Glory to Jesus Christ!
Dear Parish Family, Benefactors and Friends,
With great sadness we received the news of the premature death of His Grace Milan Shashik, Bishop Ordinary of the Mukachevo Eparchy, the mother Eparchy of the Byzantine Ruthenian Metropolia in the US.
Bishop Milan Shashik died of thromboembolism. His Grace Nil Luschak Auxiliary Bishop of the Mukachevo Eparchy said:
"It's a very painful surprise for all of us! Doctors say that the death occurred as a result of varicose veins and blood clots. These diseases haunted our bishop. Yesterday morning he became ill, he did all the tests, went to the hospital, where he stayed, and in the evening he had a blood clot, he died immediately! When he went to the hospital, we did not anticipate anything, we were calm, because he often went to the hospital, he always came back. Yesterday, unfortunately, he did not return to us.
Yesterday, July 14, Bishop Milan conducted the Divine Liturgy with his secretary, Archdeacon Mykola, and called me to come and administer the Sacrament of Anointing to him. I was very surprised by that request, I came and found him sitting very weak. I gave him the Sacrament and he immediately went to the hospital, in a few hours the Lord had already called him."
Let us commend the soul of the newly reposed Vladyka Milan into the hands of the Infinite Mercy of God and let us say with faith: O Master, accept the faithful who piously departed from this life and have come to you. As our compassionate Lord, grant rest to those who exalt you forever.
Eternal Memory-Vichnaja Pamjatj!
Milan Šašik CM (17 September 1952 – 14 July 2020) was a Slovak-born Ukrainian Ruthenian Catholic hierarch, Bishop of the Eparchy of Mukacheve.
He was born on 17 September 1952 in Lehota, Slovakia. After primary and secondary schools in 1971 - 1976, he was student rates philosophy and Theology in the Major Seminary in Bratislava.
On July 31, 1971 he entered the missionary Congregation of Lazarists, and on September 27, 1973 he made his perpetual vows.
On 6 June 1976 he was ordained a priest. Later, he served in a variety of pastoral work, was originally chaplain, then - the pastor. With permission from the Vatican, Fr. Milan Šašik served in two rites: the Byzantine and the Latin.
From 1990 to 1992, he studied at the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality "Teresianum" in Rome where he received a master's degree.
On October 5, 1992 to 7 July 1998, he worked at the Apostolic Nunciature in Ukraine. Then within a year he was director of the novitiate of the Congregation of the Lazarist Fathers in Slovakia. In August 2000 he returned to Ukraine and became a pastor in Perechyn, Transcarpathia.
On November 12, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed Fr. Milan titular bishop of Bononia, Apostolic Administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis, Eparchy of Mukachevo Greek Catholic Church.
On 6 January 2003 in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was his episcopal consecration.
He received Ukrainian citizenship in 2009 and the next year was appointed Eparchial Bishop of the same eparchy.
In addition to his native Slovak, he spoke Ukrainian, Italian, Czech, Russian and Polish. He was of Ruthenian ethnicity.