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Basil (Fedak) of Winnipeg

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Metropolitan Wasyly was born Wasyl' Fedak on November 1, 1909, in Kadobivtsy, Ukraine. Together with his parents and five siblings, he immigrated to Canada and settled in Sheho, Saskatchewan. In young adulthood, he became a teacher, a career that lasted 14 years. He then studied at a [[seminary]] of the UOCC from 1941 to 1944. He was [[ordination|ordained]] to the [[deacon|diaconate]] on September 27, 1944 and shortly thereafter into the [[priest]]hood on October 1. As a priest, he served [[parish]]es in Manitoba and Ontario. In 1951, he arrived in Hamilton, Ontario to serve the parish of [[Vladimir of Kiev|St. Vladimir]]. He served this parish for 29 years, seeing the parish grow from 47 to 500 families.
His wife, Paraskeviya Tymofij, whom he married in 1932, died in April 1976. Two years later, an Extraordinary [[Sobor]] (general councilChurch Council) of the UOCC elected him as its candidate for [[bishop]]. On [[July 16]], 1978, he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] as the Bishop of Saskatoon at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Winnipeg by Metropolitan Andrew, Archbishop Boris, and Bishop MykolajNicholas. Following the death of then [[Archbishop]] Mykolaj Nicholas in 1981, Bishop Wasyly became the acting Bishop of the Eastern Eparchy. He was elevated to Archbishop of Toronto in 1983. Then in 1985, the 17th Sobor of the UOCC selected Wasyly to be its Metropolitan and Primate with the honorific "His Beatitude," and he will be the last Hierarch to hold that title in the UOCC, as decided by His All Holiness [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Patriarch Bartholemew I]]. As Primate, he was the spiritual leader of the Ukrianian Orthodox Church of Canada and chancellor of its seminary, [[St. Andrew's College (Winnipeg, Manitoba)|St. Andrew's College]]. He was known to be very close with the Churchs youth, and they affectionatly called him "the Met." He was a strong leader, who was known to be very kind, and had something in common with all of the Churchs membership throughout the country (due to the fact that he was born in Ukraine, grew up in Saskatchewan, and was a Parish Priest in Ontario for over 30 years).
Under the leadership of Metropolitan Wasyly, the UOCC came into [[full communion]] with the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] in 1990. In 1993, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Metropolitan Wasyly reposed on [[January 10]], 2005, and his funeral took place on January 21-22 at Holy Trinity Metropolitan Cathedral in Winnipeg. There were many Orthodox Christians of many nationalities who attended the funeral services, and 8 bishops. Of note His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago represented Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and His Eminince Archbishop Mark of Suma (UOC-MP) was the official representitive of Patriarch Aleksy II, and the Moscow Patriarchate. He is buried at Glen Eden Cemetery. With his wife Parskeviya, he had three sons: Eugene (who has served on the church's consistory board twice), Yaroslaw and Emil.
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