75-та Річна Конвенція Української Православної Ліги Розпочалась в Карнегі, Пенсильванія
For the 75th time in the history of the Ukrainian Orthodox League of the UOC of the USA, delegates from various chapters of parish families from across the country have gathered in Carnegie, PA for their annual Convention. The host for this year’s Convention is the Senior UOL Chapter, but in fact it is all the parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Parish of Carnegie, PA who are filled with joy to welcome the delegates of the Convention to their parish community.
About 120 delegates, including clergy and are representing chapters of our UOC of USA’s oldest central organization are participating in this year’s convention. His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel are actively participating in the daily sessions of the Convention.
The convention began on a spiritual note with the prayer offered before the first business session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27th. Following the Invocation offered by His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, the Pledge of Allegiance to the USA flag, the singing of the USA National Anthem, opening remarks and greetings were expressed by Senior and Junior UOL National Executive Board Presidents Karen Ferraro and Natalie Hrytsay. Convention Spiritual Advisor Rev. Fr. John Charest, Sr. Convention Committee Chairman Trace Sally welcomed all the guests to Pittsburgh Metropolitan area and offered the full services and assistance of the hosting chapter.
The first formal session of the day concluded with the approval of formal Agenda, Minutes, Financial Records and Audit Reports.
The second day of this year’s Convention prayerfully began with the liturgical celebration of the life and legacy of Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Volodymyr.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, Archbishop Daniel served the Divine Liturgy with the assistance of Rev.Fr. John Charest of Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Carnegie, PA; Rev. Fr. Philip Harendza of Holy Archangel Michael Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Scranton, PA; Rev.Fr. Oleh Kravchenko of Holy Assumption Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Northampton, PA; Rev. Fr. Yurii Bobko of Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Lyndora, PA; Rev. Fr. Sviataoslav Hot of Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Maplewood, NJ; Rev. Fr. Mykola Zomchak of Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Youngstown, OH; Rev. Fr. Ihor Protsak of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Dixonville, PA and Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Nanty Glo, PA; Deacon Evan O’Neil of Sts Pater and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Carnegie, PA (Very Rev. Fr. Taras Naumenko of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia, PA; Very Rev. Fr. Vasyl Sendeha of Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Palos Park, IL and Rev. Fr. Ivan Tchopko of the Three Holy Hierarchs Chapel of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ – were in attendance). Numerous delegates in attendance of the Liturgical celebration partook in the Most Holy Mystery of Eucharist.
In his remarks, following the celebration of the Liturgy, Vladyka Daniel offered a short reflection, calling upon the delegates of the Church to immerse themselves into the spiritually rich and uplifting treasury of Christ’s presence in our lives. The Archbishop called upon the delegates of the Convention to make St. Volodymyr’s legacy alive by living the Faith of ancient Forefathers and offering themselves in the service to others through the acts of charity and kindness. In particular, Vladyka Daniel called upon the participants of the Divine Liturgy to offer their sincere prayers for the people of Ukraine in the time of military aggression of Russian Federation against the nation of Ukraine.
Following breakfast, the day continued with usual Convention agenda until the point that a keynote speaker of the Convention was introduced. Very Rev. Fr. John Chakos of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh, PA offered a presentation, reflecting on the ministry of the Holy Orthodox Church amongst the Mayan people in Guatemala.
The remaining time of the Convention Day was reserved for group discussion, touching upon the UOL’s Strategic Plan; the Youth Activities of the Church; Ukrainian Refugees and what we can offer spiritually…
The day concluded with the Evening prayers in the chapel of the hotel, prayerfully setting one for more faith-oriented activities during the following three days of the Convention.
Photos by Reader Maksym Zhuravchyk