On Saturday, February 24, 2018 His Eminence Archbishop Daniel visited the Ukrainian School of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, IL.
Meeting with the leadership and teachers of the School, Vladyka Daniel offered his gratitude for their investments in the upbringing of Chicago based Ukrainian Christian youth. At the school, some 90 children, age 6 months to 16 years, study Ukrainian Language, art, music, history and religion.
Escorted by the pastor of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Archbishop Daniel visited all classrooms and spoke to all teachers and children of the parish school. Presenting everyone with an icon card, Vladyka reflected upon the meaning of the sacred images/icons in the life of a Christian. Moreover, Archbishop Daniel took part in some learning activities of the classrooms, trying his knowledge in history, Ukrainian language and even music.
Later in the day, in the presence of teachers and parents, the children of the Ukrainian School surrounded His Eminence Archbishop Daniel in the middle of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral for a Memorial service, commemorating the sacrifices of the Heavenly Hundred – students and young people of the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity.
Speaking to the children, parents and teachers, Vladyka stated: “…What the world needs to comprehend is that, which the people of Ukraine have known for generations: “Heroes do not die!” (“Heroyi ne vmirayut!”) They live on in the collective memory of the nation and give rise to future heroes who will continue to stand firm in “truth”. I ask all of you to remember that such heroism is never wasted or useless. It reaches not only the minds of the nation’s population but the minds of the world – in particular the commandants, “unidentified” invaders and even the presidents who refuse to accept the new world reality and want to recreate empires. They speak to proclaim: “we will not die!” No longer will you be free to murder millions of us through starvation, by freezing us during long cold winters or dropping your abundance of destructive bombs. Beneath all the attempts to wipe the Ukrainian nation out of existence and off the world map, the Ukrainian self-identity has survived and always resulted in the rebirth of a stronger nation. “Heroes do not die!”
Honor the memory of the fallen and live your life by being honest, charitable, kind… children, listen and learn from your parents and teachers; teachers – do not fail your students, - teach them the Truth about life and equip them with the necessary knowledge about our past, our present; so that we can succeed in the future… As for you parents: be the loving guardians and teachers of your children. love them and be the first rays of light in the their life, a they face the world of moral, spiritual and political decay…”