PHILADELPHIA – On April 25, Bishop Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, of the Stamford, Conn., eparchy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, delivered quite a number of Boston cream pies to Archbishop-emeritus Stefan Soroka and the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy Chancery staff in Philadelphia.
The two hierarchs had made a culinary wager on the outcome of the February 4 Super Bowl LII football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. If New England won the Super Bowl, Metropolitan Stefan would provide a Philly cheesesteak luncheon to Stamford’s Chancery Staff. If the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, Bishop Paul would provide the Philadelphia Chancery Staff with Boston cream pies.
On Monday morning, February 5, following Philadelphia’s 41-33 triumph in the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, Bishop Paul was contacted at his chancery office. He had this to say with a smile: “I feel rather like Job of the Old Testament sitting in ashes and sackcloth. But I will muster as much good sportsmanship as I can, swallow my pride, fill my car with Boston cream pies and make the trek down to the chancery office in Philadelphia to make good on my bet! I just hope I manage to get a piece of pie!”