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+ Most Rev. Bishop Cornelius falls asleep in the Lord


+Most Rev Bishop Cornelius Pasichny

Mar. 27 1927 – January 30, 2014


40th Day Divine Liturgy

March 11, 2014

6:00 p.m.

St. Nicholas Church

4 Bellwoods Ave.


Cornelius Pasichny OSBM


Bishop Cornelius was born John Pasichny in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on March 27, 1927 to Stefan and
Anastasia (Kruk). His elementary schooling occurred at St Nicholas School, now the elementary school of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Winnipeg. He was an active altar boy. In September of 1942 he entered the novitiate of the Basilian Fathers in Mundare, Alberta and received monastic tonsure and the name Cornelius the following year.


He attended high school in the Basilian Scholasticate in Mundare, Alberta and Grimsby, Ontario
in the years 1944-1948. He studied philosophy in Glen Cove, New York and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He made his perpetual vows on the 31st of October 1948 and was ordained to the priesthood, in Rome, on July 5, 1953 by Archbishop Ivan Bucko at Sts Sergius and Bacchus Church.


He continued his further education in Canada between 1956 and 1958 and taught philosophy to the
Basilian students in Mundare and was pastor of the parishes in Krakow and Borschiv, Alberta. From 1958-1959 he was interim pastor of St John the Baptist parish in Ottawa while teaching philosophy at the University of Ottawa. From 1959-1963 he was the vice-ihumen of the monastery in Mundare where he taught Latin, Church Slavonic, and the history of Ukraine to the Basilian students.


He had various administrative responsibilities in the Most Sacred Heart Province of the
Basilian Fathers in Canada, including serving as spiritual director of the newly-formed Holy Spirit Seminary in the 1980s. He was the editor of Beacon and did pastoral work in the parishes and missions of the Basilian province, returning to his home parish in Winnipeg in 1985, after a forty-three year absence.


In November 1995 the Blessed Pope John Paul II appointed Fr. Cornelius Eparchial bishop of the
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon. He was ordained a bishop on the 17th of January 1996 by His Grace Metropolitan Michael Bzdel along with their Excellencies Bishop Basil Filevitch and Bishop Sevarian Yakymyshyn. After serving as bishop of Saskatoon for three years, Blessed John Paul II appointed him Eparchial bishop of the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada for the Ukrainians.


In 2003 he was succeeded as bishop by Bishop Stephen Chmilar, whom he co-consecrated along with His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar. Having completed his dedicated service as bishop of Toronto, Bishop Cornelius returned to the Basilian community, residing at the Monastery of St Gregory of Nyssa in Weston, Ontario, where he continued to engage in pastoral work while assistant editor of the monthly religious periodical Svitlo (The Light).


Grant, O Lord, rest for Your servant,

the God-loving +Bishop Cornelius,

and may his memory be eternal 

 Vichna Yomu pam’yat’!


Let us all pray:

- that all his voluntary and involuntary transgressions be forgiven him.

- that the Lord commit his soul to the place where all the Saints and the just have found their rest.



God of spirits and all flesh,
You trampled death,
You made the devil powerless,
and You gave life to Your world.
Now, O Lord, to the soul of Your servant,
+Most Rev. Bishop Cornelius,
who has fallen asleep,
grant rest in a place of light,
a place of verdure,
and a place of tranquility,
from which pain, sorrow and mourning have fled,
As the good and loving God,
forgive every sin of thought, word or deed he has committed,
There is no one who will live and will not sin,
for You alone are sinless.
Your justice is everlasting justice and Your word is truth.

For You, O Christ our God,
are the Resurrection, the Life and the Repose of Your servant
+Most Rev. Bishop Cornelius,
who has fallen asleep:
and we give glory to You,
together with Your eternal Father
and You most holy, good and life-giving Spirit
now and forever and ever . Amen

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