SAN DIEGO – Ukrainians in San Diego were busy greeting and hosting various church hierarchs in the past few months. In August, more than 100 members and guests of St. John the Baptizer Ukrainian Catholic Church in San Diego welcomed Bishop Benedict Aleksiychuk of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparch of Chicago.
More recently, parishioners of St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church in San Diego celebrated a 60th jubilee anniversary and honored its feast day of Pokrova with the participation of Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A.
Over 70 parishioners and guests gathered on a typically warm and sunny fall morning to greet Archbishop Daniel and his entourage on October 17. Archbishop Daniel’s dynamic charm and engaging personality mesmerized the attendees and his meaningful sermon confirmed the deep-seated spirituality of the Orthodox faith.
A highlight of the Divine Liturgy came when the archbishop presented a mitre to the parish pastor, Very Rev. Fr. Myron Mykhalykuk, thereby elevating Fr. Myron to a mitred priest. This was particularly significant as 2021 marks Fr. Myron’s 45th year of priestly service and 20 years of pastoral care at St. Mary Protectress.
Archbishop Daniel reflected on the successes of the small parish on the southern California coast, so selflessly established by our forefathers and maintained for 60 years. Several parish members were then recognized and awarded for their devotion and dedication to the parish.
A Jubilee luncheon, prepared by the Sisterhood, followed. Fr. Myron greeted and thanked guests, including those who drove from Los Angeles and guests from the local Ukrainian Catholic community. A memorable anniversary celebration came to an end with several renditions of Mnohaya Lita for at least another 60 years of Ukrainian Orthodox parish life in San Diego.