Father Michael Krychiwskyj

Fr Michael was born in 1957 to immigrant parents, his father being Ukrainian and his mother Italian.  Consequently he grew up attending both St Walburga's Latin Rite Church in Shipley and Holy Trinity Ukrainian Rite church in Bradford.  He was educated at St Walburga's and St Bede's schools in Bradford before training for priesthood.  Initially he trained for the Ukrainian Rite in Rome but transferred to the Latin Rite studying at Ushaw College, Durham before ordination to the priesthood for the Diocese of Leeds on 1st August 1981.

He was initially appointed as the Assistant Priest in St Brigid's Parish in Huddersfield serving there until 1984 when he moved to St William's, Bradford for five years.  His final curacy was at St Robert's, Harrogate (1989 - 1991) before he was appointed Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish in Leeds.  He served there until 1997 when he moved to St Joseph's, Barnoldswick. Eleven years later he returned to Leeds in 2008 initially to St Urban's parish which in 2010 was enlarged with the amalgamation with Our Lady of Lourdes parish taking the title of St Jeanne Jugan.

Following his death on 1st July 2016, the funeral arrangements which took place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 3BJ were:

Sunday 10th July 6.00pm:  Reception of the body followed by Rosary and Benediction.

Monday 11th July 11.00am: Bishop Marcus celebrated Requiem Mass, and this was followed by a family only private burial in Woodlands Burial Ground in Skipton.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Diocese of Leeds