The mothers of our both priests – of Fr. Olexander Kenez and Fr. Oleh Stefanyshyn – were born into eternal life. Fr. Olexander’s mother died on 24th of October. She was 86 old. Fr. Oleh’s mother died on 17th of November and she was 85 old. We extend to them our sympathy and pray for the souls of their mothers.
The mother of Fr. Kenez, Kalyna Kenez nee Fryz, was born on the 27th of November 1927 in Pylypets village, Mizhhirya district, Zakarpattya region, Ukraine. Her father sent her to study to a Czech monastery where there was a school. When she was 10 old the war had begun. Germans occupied the territory of the Czech therefore the borders were closed. It was main reason she could not return at home. She had a Ukrainian passport and nuns sent her to study at Ukrainian School, be correctly at Ukrainian gymnasium. There were teachers whose were old Petlyurivtsi. They were highly qualified scientists from Eastern part of Ukraine. They put mathematics and sciences on the first place but they put arts on one level below. There she studied German and English. She also studied at Heidelburg University where she met her future husband.
When they understood that Australia was very progressive country they decide to come in Australia. They arrived to Melbourne but they moved to Sydney because this city was more new and progressive city then Melbourne at this time. They were married in Sydney. She had a good memory and she used to record every important thing. She considered that reading literature was very important. If you wished to be able to express yourself in any language, it was necessary to read the literature of that language. She was collecting English translations of Chinese literature for the last ten years of her life, simply to be able to communicate better. She died on the 24th of October 2014 and she was 86 old.
The mother of Fr. Oleh Stefanyshyn, Stefaniya Stefanyshyn, was born on 11th of March 1929 in Stebnyk, Lviv region, Ukraine; she was born in the area of the famous and great writer Ivan Franko. Her parents’ names were Stefan and Teodoziya Varyvoda. Her father was a soldier of Austro-Hungarian army and fought in the First World War. Her mother was a fourth child in her parents. Stefaniya graduated from Lviv Polytechnic University in 1957 and became engineer surveyor. Because she was a young specialist she was sent at work in Tajikistan. In 1960 she returned at native land and she began to work as an engineer at Stebnyk Potash Plant. There she worked 35 years of her life. Her husband’s name was Yaroslav with whom she lived in marriage for 51 years. They have two children: their son is Fr. Oleh and daughter is Liliya who is pharmacist. They also have two grandchildren – Markiyan and Andriy.
Fr. Oleh’s mother was nationally conscious and religious woman. She loved her nation, country and Church. She had cheerful disposition and always was optimistic. This woman liked to read many books, she interested in politics, embroidered, cooked in well. She had a friendly disposition.
She took the sacraments before she died on 17th of November 2014.
We are grateful for these women that they brought up and gave for Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia their sons who are priests. We thanks God for gift of your lives.
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