BLESSED VASYL VELYCKOSKY PROCLAIMED PATRON OF PRISON MINISTRY
October 8, 2014
On July 20, 2014 before a crowd of 200,000 people during the All-Ukraine Pilgrimage to Zarvanytsia, Ukraine, Patriarch Sviatoslav solemnly proclaimed Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky the Patron of Prison Ministry for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. This proclamation was made at the Pontifical Divine Liturgy at this Marian Shrine during the “Little Entrance”. The Decree was read by Bishop Bohdan Dzurah. Then Partiarch Sviatoslav majestically sang the “Exaltation”, blessed the huge crowd of faithful with the holy relics of Blessed Vasyl.
Blessed Vasyl was chosen by the Synod of the UGCC as Patron of Prison Ministry because of the example of ministry that he gave while he was imprisoned on death row and later in the labor camps in Vorkuta, Russian coal mines above the Arctic Circle.
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