UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Bishop Daniel Visits Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Parish Family of Goshen, IN
On the weekend of June 25-26, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Goshen, Indiana received an archpastoral visit from His Grace Bishop Daniel for the commemoration of All the Saints. At the Saturday evening Vespers, His Grace spoke about the saints who came before us, and what it took them to perfect their lives and to be recognized as saints. He reminded those present that for many saints, it took a lifetime of the Holy Spirit working through them before being considered as saints. In the same way, he explained, we should be mindful of every aspect of our lives and how we interact with this world, the world beyond the doors of the church temple proper. After vespers, Vladyka Daniel met informally with many of the parishioners in a relaxed manner during dinner. He pointed out his pleasant surprise at the beauty of the Goshen countryside, as he had an opportunity to explore the area a little before vespers.
The following day, the Sunday of All Saints, Vladyka Daniel was greeted at the temple doors by Father Silouan Rolando, Geri Krueger, Nelya Novachenko, and Aurora Batts. His Grace greeted the parish with words of encouragement and direction.
Bishop Daniel was joined at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by parish pastor Fr. Silouan Rolando, Dn. James Stickel, and altar servers. In his sermon, His Grace continued his thoughts about sainthood. He pointed out that saints are found much less frequently in modern times, and he lamented that this was due to an increasing separation between the Body of Christ and the world in which we live. This divorcing of the world and the church increases the distance between the world and Christ Himself. Vladyka pointed out that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would certainly not be a very popular person if He lived in current times. His Grace suggested that we the faithful should examine the great things done by the saints in the past, but in order to try and bridge the gap between Christianity and the secular world, perhaps we should start with small steps. Little acts of kindness to one another, but especially strangers, could be a witness to the world in ways that are truly meaningful.
A wonderful meal after Liturgy, along with some quality time with the children of the parish capped off an uplifting visit by our humble bishop. Parishioners and visitors came away from the weekend with a renewed sense of direction and were eager to welcome back His Grace for his next visit in the future.