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Memorial Day Observed at the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA - 05/30/16

With the chiming of church bells of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ began this year’s prayerful observance of Memorial Day at the spiritual center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA on May 30, 2016.


Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops Meets in New Hampshire - 05/29/16

On May 22-24, 2016 gathered at St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Catocook, New Hampshire 15 Orthodox and Catholic bishops gathered for the annual meeting, addressing and reviewing joint pastoral initiatives of both Orthodox and Catholic Churches in the United States of America and throughout the world.


St. Mary, Nativity of the Mother of God, New Britain, Welcomes Metropolitan Antony - 05/24/16

One of the first warm May days this year set the scene for Metropolitan Antony’s visit to New Britain, Connecticut, on May 22, 2016. His Eminence led the congregation of St. Mary, the Nativity of the Mother of God, in celebrating Divine Liturgy alongside our pastor Very Rev. Father Andrii Pokotylo and Protodeacon Anthony Szwez.


St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Parish of Portland, OR Welcomes His Grace Bishop Daniel - 05/18/16

Великдень (Пасха) - Світле Христове Воскресіння, найбільша і найвеличніша радість, Свято над Святами. Пасхальний період продовжується на протязі Світлої Сідниці і впродовж, аж до Вознесіння Господнього. Це величне свято Пасхи святкуємо кожного року, і кожний рік отримуємо повноту радості і благодаті. Саме у часі цього святкового торжества, на третю неділю Святих Жінок- Мироносиць, з Архіпастирським візитом Преосвященніший Владика Даниїл завітав до міста Портленд в штаті Орегон на парафію Святого Івана Хрестителя, що є на західному узбережжі Америки.


Two-fold celebration at St. George Parish, Yardville, NJ - 05/16/16

Sunday May 15, 2016 important historic date in the life of the parish family of St. George in Yardville, NJ. On this Warm Spring Sunday, the parish community was celebrating two occasions. The parish Feast Day of St. George and anniversary of priesthood of their pastor Very Rev. Peter Levko.


High School Mission Trip - 6-14 August - 05/14/16

The High School Student Mission Trip is a ministry of the UkrainianOrthodox Church of the USA. We hope to bring aid and comfort tothose in need through out our country. It is easy to turn a blindeye to those reaching out a hand for help in our local communities. By our actions, we hope to show the face of Christ to these people in need and all we come in contact with and by doing so reaffirm the Holy Orthodox Faith in an Orthodox Service Community. We pray that by offering daily prayer services, as well as our love and works, that we will bring not only ourselves but all involved closer to Christ our God.


Annual St. Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage a Success Despite the Rain and Cold - 05/13/16

Braving rain and a cold wind on the Saturday of St. Thomas Sunday, the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA made their annual pilgrimage to the Spiritual Center – Metropolia of the UOC of the USA, especially St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in South Bound Brook, NJ. Despite the chilly Saturday weather a sizeable group of 2500 took part in the two-day pilgrimage.


9-19 November, 2016 - Holy Land Pilgrimage - 05/13/16

Join His Grace Bishop Daniel, the Spiritual Father and Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA on the Trip to HOLY LAND during the month of November of 2016.


St. Nicholas Program for Children with Disabilities - 17-20 June, 2016 - 05/13/16

SNP is designed for parents and their child with disabilities to spend time together in an Orthodox Family Environment. The campers are introduced to camp life at All Saints Camp and the parents are given the opportunity to meet fellow Orthodox parents who are tackling the same challenges in today’s world.


UOC of the USA Continues to Deliver Aid to Ukraine - 05/12/16

As this year’s Lenten journey came to conclusion and we all have entered into the glorious Pascha celebrations, the joy of peace and comfort is not truly felt in the hearts of so many people of Donetsk and Mariupol regions of Ukraine... Prior to the beginning of this year’s Lenten journey, St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Society and the Consistory Office of Christian Charity collected and delivered the necessary aid to the numerous refugees, wounded soldiers and displaced families with children.


