BOSTON – More than 150 supporters of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) of Lviv gathered in Boston’s Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church after the last liturgy on Sunday, September 24, for a special concert of sacred and secular music by the 22 voices of the Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble drawn from the greater Hartford Connecticut area under the direction of Alexander Kuzma and under the auspices of the Boston Friends of UCU.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Anne Applebaum spoke to a packed auditorium at Harvard University’s Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) on the topic “The Holodomor Reconsidered: The Bolshevik Revolution and the Ukrainian Famine.”
The talk was part of a retrospective series of special events sponsored by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI) that takes a new look at “Ukraine in the Flames of the 1917 Revolution.”
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In 1917, exactly 100 years ago, World War I was raging on for a third, brutal year. On the western front, it had devolved into a static, almost motionless trench warfare, in which neither the Germans nor the French, British and their allies had the ability or the momentum to move forward and overcome the opposing forces. It was war by a very slow process of attrition. On the eastern front, the situation was different.
BOSTON – Almost 100 music lovers turned out on Friday evening, September 15, for a special musical program in the ongoing concert series at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Parish Center in Boston. The concert drew on the rich classical musical traditions of Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine and featured some very well established artists from those three countries, as well as some young talent that had been educated both in Europe and North America. The program was put together as a joint venture by Talents of the World and a new organization based in Boston, Ukrainian Vocal Heritage. The mission of the partnership is to share the uniqueness and beauty of both the vocal and instrumental, particularly piano, music of these people and others with as wide an audience as possible. The idea that is the impetus for the project is that music transcends all boundaries and that during the performances representatives of the different cultures will be able to show off gems of their own musical heritage, and, at the same time, their artistic excellence.
BOSTON – As has now become traditional, the Ukrainian American community of greater Boston and eastern New England began its celebration of the anniversary of Ukraine’s declaration of independence on August 24, 1991, with a commemorative ceremony and raising of the Ukrainian flag on the ceremonial flagpole on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Representatives of the state, city, clergy, community leaders, the Lithuanian community, and more than 250 Ukrainian Americans – most wearing Ukrainian embroidery – participated. The ceremonies were under the auspices of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Boston Branch (UCCA-Boston) in conjunction with a number of local organizations and a host of volunteers. In addition to the ceremonial flag-raising at Boston’s City Hall, this year’s various events included a reception hosted in the City Council Chambers, a cruise in Boston Harbor, cooking classes on how to make varenyky and holubtsi, formal liturgies offered for Ukraine at all Boston-area churches, and a traditional Ukrainian picnic on the spacious nine-acre grounds of Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic parish. In all, some 2,000 people attended some part of the celebration, and, it should be noted, a very high percentage of those who took part were fairly young, wore Ukrainian embroidery (vyshyvanky), and were members of the Fourth Wave.
BOSTON – The Boston Friends of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) held a cocktail reception for Bishop Borys Gudziak, Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of Paris, France, and President of the University, and more than 60 invited guests on Friday evening, October 28, at St. John’s Seminary, the seminary for the Archdiocese of Boston, which sits on an expansive campus adjacent to Boston College. Also present were a number of seminarians and members of the staff. The reception was held in one of the seminary’s high-ceilinged, gothic rooms with windows overlooking the rose garden with a towering statue of Our Lady, the cloister, as well as the façade of the Romanesque chapel. In the stately surrounding provided by the seminary, guests had ample time to mingle and to speak individually and in small groups with Bishop Gudziak and Alexander B. Kuzma, the Ukrainian Catholic Educational Foundation’s (UCEF’s) chief development officer.
BOSTON – Boston’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Christ the King celebrated its patronal feast day on Sunday, October 30, with a special festive liturgy and an open pot-luck buffet in the parish center following the completion of the service. The celebration attracted many parishioners and guests. All of the food was prepared, donated and served by volunteers from the parish. The highlight of the 109-year-old parish’s “praznyk” (feast day) celebration was the performance of a number of classical pieces of music by violinists Liubomyr Senyshyn and Lillian-Terri Dahlenburg, who are both graduate students at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Mass. They were accompanied by Galyna Kryvanych on the piano.
BOSTON – Some 20 Ukrainian American activists led by Dmitry Smelansky and Julia K. Bezborodov from Arts Against Aggression set up a display and picket in front of the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) titled “Putin and Matsuev House of Horrors” on Saturday, October 29, protesting a performance by Russian pianist Denis Matsuev. The performer is one of more than 800 Russian cultural figures who signed a collective letter supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion and illegal occupation of Crimea. He also made further statements personally supporting Mr. Putin and called for even more aggressive action against Ukraine, particularly in Donbas. In keeping with the fact that Halloween was being celebrated that weekend in Boston, protesters positioned a number of skeletons carrying signs detailing the horrific results of Mr. Putin’s hybrid war in eastern Ukraine along the sidewalk in front of NEC’s Jordan Hall to greet concert-goers. One of the protesters was dressed in a Putin costume.
BOSTON – Ukrainians of Boston marked the annual “Sviato Heroyiv,” a remembrance of all those who gave their lives for Ukraine’s freedom, on Sunday, June 14, with a solemn requiem liturgy followed by a panakhyda and a wreath-laying ceremony at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church; a formal program in the parish center; and a picnic/barbecue in the parish kitchen that spilled onto the extensive parish grounds. Although organization of the event was spearheaded by the Boston branch of the Ukrainian American Youth Association (UAYA), a number of other Boston-area Ukrainian America organizations took part in the ceremonies, including Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church, local branches of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the Ukrainian American Veterans and Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization, as well as the Sunflower of Peace Foundation, which raises funds for medical kits for Ukrainian troops at the front in eastern Ukraine. The program drew some 70 participants and was conducted under the verse of the Ukrainian poet Vasyl Symonenko, who was killed at age 29 by the Soviets in 1963 for his patriotic writing, “My people exist! My people will always exist!” It also noted the 150th anniversary of the birth of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky; the 100th anniversary of the World War I battle at Mount Makivka; the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazism; the 65th anniversary of the death of Gen. Roman Shukhevych, the supreme commander of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA); and the 25th anniversary of the student hunger strike of 1990.
BOSTON – After extensive consultations early this spring, the executive officers and the board of directors of the Ukrainian American Heritage Foundation of Boston, acting in accordance with its charter and by-laws, voted to curtail the 95-year-old organization’s activities and to distribute the bulk of its assets between the two Ukrainian churches in the city. The move came after a multi-year effort by most of greater Boston’s Ukrainian American cultural, educational, social and youth organizations to develop a center that could serve the entire community as a focal point for the myriad activities that occur during the year. Although a building and land had been bought in Dedham, Mass., an immediate suburb of Boston, and plans for a center were drawn up, enthusiasm and serious support never materialized and the site was sold at a loss. As a result, at the joint pascal meal (Sviachene) of Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Parish and St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Parish of Boston which was held on Sunday, April 26, Walter Boyko, president of the Ukrainian American Heritage Foundation (UAHF) presented the Very Rev. Roman Tarnavsky, pastor of St.