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ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL BZDEL, CSSR

Born: Jul 21, 1930

Date of Passing: Apr 03, 2012

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ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL BZDEL, CSSR (Emeritus) Most Rev. Michael Bzdel CSsR, Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Winnipeg, fell asleep in the Lord at his residence late Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012, at the age of 81. Funeral Services will be held in Winnipeg beginning on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 115 McGregor St. with Hierarchal Parastas. Services will continue on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 250 Jefferson Ave. with the Divine Liturgy and concluding rites, followed by burial at Holy Family Cemetery. 586-8044
Publish Date: Apr 10, 2012

ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL BZDEL, CSSR (Emeritus) Most Rev. Michael Bzdel CSsR, Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Winnipeg, fell asleep in the Lord at his residence late Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012, at the age of 81. The son of the late Theodore and Eudokia (nee Wasyluk) Bzdel, Michael was born in Wishart, Saskatchewan on July 21, 1930. The 11th of 14 children, he received his primary schooling in Wishart, SK, and then attended St. Vladimir's College, Roblin MB for his secondary education from 1944 to 1947. It was at St. Vladimir's College, served by the Redemptorist Fathers, that Michael discerned his call to follow his Lord Jesus Christ by entering religious life. On September 8, 1947 he entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) and on August 19, 1952 he professed his perpetual vows. He undertook his philosophical and theological studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Waterford-Meadowvale, ON (1948 to 1955) and at St. Paul's University, Ottawa, ON, completing a graduate program in Pastoral Counseling in 1971 to 1972. He was ordained to the diaconate on February 13, 1954 by Bishop Isidore Borecky and to the priesthood on July 7, 1954 at St. Mary's Church, Yorkton, SK, by Bishop Andrew Roborecky. He served in pastoral ministry in Yorkton, SK (1955, 1981 to 1984), Ituna, SK (1955 to 1956), Roblin, MB (1956 to 1967), Winnipeg, MB (1967), and Saskatoon, SK (1981 to 1984), including the district area parishes. He also served as spiritual director and chaplain to various church organizations, taught at St. Vladimir's College and was Vicar-Provincial of the Yorkton Ukrainian Redemptorist Province of Canada and the USA from 1967 to 1969. On March 9, 1993, Fr. Michael Bzdel was ordained as Archbishop of Winnipeg and Metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in Canada, a position he held until his retirement in January 2006. As Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan he was a member of the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, served on various C.C.C.B. committees and participated in the IXth Ordinary Papal Synod of Bishops in Rome. He was also a member of the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church during its period of restructuration in Ukraine, the homeland of his parents. Even in retirement Archbishop Michael continued to provide pastoral ministry especially to the residents of Holy Family Home and to whomever needed spiritual support. Archbishop Michael was predeceased by his parents, Theodore and Eudokia, and nine of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by four sisters: Minnie Sawchyn, Doris (Joseph) Sawchen, Marion Courte and Irene Yaskowich, plus numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held in Winnipeg beginning on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 115 McGregor St. with Hierarchal Parastas. Services will continue on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 250 Jefferson Ave. with the Divine Liturgy and concluding rites, followed by burial at Holy Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Immaculate Heart of Mary School (Winnipeg) Building Fund. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044
Publish Date: Apr 10, 2012

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 10, 2012

Condolences & Memories (23 entries)

  • Our memories are many - starting with CLUB D days! Have been blessed to have celebrated many birthday celebrations with him and renewing Club D acquaintances. Loved his openness, his casual conversations, his humour and friendship. One very special memory that we will cherish always occurred on August 6, 2011 on the morning of his great nephew, Brent Kendall's wedding day (KENORA,ON). He asked us to attend a Liturgy in his hotel room and we shared the breaking of the bread with him. At that time he took the time to explain parts of the Liturgy and the "why" of the rituals. A blessed and holy time with him. Rest in peace dear friend! You will be missed! - Posted by: Walter & Isabel Lukie (friends) on: Apr 13, 2012

  • Archbishop Michael was a dear friend of ours. His kindness to our father when he was in Holy Family Nursing Home will never be forgotten. He visited dad every day praying with him and before dad passed away he was always there. We loved him dearly and will miss his humour and our many breakfasts together with him. Our regrets that we did not attend his funeral as we did not know about his passing until today. - Posted by: Joe and Mickey Pulak (friends) on: Apr 12, 2012

  • Archbishop Michael you have been part of our family for the past 50 + years. All the way from Russell MB. You have always been there for the happy and the sad and have been so wise and a true true friend. We are very saddened by your loss and will miss your smiling face and sense of humor. With you we know there was a real sense of spiritualization with the world and your effort to spread harmony. - Posted by: Lawrence,Nettie Chuckree (and family) (50 year +parishioners) on: Apr 11, 2012

  • He was my mother's neighbour at the Senior's Tower at Holy Family Home. He was so kind to my mother, they shared a love of classical music. He came to my mother's funeral in 2008. I will always remember his kindness. My sincere sympathies to the family - Posted by: Sharon LaBine (mother's neighbour) on: Apr 10, 2012

  • Our sincerest condolences to the Redemptorist fathers, family and friends of Archbishop Michael on the loss of such a wonderful man. He married all three of us children and baptized a grandchild. We will remember him very fondly for his sense of humour, kindess and absolute devotion to his calling. He now rests deservedly in God's hands. - Posted by: Lawrence, Carol and Donna, family of Peter and Nell Worobetz, Saskatoon, Sk () on: Apr 10, 2012