2016 Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camping Ministry - 05/12/16

Visit the Web Page of the Consistory Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in Order to Plan Your Summer Camping Activities!


St. Christina and St. Julian - Patron Saints of the Youth of the UOC of USA - 05/11/16

With the Blessing of the Council of Bishops, the Offices of Youth & Young Adult Ministry offered the youth of the UOC of the USA the opportunity to prayerfully choose a patron saint for the youth of our church. The program was designed to give our youth the opportunity to learn about teenage saints of the church and use their voice in selecting one of them to intercede on their behalf with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


New Blog – Office of Stewardship - 05/11/16


Eighth Anniversary of Bishop Daniel's Consecration - 05/10/16

Восьма річниця хіротонії Владики Даниїла


Metropolitan Antony Visits St. Mary’s Parish, Chester, PA - 05/09/16

His Eminence Metropolitan Antony visited St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Chester, Pennsylvania. Greeting the Metropolitan in Ukrainian with the traditional bread and salt was Mrs. Halyna Cichanowsky.  Jenna Ludlow, granddaughter of Father Jerry and Pani Matka Mary Ann presented the Metropolitan red roses. Christine Kurman, welcomed His Eminence on behalf of the Parish Council and the parishioners.  Finally, Father Jerry greeted the Metropolitan with holy water and cross in the entrance of the church.


Bright Saturday of St. Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage at the Spiritual Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook/Somerset, NJ - 05/07/16

The rainy morning of Bright Saturday of 2016 Annual St. Thomas Sunday Weekend Pilgrimage started with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ. As the prayerful chanting of CHRIS is RISEN penetrated the hearts of those in attendance, the walls of the Memorial Church once again felt the historical presence of traditional prayers on the weekend following Glorious Pascha celebration... As the rain stopped for the afternoon hours, more and more visitors began to arrive to the spiritual headquarters of the UOC of the USA. Over 1200 people walked through the gates of St. Andrew Cemetery and Metropolia Center in order to share in Paschal joy with the loved ones who found eternal rest at St. Andrew Cemetery.


Sincere Prayers Offered for the People of Canada in Time of Tragedy - 05/06/16

Statement of the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orhtodox Church of the USA and Eparchy of South America


Pascha in Philadelphia - 05/03/16

At daybreak on Pascha, the faithful of St. Vladimir Cathedral parish welcomed his Eminence Metropolitan Antony for celebration of the Feast of Feasts. Despite the light rain, the faithful of the parish participated in a holy procession on the church grounds, remembering the myrrh-bearing women who came to Christ’s tomb, only to learn the glorious news of His holy resurrection. A decorative banner was placed on the outside of the church, designed by Vitality Hrytsay, proclaiming “Christ is Risen! Христос Воскрес!”, sharing the message with the wider community.


Bright and Holy Monday in Detroit, MI - 05/02/16

Today, Bright Monday, the experience continued. His Grace Bishop Daniel served Divine Liturgy, assisted by three seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, NJ) Mykola Zomchak, Ihor Protsak and Mykhaylo Bokalo... Hours later...we are all still smiling...still glowing...still feeling embraced, glowing from the inside out...wondering how are we supposed to come down off Cloud 9, and return to reality...back to work tomorrow.


Living the FAITH on Pascha - 05/02/16

During one of his many sermons over the last few days at the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, MI, His Grace Daniel, the spiritual father of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA, mentioned that our salvation extends beyond ourselves... On Pascha – May 1, 2016, His Grace, assisted by seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, NJ) Ihor Protsak, Mykhaylo Bokalo and Mykola Zomchak took to the streets of the Detroit area to do just what he had instructed us to do...to bring a smile, a hug, a kind word to someone...to share the joy of the Resurrected Christ with the world...to take that light that lit up the sanctuary this morning, out into the dim world, and dispel the darkness.


Pascha Night at Pokrova of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, MI - 05/02/16

...Any other day a heavy downpour would have dampened spirits...but, when death has lost its grip, when Christ is Resurrected, when all things are made new again...nothing can stop the human spirit from rejoicing and celebrating.


