Scope: 1928, 1961, 1967-1974
Size: 2 folders (14 letters, 1 article, and 18 photographs)
Gift of Bohdan Kozak (Wethersfield, CT)
This collection consists of letters and photographs sent to Bohdan Kozak by Bishop Myroslav Ripetskyi of Chrzanowo, Suwalki voivodeship, Poland. The letters are general in nature, describing some of the events and publications that occupied Bishop Ripetskyi's time. The photographs show several significant events that took place at Bishop Ripetskyi's Ukrainian Catholic chapel in Chrzanowo. They include images of Easter Mass (1968), First Communion (1971), the 20th- anniversary of the chapel (1967), and the bishop's 80th-birthday celebration (1969). There are also photographs of him with his wife Evheniia (nee Smulka), parishioners of Chrzanowo, and Polish and Ukrainian clergy, as well as photographs of several Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Myroslav Ripetskyi was born on June 13, 1889 in Sambir, Galicia. He completed his gymnasium studies in Sambir, and university studies in Lviv. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1913, and served for six years as assistant priest in Mosty Velyki, Zhovkva district, Galicia. From 1915-1916 Ripetskyi served as a priest to the Austrian Army, and from 1919 to 1920 to the Ukrainian Galician Army. He was appointed pastor to the parish of St. John the Baptist in Lisky in 1921. Ripetskyi was made canon in 1927 and dean in 1939 by Bishop I. Kotsylovskyi. He remained in Lisky until June 1947, when he and his wife Evheniia were deported along with the rest of the Ukrainian population to northeastern Poland. There he organized a chapel in Chrzanowo and was until 1957 the only priest to celebrate mass in the Ukrainian Catholic rite in Warmia diocese. He was mitered by Cardinal I. Slipyi in 1966. Besides his pastoral duties, Ripetskyi contributed articles to Nova zoria, Pravda, and Ukrainskyi beskyd, and published books on Ukrainian church, secular, and cultural history. He died on April 29, 1974 in Chrzanowo.