SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – Bishop Daniel met with Marianna Zajac, president of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA), here at the Consistory Offices of the Metropolia of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. (UOC-U.S.A.) on May 18 to discuss common projects of the Ukrainian community in the United States and the ability of various charitable organizations to reach out to the wounded soldiers and refugees of the present armed conflict in Ukraine.
With the blessing of Metropolitan Antony, Bishop Daniel shared with the UNWLA president the charitable mission of the UOC-U.S.A through the ministry of various Church organizations, parishes, clergy and faithful. Noteworthy was a lengthy discussion on Bishop Daniel’s most recent visit to the military hospital in Lviv, where hundreds of wounded soldiers received financial assistance from the UOC-U.S.A.
They also discussed the need to offer assistance to numerous refugees from eastern Ukraine, who have found refuge in the capital of Ukraine and other cities throughout the country. Bishop Daniel and Ms. Zajac shared the experience of their organizations in offering assistance to those in need in Ukraine.
In the presence of Metropolitan Antony, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., Mrs. Marianna Zajac, acting on behalf of the UNWLA, presented Bishop Daniel, president of the Consistory of the UOC-U.S.A. with a check in the amount of $10,000 in order to assist the Church’s charitable outreach project, which provides immediate assistance to the wounded, refugees and needy in Ukraine.
Both Metropolitan Antony and Bishop Daniel stressed the vital role the UNWLA plays in the life of the Ukrainian community in the United States, providing the basic assistance for those in need. Both the UOC-U.S.A and the UNWLA have acted in unison over the years, aiding people in Ukraine stricken by natural disasters and emergencies, such as the Chornobyl nuclear disaster; donated millions of dollars granting scholarships to needy individuals in Ukraine and the diaspora; provided aid to orphans and elderly women; and promoted the preservation of Ukrainian American national identity and Ukrainian cultural heritage.
A follow-up meeting of Mrs. Zajac and Bishop Daniel is scheduled for the second part of the month of June, once the bishop returns from the mission trip to the refugee centers, military hospitals and orphanages.