The Paschal Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine in the Year of our Lord 2016 - 04/30/16

There is no event and no greater news that is more joyful in the life of the Christian than the news of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ for the Orthodox Church is the Feast of Feasts and the Festival of Festivals because the Resurrection of our Lord is the victory of life over death, of love over hatred, of truth over falsehood, of good over evil, of humility over pride, of faith over hopelessness, and of holiness over sin.


Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2016 - 04/30/16

We wholeheartedly address you from the See of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the joyous greeting “Christ is risen!” The resurrection of Christ is the center of our Orthodox faith. Without the resurrection, our faith is “in vain” (1 Cor. 15:14). Through His resurrection, the divine Word rendered humanity – created in the image of God but wounded and stained by sin – incorrupt and deified, granting us once again the possibility of achieving divine likeness, of which we were deprived through disobedience.


Statement by the President of the United States of America on the Occasion of Orthodox Pascha (Easter) - 04/30/16

Michelle and I extend our best wishes to members of the Orthodox Christian community here in America and around the world as they observe Holy Friday and the Feast of the Resurrection... For Orthodox Christians, this is a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to rejoice in the victory of the Resurrection and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in accordance with God's will.


LUBA - May 2016 Projects and Ideas! - 04/29/16

The word attentive has many meanings; observant, aware, vigilant, kind, conscientious, thoughtful and the list goes on. All of these adjectives describe the life of an Orthodox Christian - how we are called to live our daily life. It is no coincidence that during the Divine Liturgy we are called to "Be Attentive". In a way, being attentive is sacramental - being vigilant to Christ and His sacraments. But we are not only called to be attentive in our divine services, we are called to be attentive in our lives and to our brothers and sister in Christ. Be considerate. Be caring. Be understanding. Be sympathetic. It is interesting that the acronym for Let us be Attentive is LUBA, which is a derivative of the Ukrainian word lubov or love. In a way, when we are called to Be Attentive, we are also being called to LOVE! This new program of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA is a call to be attentive to your neighbor, to your community, to your parish family and to Christ! On the 20th of each month, the Consistory will highlight one of the nationally commemorated events on the LUBA calendar providing you with resources for your parish. Focus on the highlighted event or choose one of your own and be creative in how you may BE CHRIST. We ask that you send photos and articles of your LUBA efforts to be shared with all of our faithful. You may utilize your LUBA calendar as a parish, as small groups, as families and as personal ministry.


Consistory Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry: Summer Internship Applications Being Accepted! - 04/05/16

We are pleased to announce that applications for paid and volunteer summer internships with the Consistory Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry are now being accepted.  The internship program is now entering its 15th year of offering our young adults professional job experience, as well as serving Christ's church in a meaningful way.

 


Patriarchal and Synodical Encyclical on the Convocation of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church - 03/18/16

Today, we find ourselves in a position to officially announce from our ecumenical throne that, by the grace of God, and with the consent of all the Primates of the Holy Orthodox Churches, that we will realize a decision taken more than fifty years ago and convene the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church on the island of Crete on June 18-27, 2016.


2016 OCMC Mission Trip Opportunities - 12/21/15

2016 Orthodox Mission Teams are now available! Please prayerfully consider joining one of the teams that will be serving in Alaska, Albania, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. Spend two weeks volunteering at a youth camp, teaching the faith, empowering Orthodox women, restoring a church, or providing healthcare. All are needed, and anyone over 18 can serve!


Archived News
7-8 May, 2016 - Annual Saint Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage - 05/07/16

Please, Join Us at the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA as We Share the Joy of PASCHA With Each Other During the Annual St. Thomas Sunday Pilgrimage!

