News 2015


June 24, 2015 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  During his visit to Kyiv for the ordination of Deacon Petro Gorev, Vladyka Daniil (Voroshylo) was joined by Yuri Radchenko from Vladyka’s Archdiocese and a local hospital department head who joined Vladyka, Mitred Archpriest Valentyn (Soroka) and Father Sergiy.


June 24, 2015 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  Our heartfelt prayers for and warmest congratulations to Deacon Petro Gorev who was ordained to the Holy Diaconate today by His Emimence Archbishop Daniil (Voroshylo). Deacon Petro will serve the Metropolia of Ukraine.



April 12, 2015 - Milwaukee, WI.  Vladyka Ioan and Fr. Archdeacon Sergiy celebrated Pascha with the parishioners of the Monastic Parish of the Holy Resurection. A most joyful Divine Liturgy was followed by many of the parishioners and children staying for the traditional blessing of the Easter baskets. Христос Воскрес! 



April 12, 2015 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  Христос Воскрес! Воістину Воскрес! The joy of Pascha was celebrated at our Cathedral Parish of the Holy Icon of Christ Not Made by Human Hands by all the faithful, presbyters, deacons and subdeacons of the Metropolia of Ukraine. At the invitation of the Very Reverend Mitred Archpriest Valentyn Soroka, Rector of the Cathedral and Apostolic Administrator of the Metropolia of Ukraine, His Eminence Archbishop Daniil (Voroshylo) of the Archdiocese of Dnipropetrovsk-Zaporizhia presided at the celebration of the Paschal Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. 

April 12, 2015 - Monastère Saint Michel de Bois AubryLuzé 37120 - Richelieu, France. Our dear brother in Christ, Bishop Gregoire, Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Gauls, our sister Church, has sent his warmest greetings to all in our jurisdiction:

Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

At this time when dark and deadly forces would impose the world a face of God monstrously conceived by human cruelty and ugliness, at this time when mankind seems to give up the intelligence that God has placed in him, we must shout loudly our faith in God, loving Father of infinite tenderness for his creation especially for us humans ...

God is not a vengeful judge, God does not sow death, but life that He has invented.

The glory of God is man fully alive. The honor of God is Jesus Christ, who died and rose for the salvation of the world ...

This paschal solemnity is our opportunity to show our faith and hope in the love of God who has conquered death.

Get from me the holy Paschal kiss.

Christ is risen, He is risen indeed.

+ Gregory

by the mercy of God, bishop of Arles and the Orthodox Church of the Gauls

April 7, 2015 - Phoenix, Arizona.  On this, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Holy Theotokos, in recognition of the dynamic growth and ministries in the Diocese of Arizona and the West, the Diocese has been elevated to an Archdiocese, and His Grace Bishop Gregory (Menke) has been elevated to the rank of Archbishop. His Eminence Archbishop Gregory, along with Abbot Seraphim (Wegener) and Hieromonk Meinrad (Hart) continue to serve the poor, homeless, aged and displaced in their Archdiocese. May the Lord continue to bless Vladyka and his priests, and may the Holy Spirit give peace to those whom they serve.


March 28, 2015 - Phoenix, Arizona.  During the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Solus Christi Skete Skete of the Holy Theotokos of the Monks of New Manjava, Vladyka Gregory (Menke) bestowed the Abbatial Blessing upon Hieromonk Seraphim (Wegener). The photos above show Vladyka Gregory bestowing the blessing upon Abbot Seraphim with Hieromonk Meinrad (Hart) looking on and then Abbot Seraphim joined by his mother, Mrs. Donna Wegener and Vladyka Gregory. Mnohaya lita!




March 7, 2015 - Krynychky, Ukraine.  During the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Temple of St. Agapit of the Caves, Krynychky, Ukraine, His Eminence Archbishop Daniil (Voroshylo) ordained Subdeacon Oleksiy (center photos) to the holy diaconate and Deacon Mykyta (upper photos) to the holy priesthood. Both ordinands will serve at the Cathedral of the Holy Icon of Christ Not Made by Human Hands, Kyiv, under the direction of Mitred Archpriest Valentyn Soroka, rector. It is truly a day of celebration in our Metropolia, and we wish every grace and blessing upon Father Mykyta and Father Deacon Oleksiy and their families. під час Божественної Літургії мною було висвячено в сан диякона Олексія, та в сан ієрея Микиту в храмі Преподобного Агапіта Печерського смт. Кринички, Дніпропетровської обл.

February 24, 2015 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  Vladyka Daniil (Voroshylo) has notified us that on February 24, His Beatitude Metropolitan Mefodiy Kudriakov, Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, passed away after a long illness. Burial will be in Ternopil on February 27. Metropolitan Mefodiy was born 11 March 1949, in the Ternopil' region. In 1981, he was ordained a priest and was among the clergy of the L’viv and Ternopil' Eparchy of the Ukrainian Exarchate - Moscow Patriarchate but left the Moscow Patriarchate in 1990 to be incardinated by the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. In 1995 he was ordained a Bishop by Patriarch Volodymyr Romaniuk. On October 16, 2000 - at the Church Sobor of the UAOC, Metropolitan Mefodiy  was elected Primate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. He was the successor of Patriarch Dymytriy (Yarema). The relationship between Metropolitan Mefodiy and our jurisdiction has always been kind and fraternal, and we mourn his passing and remember him in our prayers and at Divine Liturgy. May his memory be eternal! Вічная пам’ять, митрополиту Мефодію!



