Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
Office of the President of the Consistory
1 April 2008
TO: PARISH PASTORS AND BOARDS OF ADMINISTRATION
RE: NOTES CONCERNING EPISCOPAL CONSECRATION PLANNING
Dearly beloved Brothers and Sisters,
GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!
I write to offer some information about plans for the upcoming Episcopal Consecration of Archimandrite Daniel that we may not have made clear in earlier correspondence or with our invitations. We have had many telephone calls from individuals who have stated that they received no information in their parishes.
The invitations sent to the parishes were, indeed, meant to be for the entire membership of the parish. We need to make clear that if members of your parish are planning to participate in the Consecration events, they need to make their plans accordingly. Those planning to participate in this happy occasion should make their reservations for hotel, banquet and bus transportation at the earliest possible time.
HOTEL: The room rate is $85.00 + taxes. Reservations are assured if made by 9 April. After that date you will get that rate only if rooms are still available. You must request a room under the “Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA” block. Please do not procrastinate.
Hotel contact information:
6001 Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131
National – 1-800-HOLIDAY
Hotel Directly – 216-524-8050
BANQUET: Reservations and tickets for the Consecration Banquet should be made by 10 April by sending a check to cover the number of tickets desired to the Consistory. An alternative method for purchasing tickets is to call the Consistory, ask to speak to Natalia Honcharenko and make the purchase with your credit card. Ticket prices are: Adults - $40, Students - $30, Children under the age of ten - $20. It would be very helpful and perhaps more convenient for parish members for some individual in the parish to receive orders and payment for banquet tickets and then to send the order and payment to the Consistory. The group of tickets would then be sent back to this individual for distribution.
Tickets are being sold and sent out on a first come-first served basis and we would urge anyone planning to attend to act sooner rather than later because there are only 400 tickets available, which include our complimentary guest tickets. We have some time beyond the 10 April deadline for orders if any tickets remain then, which seems highly unlikely at this point, but, in any case, it would not be wise to wait and hope to get into the banquet on the day of the Consecration.
BUS: We have made arrangements for a bus to travel to Parma from the Ukrainian Cultural Center here at the Consistory. The cost for the round trip is $65 per person. The bus will leave at 7 a.m. on Friday, 9 May to arrive in time for the Vespers and Betrothal Service in St. Vladimir Cathedral. Prior to the service the UOL Chapters of the Cathedral will host all out of town guests to a complimentary meal in the Cathedral Social Center. Following the service you will be taken directly to your hotel for a good night’s rest. On Saturday morning you will be transported back to the Cathedral for the Liturgy of Consecration and the Banquet honoring our new hierarch. After the banquet – approximately 4-5 p.m. you will depart for the return trip to New Jersey. Again, there has been heavy interest in this bus service and there are only 55 seats available, so please send a check or call to charge to your credit card for your bus ticket(s) as soon as possible by calling the Consistory to speak with Natalia Honcharenko.
We look forward to seeing you all at this glorious event in the life of our Holy Church. You are all in our prayers.
In our Lord’s All-encompassing Love,
By the Grace of God, Archbishop