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Michael Wiwchar

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Term ended  May 2, 2008
Ordination  June 28, 1959
Name  Michael Wiwchar
Consecration  September 28, 1993
Successor  Bryan Bayda
Appointed  December 9, 2000
Predecessor  Cornelius Pasichny

Church  Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
Born  May 9, 1932 (age 83) Komarno, Manitoba, Canada (1932-05-09)
Previous post  Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Chicago

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Michael Wiwchar, C.Ss.R. (born May 9, 1932) is a Canadian-born bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States and Canada. He served as the third eparch (bishop) of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saint Nicholas of Chicago from 1993 to 2000 and as the fourth eparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon from 2000 to 2008.


Early life and education

Michael Wiwchar was born in Komarno, Manitoba, Canada to Wasyl and Anna (Chajkowska) Wiwchar. He was one of four children, three boys and a girl. He was educated at the Redemptorist minor seminary in Roblin, Manitoba. He entered the novitiate in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and professed temporary vows as a Redemptorist in 1953 and perpetual vows in 1956. He was ordained a priest on June 28, 1959 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


As a priest Wiwchar served in both educational and pastoral ministries. He was assigned to Saint Vladimir's College where he was a teacher, Socius, Prefect and Director, Vocation Director and Campaign Director. He was also involved in athletics, especially hockey. He served in pastoral assignments in Roblin, Swan River, Manitoba, Ethelbert, Manitoba, St. Joseph Parish in Winnipeg, Ss. Peter and Paul in Saskatoon, St. John the Baptist in Newark, New Jersey.


Pope John Paul II named Wiwchar as the eparch of St. Nicholas of Chicago on July 2, 1993. He was ordained a bishop by Archbishop Stephen Sulyk of Philadelphia. The principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Michael Bzdel, C.Ss.R. and Bishop Innocent Lotocky, O.S.B.M., Emeritus Eparch of St. Nicholas of Chicago. On November 20, 2000 Wiwchar was appointed as the eparch of Saskatoon. A month later on December 9 he was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of St. Nicholas of Chicago, a position he held until March 25, 2003. Wiwchar served in Saskatoon until his resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on May 2, 2008.


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