South Bound Brook, NJ – St. Andrew’s Society of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA held its General Membership Meeting on Friday, October 18, 2007 after the daily sessions of the 22th Sobor of the Church were concluded. During the meeting, which was held in the Library of the Metropolia Center in South Bound Brook, NJ, reports were presented, the auditing review was accepted, an open discussion of future projects and elections of the officers was held.
This relatively small but very active organization of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, since its establishment in 1990, has raised over $1,300,000 for their various projects of humanitarian and religious support to the faithful in Ukraine. Programs aid soup kitchens for the elderly, St. Nicholas visitations to needy children, assistance to the injured military and their families, refugees, seminaries, rebuilding of historic churches and publishing of religious literature.
One of the past projects was the renovation of St. Michael’s Cathedral and Monastery (destroyed in the 1930s) funded with a grant of $151, 000. Stolen mosaics from this historic church have been returned through the financial support of St. Andrew’s Society. The Kyiv Theological Seminary and Academy, also aided by the Society, is located in this complex.
Presently, St. Andrew’s Society continues the programs of Soup Kitchens feeding needy elderly, a Seminaries Scholarship Program (the Father Lewytskyj Fund) supporting qualified and needy seminarians from Ukraine studying at St. Sophia Theological Seminary in New Jersey.
Elected officers for the next term are Rev. Deacon Dr. Ihor Mahlay – president, Paul Micevych Michael Heretz – vice president, Olga Liskiwsky – secretary and public relations, Father Ivan Tchopko – treasurer. To the Board of Directors, in addition to the president, vice president and secretary as ex officio members, elected were Luba Lewytskyj (Lewytzkyj Fund director), Michael Heretz (honorary president) and Andrew Smyk.
Contributions to the charitable work of the Society may be sent to the treasurer:
St. Andrew’s Society
UOC of the USA
PO Box 495
South Bound Brook, NJ 08880
For further information concerning the outreach programs or membership to the society, please contact Deacon Ihor Mahlay at 440-582-1051 or firstname.lastname@example.org