fr. mykolaFr. Mykola Buryadnyk 2008-Present

Mykola Buryadnyk was born November 28, 1977 to +Ivan and Olha Buryadnyk, in the village of Lybokhora, which is located in the Lviv region of Ukraine. Mykola grew up with his younger brother Ivan, in the village of Modrychi, where their father served as a priest.
Fr. Mykola attended the Pedagogical Lyceum, and upon completion in 1995, entered the Lviv Theological Academy and Holy Spirit Seminary. During his studies, he visited the United States on two occasions, once in 1999 and again in 2000, both times as a participant of a student internship program.

The year 2000 brought both sorrow and joy to the Buryadnyk family. In the summer Fr. Ivan Buryadnyk died tragically. That same year, Mykola married Oksana Spylchak and was ordained as a deacon. By the summer of 2002, then Deacon Mykola his Master of Divinity degree from the Lviv Theological Academy, and was ordained a priest by Bishop Yulian Woronowskyj, in Holy Trinity Cathedral in Drohobych, Ukraine.

Fr. Mykola and his wife, along with his mother and brother, moved to Chicago in 2002, where he was appointed to serve at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Parish, by Bishop Michael Wiwchar. Since 2002, he has also worked as a part-time chaplain at Resurrection Medical Center. In April 2004, Fr. Mykola’s and his wife Oksana were blessed with the birth of their son, Ivasyk.

On January 1, 2008, Fr. Mykola was appointed the seventh pastor of St. Joseph the Betrothed parish in Chicago. Since his appointment, he has actively encouraged the formation and growth of the Vyshyvanka dance group, Boyovyj Hopak (Ukrainian martial arts), and Theater group “Homin”.


cross in waterFr. Volodymyr Kushnir 2009-Present

Fr. Volodymyr Kushnir was born on December 22, 1981 in a beautiful corner of Prykarpatya, Krasne village in the Ivano Frankisvsk Region of Ukraine to Ihor and Nadia Kushnir. In the early years the young family lived in the house of his parents, where little Volodymyr first heard the words “God,” “Church,” and “Ukraine.” This is how the young boy grew up, surrounded by his grandmother’s icons, embroidered ritual cloths, and Sunday trips to an old church, St. Nicholas. After his father completed studies at university, the Kushnir family had to move to Siberia where along with them came an icon of the Theotokos and an embroidered ritual cloth made by his mother. When Volodymyr was 10 years old, his father gifted him with a children’s Bible. From that time, his father’s gift and his grandmother’s prayers followed the young boy everywhere he went. Perhaps that was the time that Volodymyr began to dream about dedicating himself to God. Every year, Volodymyr, along with his father and sister Olya, went on pilgrimages to Zarvanytsya, Hoshiv, and Pochayiv, but the greatest temple to Volodymyr remained to be the old wooden church in his native village.

After completing the University of Information Technology, Mechanics, and Optics with a degree in engineering, Volodymyr returned to Ivano-Frankivsk where he met his spiritual advisor, the dean of Halych, Mitered Archpriest Vasyl Zavirach. With his recommendation and the personal recommendation of Bishop Sofron (Mydryj), Volodymyr entered the Ivano-Frankivsk Theological Academy.

On August 9, 2003, Volodymyr married Oksana Mendiuk at St. Nicholas Church in his native village. On June 12, 2004 their daughter Olha-Nadia was born.

On May 18, 2006, Volodymyr was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Iryney (Bilyk) in Christ the Lover of Mankind Monastery in Voynykiv Village. After ordination, he was assigned to serve at the Nativity of Christ Church in Ivano-Frankivsk.

After completing the Theological Academy in 2007, Deacon Volodymyr was assigned for his diaconal practicum at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Parish in Chicago with the Blessing of Bishop Richard (Seminack). On April 1, 2008, Bishop Richard (Seminack) assigned Deacon Volodymyr to St. Nicholas Cathedral and on September 1st to St. Joseph the Betrothed Parish in Chicago.

On October 1st, 2009, on the Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos, Deacon Volodymyr was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Richard (Seminack) at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Chicago. On November 1, 2009, Fr. Volodymyr was assigned to St. Joseph the Betrothed Parish as Parochial Vicar.

Fr. Volodymyr was ordained to the priesthood in October 2009. Presbytera Oksana and Fr. Volodymyr welcomed their son Mykola, when he was born in 2012.

Fr. Volodymyr is very active in the day-to-day operation of the parish, especially in youth outreach.