Triple Jubilee in Denver

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Sunday, August 10, 2014 family, friends and parishioners of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish in Denver, Colorado gathered to celebrate Fr Deacon Michael Bozio’s 90th birthday, 65th wedding anniversary and 25th anniversary of his ordination to the diaconate. Family arrived not only from Colorado, but also from Kentucky, and Chicago, Illinois.

The Bozio family came to Denver from Canada in October, 1970.  Because Sofia suffered from arthritis, the family decided to move to a milder and drier climate which Denver offered. And a sister-in-law and her husband along with his in-laws already lived in Denver. Soon the family became parishioners at Transfiguration of Our Lord.

In November, 1989 Michael Bozio was ordained deacon by Bishop Innocent (Lotocky, OSBM). This was the most difficult time for the Transfiguration Parish. After the departure of Father Stephen Chmilar (currently Bishop of Toronto) in 1988 and the arrival of Father Vasyl Hnatkivskyy in March 2007, the parish was without a permanent pastor. Administrators and priests coming to minister to the spiritual needs of the parish came and went. Its longtime cantor, Jaroslav Nyznyk died. The responsibility to hold the parish together landed on the shoulders of Deacon Michael Bozio who had to acquaint the visiting clergy with Denver and see that the church and rectory were maintained, and everything was ready for the Divine Liturgy.

For years Sofia laundered and ironed church vestments and altar linens, dusted pews and brought fresh flowers to the church. And even in their advanced age, Fr Deacon Michael and Sofia climbed the ladder to polish the chandelier so it would glisten for Easter Sunday.

Besides taking care of the temporal needs of the parish, in the most critical times for the parish, they led a prayer group—and he translated Seven Day Spiritual Rosary by Larry London dedicating it to Metropolitan Andrew (Sheptytsky), which was published by the Basilian Press in 1990.

Fr Deacon Michael: God grant you many years!
Photo: Stefan Krushelnitsky
Text from: Areta Kolody

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