ECED Autumn Meeting Falls into Place


The semi-annual meeting of the Conference of the Eastern Catholic Eparchial Directors of Religious Education (ECED) was held Monday, November 1-Thursday, November 4 in Houston, Texas.

Traveling Icon in Oregon

The Eparchial Jubilee Year Icon of the Protection of the Mother of God arrived in the South-West Deanery.  Its first stop was at the Nativity of the Mother of God Church in Springfield, Oregon, where it was venerated at the Sunday Divine Liturgy on October 17th.  Fittingly, that Sunday was the Commemoration of the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, who upheld the use and veneration of icons:

St Michael Parish in Tucson Participates in Two Tucson Festivals


October 2010 turned out to be a very busy month for Tucson's St. Michael Parish. October 1st and 2nd saw the parish participating actively in Tucson's Slavic Festival with a parish booth for the first time. The festival, which has been organized for many years by St. Melany Byzantine Ruthenian Parish, brings together various Slavic groups, from Poles to Czechs, to Bulgarians to Ukrainians and Russians. In addition to staples of Slavic food, crowds come for the various dance groups and orchestras that provide entertainment.

Jubilee Icon Visits Twin Cities

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota were visited by the Jubilee Icon of the Mother of God, having first been in other deanery parishes in Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and North Dakota.

Jubilee Icon Comes to North Dakota

On Sunday, September 12, St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Fair- field, North Dakota and St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Belfield, North Dakota hosted the Jubilee Icon of the Protection of the Mother of God, commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the establishment of the Enarchy of St. Nicholas.

A Day of Three Blessings at SS Volodymyr and Olha


On Sunday, September 17, 2010, a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Church of Sts. Volodymyr and Olha in Chicago, which marked three important events.   First was the celebration of the Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos--the “second Parish Feast Day.”  Second: the Ordination of Roman Artymovych to the Holy Deaconate.  Third: the blessing of the newly-reconstructed courtyard in front of the Church.  Presiding over these three events was our Eparchial Bishop, His Grace Richard Stephen (Seminack).

Priestly Ordination in Hamtramck


On Sunday, September 19, 2010 ordination. After the prayers the at the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hamtramck, Michigan, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop RICHARD (Seminack), Deacon Eugene Khomyn, OSBM, a monk of the Order of St Basil was ordained to the rank of presbyter.

Traveling Icon Brings Gifts to Grand Rapids

The Eparchial Jubilee Icon of the Protection of the Mother of God recently visited St. Michael’s Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Father Michael Bliszcz, pastor of St. Michael’s, along with parishioner Ms. Linda Tymensky, drove to Warren, Michigan, to transport the icon to the church. Upon its arrival, three parishioners, Mrs. Maria Bereza, Mrs. Anna Holynsky and Mrs. Anna Marczuc--the latter two founding members of the church--took it out of its traveling container and surrounded the image with a rainbow of flowers. “It’s beautiful!” exclaimed one as she first saw the jeweled icon which ignited many flames of faith during its all-too-short stay.

Visit of the Eparchial Jubilee Icon of the Mother of God Continues

In keeping with the theme and thrust of "Evangelization" associated with the opening of the Eparchial Jubilee Year in Detroit in June, the parishes of Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas received the Eparchial Jubilee Icon of the Protection of the Mother of God written by Hieromonk Damian (Higgins) from its last stop in the Detroit Deanery, Grand Rapids' parish of St Michael.

Jubilee Icon in Michigan

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Parish was recently blessed with a memorable visit of the Holy Icon of the Protection of the Mother of God--her protection over St. Nicholas Eparchy. Recently completed in preparation for the jubilee of the Eparchy, it depicts her maternal care over all the faithful, represented by holding her omophorion over the Cathedral Church, St. Nicholas. The icon began its journey over the United States, in the hopes that it would inspire the faithful with a greater love and devotion to the All-Holy Mother of God, and a renewed zeal to bring more souls to Christ.

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