MAPLEWOOD, N.J. – The Very Rev. Oleh Hucul of Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Church was recognized by the parish board on February 9 for his 25 years of service in the priesthood with a luncheon after divine liturgy.
Parishioners and guests came from great distances to greet the celebrant and his family. The Rev. Hucul, with wife, Pani Matka Lidia, and children Aleksandra and Elizabeth, is assisted by the recently ordained Rev. Sviatoslav Hot, whose wife, Pani Matka Victoria, and child, Arsen, are recently arrived from Ukraine.
The Rev. Hucul was ordained on February 12, 1995. Early in his career as a priest, he assisted in the blessing of the Ukrainian National Association’s Home Office building in Parsippany in 1997.
In addition to cards and bouquets of flowers from parishioners, Parish Board President Lynne Gulak presented a plaque to the Rev. Hucul in honor of his 25 years of service to the parish, with the parish singing “Mnohaya Lita,” wishing him many more years.