Memorial Services for Bishop Richard

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Last evening at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral the fifth eparch of St. Nicholas eparchy, Bishop Benedict (Aleksiychuk), accompanied by clergy from the Chicago deanery prayed for the repose of the soul of his immediate predecessor, the Bishop Richard S. Seminack.

Immediately after celebrating vespers and a panakhyda for the eternal memory of the bishop, who died one year earlier, the Сhancellor of the St. Nicholas eparchy spoke to those present in the church. Fr. Myhailo Kuzma recalled the gift of life and service of the late bishop to the Church and the eparchy. In his reflections, Fr. Kuzma mentioned that Bishop Richard Seminack died at the age of 74 as a result of a serious illness. However, Bishop Richard sincerely desired to finish his mission of service as the fourth bishop of St. Nicholas eparchy, but he was called to his heavenly reward seven months before his 75th birthday. Bishop Richard was always fully-dedicated to his numerous pastoral responsibilities. Thus, he never wanted to resign despite his failing health. All were reminded that everyone is chosen by to fulfill God’s given potential— love God and share that love with others. This was eloquently reflected in the motto inscribed on the coat of arms of Bishop Richard. Fr. Kuzma summarized his reflections with a familiar quote from the letter of St. Paul to Timothy “I have fought well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.” (2 Tim. 4:7-8).

After the services, everyone was invited to the hall for an informal gathering with coffee and cake to share memories of the late bishop, Richard, in gratitude for his service to the Church and our eparchy.

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