Everlasting memory to Bishop Richard, head of our Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Chicago.
Bishop Richard entered into eternal life today at age 74.
Сьогодні відійшов у вічність наш Владика Ричард, голова Чиказької єпархії УГКЦ. Вічна йому пам’ять!
Bishop Richard, head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Chicago died after a long illness in a nursing home near Chicago on August 16th, 2016 at the age of 74.
Richard Seminack was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Raymond and Anna (nee Cwiek) Seminack, the oldest of seven children. After attending seminary he was ordained a priest for the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia on May 25, 1967 by Archbishop Ambrozij (Senyshyn), O.S.B.M. Fr. Richard served for many years as the pastor of Holy Trinity parish in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where many first-wave Ukrainian Americans lived.
Patriarch Lubomyr named Fr. Richard the Eparch of Chicago on March 25, 2003, and he was installed at St. Nicholas Cathedral on June 4, 2003. The principal co-consecrators were Metropolitan Archbishop Stephen (Soroka) of Philadelphia and Bishop Robert (Moskal) of Parma.
Bishop Richard oversaw 44 parishes and 2 monasteries spanning from Detroit to Hawaii, one of the largest eparchial territories in the world. He worked with missions and parishes to evangelize and open the Church to non-Ukrainian members, as well as welcoming and adapting the Church to new immigrants from Ukraine. In 2012 Bishop Richard hosted the 50th anniversary celebration of the Chicago Eparchy, welcoming Patriarch Sviatoslav, to America for the first time as head of the worldwide Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. The eparchy’s website will be updated with that information soon.
St. Michael the Archangel Parish, located in Dearborn Michigan,
is a vibrant Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Community,
part of the St. Nicholas Eparchy located in Chicago,
and is in communion with the Bishop of Rome.
Mission: Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Description: St. Michael the Archangel Parish, located in Dearborn Michigan, is a small but vibrant Ukrainian Catholic Community dedicated to preserving the traditions upon which it was founded and bearing witness to God’s active presence in creation. It is an Eastern Catholic Church that uses the ritual of the Byzantine Church and follows Ukrainian traditions, customs and liturgical practices. Services are conducted in both English and Ukrainian. Open to all Christians, St. Michael’s Parish is in full communion with the Catholic Church. All Catholics in good-standing are able to partake of the Eucharist and can fulfill their obligations as stipulated by the Catholic Church.