UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Prayerful Surprise in Oklahoma!
By Subdeacon Robby Wall
June 9th was a very warm Saturday evening in Edmond, Oklahoma, when members of Dormition of the Birth-Giver-of-God (St. Mary’s) Ukrainian Orthodox Parish Board of Administrationl and their families gathered at the home of David & Galina Hobza for a 70th birthday supper in honor of their long time parish pastor - Archimandrite Raphael.
The meal came as no surprise; however, one person on the guest list would remain a well-kept secret to Fr. Raphael and others in attendance.
As our spiritual father for the past sixteen years, Fr. Raphael has come to expect his usual surprise party thrown on his behalf each year at this time. He has been quoted many times as saying that we could not do anything to surprise him anymore, however this year would be different, because what Fr. Raphael didn’t know was that His Grace Bishop Daniel had made private plans several months ago to attend this milestone event in his life.