7 May, 2016 - St. Thomas Saturday - Picnic at St. Sophia Seminary - Sponsored by UOL - 05/03/16

Join the Students and Vistors of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary for a PICNIC During the Annual St. Thomas Sunday Weekend in South Bound Brook/Somerset, NJ

Cleveland Ukrainian American Community Commemorates Chornobyl Tragedy - 04/30/16

On Sunday April 24, 2016, the greater Cleveland Ukrainian American Community commemorated a tragedy that befell Ukraine and the whole world when 30 years ago an explosion and release of radiation occurred at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The remembrance organized by the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and St. Vladimir Cathedral Parish, began with a Prayer Service for the living and deceased. The prayers were led by His Grace Bishop Daniel (UOC USA), His Grace Bishop Robert (retired bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church) and 10 local Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic clergy. Reposes were sung by the Cathedral Choir of St. Vladimir directed by Markian Komichak.

Holy and Great Friday Services at the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Detroit, MI Metropolitan Area - 04/29/16

Over 200 parishioners, relatives and members of the community at large gathered in the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield, MI, in solemn witness of the sacrifice of the Lord in order to participate in the Vespers service, at which the Holy Shroud is brought out of the sanctuary and placed in the midst of the faithful for veneration.

Great and Holy Friday - 04/29/16

On Great and Holy Friday the Orthodox Church commemorates the death of Christ on the Cross. This is the culmination of the observance of His Passion by which our Lord suffered and died for our sins. This commemoration begins on Thursday evening with the Matins of Holy Friday and concludes with a Vespers on Friday afternoon that observes the unnailing of Christ from the Cross and the placement of His body in the tomb.

Bishop Daniel Celebrates Holy Thursday Divine Services in Southfield, MI - 04/28/16

His Grace Bishop Daniel, the spiritual father of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA marked the beginning of last three days of Holy Week on Thursday morning, April 28, with Holy Thursday Vesperal Divine Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God in Southfield, MI (Very Rev. Fr. Pavlo Bodnarchuk – pastor), commemorating the Last Supper that Jesus shared with His disciples.

Great and Holy Thursday - 04/28/16

On Thursday of Holy Week four events are commemorated: the washing of the disciples' feet, the institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal of Christ by Judas.

Holy Unction Service at Protection of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Detroit, MI Served by His Grace Bishop Daniel - the Spiritual Father of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA - 04/28/16

The faithful of the Pokrova of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, MI, had an opportunity to receive so much needed spiritual healing in the evening on Holy Wednesday (27 April, 2016).  Mystery of Holy Unction or Anointing unto Healing with Holy Oil was served by the local clergy under the leadership of the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy, His Grace Bishop Daniel.

Holy Wednesday and the Sacrament of Holy Unction - 04/27/16

On the afternoon or evening of Great and Holy Wednesday, the Sacrament or Mystery of Holy Unction is conducted in Orthodox parishes. The Sacrament of Holy Unction is offered for the healing of soul and body and for forgiveness of sins. At the conclusion of the service of the Sacrament, the body is anointed with oil, and the grace of God, which heals infirmities of soul and body, is called down upon each person. The Sacrament is performed by a gathering of priests, ideally seven in number, however, it can be performed by a lesser number and even by a single priest.

Ecumenical Patriarch: The Power of Memory - Chornobyl Thirty Years Later - 04/26/16

Thirty years ago, in the early morning of April 26, 1986, even as the Orthodox Church was about to embark on its holiest of weeks leading to the joy of Easter, the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded, creating the worst nuclear disaster that the world had seen up to that time. The consequences of the disaster were felt far and wide: in the extension of contaminating radioactive particles into Russia, Belarus, as well as countries to the North and West; in human desertion and ecological destruction of vast surrounding areas; in long-lasting and permanent damage to health and loss of human life estimated at one million premature deaths.

Victims of Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster Remembered at Metropolia Center - 04/25/16

Faithful members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA gathered together with other Ukrainian community members at St. Andrew Memorial Church, South Bound Brook, NJ – part of the Church’s Metropolia Center – to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster the world has known – the explosion of the Soviet era power plant located in Chornobyl, Ukraine.  His Eminence Metropolitan Antony conducted a solemn memorial service along with clergy from the Center and neighboring parishes.  Visiting clergy, St. Sophia Seminary students and members of the Memorial Church Choir graciously and beautifully sang the responses for the service.

