Fonds MSS 514 - Rev. Michael Yurkiwsky Fonds

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Rev. Michael Yurkiwsky Fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 514

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  • 1926 - 2000 (Creation)
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    Yurkiwsky, Michael

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3.1m of textual material and 2 photographs

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(1916-1983)

Biographical history

Michael (Mykhailo) Yurkiwsky was born in Yellow Creek, Saskatchewan on 28 December 1916 to parents who had emigrated from western Ukraine (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). He received his elementary education in Meacham and his secondary education in Hafford, Saskatchewan, graduating in 1934. One of his high school teachers was Elias Shklanka (Illia Shklianka), a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Chicago, and the author of several Ukrainian-language readers and grammar textbooks. After several years of work on his father’s farm, Yurkiwsky, who suffered from spinal ailments, moved to Ontario in 1939, finding factory employment in Preston, Galt and Toronto. On 8 August 1942, shortly before moving from Preston to Toronto, Yurkiwsky married Stephania Stefin. The couple would raise three children: Stephan, Dennis, and Orasia. In 1943-1944 Yurkiwsky received pastoral training as an external student of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of Canada (UGOCC) seminary (located in Winnipeg) and was ordained into that Church’s priesthood on 8 October 1944. For the next 25 years Yurkiwsky served as pastor of UGOCC parishes/congregations in Hamilton, Waterford, Grimsby and Preston, Ontario (1944-1945); in the environs of Winnipeg, where he also served as secretary of the UGOCC’s Consistory (1945-1948); in Fort Frances, Rainy River, and Atikokan, Ontario (1948-1951); in Fort William and West Fort William (currently Thunder Bay), Ontario (1951-1954); in Winnipeg again, where he served as pastor of the Holy Trinity Cathedral (1954-1965); and finally, in Edmonton, Alberta, where he was pastor of St. Andrew’s church (1965-1969).

In the summer of 1969 Yurkiwsky applied for a short-term leave from his pastoral duties in order to continue his education. In 1971, having majored in History and Religious Studies, he earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and was awarded a Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) degree, on the basis of his previous pastoral studies and his recently completed university studies, by the UGOCC’s St. Andrew’s College in Winnipeg. In 1973, after pursuing his interests in Biblical Studies, the History of Christianity, and Philosophy at McGill University’s Department of Religious Studies, Yurkiwsky earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Religious Studies from that university. In the fall of 1973 he was appointed to the Faculty of Theology at St. Andrew’s College in Winnipeg, where he taught courses on Church History, Biblical History, Old and New Testament, Ethics, Liturgics and Dogmatics until the summer of 1982. In 1974-75 he served as assistant principal and from 1976 through 1978 as principal of St. Andrew’s College. On several occasions he also lectured on Eastern Christianity in the University of Manitoba’s Department of Religious Studies. In September 1982 Yurkiwsky resigned from the Faculty of Theology at St. Andrew’s College because, having reached the age of 65, he was asked to accept a part-time appointment at a lower salary. Less than one year later, on 29 August 1983, Yurkiwsky died. Funeral services were held at Winnipeg’s Holy Trinity Cathedral and he was buried in the Orthodox section of Glen Eden Cemetery.

Custodial history

This accession was donated in August 2017 by Rev. Michael Yurkiwsky's daughter, Orasia Yerkeniuk and her husband, Emil Yereniuk.

Scope and content

The collection consists of Yurkiwsky’s pastoral diaries and journals (1944-69); personal and professional correspondence (1944-1982); various parish/congregational records (1944-1969); liturgical and ritual service books; religious reference works; some sheet music; a small number of religious periodicals and newspaper clippings; a large collection of Sunday School lessons prepared for children and adults; the text of sermons prepared by Yurkiwsky during the late 1940s and early 1950s; articles and addresses written and occasionally published by Yurkiwsky; and a large variety of materials concerning Yurkiwsky’s seminary and university studies (transcripts, course notes, term papers and assignments) as well as lecture notes and reference materials for the courses he taught at the Faculty of Theology, St. Andrew’s College.

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The collection is arranged into 13 Series:
1/ Biographical [CVs, Obituaries, Daily Diaries and Journals]
2/ Correspondence
3/ Parish and Church Records [membership; records of baptisms, marriages, funerals; organizations, minutes of meetings; conference reports, newsletters, etc.]
4/ Service Books
5/ Music
6/ Sermons and Speeches
7/ Sunday School Lessons
8/ Reference Works [by various authors]
9/ Articles and Addresses by Yurkiwsky
10/ Periodicals and Press Clippings
11/ [Michael Yurkiwsky’s] Seminary and University Studies [1944-45, 1969-71, 1971-73]
12/ Courses Taught at St. Andrew’s College [by Michael Yurkiwsky, 1973-1983]
13/ Liturhika/Liturgics Manuscript

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  • English
  • Ukrainian

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2017-104

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Draft

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Created by Orest Martynowych (November 2018). Revised by N.Courrier (February 2019).

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