Item 2008.024.c026-027 - Chyz, R.J.

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Chyz, R.J.

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CA BMUFA 0021-C-D-2008.024.c026-027

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  • 25 Aug. 1983 (Creation)

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2 audio cassettes (=3 audio files)

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Part 1: Born on February 13, 1908 in Lviv. His father was an engineer. His maternal grandfather Yaremkevych was a priest. Chyz went to a Ukrainian gymnasium in Lviv. In 1923, his mother died, father remarried and moved to Sokal’. There he finished a Ukrainian gymnasium. Pacification began and he left for Canada in November of 1930. He had a brother in Winnipeg and an uncle in Sokal, Saskatchewan. His rout: Gdynia - London - Liverpool - Quebec - Winnipeg - Saskatchewan. He contacted the Bishop of Canada and got his invitation to come to Edmonton study theology in a seminary. Classes in St. Josaphat seminary were in English. After graduating from the seminary, he went to Winnipeg and was ordained. Winnipeg as the centre of Ukrainian life; Father Savchyk from parafia Sv. Pokrovy; church services and Burtnyk (???); Communists among farmers; WWII.

Part 2: Relations between Ukrainians and Poles; Het’mantsi; UNO; Ukrainian parachutist Shun’; Ukrainian communities on farms and in Edmonton; ottsi Vasyliany; Fr. Zhulyns’kyi (???) and a conflict with Catholics; UNO and its conflicts with the Catholic church; Ukrainian nationalists and church; new calendar vs old calendar fights; DPs; pro-Hitler sentiments; CUC.

Part 3: Father Kushnir as the Head of CUC; Chyz’s places of work as a priest; Fr. Kovtsev (??); Calgary parish in 1938; Winnipeg parish in 1942; Communists among Ukrainian believers; Fr. Servetnyk; Fr. Bozhyk (??); Thunder Bay parish; Kitchener parish; Fr. Mykhailo Blazhenko; Ridna Shkola in Kitchener; the church was built there in 1926; Fr. Vasyl’ Charnyi (???); Ukrainian church in Brandfort; Fr. Humeniuk.

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