December 22, 2017 marks 100 years anniversary of the establishment of Ukrainian Diplomatic Corps. Moreover, the entire year of 2017 was dedicated to and honored the historic events of the Ukrainian Independence Revolution of 1917-1921.
On Wednesday evening, December 20, 2017 the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York marked the dual anniversary by a formal reception in Manhattan. With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, Archbishop Daniel in his capacity of the President of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA represented the Church at the reception. Assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Muzychka, pastor of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City and Rev. Fr. Vasyl Pasakas, pastor of the Nativity of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Church in South Plainfield, NJ, Vladyka Daniel formally greeted the Acting Consul General Myroslav Kastran and the staff of the Consulate General with a Centennial of the establishment of Ukraine’s Diplomatic Service.
In his opening remarks, Acting Consul General addressed the leaders and representatives of various Ukrainian religious and community organizations, presenting a reflection on a historic path of Ukrainian struggle for Independence throughout history and especially during the past 100 years.
His Eminence Archbishop Daniel offered short congratulatory remarks to Consul Kastran and to the entire Diplomatic staff of the Consulate, presenting them with the icon of the Holy Metropolitans of Kyiv. Vladyka stated that often throughout Ukrainian history the Church leaders, especially the Metropolitans of Kyiv, acted as true diplomats of the Ukrainian state.
Receiving the gift from the hierarch, Consul Kastran expressed his gratitude and complimented the cooperation efforts of the UOC of the USA and Consulate General while addressing various community projects and events.