Cardinal Josyf Ivanovycè Slipyj

Cardinal Josyf Ivanovycè Slipyj

Birth
Ternopil's'ka, Ukraine
Death 7 Sep 1984 (aged 92)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial L'viv, L'vivs'ka, Ukraine
Plot Archbishopric Crypt.
Memorial ID 28335712 · View Source
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Roman Catholic Cardinal. A worldwide known symbol of the suffering Church, Josyf Ivanovycè Slipyj hailed from the village of Zazdrist, then a crownland of Austria-Hungary, present day Ukraine. Receiving his first education at the local elementary school and successively in Ternopil, he entered the University of Lviv while a seminarian and successively that of Innsbruck in Austria, earning a doctorate in philosophy. Ordained priest on September 30, 1917 in Lviv by Msgr. Andrej Šeptyc'kyj OSBM., he performed ministry in the archdiocese of Lviv from 1922 until 1939, serving among others as professor of theology at the local seminary, of which he was eventually appointed rector. One of the founding members of the Theological Academic Society of Lviv, he began publishing the quarterly "Bohoslovia" in 1922. Dean of the theological faculty of the Theological Academy, he was named its rector on February 22, 1928. Member of the Krylos, the advisory and administrative body of the Lviv-Halych metropolitanate and archdeacon of the metropolitan's personal entourage, he was successively appointed archpriest mitrat. Elected archbishop of the titular see of Serne and appointed coadjutor of the Archeparcy of Lviv with right of succession on November 25, 1939, he received his episcopal consecration on the following December 22 in the chapel of the metropolitan residence of Lviv from the named Msgr. Šeptyc'kyj OSBM. Succeeding to the metropolitan see of Lviv of the Ukrainians on November 1, 1944 just as the Russians had reoccupied the city, he soon found himself imprisoned in Siberia, being arrested by the Soviets on the night of April 11, 1945 along with the entire Ukrainian Catholic episcopate. Sentenced first to eight years of forced labor in 1946, together with Bishops Hryhory Khomyshyn, Nicholas Charnetsky C.SS.R., Nikita Budka and Ivan Liatyshevsky for long periods of imprisonment and hard labor for "treason" for their refusal to submit to the Russian Orthodox Patriarch, twice in danger of death, the archbishop was taken to Moscow and sentenced for a second time, this time for five years in Siberia in 1953. In 1958, he received a third sentence for four years of forced labor. A fourth sentence in 1962 deported him for life to Mordovia. Through the intervention of Pope John XXIII and President John F. Kennedy of the United States of America, he was released on January 26, 1963 and sent to Rome on February 9, 1963, receiving the rank of major archbishop on the following December 23. Pope Paul VI created him cardinal priest in the consistory of February 22, 1965 with the title of Sant'Atanasio. A tall man, whose white beard framed an austere face marked by suffering, he authored various renowned publications in his later years and oversaw the construction of the Basilica of Santa Sofia a Via Boccea in Rome. Passing away in the latter city on Friday, September 7, 1984, late in the morning of pneumonia at Santa Sofia's Ukrainian University, Pope John Paul II visited the basilica of Santa Sofia, where the Cardinal's body was laid in state before his departure for Canada. Buried temporarily in the same basilica, in accordance with his will, his body was moved to the crypt of St. George's cathedral of Ukraine when the situation in the country made it possible for such granting. The Cardinal was posthumously rehabilitated by the Ukrainian government on April 17, 1991 and his cause for beatification is currently in process.

Bio by: Eman Bonnici


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 17 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28335712
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cardinal Josyf Ivanovycè Slipyj (17 Feb 1892–7 Sep 1984), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28335712, citing Saint George's Cathedral, L'viv, L'vivs'ka, Ukraine ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .