Following the meeting of the most recent Clergy Conference of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, and with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, Archbishop Daniel traveled to the capital of Ukraine – Kyiv, in order to deliver 30 liturgical Eucharistic sets for the chaplains of Donetsk and Mariupol Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
On Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – Archbishop Daniel, accompanied by Very Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Steliac (pastor of St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring, MD) met with the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine - His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine.
The meeting took place in the office of the Metropolitan of Kyiv at the Monastery of St. Michael the Archangel. Metropolitan Serhiy of Donetsk and Mariupol Diocese was present at the meeting and received the liturgical pastoral charitable aid from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, which was sponsored by St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of Silver Spring, MD and Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Trenton, NJ (Fr. Zinoviy Zharksy - pastor).
His Eminence Metropolitan Serhiy offered his gratitude to the clergy and faithful of the UOC of the USA for their continued support, as it came timely in the most difficult winter season and in the midst of the military escalation at the Eastern border of Ukraine. Addressing Archbishop Daniel, Metropolitan Serhiy shared with the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine the information about the long-standing cooperation between the UOC of the USA and the Diocese of Donetsk and Mariupol.
Responding to the kind words of Metropolitan Serhiy, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel related the prayerful greetings of the Primate of the UOC of the USA His Eminence Metropolitan Antony as well as the clergy and faithful of the entire Church in the United States of America. Vladyka Daniel verbally offered words of support for the clergy of the Donbas region of the OCU, who continue to minister in the most difficult circumstances on the Eastern border of Ukraine.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifany expressed his gratitude to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA for their unwavering support of the charitable ministerial projects of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, assisting the clergy that serve as military chaplains and helping various soup kitchens in the Mariupol area.
In addition, Archbishop Daniel presented financial charitable aid on behalf of St. Andrew Society (one of the Central Organizations of the UOC of the USA) as well as the clergy and faithful of the Church.
In conclusion of the meeting, the Primate of the OCU presented Very Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Steliac with a jeweled cross of the Primate, as a sign of gratitude for the support of the military chaplains (Fr. Volodymyr serves as Active Duty Chaplain of the US Air Force).