Winnipeg: Bishop Velychkovsky National Martyr’s Shrine
About Bishop Velychkovsky:
The story of Blessed Bishop and Martyr Vasyl Velychkovsky, C.Ss.R. is an inspirational one. We encourage you to read it on the Shrine’s website. Ordained in 1925, he was persecuted by the Nazis, and then later, the Communists: he alternately endured torture, imprisonment at hard labor and persecution throughout most of his ministry. Toward the end of his life, he was invited to come to Winnipeg by Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk. Due the torture and drugs forced upon him in prison, he died a martyr’s death not long after, on June 30, 1973.
For those not familiar with The Ukrainian Catholic Church, it is in full Communion with Rome. There is also a Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, D.C.
About the Shrine:
He was beatified in 2001 by St. Pope John Paul II. His holy relics (a fully intact body) are enshrined in a shrine chapel here at St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. This is Canada’s Second Martyr’s Shrine. A museum is also attached depicting his holy life.
Traveling to Bishop Velychkovsky National Martyr’s Shrine in Winnipeg:
Address: 250 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Tel: +1 (204)338-7321