Fedak, Wasyl

Fedak, Wasyl [Федак, Василь], b 1 November 1910 in Kadovbyshche, Bukovya, d 10 January 2005 in Winnipeg. Religious leader, bishop and metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC). Coming to Canada in 1912, Fedak settled with his parents near Sheho, Saskatchewan. Initially trained and working as a teacher, he completed theological studies at Saint Andrew's College in Winnipeg in 1944. He then served in several rural Manitoba parishes, before moving to Ontario in 1948. His tenure there included 29 years of service in Hamilton. In July 1978 Fedak was consecrated bishop of Saskatoon and designated auxiliary bishop of the Central Eparchy; in 1981 he also received temporary responsibility for the Eastern Eparchy and was appointed Ukrainian Orthodox metropolitan archbishop of Canada and Australia in July 1985. He was invested with the Order of Canada in 1994.

[This article was updated in 2006.]

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