February 11, 2015 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  Fathers Oleksiy and Vitaliy (pictured above left & lower right), Archpriest Sergiy (above right), Father Oleh (lower left) and all our clergy in Kyiv continue their dynamic ministry at the National Children’s Hospital “OHMATDET” (Національна дитяча спеціалізована лікарня "ОХМАТДИТ”) in Kyiv. In addition to the administration and celebration of the Sacraments of Penance, the Eucharist and the Anointing of the Sick, pastoral counseling and support is provided for the children, their parents and staff at the hospital. May the Lord bless our priests and deacons in their ministry and heal and protect all whom they serve.


February 9, 2015 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  Mitred Archpriest Valentyn (Soroka), Rector of our Cathedral of the Holy Icon of Christ Not Made by Human Hands, shared some photos of two recent marriages celebrated at our Cathedral in Kyiv with Archpriest Sergiy. Our best wishes and prayers for the newlyweds!


January 30, 2015 - Milwaukee, WI.  On January 30, 2015, the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America voted unanimously to incardinate His Eminence Archbishop Daniil (Voroshylo). Born and educated in the Lviv Oblast of Ukraine, Vladyka Daniil was ordained a priest for the Kyiv Patriarchate on the 9th of January, 1994. Subsequently he received his Master ’s Degree in Theology from the Lviv Theological Academy on May 22, 2007. He was ordained to the episcopacy on the 23rd of September, 2013 by Metropolitan Rafail of the Russian True Orthodox Church (Apostolic Succession from Metropolitan Mefodiy (Kudriakov) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church). Vladyka Daniil will head the newly established Archdiocese of Dnipropetrovsk-Zaporizhia. We welcome Vladyka Daniil (Voroshylo) with his priests and parishes. Mnohaya lita!



January 19, 2015 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  The freezing temperatures could not deter the celebration of the Feast of the Theophany of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. After the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, our priests, deacons and people processed to the banks of the Dnieper River for the blessing of water. Відслужена святкова Божественна Літургія в день Богоявлення Господнього. Після Літургії Хресна хода до річки Дніпро, де проведений чин великого освячення води. Після освячення - окунання в річці.

January 7, 2015 - Milwaukee, WI.  After the Divine Liturgy celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ, and after a brief celebration with parishioners, Vladyka Ioan and Fr. Archdeacon Sergiy Larin welcomed Lyudmila (far left) and Volodymyr (second from right) who were visiting their daughter Iryna Levytska (far right) and son-in-law, Ihor Levystskyy (second from left), from London, England. Also pictured next to Vladyka Ioan is Dr. Iryna Nemesh, a parishioner and cousin of the family. Their visit made this Feast of the Nativity even more special for everyone.



January 1, 2015 - Phoenix, AZ.  Vladyka Gregory (Menke) and Hieromonk Seraphim (Wegener) are quite the musicians and entertainers and are pictured above ringing in the New Year with parishioners at the Skete of the Holy Theotokos during their annual Nativity concert. Vladyka Gregory (Menke) and Father Seraphim (Wegener) also collected “Toys for Tots” and visited a local nursing home in preparation and celebration of this sacred season. A joyous Nativity season to all! 


December 19, 2014 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  The Feast of St. Nicholas was celebrated at the National Children’s Hospital “OHMATDET” (Національна дитяча спеціалізована лікарня «ОХМАТДИТ») with a welcome and the presentation of gifts to the children. Organizers of the event were our beloved Archpriest Sergiy, Nadiya Kirienko and Oksana, the management and staff of the hospital (Святкування дня св. Миколая в національній дитячій лікарні Охмадит. Привітання та вручення подарунків дітям. Організаторами святкового концерту були протоієрей Сергій, Кірієнко Надія, Оксана, керівництво і співробітники лікарні).


December 19, 2014 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  Mitred Archpriest Valentyn (Soroka), Rector of our Cathedral of the Holy Icon of Christ Not Made by Human Hands, looks on as the children, priests, deacons & subdeacons of the parish celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas. As part of the parish’s Sunday school, teachers Olena Goryeva and Oksana Ivanchenko, the clergy and parishioners prepared a children's concert celebration of St. Nicholas (В рамках недільної школи, вихователями Оленою Горєвою та Оксаною Іванченко, священством  та прихожанами було підготовлено дитячий концерт святкування дня св.Миколая).


December 14, 2014 - Kyiv, Ukraine. Father Sergei, together with the parishioners of Our Savior Parish, together with the management, physicians and patients of the National Children's Hospital OHMATDET in Kyiv, donated and erected a cross on the hospital grounds to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the founding of the hospital (Отець Сергій, разом з прихожанами храму Спаса Нерукотворного, керівництвом, лікарями  та пацієнтами національної дитячої лікарні Охмадит м. Київ, на честь 120 річя заснування лікарні воздвигнуто поклонний Хрест).



August, 2014 - Kyiv, Ukraine.  On retreat and praying for the health and unity of the Ukrainian Church and State are priests Fr Sergei, Archpriest Aleksei, Fr. Vitaliy, Fr. Deacon Alexis, Fr. Deacon Alexander and novices: Sergei and Alexei as well as parishioners of the Temple of Our Savior (Відслужені піднесенні молитви за здоров'я людей та єдність Української Церкви та держави. Відпочинок на природі священиків : протоієрея Сергія, протоієрея Олексія, о. Віталія, о.д. Олексія, о.д. Олександра,  послушників: Сергія, Олексія та прихожан Храму Спаса Нерукотворного).

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