"...for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it."

-Pope Pius XI, Encyclical "Mortalium Animos"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bishop Nicholas Charnetsky, C.SS.R.

The Servant of God
Bishop Nicholas Charnetsky, C.SS.R.

Bishop Charnetsky was appointed by the Pope for the areas outside of Galicia, where the Ruthenian rite of his childhood was observed. As a result he was a missionary bishop of the Russian rite. His driving inspiration was the message of Our Lady of Fatima and Her promise of the Conversion of Russia. On 10th October 1939, Metropolitan Sheptytsky made him Exarch of Volyn, Pidlassia, Kholm and Polessia.

The Servant of God, Kyr Nicholas Charnetsky, C.SS.R.

Apostolic Visitator beyond Halychyna
Confessor of the Catholic Faith, 11 years imprisoned, released 3 years before he died, his tomb is a source of miracles.

Ours are the Catholic spirit and convictions of Kyr Nicholas Charnetsky the Redemptorist missionary bishop-monk for the territories beyond Halychyna, a tireless apostle among the Orthodox for Holy Re-Union; in 1933 alone he united 56 villages with the Catholic Church.

We are convinced that Kyr Nicholas Charnetsky's apostolic zeal for the conversion of the territories beyond Halychyna and of Ukraine, Belarus' and Russia is an example of authentic missionary charity that must be applied today. The salvation of souls is the supreme law of the Church; no human law or ecumenical agreement can be permitted to restrict missionaries and separate souls from the Catholic Church.