Vladyka Daniel Leads the Prayers of Holy Monday at the Dormition of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Lorain, OH - 04/25/16

As the celebration of this year’s Palm Sunday (Entrance of our Lord in Jerusalem) concluded, the sacred time of Holy Week started in parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.  Full liturgical schedule is carefully offered and crafted for the faithful of the Church so that they may re-live the sacred moments of our Lord’s journey from the gates of Jerusalem to the place of crucifixion and burial. On Holy Monday (April 25, 2016) the faithful of the Dormition of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Lorain, OH celebrated the first day of Holy and Sacred Week with their spiritual father and Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA – His Grace Bishop Daniel.

Holy Monday and Tuesday of the Holy Week - The Services of the Bridegroom - 04/24/16

Beginning on the evening of Palm Sunday and continuing through the evening of Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church observes a special service known as the Service of the Bridegroom. Each evening service is the Matins or Orthros service of the following day (e.g. the service held on Sunday evening is the Orthros service for Holy Monday). The name of the service is from the figure of the Bridegroom in the parable of the Ten Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13. 

Archpastoral Palm Sunday Visit to St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH! - 04/24/16

On the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha and at the beginning of Holy Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its most joyous feasts of the year. Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Having anticipated His arrival and having heard of the miracle, the people when out to meet the Lord and welcomed Him with displays of honor and shouts of praise. On this day, the Orthodox Christians receive and worship Christ in this same manner, acknowledging Him as our King and Lord. To celebrate this great feast of the Church year St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH was blessed to welcome among their midst their spiritual father and the ruling hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA – His Grace Bishop Daniel.

Palm Sunday: The Feast of the Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem - 04/23/16

On the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha and at the beginning of Holy Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its most joyous feasts of the year. Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Having anticipated His arrival and having heard of the miracle, the people when out to meet the Lord and welcomed Him with displays of honor and shouts of praise. On this day, we receive and worship Christ in this same manner, acknowledging Him as our King and Lord. 

Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches Offer Common Prayer Service for the Release of Two Orthodox Hierarchs - 04/22/16

The hierarchs of the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America and hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches gathered on Thursday evening – 21 April 2016 at St. Gabriel Syriac Orthodox Church in Haworth, NJ for the Prayer Service for the safe return of the two kidnapped hierarchs from Aleppo – Metropolitan Paul Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and Archbishop Mor Gregorios Yuhanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church and for all those suffering calamities in the Middle East.

Parma, OH Community Plans to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Chornobyl Tragedy - 04/22/16

We invite all of you to commemorate victims on the 30th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Explosion at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Parma, Ohio, on April 24, 2016, at 3:00 PM. - Ми запрoшуємo всiх прийти дo Украïнськoгo Правoславнoгo кафедральнoгo сoбoру св. Вoлoдимира, Парма, Огio, у недiлю 24 квiтня в 3 гoдинi дня пoм'янути всiх жертв Чoрнoбильськoï катастрoфи.

30th Anniversary of Chornobyl Tragedy - Commemorative Event at the Metropolia Center of the UOC of the USA - 04/20/16

Join Us, as We Offer Prayers for the Fallen and Victims of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster on April 25, 2016 at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ - Молімось разом за жертви трагедії 30-ти річної давності - трагедії в Чорнобилі

The Sacralization of the Holodomor: The Role of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA and the Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ - 04/19/16

2016 Lenten Retreat at St. Andrew’s in Boston - 04/18/16

On April 16 & 17, 2016, St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Boston held its annual Lenten Mission.  The parish was extremely fortunate to have His Grace Bishop Daniel, as its guest for the weekend.  

2016 Scholarships Opportunities! - 04/17/16

Attention Undergraduate and Graduate Students of the UOC of the USA: 2016 Malta Scholarship - Undergraduate and 2016 Paleologos Scholarship - Graduate Levels Available!

