Voiakovsky, Mykola

Voiakovsky, Mykola [Вояковський, Микола; Vojakovs'kyj], b 12 June 1899 in Bohdanivka, Skalat county, Galicia, d 12 May 1972 in Brooklyn, New York State, USA. Ukrainian Catholic priest and community activist. A graduate of the Greek Catholic Theological Seminary in Lviv, he was ordained in 1925 and then served as a parish priest in Galicia. At the outset of the Second World War he fled to Vienna and then went to serve Ukrainian workers in the Sudetenland. In 1945–8 he served as acting apostolic visitator and administrator of Ukrainian Catholics in Germany. He organized religious life for Ukrainian refugees in the displaced persons camps in Germany; organized the theological seminary in Hirschberg and published the church organ, liturgical books, and a shematyzm of the church in Germany (1947). In 1949 he moved to the United States of America. Voiakovsky was a prolific writer who frequently contributed articles to religious press in Ukraine and the United States. He also published three volumes of his collected sermons (1949, 1954, 1969), several short monographs on religious topics, and a collection of his writings and memoirs (1971).

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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