  • Thank You Metropolitan Micheal! You were very insrumental in bringing me to Jesus at St Joseph's church in Winnipeg... Those were the best years of my life being with the Redemptorists.. My sincere condolences go out to all the family. - Posted by: Sonia( Lamb) krykolowich (friend) on: Apr 10, 2012

  • Remaining in grateful thanks for wise responses to serious questions. Vichnaya pam'yat. - Posted by: patricia craig sawadsky (spiritual mentor) on: Apr 10, 2012

  • Archbishop Michael -- while he was stationed in Saskatoon -- Father Michael married us and baptized our children- Jody and Joseph...we all attended his installation as Archbishop in Winnipeg in March, 1993...it was an honor and a privilege to have known Archbishop Michael...Ron & Ange Gretchen... Saskatoon - Posted by: ron & ange gretchen (friend) on: Apr 09, 2012

  • A very good man who gave what he could. - Posted by: Gary M. Bazdell (nephew) on: Apr 09, 2012

  • Thank you Father Bzdel, for giving me Jesus for the first time. We so enjoyed you as our pastor all those years ago in Angusville and teaching us our Cathecism. I will always keep those memories close to my heart. May God now hold you close to his heart always. Rest in peace. My sympathies to all the family. - Posted by: Irene Chuchmuch (parishoner and family friend) on: Apr 09, 2012

  • May Archbishop Michael enjoy the bliss of heaven. He never seemed older - his humour and cheerful attitude kept his spirit young. A joy to meet always. Thank you dear archbishop for organizing Club Demeterius in the early 1970's. - Posted by: Barb Riley (parishioner and Club D. member from days gone by at St. Joseph's Winnipeg.) on: Apr 09, 2012

  • Father Michael, a heartfelt priest which we will not ever forget his smile, kindness, & encouragement he taught the youths in the 1960's in Russell and Petlura. We were blessed to be married by Father Michael 45 years ago in Russell, Manitoba. When I lived in Edmonton in 1995 I, Gloria was scheduled for a back surgery and felt in my heart if only I could get Father Michael to give me a blessing I knew I would walk & be healed. By the Grace of God Father Michael was in Edmonton and gave me a blessing - I went into surgery in Total Peace – Praise God my surgery was successful. Thank you Father Michael -May you Rest in Peace. Blessings & strength to Father's siblings & families in this time of sorrow. With Prayers, Gloria (Haney) & Bill Lungal Calgary, Alberta - Posted by: Bill & Gloria Lungal (friend) on: Apr 08, 2012

  • The Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine mourns the death of Metropolitan Michael, expresses its condolences to the Metropolitan's family and the faithful of Winnipeg and assures you of our prayers for the repose of his soul. Vichnaya Pamyat! - Posted by: Fr. Borys Gudziak (rector, Ukrainian Catholic University) on: Apr 08, 2012

  • Metropolitan Michael was a dear friend and was always most kind to me. No matter how busy he was, he was always "present" when we were together. When I requested that he come to officiate at our marriage in Saskatoon, his response was, " Bernadetka, just tell when." I will miss him. Our condolences go out to his family. May the love of God and His Holy Mother enfold you during this time of grief. - Posted by: Bernadette and Yurij Popowych (Friends) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • A holy, cheerful optimist, is probably enjoying a good laugh and a great discussion with the Lord, his good friend. - Posted by: Richard Small (friend) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • Very caring open man always had an ear to listen. god bless - Posted by: shaun smith (figure in the church well I attended St vlads school in roblin) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • Archbishop Michael visited the residents on 5A at Holy Family on a regular basis. He shared prayer and coversation. His joyful personality touched our hearts. I will carry his words of wisdom with me always. Sincere Condolences to his family and friends - Posted by: Debbie Gerbrandt (friend) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • Archbishop Michael, was a good friend, I will remember him for his support and encouragement he gave me in my priestly ministry over the years. I also appreciated his wise advice. He was a great example of a good priest and bishop. May he rest in the peace of the Lord. - Posted by: Father Edward Kosa, omi (Friend) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • Very sad to hear of his passing, condolences to his family. While serving our parish in Angusville he administered many services for our family. We will all miss him, God Bless - Posted by: Stan Chuchmuch (Family Pastor) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • I am from Wishart, Saskatchewan, where Metropolitan Bzdel was born. He ordained me to the priesthood in the Ukrainian Catholic Church at St. Michael's parish there in 2003. The last time I spoke with him he offered prayers for my family, which have been a tremendous help. Thank you so much. Eternal Memory! - Posted by: Fr Jeffrey Stephaniuk (priest) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • Your friendship and mentorship will stay with me for the rest of my life. Go in love and peace good friend. - Posted by: Alix Washchyshyn (friend) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • Archbishop Michael was kind and caring to all, regardless of their faith or station. He clearly loved children and was genuinely funny, with a good-natured mischievous humour. His presence was appreciated and in his passing he will be missed. - Posted by: Thomas (a friend) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of Metropolitan Micheal. We have so many memories of him. His kind and approachable stature made him a man of many friends and became one of ours. Decorating the house for Christmas at the Diocese and how he loved to help us is one of my many memories. Our visits in Puerta Vallarta with his other friends was always a happy and fun one. Metropolitan Michael loved to go to Mexico and as soon as his holiday was over he would be talking about coming back the next year. He loved to visit and talk with people and he always had a smile on his face. Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family and may his memories give you peace. - Posted by: Al & Iris Tymofichuk (Friend) on: Apr 07, 2012

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