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Memorable Manitobans: Myron Michael Daciuk (1919-1996)

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Born at Mundare, Alberta on 16 November 1919, son of Luke Daciuk and Knesia Bruchkowsky (?-1919), he joined the local Ukrainian Basilian Order of St. Josaphat at the age of 16. Following his monastic vows on 15 November 1942, he studied locally and at Grimsby, Ontario, the latter where he was ordained on 10 June 1945 at St. Mary’s Church by Archbishop Basil Ladyka. He taught at the Ukrainian Basilian Scholasticate and ministered at mission parishes (1945-1950), was parish priest at St. Michael’s Church at Montreal (1950-?), Master of Novices at Mundare (?-1959), Superior of the Mundare Monastery (1959-1964), and a Provincial Superior of the Basilian Order (1964-1970).

He was the pastor at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church (1970-1976) in Winnipeg and Consultor to Provincial Superior. In 1976, he transfered to Edmonton as Superior of local monastery and was later Pastor at St. Basil’s Church. His work then brought him to Vancouver, British Columbia, as Protector of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (1979-1982), before returning to Winnipeg as Auxiliary Bishop to the Archeparchy of Winnipeg, and later as Vicar General of Winnipeg Archeparchy as well as Pastor of St. Andrew’s Church (1982-?) in Winnipeg. During his tenure at St. Andrews Church, he helped write the parishes’ commemorative 50th anniversary book: Golden Jubilee of St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Winnipeg, Manitoba; 50th Anniversary 1938 (1988, St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church).

He was President of St. Nicholas Mutual Benefit Association (1983-1996), Chairman of Ukrainian Millennium of Christianity Celebrations (1988), Spiritual Advisor to the National Executive of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada (1989-1996), a member of the Board of Catholic Church Extension Society (1991-1996), and on 11 November 1991, was appointed Eparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton.

He died of a heart attack on 14 January 1996 and was buried in the Basilian Fathers’ Cemetery at Mundare, Alberta.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 February 1996, page C12.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Necrology.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 August 2018

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