RT. REV. ARCHPRIEST EUGENE RUDACHEK 1925-2017
January 10, 2017
FATHER EUGENE RUDACHEK HAS REPOSED IN THE LORD
PARASTAS - Holy Family Church, Winnipeg - Thursday, 12 January at 7:00 PM.
FUNERAL Divine Liturgy - St. Anne Church - Friday, 13 January at 10:00 AM.
Metropolitan LAWRENCE Huculak will lead both services.
Rt. Rev. Archpriest Eugene Rudachek
It is with both a sense of loss and gratitude that the Church in Manitoba bids farewell to a dedicated priest of over 65 years. Fr. Eugene Rudachek was born in Winnipeg 17 March 1925 to John and Anastasia (Sikorski) Rudachek. He attended Champlain, Machray and St. Paul’s High School and College. He graduated with a B.A. from University of Manitoba in 1946. Father Eugene was called up for active duty, but due to health concerns, did his service in Winnipeg. [Later, after his ordination, Queen Elizabeth appointed him in 1955 as Chaplain to the Canadian Army with the rank of Captain.] After the war, he entered St. Augustine Seminary in Toronto and was ordained to the Priesthood together with his older brother, Monsignor Yaroslav (Gerry) Rudachek at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Cathedral by Bishop Andrew Roborecki on 8 July 1951.
After serving a number of parishes in Manitoba, he was stationed in Saskatoon to serve as the Chancery Secretary while doing pastoral work in outlying parishes. Pastoral ministry as a priest was Fr. Eugene’s love.
He returned to Manitoba in 1956 and for the next seven years he served as Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk’s Secretary while also serving in parishes in Winnipeg. It is during this period that he organized and founded St. Anne Parish in North Kildonan. His tireless missionary spirit saw Father organize two other parishes which, however, did not last to this time (St. Joachim, Winnipeg; St. Josaphat, Brandon). Over his six and a half decades of priestly ministry he served in many parishes all across Manitoba. Later in life his indomitable desire to serve as a priest also took him to Holy Dormition Parish in Richmond, B.C. until his retirement. He continued to serve to the end as a Confessor at Holy Family Parish and participating in major church events, Archeparchial clergy conferences, and helping out in parishes, especially as a confessor, when invited . He is remembered and loved by the many people whose lives he blessed by his tireless efforts to teach catechism, support youth initiatives and to motivate his faithful to a more engaged Christian witness.
Fr. Eugene Served at the following parishes:
Assistant Pastor – BVM, Winnipeg 1951-52
Sts. Peter and Paul, Winnipeg Beach 1952
Holy Eucharist, Cudworth, SK, 1952
Holy Eucharist, Winnipeg 1956-63
St. Anne, Winnipeg 1960-69
St. Mary, Brandon 1969-78
Holy Eucharist, Rosa 1978-85
Holy Ghost, Beausejour 1985-87 (Thalberg, Tyndall, Lac du Bonnet)
Holy Eucharist, Rosa from 1988
St. John the Apostle, Winnipeg from 1994
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Gimli and district 1999-2000
Holy Ghost, The Pas, and BVM, Flin Flon 2001
Sts. Peter and Paul, Ethelbert and district 2001-2005
Holy Dormition, Richmond, BC from 2005
Holy Family, Winnipeg as Confessor and assistant Priest from 2009
Father Eugene, was a father of the Pro-life effort in Manitoba and was passionate about this throughout his life. He took part in the March for Life right up to the end and was planning to participate this year as well. He seldom had a conversation where he did not attempt to raise awareness of the tragedy of abortion in this country. Father was even arrested in 1989 for participating in a ‘rescue mission’ at Winnipeg’s Morgentaler clinic.
He is remembered for being one of the first to promote the sponsoring of Vietnamese refugees to Manitoba. He encouraged many to get involved with the cause and sponsored families himself.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus as long as he was a priest. He supported Ukrainian and many other causes. He recently sponsored some 46 Syrian orphans and was sending aid to alleviate the suffering of the 1.5 million internal refugees in Ukraine and the families of soldiers killed in the ongoing war.
Father Eugene was dedicated to his priestly vocation with his entire being throughout his life up to the day of his passing on 6 January 2017. He will be sadly missed, but always greatly loved and admired. Fr. Eugene was not the oldest member of the clergy (with two deacons surpassing him in age), but at 92, he was the oldest priest and certainly his 66 years of ordained priestly ministry – active as much as possible until the Sunday before he was hospitalized - is a rare inspiration and blessing of the Lord upon His Church.
Priestly Parastas will be prayed at Holy Family Church (1001 Grant Avenue) in Winnipeg on Thursday, 12 January 2017 at 7:00 PM. The Funeral Divine Liturgy will take place at St. Anne Church (35 Marcie Street) in Winnipeg on Friday, 13 January 2017 at 10:00 AM. Interment will take place at Holy Family Cemetery. Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak and the clergy of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy will lead both services.
In blessed sleep grant him eternal rest, O Lord. Vichna yomu pamyat’!
Funeral arrangements by Cropo Funeral Chapel