|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1877|
|Death: ||Oct. 1, 1949|
The First Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada, Blessed Nykyta Budka was born on September 7, 1877, in Dobomirka, Zbarazh, District, Ukraine, and was ordained to the Priesthood on October 25, 1905. Appointed Exarch of the Apostolic Ukranian Exarchate of Canada at the young age of 35, he received his Episcopal Consecration with the Titular See of Patara on October 13, 1912, from Archbishop Andreas Alexander Szeptycki OSBM. He arrived in Canada on the following December 19, and three days later, his investure was held in St. Nicholas Church in the presence of approximately 2000 spiritually uplifted faithful.
The Bishop initially resided in the Basilian Rectory. In January 1913, a home was purchased for the Bishop's residence to which he moved in March of that year. The tasks for the first Bishop were monumental as his Diocese stretched from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans and encompassed approximately 150,000 Ukrainians and approximately 80 churches and chapels. Initially there were 13 secular priests and 9 monks, including the bishop's secretary, Father Joseph Bala, who accompanied him to
Canada, assisting in the service of this wide expanse of faithful and organized communities. The bishop's work focused mainly on visiting the faithful and organizing new parish communities.
Bishop Budka worked hard on the Incorporation Act to legally safeguard church property and wealth which before his arrival was often the cause of misunderstandings and even led to divisions within parishes. No less was his concern for the education of the youth. The Bishop directed much of his effort to building educational institutes and boarding houses for Ukrainian students and organizing parochial schools and catechism instruction for children. Of great assistance to the Bishop were the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate who worked tirelessly among the faithful. Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky's return visit to Canada in 1921, added impetus to Bishop Budka's work. During his meetings with the faithful, the Metropolitan continually encouraged them to remain united, to further their education and to preserve and continue their religious and cultural traditions.
In 1927, after 15 years of hard work in strengthening and expanding the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada, Bishop Nykyta returned to Europe to compile and submit his report on the work accomplished to the church authorities in Rome. His health did not permit him to return to Canada. For sometime he was the General Vicar to Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky in Lviv where he was arrested by the Bolsheviks in 1945, and was exiled to Siberia. He died at a Gulag in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, on October 1, 1949, aged 72. The camp guards took his body out of the camp and left it in the woods to be eaten by wild animals. A group of prisoners went to try to find the Bishop's body the next day but found nothing more than a shirt sleeve. His clothes had been left on the body as a sign of respect.
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Thrown In The Woods Outside Of The Concentration Camp And Eaten By Wild Animals.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Apr 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88128920
Sanguis Martyrum Est Semen Christianorum -- Pray For Us, Most Beloved Bishop Nykyta!|
Added: Apr. 6, 2012