UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX LEAGUE
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
UOL Retreat – “The Way of a Pilgrim…”
Submitted by Oleh Bilynsky
On April 20, 2013 UOL members and friends of the UOL gathered in Mt. Pocono to reflect on the text “The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way.” For ten years the UOL has been coordinating retreats along the east coast, typically in the Lehigh Valley. This year the retreat moved a little north to the Villa of Our Lady Retreat House in Mt. Pocono, PA.
The morning started early with the Akathist to the Birth-Giver of God served by Fr. Bazyl Zawierucha. Retreat participants enjoyed a quick breakfast and then the retreat speakers started for the day. Co-Chairperson for the retreat, Natalie Bilynsky, shared her personal pilgrimage with the pilgrim. Next Fr. Bazyl spoke about the Jesus Prayer and prayer of the heart. In his review of the journey of the pilgrim he also focused on the importance of having a spiritual father as a guide.
The group had some time to interact and was challenged with our traditional retreat games. This year the Hucul sisters were victorious and were able to identify who of the Holy Fathers said various quotes.