Reverend Father Leonard Ratushniak

Reverend Father Leonard Ratushniak

Sunday, February 8th, 1942 - Sunday, September 27th, 2020
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Fr. Leonard Ratushniak, C.Ss.R., fell asleep in the Lord on September 27 at Holy Family Home in Winnipeg, after a valiant battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his parents Stephen and Amelia Ratushniak and survived by his sister Sandra Herbison (Robert), and his brother Andrew and nieces and nephews : Jeremy (Krista), Kathleen, Marshall, Carmen (Scott), and Alanna and grandnephews Louis, Sean and Beau.

Fr. Len was born in Canora, SK on February 8, 1942. After graduating from St. Vladimir's College in Roblin, MB, he entered the Redemptorist Novitiate in Meadowvale, ON and professed his first vows as a Redemptorist on August 28, 1961. He pursued seminary studies and completed an ecclesiastical and civil degree in theology at St. Paul’s University, Ottawa, ON in 1968. On June 24, 1967, Bishop Andrew Roborecki ordained him to the priesthood in St. Mary’s Church, Yorkton, SK.

Fr Len served in various Ukrainian Catholic Churches in Canada and the United States. His first assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Yorkton, SK (1968-72) where he would return as assistant again in 1981-84 and then as pastor 1990-96. He served as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, Hillside, N.J. (1972-75), of Sacred Heart Parish, Wynyard, SK (1975-77; 1987-90). In 1978-81, he was assistant pastor of St. Joseph’s, Winnipeg. He was assigned as pastor of Sacred Heart in Ituna, SK (1984-87). In 1996-99, he was assistant at The Welcome Home mission in Winnipeg and then assistant pastor of Ss. Peter & Paul parish in Saskatoon from 1999-2002. He served briefly in St. John the Baptist, Newark, N.J. and then returned to Wynyard (2002-05). His last assignment before his retirement was as pastor of St. Andrew’s Church, Winnipeg, MB (2005-2019) while he lived at The Welcome Home (2005-2011) and then at St. Joseph’s (2011-20).

Fr. Len will be remembered for what brought joy to him and those around him: His heart warming pastoral visits or friendly chats over a cup of coffee; his amazing ability with crossword puzzles (perhaps being Editor of Redeemer’s Voice magazine (English Edition – 1979-84, gave him an edge); he enjoyed youth ministry and was a “founding director” of Ukrainian Catholic Youth for Christ in Saskatchewan (1976) and the Saskatoon Eparchial Spiritual Director of the Ukrainian Catholic Youth (UCY) from1984-1994); his love for The Welcome Home where his humble, gentle way and sense of humor was a comforting presence to many.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, September 30th at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Catholic Church followed by a Priestly Parastas at St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg with Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak along with his Winnipeg confreres officiating. An evening Parastas continued on Thursday, October 1st at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton followed by a Funeral Divine Liturgy on Friday, October 2nd at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Father Michael Smolinski, C.Ss.R., Redemptorist Regional Co-ordinator as the main Celebrant. He was joined by his religious confreres. Responses were led by Lorne Stechyshyn and choir members. The crossbearer was Dave Spelay representing the Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus. The interment followed in the Redemptorist section of Yorkton City Cemetery with Father’s confreres serving as the casket bearers. Memorials in Father Len’s memory may be made to The Welcome Home, 188 Euclid Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2W 2X4

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Funeral arrangements were by Bailey’s Funeral Home, Yorkton and Korban Funeral Chapel, Winnipeg.
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Service Details

  • Prayers

    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 7:00pm
    St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
    155 Catherine St.
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
    155 Catherine St.
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  • Interment

    Yorkton City Cemetery
    King St. East
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Greg, Julie and Kurtis Chorney

Posted at 02:21pm
Thanks Fr. Leonard for the great memories and being my dads and my goalie for JJ's Yorkton. Our sincere condolences to the family.

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Johanna Shortreed

Posted at 11:47am
My deepest sympathies to all of you. I remember attending Father Leonard’s ordination. I will be there today Remotely on behalf of Joe and Olga Krywetzky. My Mom took great pride in being Father Leonard’s Godmother.

Tom Seeley

Posted at 03:37pm
Father Len was such a loving and thoughtful man. However the contribution he made to the Yorkton community is immeasurable in his being a founder of the Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours. That organization, over the past 50+ years has assisted literally hundreds of individuals and families. It is truly an honour to have known him...Tom Seeley

daveand Faye Spelay

Posted at 03:51am
To the Family of Father Len and his Redemptorist Confreres. He was a devoted, kind and friend Priest. His many visits to our house and conversations we will always cherish. Working with Father Len on Parish council, School Board, Knights of Columbus, Altar Boys, Youth he was always there for his Spiritual Guidance. Rest in peace. Vichnaya Pamyat!

Geraldine Koban

Posted at 03:35pm
As noted in Father Len's obituary he truly cared about helping others. During his early years at St. Mary's he along with other local clergy was a founding member of SIGN ( Society For Involvement of Good Neighbors) which continues to this day serving people in the Yorkton area. He continued to care about the organization, often inquiring how things were going and returning a few years ago to celebrate the 50th anniversary. It will be a part of his legacy here and may we always remember his commitment and work for the good of others and betterment of our community. Rest in peace good and faithful servant.

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