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On the 125th anniversary of his birth

photo_patriarch_josyf_slipyjIt is with profoundest sentiments & sympathy of communion with this great patriarch & prophet of the 20th century that we re-post, today, on the 125th anniversary of (more…)


‘old & improved’ Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude Josyf (Slipyj), Patriarch of Kyiv-Halych and All Rus’

In order more faithfully to convey the meaning His Beatitude gave to his testament when citing from sacred Scripture, we hereby republish Spiritual Testament, this time (more…)

Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude Josyf (Slipyj), Patriarch of Kyiv–Halych and All Rus’

Republished herewith for the first time online in English, on the feast of St. Elias the Great Prophet, in humble commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the birth of a great prophet of the 20th century, Patriarch Josyf (Slipyj) [b. 17. ii. 1892 – d. 7. ix. 1984], is His Beatitude’s Spiritual Testament.

Click on this link: Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude Josyf (Slipyj), Patriarch of Kyiv-Halych and All Rus’.

Except as noted (below) the text of the Spiritual Testament which appears here is the same as that printed in 1984 by the St. Sophia Religious Association of Ukrainian Catholics in Canada, being a translation of Rev. Fr. Myroslaw Tataryn, under the title Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude, Patriarch Josyf of Kyiv–Halych and All Rus’.

Except for slight modifications of formatting and several obvious typographical or other minor grammatical errors which have been corrected, the text here published remains the same as the above-noted 1984 printed edition (ISBN 0-9691657-1-4).

In order more faithfully to convey the meaning His Beatitude gave to his testament when citing from Sacred Scripture, a planned re-publication online will substitute the scriptural phrases & passages quoted in the 1984, printed English edition (which used The New American Bible, St. Joseph’s Edition) with the corresponding phrases & passages of the Douay Rheims Catholic Bible found online here.

[Editor’s note: the Testament containing the scriptural texts taken from the Douay Rheims edition in English appears embedded in this blog post — and finally in this .pdf document. April 23, 2013]

Sincere thanks to the following graduate & undergraduate students of La Salle University or/and Thomas More College of Liberal Arts for their generous contributions of transcribing and proof-reading of the Testament.

Yurko Didula
Augustine Kamprath
Antoine Buffin de Chosal
Mary Grace Lloyd

Commemorating Patriarch Josyf Slipij on the 120th anniversary of his life

This bodes to be a good one.

Second reply of Bishop Michael Hrynchyshyn, C.S.s.R.

In this reply, the Exarch gives his opinion of the duration of the faculties. (more…)

Second letter to Exarch Michael Hrynchyshyn, C.S.s.R. requesting clarifications of documents

This second letter asks (more…)

English translations of ‘secret’ faculties given to Archbishop Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky by Pope Pius X

The following translations of Pope Pius X’s provide documented recognition of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky’s universal patriarchal jurisdiction in the Catholic Church of Kievan-Rus (commonly called the Ukrainian Catholic Church). (more…)

Texts of faculties granted in February 1908 by Pope St. Pius X to the Servant of God, Metropolitan Archbishop Andrij Sheptytsky

The following are verbatim transcriptions of the photocopied documents received from His Excellency, Bishop Michael Hrynchyshyn, C.S.s.R., (Kievan Catholic) Exarch of France. The photocopied documents accompanied his letter dated May 6, 2004, a scan of which can be seen by clicking here. (more…)

Scanned copy of sealed and autographed document no. VIII, among the faculties granted by Pope St. Pius X to Metropolitan Andrij Sheptytsky

Here below appears a thum-nail image of the scanned copy of document no. VIII, bearing the seal and autograph of Metropolitan Andrij Sheptytsky, authenticating the document as corresponding to the original. (more…)

Letter to Bishop Michael Hrynchyshyn, Exarch of France, requesting information about St. Pope Pius X’s then-secret faculties conferred on Archbishop Andrij Sheptytskij of Kiev-Halych

NCCL Executive Director faxed the following letter (more…)