Chicago Deanery of the Church Meets
at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bensenville, IL
With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA, the Dean of Chicago Deanery Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Kalynyuk called a meeting of eleven clergymen of the Eparchy, representing 8 parishes of Chicago Metropolitan area on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
The meeting began with the Moleben service to the Birth-Giver of God, led by Archbishop Daniel, who in his welcoming words expressed gratitude to the clergy of the Deanery for their pastoral leadership in the parishes of the Church. In the presence of some parishioners of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Bensenville, IL Vladyka Daniel greeted Fr. Bohdan Kalynyuk upon the upcoming 55th birthday celebration. In conclusion, upon the formal chanting of “God, grant you Many Years…” His Eminence presented Fr. Bohdan with the Blessed Certificate/Hramota issued by the Council of Bishops of the UOC of the USA in appreciation for his dedicated service in the life of the Church.
Participating in the Deanery meeting were Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Kalynyuk, Dean and pastor of Holy Trinity UOC parish in Bensenville, IL; Very Rev. Fr. Ivan Lymar, Protodeacon Andriy Fronchak and Deacon John Charest of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, IL; Very Rev. Fr. Vasyl Sendeha and Very Rev. Fr. Howard Sloan of Sts Peter and Paul UOC parish in Palos Park, IL; Rev. Fr. Silouan Rolando and Deacon James Stickel of Holy Trinity UOC parish in Goshen, IN; Rev. Fr. Wolodymyr Hvostick of Pokrova of the Birth-Giver of God UOC parish in Milwaukee, WI; Rev. Fr. Gregory Jensen of UOC Mission in Madison, WI and Rev. Fr. Mykola Dilendorf. (Archimandrite Lev of Holy Trinity UOC parish of Michigan City, IN and Very Rev. Fr. Raymond Sundland of Holy Archangel Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-cathedral were absent).
Reflecting upon various challenges of our society and especially Chicago Metropolitan area and in the light of the most recent events in VA, Vladyka Daniel spoke of the importance of addressing social and moral issues of our communities in the context of Ukrainian Orthodox parishes that minister to people of various immigration waves and ethnic backgrounds.
Fr. Bohdan Kalynyuk, in his capacity of the Dean of Chicago Deanery, spoke of the spiritual importance of preserving the sacred traditions of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as parish communities minister the Eternal Word of God in the New World. A lengthy discussion took place about the importance of participation of the Ukrainian Orthodox parishes in the upcoming celebration of 125 years of Holy Orthodoxy in Chicago Metropolitan area that will take place on September 30th, 2017.
Moreover, the Committee was appointed to study plans for the adequate celebration of 100 Years of Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States of America in 2018, touching upon the legacy of Ukrainian Orthodox immigrants to the US and the ministry of the four Metropolitans of the UOC of the USA: Metropolitan John (Theodorovich), Patriarch Mstyslav (Skrypnyk), Metropolitan Constantine (Baggan) of blessed memory and the ministry of the present Metropolitan of the Church - His Eminence Metropolitan Antony (Scharba).
Following luncheon, the clergy in attendance discussed various administrative issues in the life of the Deanery, Eparchy and the Greater Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Among the topics were: Clergy Pension Plan, Parish Property and Health Insurance Policies, Sexual Misconduct Policy, Strategic Plan of the Church, plans for liturgical and social events in the life of the Deanery, establishment of new missions, etc.
As the meeting progressed, Vladyka Daniel formally informed the clergy of the Deanery that with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, Deacon John Charest will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Archbishop Daniel on October 1st, 2017 at St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, IL.
Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Kalynyuk was reappointed as a Dean of Chicago Deanery, while Very Rev. Fr. Vasyl Sendeha will continue to perform the responsibilities of a Deanery Secretary.
The afternoon concluded with a prayer and a tour of the newly renovated Holy Trinity Church and parish center.
The clergy of Chicago Deanery of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA offers sincere gratitude to the Parish Board of Administration, Sisterhood and children of Holy Trinity UOC parish in Bensenville, IL for their hospitality and delicious luncheon.