The Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky ministry in Ukraine began in 2005. The apartment in Lviv where Blessed Vasyl lived from 1955 to 1969 was restored and converted into a museum exhibiting second and third class relics belonging to our martyr. While Blessed Vasyl lived in the apartment it became the hub of the underground church (his episcopal cathedral and chancery). He would quietly celebrate Divine Liturgies, secretly ordained priests, mentored nuns, heard confessions, etc. In 2014, the ministry in Ukraine has expanded with presentations on Blessed Vasyl’s life. Throughout the years pilgrims have been inspired to come and learn more about our martyr and pray for healings and blessings through his intersession.
Since 2014, presentations have been conducted throughout Ukraine and parts of Europe by Oleh and Tania Chekharivsky. They promote Blessed Vasyl by visiting parishes, schools, hospitals, prisons and other organizations. Through the knowledge of Blessed Vasyl, many have come to the museum/apartment to pray before the holy relics of Blessed Vasyl.
November 17, Ascension church, Kozliv, Koziv district, Ternopil district
November 24, St. Sophia church in Shevchenko’s park, Lviv
December 5, Lviv School №73 (grade 11)
December 29, St. Sophiya church, Rome, Italy
On October 19, 2007, the museum was solemnly blessed and officially opened to the public. Here, tours are conducted with a short video on the life of Blessed Vasyl and descriptions of the artifacts. Divine Liturgies and Moleben services have also been celebrated in the museum. This museum/apartment is a place of pilgrimage and prayer for the people of Ukraine and pilgrims from abroad.
February 22, Moleben for healing in the apartment/museum of Blessed Vasyl
March 29, Healing prayer in the apartment/museum of Blessed Vasyl
May 31, Healing prayer in the apartment/museum of Blessed Vasyl
September 27, Moleben with healing prayers in the apartment/museum of Blessed Vasyl
October 25, Moleben in the apartment/museum of Blessed Vasyl
November 15, Prayer for the Picho family in the apartment/museum of Blessed Vasyl
Fr. John Sianchuk C.Ss.R. Director of the Bishop Velychkovsky National Martyr’s Shrine and Mary Jane Kalenchuk, Shrine Administrator from Winnipeg, Canada have been traveling to Ukraine since 2004 doing research work on the life of Blessed Vasyl. Along with the research, they began re-constructing the museum/apartment and promoting devotion to Blessed Vasyl. Since 2008, they have conducted Blessed Vasyl pilgrimages to Ukraine.