UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Archpastoral Visit of His Grace Bishop Daniel to Youngstown, OH
By Very Rev. John Harvey
The weekend of November 2nd-3rd, 2013 saw His Grace, Bishop Daniel conduct an in-depth pastoral visitation at Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Youngstown, Ohio. Saturday morning saw the Liturgy with Deanery clergy for the All Souls Saturday commemoration to be followed by a meeting of the Penn-Ohio Deanery. Late afternoon saw Great Vespers, at which our choir gave the responses. After Vespers, Bishop Daniel met with the choir and their director, Fr. Gregory Becker. His Grace marveled at the wide repertoire of liturgical music and the various chants represented. Following this meeting a dinner was held at which the Parish Council, Trustees and head of parish organizations were present. Tables were placed in a square so that Bishop Daniel and all those present could have easy face to face conversation. This forum provided an excellent time to become informed and to discuss issues both of the parish and the diocese, including those of the recent Sobor. As this parish is in the transition from a ”dues-paying” model of financial support to stewardship and eventual tithing, there were many questions raised especially concerning deficits. As our Metropolia will be going the way of stewardship at the next Sobor and has had massive deficits, other talking points were raised. Charles Woloschak, the head of the Brotherhood and the main spokesman for our stewardship programme sought direction at this current phase. In the application of stewardship locally, all past debt (re. Dues) was duly forgiven and now membership revolves around yearly pledges. There is still much to be discussed and harmonized, but this relaxed, informal meeting set the tone that differences will eventually be resolved in a positive manner. Newly elected parish officers were charged with the spiritual mandate of their election by parishioners and they showed their acknowledgment of this sacred duty by kissing the Gospel book and accepting the blessing of Bishop Daniel.