Fr. Yuri Kuzara, C.PP.S. is the only bi-ritual Roman (Latin) Catholic and Ukrainian (Greek) Catholic member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He is the first missionary of the Precious Blood in its over 200-year history to become bi-ritual. He has mainly ministered in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and helped other Eastern Rite Catholics over the years of his priesthood. We are fortunate that he is currently assigned to the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio.
Fr. Yuri grew up in East Chicago, Indiana and recalls as a young child in the 4th grade, entering an Eastern Rite Church to attend the Divine Liturgy for the first time; for him it was as if he immediately entered heaven; thinking that this is truly where God dwells. “I belong here”, said Fr. Yuri. “Over the years, my love for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has grown even stronger and for this Church I would give my last drop of blood”, added Fr. Yuri.
There have been struggles between the ministries, Western and Eastern, despite these difficulties he sees a strong connection between the Precious Blood Spirituality and his ministry to the Eastern Church. Noting the struggles, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has had throughout its history, Fr. Yuri Kuzara commented, “If Saint Gasper, the founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, were living today he would not turn his back on this church, its suffering or its faithful. For Christ shed His precious and life-giving blood for them also.”
Like the founder of the Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Fr. Frances Brunner, C.PP.S., much of Fr. Yuri’s ministry is dedicated to new evangelization and spiritual reawakening especially for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and all Eastern Catholics. He rightly notes this ministry is clearly following in the footsteps of St. Gaspar del Bufalo.
Plan to spend a day at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine on Saturday, March 27, 2021 in the Shrine Pilgrim Center Cafeteria for a Day of Recollection – A journey to the Eastern Catholic Church with Fr. Yuri Kuzara. Topics of discussion will include:
Pope St. John Paul often professed that the Church should breathe with both of her lungs; East and West. Join us to find out what this means.
The day will begin at 10:00 am and end at 3:30 pm. A boxed lunch will be available for $10.00 and will include bottled water. A facial mask is required, and the meeting room will be arranged to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Pre-registration is required. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 19, 2021. Call 419-483-3435 x101 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Fr. Yuri has faculties from Bishop Bohdan Danylo, Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of Eparchy of St. Josephat Parma, Ohio, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine on June 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Shrine Chapel.
Today, visitors from all religious backgrounds visit the shrine annually coming from Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Youngstown, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Canada just to name a few. All visitors are welcome to make a visit to this historic holy place – a place to stand still and feel the presence of God.
For more information or questions, please feel free to call 419-483-3435 x101.
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