With sorrow in our hearts and a prayer on our lips, we announce that on April 12, 2021, after a serious illness, Mrs. Vira Shevchuk, the mother of His Beatitude Sviatoslav, has returned to our Heavenly Father’s house. She died in Stryi at the age of 74.
Parastas will be held today, at 19:00 in the Church of Saints Volodymyr and Olha in Stryi (St. Hryhoriy Kossak, 7a). Funeral services will begin tomorrow, April 13, at 11:00.
“My mother worked at a music school almost all her life as a piano teacher. If we talk about the first memories, they are related to the piano. There was always music in our house. Even when my mother was doing household chores, for example, cooking in the kitchen, students would play the piano in the next room,” recalls His Beatitude Sviatoslav about his mother.
The Head of the UGCC also mentions that his mother often took him to work. “And all those corridors, classes of music schools in Stryi and Sambir, where she worked – that was the space in which I grew up. Later, when I went to school, my mother would take me to music school to do my homework. Imagine a music lesson – there is a desk, a piano, a student sitting at the instrument, my mother next to her, and I am doing lessons nearby. And only when I did everything I could go home,” His Beatitude Sviatoslav shared memories of his childhood.
Today, together with the whole community of faithful of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, we express our sincere condolences to His Beatitude Sviatoslav, his father Yuriy and brother Fr. Vsevolod.
May her memory be eternal! Vichnaya pamyat’!
Sourse: Департамент інформації УГКЦ