In Honour of +Father Wolodymyr Iwaszko:
A Man of God, a Champion of Youth,
a Patriot of Ukraine and His Adopted Country, Canada
A substantial amount of material has been collected, reviewed, and compiled about Father Iwaszko. This material documents the life of a modest priest, who left an enduring legacy of selfless service to God, country, and community, especially to the youth, both in Canada, and in Ukraine. His life story serves as an inspiration to all those whose lives he touched, and his memory remains forever in the hearts and minds of all those who were fortunate enough to have known him.
To honour and preserve the memory of Reverend Mitrat Wolodymyr Iwaszko, the Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon, in cooperation with the youth from Sambir (Ukraine), and with the many people who knew Fr. Iwaszko, worked devotedly to implement several significant projects.
First is the translation and publication of Father Wolodymyr’s Memoirs, which he wrote at the age of 85. This book will also contain remembrances from people who knew him personally, as well as the contribution from present young people (including Plastynu), who will share with the readers what Fr. Iwaszko’s message means to them now.
Second is the producing of a video about Father Iwaszko’s life and service in Ukraine and in Canada.
It is also worth mentioning that in 1998, people in Ukraine, grateful for his 10 years of service to Sambir, mounted a memorial plaque dedicated to Fr. Wolodymyr Iwaszko on the wall of the house he lived in from 1934 -1944. The inscription reads:
‘In this house, from 1934 – 1944, lived Father Mitrat Wolodymyr Iwaszko, public figure and youth mentor in Sambir.’
We invite all those who knew Fr. Wolodymyr Iwaszko to help us in preserving his memory by contributing to the creation and placement of the plaque in Canada to commemorate his 50 years of selfless service to the Ukrainian Canadian community.
We sincerely welcome any financial support. Donations may be made by cheque, payable to “Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon.” Please indicate ‘Fr. Iwaszko’s plaque’ on your cheque. A charity receipt will be issued.
The mailing address to the Chancery Office is: 214 Avenue M South, Saskatoon, SK, S7M 2K4.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Viktoriia Marko (Youth Minister) at 306-914-0355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Fr. Iwaszko Projects,
Youth and Young Adult Minister,
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon
Jurij Roman Fedyk, nephew of Fr. Iwaszko, following his visit to Sambir for the dedication of the memorial plaque to Fr. Iwaszko in the City of Sambir (1998) said:
“It was very touching for me that he lives in the hearts of many people, although it has been 54 years since Father left Sambir and Ukraine. I admire his talents as a leader, his dignity as a person, his impact on society, and his great respect for each person. “