UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Penn-Ohio Deanery Meeting in Youngstown, OH
By Very Rev. John Harvey, Dean of Penn-Ohio Deaney
During the past decade, most of the deaneries of our church became dysfunctional and either would not meet with regularity or were ineffective. As in the body, the health of individual cells or groups of cells affects the whole, so too our church was affected by malaise from individual marginalized parishes or regions which had ceased to function through apathy. Our hierarchs have issued a wake-up call and recently called a meeting of the Deans to challenge them to be creative in revitalizing their areas, promoting fraternal ties and to be vigilant that parishes do not wither to the state in which they may be forced to close. Invoking the life-giving power of the Gospel, the hierarchs will visit each Deanery to propose ideas which may prove to alleviate local problems and revive apathetic situations.
To this goal, Bishop Daniel utilized his pastoral visitation to Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Youngstown, Ohio to convoke the first meeting of the Penn-Ohio Deanery in some six years. On November 2, 2013, the archpastor gathered with his clergy around the altar for Divine Liturgy, thus emphasizing the spiritual bond between the priests and protodeacon Ihor of the region through their sacramental actions. Following the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Daniel greeted Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay with the 17th Anniversary of his ordination to the Deaconate. Afterwards, an intensive meeting brought full attention and constructive discussion of the many points which the agenda presented for consideration.