Great Lent Giveaway 2016 - The Miracle of Healing - 04/17/16

With the blessing of our Hierarchs, the GREAT LENT GIVEAWAY of 2016 will benefit the ST. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude cares for children with cancer and other life threatening conditions at no cost to their families. This year we are asking that all youth of our church support this effort by helping to raise funds for and awareness through the Great Lent Giveaway about the work and patients at St. Jude. Our financial goal is to raise $1,500 for this program.

Pani-matka Tamara Kowal of Blessed Memory! - 04/16/16

It is with a profound depth of sadness and prayer that we inform the clergy and the faithful of our Church about the falling asleep of Pani-matka Tamara Kowal of blessed memory, a wife of Protopresbyter Nestor Kowal.

A Weekend of Worship and Fellowship with Bishop Daniel in Carnegie, PA - 04/14/16

His Grace Bishop Daniel honored the parish of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Carnegie Pa. with a pastoral visit the weekend of April 9th and 10th. Among the many highlights of the weekend was a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. As Bishop Daniel entered the church he was greeted by our pastor the V. Rev. Father Steve Repa, our Board of Directors President, Howard West, and Vice President Shelly Trondle. They presented to our bishop the traditional greeting of bread and salt and the children of the parish welcomed him with a bouquet of flowers.

UOL Retreat 2016 (Bethlehem, PA) a Great Success! - 04/06/16

This year the retreat was entitled “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven”  Ecclesiastes 3:1     The retreat  focused on the challenges we all face throughout life, looking at the psychological stages of life.  The retreat was divided into three life stages, childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, and middle and late adulthood.  Natalie Bilynsky, a licensed psychologist, provided an overview of the life stages and challenges faced within each stage.  Father Anthony Perkins looked at each stage from an Orthodox perspective.

Los Angeles, CA: Bishop Daniel Leads Services for Sunday of the Cross in St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral - 04/04/16

On Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of April, His Grace Bishop Daniel, the spiritual father of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA, led the Great Lenten services for the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross in St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral in Los Angeles, CA.

April - Autism Awareness Month - 04/01/16

The word attentive has many meanings; observant, aware, vigilant, kind, conscientious, thoughtful and the list goes on. All of these adjectives describe the life of an Orthodox Christian - how we are called to live our daily life. It is no coincidence that during the Divine Liturgy we are called to "Be Attentive"... It is interesting that the acronym for Let us be Attentive is LUBA, which is a derivative of the Ukrainian word lubov or love. In a way, when we are called to Be Attentive, we are also being called to LOVE! This new program of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA is a call to be attentive to your neighbor, to your community, to your parish family and to Christ!

UOL Lenten Retreat in Western PA and Ohio - 03/24/16

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, the Ukrainian Orthodox League of the USA welcomed His Grace, Bishop Daniel, President of the Consistory, Christal Chaney, Ph.D., Professor of Education (Point Park College), Rev. Fathers John Harvey, Andrew Gall, Dan Rohan, and Gregory Becker, Seminarians Tadei Surak and Vladyslav Huk, Michael Komichak, President of the UOL, Taylor Gladys, Junior UOL Advisor, and over 60 participants from parishes in Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Sharon, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Carnegie and Lyndora to the 2016 UOL Lenten Retreat (West).

Council Of The Metropolia Annual Meeting - 03/23/16

Following the Strategic Planning Retreat earlier in the week, those elected at the 20th Regular Sobor of our Holy Church, the members of the Council of the Metropolia (Metropolitan Council), remained at the Metropolia Center in South Bound Brook-Somerset, NJ for their annual meeting to hear reports from Consistory members, offices of ministry and to set the budget for the current fiscal year of 2016. The meeting took place in the Ukrainian Cultural Center conference room on 9-10 March.  Members present at the meeting were:  His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, His Grace Bishop Daniel; V Rev. Myron Oryhon V. Rev. Taras Chubenko, V. Rev. Bazyl Zawierucha, V. Rev. Robert Holet , V. Rev. Anthony Ugolnik, V. Rev. Timothy Tomson, V. Rev. Anthony Perkins, Dr. Gayle Woloschak, Helen Boyko-Greenleaf,  Michael Kapeluck, Elizabeth Symonenko, Olga Coffey, Lydia Dzus; Michael Komichak (UOL), Deacon Dr. Ihor Mahlay (St. Andrew’s Society). V. Rev. Stephen Hutnick also participated fully as Treasurer of the Consistory.  Dr. Paul Micevych was present for the Strategic Planning Retreat earlier in the week, but was unable to remain for the council meeting.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Offers Prayers Following the Terrorist Attack in Brussels - 03/23/16

