Author: UOC-U.S.A.

SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – The Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. commemorated the 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s renewed independence, which it marked with a solemn prayer for the country’s freedom. As the faithful arrived for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Memorial Church on August 28 for the feast day of the Dormition of the Birth-giver of God, they paused for a moment from the top of the steps to peruse the many banners which now covered the lawn, depicting the horrors, the destruction, terror, war and death.  With heavy hearts, the gathered entered…

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CARNEGIE, Pa. – The 75th convention of the Ukrainian Orthodox League (UOL) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. was held on July 27-31 and hosted by the Senior UOL Chapter of Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie, Pa. Approximately 120 delegates from across the United States, including clergy and representatives of various UOL chapters, gathered at the Double Tree Hotel in Greentree, Pa. Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel, ruling hierarchs of the UOC-U.S.A., actively participated in the daily sessions of the convention. The convention began on a spiritual note with a prayer offered before the…

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SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – The faithful gathered on May 30 to commemorate Memorial Day at the Ukrainian American Veterans National Monument, located on the grounds of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, N.J., to honor the fallen heroes of the U.S. Armed Forces. Standing in the shade of the trees, wrapped in flags of the United States and Ukraine, the faithful watched as the Ukrainian American Veterans formed a line and stood at attention near the Veteran’s Memorial on the grounds of the church. Memorial services were led by Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel of…

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SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – The past 100 days have weighed heavily on the hearts and minds of much of the world as the people have seen horrendous images of Russia waging war on Ukraine, and millions of refugees fleeing the country to save their lives. For Natasha W. Birmingham, they’ve been images that brought to life the stories she heard from her late grandmother, Halyna Bodareva, and her mother, Nona, and her aunt Alla. Over 80 years ago, Ms. Bodareva was also forced to flee Ukraine with her infant daughters after Josef Stalin’s regime arrested her husband. Ms. Bodareva…

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SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – Thousands of faithful gathered at the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church and St. Andrew Cemetery grounds to commemorate the annual St. Thomas Sunday pilgrimage on April 30-May 1 in South Bound Brook, N.J. A commemorative installation of placards featuring 550 faces of victims of Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine were placed on the roadway that leads to St. Andrew Memorial Church. The images showed death and destruction, tortured bodies, tear-streaked faces, terror and anguish.  In the middle of each set of images was placed…

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SOMERSET, N.J. – The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. (UOC-U.S.A.) has delivered humanitarian aid to refugees and to those who remain in war-torn Ukraine. As the full-scale war launched by Russia against Ukraine on February 24 passed its 50th day, the world has witnessed atrocities being committed in Ukraine that many have called genocide. Archbishop Daniel, ruling hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Ortho­dox Church of the U.S.A. and Diaspora, traveled to Germany to first-hand minister to the needs of the refugees who gathered there. The archbishop listened to heart-wrenching recollections of refugees and victims of the…

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SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – On November 11, at the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the day, Ukrainian Americans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States were honored at the National Monument of Ukrainian American Veterans on the grounds of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church and Cemetery at the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. (UOC-U.S.A.). A moleben service for the health of all living veterans and a memorial service for all deceased who served was led by Archbi­shop Daniel of the UOC-U.S.A. He was joined by Metropolitan Antony and…

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