UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSSITORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
2011 Winter Mission Team Leaves to Visit the Children of Ukrainian Orphanage!
Five people were commissioned as Missionaries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA during the afternoon prayer service at the chapel of the Consistory Offices of the UOC of the USA in South Bound Brook, NJ on December 20, 2011. His Eminence Archbishop Antony, the President of the Consistory of the Church, in the presence of the members and workers of the Consistory, faculty and seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary led the Commissioning Moleben service, calling upon His Grace Bishop Daniel, spiritual father of the Winter Mission Team, Rev. Fr. John and Pani-matka Anne Haluszczak of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh, PA, Olga Coffey of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD and Catherine Bucharev of Harrisburg, PA to give a gift of their presence to the children of Znamianka orphanage in Kirovohrad region of Ukraine, as the Team travels to the Church-sponsored orphanage to bring a spirit of Holy Wonderworker Nicholas and Nativity of our Lord season into the lives of over 100 orphans. The Archbishop stated: “All who take upon themselves the name of Christ are called into ministries of love and service by the example of Christ. As these Mission Team members of our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA begin their work with the orphans, we pray for the blessings of God upon their endeavors. We recognize them as ambassadors of our Church in ministry with the children of the orphanages and dedicate them to service in the name of our Savior. Through our prayers we will be united with them in their work. May God richly bless their labors.”