UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Archpastoral Visit to Woonsocket, RI
By Rev. Fr. Anthony Perkins
When I arrived at Seminary a few Mondays ago to teach, I noticed several young men clearing snow. They spoke perfect Ukrainian, so I thought that perhaps His Grace, Bishop Daniel had smuggled them in luggage during his most recent trip to Ukraine. At Vespers that evening, I learned the truth: they were a men choir from Ivan-Frankivsk. After serving Lenten Vespers with them that evening, I immediately got in touch with His Grace and asked if they could come and serve Presanctified Liturgy with us in Woonsocket. Bishop Daniel agreed and offered to bring them on March 26th.
The warnings of heavy snow and hurricane winds proved false, and the van with His Grace, Bishop Daniel, Fr. Vasyl Pasakas, and the six singers of Domine made it from South Bound Brook to Holy Archangel Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket, RI without a problem. Fr. Anthony gave His Grace and the group a tour of fire-damaged church building, during which Bishop Daniel led a brief prayer service asking the Archangel Michael to protect the parish as it rebuilds.