Thursday, 26 February 2009

Fr Adrian Ckuj RIP

Please pray for Fr Adrian Ckuj, who died in Rome on 21st February 2009, aged 39. The picture above (from John Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus) is from the requiem celebrated at the FSSP Church in Rome by Fr Mark Withoos, a schoolmate of his.

His funeral will be held in Melbourne on Thursday 5 March at 1pm at Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 35 Canning St North Melbourne. The vigil (not mass) will be celebrated on Wednesday 4 March at 7.00pm.

A supporter of the extraordinary form

Latin Mass Melbourne reports that Fr Ckuj, "born and raised in Melbourne, was 'a zealous priest of the Ukrainian Rite, but was also devoted to the traditional liturgy of the Roman Rite.

He had a foundational role in the provision of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at St Mary's Church, West Melbourne, in the 1990's."

A commenter on another blog notes that he used organise the servers for the Mass when it was held each week at St Mary's West Melbourne.

Fr. Ckuj was Chancellor of the Ukrainian Eparchy in Rome, and had been in a chemically induced coma in Rome after suffering for weeks from pulmonary bronchitis without improving.

Fr Ckuj's life

Ruskij Sion blog reports that:

"Fr. Adrian was born in Melbourne, 11 February 1970. From 1988 to 1991, studied microbiology and immunology at the University of Melbourne. In 1992, he entered the Ukrainian College of Saint Josaphat in Rome for priestly studies.

On 13 December 1997, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in the Eparchy of Melbourne. He completed his licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the Gregorian University in 2001 and a licentiate in Canon Law at the Papal University of the Holy Cross in 2004.

In September 2004, he was appointed chancellor of the Apostolic Visitor for Ukrainian Greek-Catholics in Italy. In February 2005, he was elected secretary of the Santa Sofia Brotherhood in Rome and, from 2006 to 2008, he served as its president.

Fr. Adrian had one of the most wonderful jobs for World Youth Day held in Australia last year. He accompanied the relics of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati halfway around the world on their first journey outside of Italy.

Fr Ckuj commented that, although the journey from Turin was long, it was a “particularly prayerful” one for him alongside the body of such a young saint so widely venerated by Catholics."

He is survived by his parents and two brothers (one a parish priest in Sydney), to whom we offer our condolences.

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