During the afternoon of 24 July, Archbishop Adam Dubec of Przemyśl-Nowy Sącz died. Archbishop Adam was born in the Lemko village of Florynka in 1926. His way in life was hard; in his teen years, he experienced war, and he lived through the tragic expulsion of 1947, sending time in internal exile. He became a priest, giving devoted service to the Orthodox Church and its people.
One could speak of his many successes, but the one of the most important events of his diocese was the canonisation of the Holy Hieromartyr Maxim Sandowicz of Gorlice, which, after many years of efforts, took place on 5-6 September 1994. It occurred in Żdyni and Gorlice on the 80th anniversary of Fr Maxim’s martyrdom. Another achievement was the building of many churches and new rectories for the clergy.
Another notable event was the Exaltation (прославлення) of the Wonderworking Icon of the Godbearer of Sanok, held at the diocesan cathedral in Sanok on 7 September 1997. This icon of the Godbearer showered many graces on believers in Sanok, bringing many people comfort, solace, and answers to prayer. Archbishop Adam led all the parishes of the diocese in the solemn celebration of the Millennium of the Baptism of Rus in 1988. In 2000, he led a celebration of the 2,000th anniversary of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. In publishing, Archbishop Adam oversaw the printing of an Orthodox Church Calendar in the Ukrainian language. The crowning achievement of 30 years of revival in the Diocese was the return of Orthodoxy to Rzeszow. Archbishop Adam consecrated the Orthodox parish church in Rzeszów on 7 September 2013. Archbishop Adam was the leading light behind the planning and building of this edifice.
The funeral will be on Wednesday 27 July in Sanok at 09.00. His Beatitude Sawa, Metropolitan of Warsaw and all Poland, will serve, along with other clergy.
Вечная ему память
24 July 2016
Priest Julian Felenczak
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