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REV. EMIL KARDASINEC
The only child of the late William and Katerine (nee Turkocio) Kardasinec, he was born on March 9, 1951 in Winnipeg, MB. Raised and educated in Winnipeg, Emil was involved in various church and cultural organizations. He was a member of St. Andrew's parish for over 40 years, and served on parish council in various capacities for over 15 years. He attended the University of Manitoba where he majored in Mathematics. He then attended Red River College, receiving a Diploma in Chemical Technology. He worked three years as a Chemical Technician at Canada Packers and 13 years as a Chemical Sales Representative for Rochester Midland Chemicals Ltd.
From 1994 to 1997 Emil took diaconal studies offered by the Archeparchy of Winnipeg, and in January 1998 he entered Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Ottawa. Upon completion of his seminary studies Emil was ordained to the diaconate by then Metropolitan-elect Stefan Soroka on December 22, 2000 at St. Andrew's Church. Deacon Emil completed a Bachelor of Theology degree in Eastern Christian Studies at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies granted by St. Paul University (Ottawa) in April 2001.
On August 19, 2001, during the annual Pilgrimage Liturgy at Immaculate Conception Church, Cooks Creek, MB, Deacon Emil, together with Deacon Peter Chorney, Deacon Michael Krochak and Deacon Nestor Yakiwchuk, was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Michael Bzdel.
From 2001 to 2005 Fr. Emil served as pastor at Holy Ghost Parish in the The Pas Pastoral District that included Thompson (St. Joseph) and Flin Flon (Pokrov). Then from 2005 until his passing Fr. Emil served as pastor of the Neepawa Pastoral District, including: Alonsa (St. George), Crawford Park (Ascension), Elphinstone (Pokrov), Erickson (Sacred Heart), Glenella (Sts. Peter & Paul), Glenhope (Pokrov), Horod (Holy Eucharist), Minnedosa (Ascension), Mountain Road (Pokrov), Newdale (Sts. Peter & Paul), Ozerna (St. Nicholas), Rackham (St. John the Baptist), Sandy Lake (Holy Ghost), Scandanavia (Dormition). When his health began to fail Fr. Emil wrote regarding his pastoral ministry: "I would like to serve Christ in my capacity as a priest for as long as I can."
On Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., parishioners and friends from Winnipeg are invited to pay their respects at a visitation at St. Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg, MB (160 Euclid Ave., R2W 2T2). Covid-19 protocols will be adhered to including distancing, wearing of masks and use of hand sanitization. A private Priestly Parastas (funeral service) with clergy only will be held at 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church. This service will also be livestreamed through Korban Funeral Chapel's website.
Burial will take place at Holy Family Cemetery in West St. Paul, MB.
Metropolitan Lawrence and Archeparchial clergy will officiate.
Donations in memory of Fr. Emil Kardasinec can be made to the education of priests at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary, Edmonton, AB, c/o Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 233 Scotia Street, Winnipeg, MB R2V 1V7.
Blessed are they whom you have chosen and taken to Yourself, O Lord, and their memory shall be from generation to generation.
Everlasting Memory - Vichnaja Pamjiat!
Korban Funeral Chapel
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 03, 2021
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
Dearest Emil, my special brother-like friend. How very blessed I now know I was to have found you at Machray elementary school and shared with you our all too fast journey through boyhood to the University of Manitoba and beyond. You were a true friend in every sense of the word. Loyal, dependable, non-judgemental, oh so kind, a joy to be with, always making you laugh and dutifully practising the Golden Rule. That is treating others as you would like to be treated. How Christ-like you were even then. Now I can see that God was preparing you. How very wonderful for you to have answered the Lord’s call, followed His plan for you and continued Christ’s work splendidly before you were called Home. How very fortunate for those of us who met you and got to share chapters of our book of life with you, in God’s Kingdom. Like Christ you made our lives better and now you have a new mission at Christ’s side. Farewell my special friend and thank you Lord for sending him. - Posted by: Dennis Lang (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2021
I first met Father Emil when we both attended Red River Community College in Winnipeg in the 1970’s. We remained friends after that. He was a kind and thoughtful person with an ever inquisitive nature and a great sense of humour. His strength of character and dedication to to his calling is summed up by the comment in his obituary that when his health began to fail that he stated, regarding his ministry, that he would like to serve Christ in his capacity as a priest for as long as he could. Having met his parents many times I know that they would have been so proud of him and his contributions to the community as would many others. He will definitely be missed. - Posted by: Ashley Finlayson (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2021
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