to 1971. On August 17th, 1969, he was ordained Priest in his home Parish of Blessed Virgin Mary Church, by His Grace Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk.
In 1971 he was appointed Pastor to Ethelbert and District and was also elected school trustee to the Duck Mountain School Division. In June of 1974 , he was appointed Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish in Transcona where he remained for the next twenty years. As pastor, he initiated many programs and projects, including the completion of the interior of the new church with Mosaics and Iconastas. He spearheaded the completion of St. Michael’s Villa five million dollar Senior’s Home as well as the Parish Cultural Center. Msgr. Michael for 20 years served as Vice-Chancellor then Chancellor and Econome of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. Other Archeparchial duties included 20 years Administrator of Ukrainian Park and Chaplain for Provincial UCWLC and UCBC.
Msgr. Michael is an active member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree since 1958, serving as Grand Knight, Council Chaplain, State Chaplain from 1980-83 and 2007 to present, and was the founding member of Bishop Budka Council. In 1974, he was elected, and served for the next twenty years, as Trustee on the Transcona-Springfield School Division. Spiritual Advisor of St. Nicholas Mutual Benevolent Association of Canada since 1980 to present and was elected President from 1992-2000. One of the highlights of his Priestly duties was to be one of the three coordinators who prepared the visit of His Holiness Pope John Paul 11 to Winnipeg in 1984.
He organized over 19 world tours, including the Holy Land, Europe, Ukraine, Australia, South America, Mexico, Japan, Orient, Fatima and Lourdes. While Pastor at St. Michael’s parish, Msgr. Michael through his spiritual guidance assisted eight young men from the parish to the priesthood who are now serving our Archeparchy, in other words eight vocations to the priesthood. From 1995-1999 was President of the National Federation of Priests Council and served on the National Executive for over 15 years. In 1994 until 2005, he was appointed Pastor of Resurrection Parish in Dauphin and district (10 missions). Under his leadership 72 stained glass windows were installed at the Resurrection Parish and the church basement was completed. He served on many boards including St. Paul’s Home, Dauphin hospital, Ministerial Association, National Ukr. Festival, K of C, and Manitoba Gaming Control Commission.
On the 12th of October, 1985, he was elevated to ‘Monsignor’ by His Holiness Pope John Paul II and in 1994 ‘Mitrat’ by Major Archbishop and Patriarch Myroslav Lubachivsky. In August 2005 was appointed Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir & Olga. Many projects have been undertaken at this time mainly the extensive renovation and maintaining the beauty of this Cathedral.
At present Msgr., also serves on several Boards including CHAM, Oseredok, UMBA, NECRC, and is the Dean for the Ukrainian Catholic Clergy of Winnipeg.