Following the most horrific, deplorable, and senseless acts of violence and terror in Brussels, the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA expresses its solidarity with the people of Belgium and extends heartfelt prayers to the families of our brothers and sisters who were killed or injured as a result of the attack. Our hearts and minds are prayerfully also with the emergency responders, law enforcement agents, and security officers.

Archpastoral Visit of His Grace Bishop Daniel to Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Slickville, PA - 03/21/16

On Sunday, March 20, 2016, His Grace Bishop Daniel visited Holy Ghost Orthodox Church in Slickville, PA, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy on the first Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of Orthodoxy. His Grace was greeted in the vestibule by church president Andy Torick and vice president Harry Batch with the traditional gifts of bread and salt, welcoming him to our humble parish. Bishop Daniel jokingly asked if Harry had baked the bread himself. His Grace explained that while Holy Ghost may be a small, humble parish, by celebrating Liturgy with a bishop representing the Western Eparchy, Holy Ghost is concelebrating with the entirety of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on its journey through the Great Fast.

Summer Positions Available for UOC Camping Ministry at All Saints Camp - 03/21/16

As our UOC Camping Ministry enters its 58th year, we are pleased to announce an array of paid and volunteer positions available for the summer of 2016. We are looking for individuals of all ages who are looking to serve the Lord in the beautiful setting of our very own All Saints Camp in Emlenton, PA.

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Issues 2016 Sunday of Orthodoxy Message - 03/19/16

As we celebrate the great feast of Sunday of Orthodoxy and mark the restoration of the holy icons in the Church, we join our own family and friends in our parishes not only to bear holy icons in our hands, but to also become living icons of Christ and, by God’s grace, to proclaim our common Orthodox faith in the world.

Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts Served by His Grace Bishop Daniel at Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Youngstown, OH - 03/18/16

On March 18, 2016 the Friday of the First Week of Great Lent, His Grace Bishop Daniel served the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, OH. The Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA was warmly welcomed at the door to the parish’s temple by the President of the Parish’s Board of Administration Joseph and his wife Betty Ewanish. The pastor of the local Ukrainian Orthodox parish family - Fr. John Harvey, assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Gall of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Sharon, PA likewise welcomed the bishop and presented the holy water and cross.  

"Grace Shining Forth ..." – Teen Retreat Track - 03/17/16

Penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at St. Andrew Memorial Church at the Metropolia Center of the UOC of the USA! - 03/15/16

During the first four days of Lent (March 14, 15, 16, 17) the penitential Canon of St. Andrew of Crete is celebrated (7PM) at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church, the spiritual center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

ATTENTION STUDENTS of the UOC of the USA: The John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation Scholarships Available! - 03/15/16

We are committed to supporting the scholastic future of all eligible students. We encourage students to honor Dr. Kulis’ legacy by considering pursuing a career in the field of science or medicine and our scholarship committee is particularly interested in rewarding students with exemplary community or church service records. We offer a variety of different types of scholarships. We invite you to learn more about which scholarship might be the right for you and to apply if you meet the eligibility requirements.”

Forgiveness Sunday Archpastoral Services at St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Chicago, IL - 03/13/16

His Grace Bishop Daniel, the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA joined Fr. Ivan Lymar, Protodeacon Andriy Fronchak, parishioners and guests of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, IL, for the beginning of Great and Holy Lent with the celebration of Cheese-fare, or more commonly know as Forgiveness Sunday.

