Now I have to have another son.

If only to name him after Blessed Zenobius Kovalyk. A Russian martyr, crucified against the wall of a convent-turned-prison.

Zenobius Kovalyk Lickona. He would rule nations.


  1. Cubeland Mystic says

    он был хорошим человеком

    Good thing that materialists would never do such things in the United States. We respect human life here.

  2. Heh-hem. Fr. Zenovius was not a Russian but a Ukrainian, and Greek Catholic at that–the much hated “uniate” Church of Kyiv, otherwise (infelicitously because nationalistically) known as the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the largest of the Eastern Catholic Churches in communion with the see of Rome. Fr. Zenovius was also a Redemptorist priest. There is a lovely little book out there published by Ligouri about the Redemptorist martyrs in Ukraine. Fr. Z’s story is perhaps the most horrific.

  3. Matthew Lickona says

    Heh-hem yourself, Adam. It’s Zenobius in my Magnificat, and I’m sticking with it. The writeup does mention that he was Ukranian, but Ukraine is part of Russia on my Risk game board, and as a proud resident of the territory known as the Western United Stats, that’s where I take all my geography pointers. It also mentions that he was a Redemptorist; it’s part of the reason I think I have a shot – The Wife and I were married in a Redemptorist church in Kansas City, and she has a soft spot for ’em. But thanks for the correction all the same, and also the additional info.

  4. Love it…

    So, would his nickname be “Zen?”

    A bit loosy-goosy for a guy who scubadives with a scapular.

  5. The ruling nations makes sense.
    Ordering a pizza over the phone could be trouble, though…

  6. Matthew Lickona says

    Order? Zenobius Lickona does not order pizza. Pizzas are brought to him, in tribute.

  7. notrelatedtoted says

    Zenobius Lickona sounds like a Star Wars character. Sorry.

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