Passing of +Rev. Rudolph Luzney (updated)

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” (Hebrews 13:7)

With joyful hearts and in thanksgiving to Our Lord for a beautiful life well-lived, we wish to inform you of the passing of Rt. Rev. Rudolph Luzney on June 19, a good and faithful servant of Our Parishes in Regina (St.Athanasius and St.Basil) and of the Eparchy of Saskatoon.

Rt. Rev. Mitrat Rudolph Luzney

Fr. Rudolph Luzney, as the first priest of St.Athanasius Parish, will be remembered as a community man who ensured the faith formation of the people entrusted to his care. His life as a priest touched people, where he was a thoughtful and dedicated leader with clear thoughts and visions, kindness and warmth at the same time. He was instrumental in teaching the Ukrainian Catholic faith and in teaching singers how to respond to the Liturgical Services of our Rite.  

In July 1965 Rev. Rudolph Luzney was appointed to investigate the possibility of establishing a second Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Regina.  He celebrated the first Divine Liturgy of the proposed parish at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in May 1966.  In November 1966 he celebrated the Liturgies at O’Neill High School Auditorium and continued doing this until February 1972 when St. Athanasius Parish auditorium was completed. For his years of service at St. Athanasius Parish, the auditorium was named in his honour at the celebration of the 40th anniversary. Rt. Rev. Msgr. & Mitrat Rudolph Luzney served at St. Athanasius from 1966-1982.

May God grant comfort and consolation to Fr. Rudolph’s family, Bishop Bryan and his fellow clergy of the Eparchy of Saskatoon at this time.

His funeral will be this Tuesday, 23 June @ 10:00AM at Dormition Parish, Saskatoon. Be advised that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral will not be open to the public – family members only.

You can join in praying for Fr. Luzney via livestream at

Your prayers and thoughts are greatly appreciated!

May God grant to His servant, +Rt. Rev. Rudolph, peace.

Вічная Пам’ятъ – Vichnaya Pamyat! Eternal Memory!