April 2 - Lenten Retreat - 03/13/16

AXIOS! Worthy! ГІДНИЙ!- Deacon Vasyl Shak Ordained as a Priest by Bishop Daniel - 03/12/16

12 березня, у м'ясопусну суботу, у місті Савт Бавнд Брук, Н. Дж. в церкві-пам’тнику святого Андрія Первозванного відбулась архиєрейська літургія з нагоди хіротонії диякона Шака Василя в сан Пресвітера, котру очолили преосвященніший владика Даниїл у присутності первоієрарха УПЦ США митрополита Антонія, настоятеля храму Андрія Первозванного отця Юрія Сівка і священників з ближніх і дальніх околиць, котрі завітали до нас у цей святковий день, а також хор у складі семінаристів Свято-Софіївської Семнарії. 

Protopresbyter Nestor Kowal Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Holy Priesthood - 03/10/16

On Saturday of February 27, 2016 His Eminence, Metropolitan Antony, Ruling Hierarch of the Eastern Eparchy, visited St. Michael's Parish in Scranton on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Priesthood and of the 50th anniversary as a pastor of St. Michael Church, Protopresbyter Nestor Kowal. It was also the day that Fr. Nestor entered into a well-deserved retirement. Unfortunately, Fr. Nestor was not able to attend the Liturgy and the reception, due to his unexpected admission to hospital that very morning.

March - LUBA Feature: Women's History Month - 03/10/16

The life of women in the Church is rich and vast. There are many ways in which we, as Orthodox Christians may honor women during Women's History Month.

New Program - Let us be Attentive! (LUBA) - 03/10/16

On the 20th of each month, the Consistory will highlight one of the nationally commemorated events on the LUBA calendar providing you with resources for your parish. Focus on the highlighted event or choose one of your own and be creative in how you may BE CHRIST. We ask that you send photos and articles of your LUBA efforts to be shared with all of our faithful. Procedures of how, when and where to send your submission are included in this packet. You may utilize your LUBA calendar as a parish, as small groups, as families and as personal ministry.

President: We are grateful to Ecumenical Patriarch for constantly supporting Ukraine - 03/09/16

Президент: Ми вдячні Вселенському Патріарху за постійну підтримку України - 03/09/16

Ordination to Deaconate of Subdeacon Adrian Mazur at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City! - 03/07/16

On Meatfare Sunday - March 6, 2016 - a wonderful event took place in the life of the student body of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ. Faithful of our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA gathered together at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City, NY to witness the ordination of a recent graduate of St. Sophia Seminary Subdeacon Adrian Mazur to Deaconate.  

Bishop Daniel Participates in the Blessing of a New ZOE for LIFE House in Parma, OH - 03/05/16

With almost 200 people in attendance, five Orthodox Christian bishops blessed the new ZOE House of ZOE for Life in Parma’s original post office at 5454 State Road during its open house on Friday, March 4, 2016. 

Archpastoral Visit to St. Anthony of the Desert Mission - 03/01/16

His Grace Bishop Daniel traveled to St. Anthony of the Desert Mission, Las Cruces New Mexico, for his annual Episcopal visitation on the weekend of the 26-28 February, 2016.  His Grace was accompanied by a seminarian of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, NJ) Ivan Hlakhuniak.

Bishop Daniel is Among Five Orthodox Hierarchs to Bless New ZOE for LIFE House on March 4th, 2016 - 02/28/16

Five Orthodox Christian bishops will bless the new ZOE House of ZOE for Life in Parma’s original post office at 5454 State Road during its open house on Friday, March 4, 2016.  The open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the blessing scheduled to take place at 7:00 p.m.

Hierarchs of the UOC of the USA Pray With the Ukrainian Orthodox Community in Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) - 02/21/16

On Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, February 21, 2016, - with the blessing of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel, joined by the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian and Greek Orthodox communities in Istanbul (Turkey) lead a Eucharistic Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

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