The second day of this year’s Convention began with the “Teaching” Divine Liturgy that with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony ws served by Very Rev. Fr. Taras Naumenko, Archdeacon Vasyl and Deacon Ivan Tchopko, while Very Ref. Fr. Anthony Perkins offered reflections on various sections of the Divine Liturgy, calling upon the delegates of the Church to immerse themselves into the spiritually rich and uplifting treasury of Christ’s presence in our lives.
Once the formal sessions of the day started, the local Sr. UOL chapter presented a reflection on the new service project of the UOL, calling upon those in attendance to offer charitable gifts of love in order to sustain several special education teachers for Znamyanka Children’s Orphanage in Ukraine. In particular, three embroidery pieces that were done by the children of the orphanage were introduced by Eleanor Kogut (2017 Summer Mission Trip participant) who encouraged everyone present to participate in the auction event during which the items will be auctioned on the last day of the Convention in order to support the project.
Speaking to the Junior UOL Delegates, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel shared a story of his personal relationship with his brother and the importance of building up relationships of spiritually quality in the world of technological advances. Later in the afternoon, the pre-teens and children attending the Convention participated in various games, for which Vladyka Daniel readily volunteered to participate.
Splitting into two groups of participants, the delegates spent the afternoon reflecting and setting goals for the projects of the Organization that will address the need for a quality Christian Leadership and Charitable Outreach “Caring for One Another”.
St. Andrew Society, the second largest Central Organization of the Church became a recipient of this year’s “Souper Bowl Sunday” in the amount of $6,000 that was presented by the President of Sr. UOL John Holowko to Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay, President of St. Andrew Society. Accepting the donation, Protodeacon Ihor spoke of the common ministry of both organizations and the great part that UOL has played in helping St. Andrew’s Society to raise and distribute about $1,300.000.00 for charitable projects in the past 25 years of St. Andrew Society’s ministry.
Very Rev. Fr. John Haluszczak, acting manager of All Saints Camp addressed the delegates of the Convention, sharing with them the successes of this year’s Camping Ministry and asking the general UOL membership to be the moving spiritual force behind the spiritual and physical improvements at the Camp.
In addition, Mrs. Teresa Linck presented the UOL Essay Contest Awards on behalf of UOL Executive Board to this year’s winners and participants, many of whom are the members of Jr. UOL chapters and parishes across the country.
The 70th UOL Convention Continues in Warwick, RI - 07/27/2017
Photos by Fr. Borislav Kroner, Subdeacon Mykola Zomchak, Seminarian Ihor Protsak and Wolodymyr Katolik