UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
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Bishop Daniel Participates in the Blessing of a New ZOE for LIFE House in Parma, OH
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.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, His Grace Bishop Daniel of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, accompanied by Very Rev. Fr. John Nakonachny, Very Rev. Fr. Michael Hontaruk, Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH; Very Rev. Fr. Dennis Kristof of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral in Lakewood, OH; Ihumen John (Henry) as well as Seminarian Ihor Protsak of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, NJ), along with His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh; His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate [OCA]; His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, and His Grace Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest [OCA] participated in the prayer service.
Headquartered in Cleveland Heights, OH, ZOE for Life is a non-profit Orthodox Christian ministry that helps women during and after crisis pregnancies, offers pure living resources and retreats, and assists Orthodox Christian couples seeking to expand their families through adoption. The agency, which is endorsed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, offers its services at ZOE House, into which it moved at the end of December.
“The Orthodox people are working together in unity, under the loving guidance of our metropolitans, bishops and clergy,” said Paula Kappos, ZOE for Life President.
ZOE House occupies two-thirds of the post office’s space, Ms. Kappos said. With approximately 3,000 square feet, the new facility provides space for meetings, classes, prayer circles and other healing ministries. It is on the bus line and close to the freeway, occupying a single floor for easy access to pregnant women and children.
Addressing the hierarchs of various Orthodox jurisdictions at the formal luncheon with the ZOE for LIFE Executive Board members prior to the dedication ceremony, Ms. Kappos stated: “The new facility will also allow ZOE for Life to pursue its plan to create a Women’s Center to provide limited obstetrical ultrasounds, peer counseling, needed supplements and professional referrals to ensure that crisis pregnancies aren’t dangerous one… We are incredibly excited about what God is doing with ZOE for Life and are looking forward to whatever else He might have in store.”
Considering the budget expenses and costs associated wit the daily ministry of ZOE for Life, His Grace Bishop Daniel, speaking on behalf of the Consistory of the UOC of the USA and the entire plentitude of the Church, offered a small donation of $2,000 in assistance to cover rental expenses for the new facility.
One must note that for the last several decades, ZOE for LIFE conducted its ministry from a local house facility, which is owned and was kindly rented from St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH. One of the parishioners of the local Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral – Dobrodiyka Iryna Mahlay serves as a member of the Executive Board and volunteers at Zoe for Life.
In addition, another active member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA – Olga Lyskiwsky of the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God (Pokrova) Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Southfield, MI who is a member of the Executive Board of ZOE for LIFE in Livonia, MI attended the blessing and dedication service, while sharing with Bishop Daniel and those in attendance a ministerial story of the local Michigan satellite office of ZOE for LIFE.
Additional info may be found on the ZOE for Life web site or by calling 440-893-9990
Blessing of a New ZOE for LIFE House in Parma, OH - 03/06/2016
Photos by Seminarian Ihor Protsak