Chicago Deanery Gets Ready to Greet Jubilee Icon

A recent meeting of the priests of the Chicago Deanery was held at Nativity of the BVM Church in Palos Park, Illinois. After a Moleben to the Mother of God celebrated by Fr Basil Salkovski OSBM, pastor and Dean, the clergy gathered to discuss parochial participation in the current Jubilee Year.

Priests of Metropolitan See on Retreat


Retreats for clergy are annual this year a plan was set up to convene events, usually conducted in a quite quiet place--a "retreat house" operated by a religious order, with special built-in facilities: a chapel; a library of "spiritual reading" material; and a simple yet comfortable arrangement for food, sleep, recreation, camaraderie and a place to hear the usual three-a-day conferences.

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.

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