Stamford Eparchy schedules Women's Day for May 17

by Dorette W. Gallan

STAMFORD, Conn. - Saturday, May 17, has been designated as Women's Day 2003 in the Stamford Eparchy, and Bishop Basil H. Losten is inviting all women to St. Basil's Seminary in Stamford, Conn., to participate in an enlightening day of prayer, friendship and discussion.

Building on the success of the prior Women's Day gathering, this year's theme is "Images of God's Love: A Celebration of Womanhood." The keynote speaker will be Marika Hanushevsky Hull, a student at Harvard University School of Divinity, where her emphasis is on the religious education of families and children. The topic of her address will be "Woman: God's Love in Action."

"Women are the backbone of our parishes," said the Rev. Jonathan Morse, advisor and co-chair of the Women's Day 2003 committee. "This day is a special thank-you and recognition of their many services to the Church, family and community."

Roma Hayda, committee co-chair, said she believes that Women's Day 2003 will be a unique expression for women of all generations. "There will be an opportunity to take part in discussions that are usually difficult to present at the parish level, and we hope that by presenting topics in small groups, we will fill that need to some degree," she explained.

Some 10 discussion groups are planned for the bilingual Women's Day. They will focus on "Religious Formation in the Family," "Women as Caregivers," "Bereavement and Consolation," "Wedding Traditions," "Marriage and Marriage Encounters," "The New Beatified in our Church," "The Single Life," "Women in our Parishes," "Young Adults" and "Resources and Information for the Newly Arrived."

Two liturgical services are planned for the day; women will participate in both via congregational singing. The divine liturgy will start the day at 10 a.m., and a 5 p.m. poetic Akathist to the Mother of God will conclude the event.

To register or for more information, readers may contact their local parish or the Family Life center, Eparchy of Stamford, 14 Peverill Road, Stamford, CT 06902; telephone, (203) 325-2116.

Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, April 27, 2003, No. 17, Vol. LXXI

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