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Basil (Fedak) of Winnipeg

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==Early life and Priesthood==
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, SaskatoonSaskatchewan. In young adulthood, he became a teacher, a career that lasted 14 years. He then studied at the UOCC's [[seminary]] in Winnipeg ([[St. Andrew's College (Winnipeg, Manitoba)]]) 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, at first, but then in 1951 he arrived in Hamilton, Ontario. In Hamilton he served the Sobor church 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]] (Church 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 Nicholas. Following the death of then [[Archbishop]] 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 Church's youth, who affectionatly called him "the Met." He was a strong leader who was known to be very kind, and he had something in common with all of the Church's membership throughout the country (due to the fact that he was born in Ukraine, grew up in SaskatoonSaskatchewan, 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.

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