UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
The Newly Elected National Executive Board of the Ukrainian Orthodox League of the USA Held Their First Full Meeting of the Year Hosted by the St. Sophia Seminary Chapter of the UOL
The ideas and motions of the 69th UOL Convention held in July were discussed and assigned for future action. The most significant vote was in support of the 69th UOL Convention delegates' unanimous resolution to repay the $16,000 loan that was taken by the Seminary to support the purchase of a 12-passenger van to be used as transportation for the seminarians of St. Sophia's. The Board decided to pay off the loan immediately using UOL general funds so as not to incur any additional interest charges, and to also immediately launch a National Fund Drive to replenish the UOL accounts. Funds received beyond the $16,000 will be forwarded to the Seminary to offset future insurance and maintenance expenses.
UOL President John Holowko stated: "Support from all UOL Chapters, UOL members and indeed all UOC of USA parishes will be essential for the success of this Fund Drive. We are blessed to have such a wonderful group of seminary students to support. As evidenced by the Convention's unanimous resolution, the UOL Executive Board is confident this goal can be quickly achieved."
Donations can be sent to:
Ukrainian Orthodox League #SSSVan
Monica O'Donnell, UOL Financial Secretary
720 Koonce Road
Hermitage, PA 16148
Key projects for the 2016-2017 year that were also discussed at length included the Ukrainian Church Records Digitization Project Challenge and the undertaking of an update of the UOL History in preparation for the 2018 Centennial of the UOC of USA. UOL Chapters are encouraged and challenged to participate in these new initiatives. Details will be sent to the Chapters and published in the UOL Bulletin in the coming months.
All of the meeting attendees were truly impressed by the skillful and gracious hospitality provided by the St. Sophia UOL Chapter. The morning began with a Moleben service at St. Sophia's Three Holy Hierarchs Chapel served by His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel. During the day-long meeting that followed, the NEB was treated to two delicious homemade meals (breakfast and lunch) prepared by the hands of the St. Sophia Seminarians themselves!
Overall, the meeting was very productive. The National Executive Board is very enthusiastic about meeting the challenges in the upcoming year and eager to take a step forward to make our church better for the future. Members in attendance were: His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, His Grace Bishop Daniel, Fr. Taras Naumenko (Spiritual Advisor), John Holowko (President), Daria Pishko Komichak (2nd Vice President), Jack Roditski (Treasurer), Monica O’Donnell-via conference call (Financial Secretary), Pani Matka Olena Sendeha (Recording Secretary), Ginny Ulbricht (Corresponding Secretary), Teresa Linck (Auditor), Christine Charest (Convention Chair Person), and Michael Komichak (Immediate Past President).
The meeting came to a close in the late afternoon. St. Vladimir Senior UOL Chapter in Philadelphia, PA graciously offered to host the winter National Executive Board meeting.