DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN-MON     July 2-5, 1999     vol. 10, no. 128

COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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    INTRODUCTION
      Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

73.   Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky

          Though Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky was born in Dolyna in the Ukraine on June 24, 1914 in the Eparchy of Ivano-Frankivsk, he has been a U.S. citizen since 1952. He entered the seminary in Leopoli, of the Ukraine at the age of 19 in 1933. He continued his major seminary in Innsbruck, Austria and then Sion, Switzerland because of Communist suppression of the faith in his own country. He was ordained on September 21, 1938 in Rome where he continued his studies, obtaining a degree in Sacred Scripture from the Gregorian in the eternal city in 1942. After various assignments by the Eparch in and around Rome, he relocated in the United States in 1947. After twenty-years of pastoral work with Ukrainian parishes in the U.S. he returned to Rome in 1967 to teach at the Ukrainian Pontifical College of San Giosafat for a year. In 1968 he returned to America, becoming Spiritual Director of the Ukrainian Seminaries of Washington and Stanford. On September 13, 1979 Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of the Ukrainian-rite archeparchy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and he was installed two months later on November 12, 1979.

          A year later the Holy Father named him coadjutor Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians on March 27, 1980 and the acting Archbishop of Lviv on September 7, 1984. A year later the Pope included him in the Consistory of May 25, 1985 elevating him to the cardinalate with the titular church of St. Sofia on the Via Boccea. At the same time he was appointed Major Archbishop of Lviv and appointed head of all Ukrainian Eastern-Rite Catholics. His compassion has been legendary with his flock who have undergone decades of suffering and martyrdoms for the faith brought on by the heavy hammer and sickle of atheistic communistic regime. Now, with the fall of communism in the Ukraine he is able to minister more to his people who have suffered so. But, like the fruits of the early martyrs who shed their blood to spread the faith, so also in the Ukraine are vocations on the increase and the fruits are manifesting themselves greatly as we head into a new millennium. Cardinal Lubachivsky, now 85 and ineligible for the Sacred Conclave, resides at Sobor Sviatoho Jura, Ploshcha Sviatoho Jura 4, 200000 Liviv, Ukraine.

July 2-5, 1999       volume 10, no. 128
COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION

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