The Rev. Dr. John Kovalchuk

The Rev. Dr. John Kovalchuk, 78, retired leader of Ukrainian Baptists

TREVOSE, Pa. – The Rev. Dr. John Kovalchuk, a retired leader of Ukrainian Baptists in the United States, died on December 19, 2017, at the age of 78. He was born in Argentina on June 23, 1939, and completed studies at the Ukrainian Bible Institute in South America. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1974 and served for three years as assistant pastor of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Then he was called to become pastor of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Crum Lynne, Pa.

Ukrainian World Congress offers Christmas greetings

The following greeting was released by the UWC on December 20, 2017. As 2017 comes to a close, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) looks back upon a year in which it marked a significant milestone in its history and successfully broadened its reach to a wide spectrum of Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine alike with the message that in unity lies our strength. Our commemorations included events in 26 countries, including Ukraine, and offered the opportunity to meet with members of our community from all walks of life and to learn more about their work and commitment to both building their communities and assisting the people of Ukraine in building their democratic, reformed European state. We also met with the people of Ukraine, some of whom had lost their children or parents in the oft-forgotten war being waged on the territory of Ukraine, who shared with us their hopes, their dreams and their belief in a brighter Ukrainian future. When we began commemorations of the UWC’s 50th anniversary in February of 2017 we set as our goal to raise the level of international awareness of both the UWC and the global Ukrainian diaspora, and the significance of their role in furthering the interests of Ukraine and its people.

Vasyl Makhno reads his poems at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington.

Makhno reads “Jerusalem Poems” at Washington’s Holy Family Shrine

WASHINGTON – Poetry is first of all meant to be heard. Hence, poetry lovers flock to live readings – especially when the reader is the poet himself. Such was the case on Sunday, November 5, 2017, when the Shevchenko Scientific Society’s chapter in Washington, together with the Library of the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family, presented a reading by New York Ukrainian poet Vasyl Makhno. Originally from Chortkiv, Ternopil Oblast, Dr. Makhno has lived in New York since 2000. He is the author of numerous works of prose and poetry, including essays and translations from English, Polish and Serbian.

Sisters of St. Basil seek volunteers for program serving Ukraine’s needy

JENKINTOWN, Pa. – The Sisters of St. Basil are seeking volunteers to come and serve in their ministry to Ukraine’s needy. The Basilian Volunteer Program for 2018 will take place from May 27 to June 15. English catechetical camps will be held in Drohobych from May 27 to June 1, in Ivano-Frankivsk on June 3-8 and in Mukachiv on June 10-15.

“Children Carolers” (by Erica Slutsky, 1994) on a card published by the Ukrainian National Association.

Humanity is filled with a new joy

Nativity epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine. To the beloved clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
beyond the Borders of Ukraine and on her native soil:

Christ is Born! By the grace of God, again this year we can celebrate the great mystery of our faith – the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who “for us and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.” (the Nicene Creed). All creation was waiting for the arrival of the Savior to redeem the human race from sin and death, and to reconcile man with God. Today, humanity, which was in the dark and dwelled in the kingdom of sin, death and despair, is filled with a new joy “which had not existed until now.”

Today, the prophecies of the prophets of the Old Testament about the Savior and the Messiah are fulfilled: “Behold the Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14).

Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church of Boston.

Boston parish marks 110th anniversary

JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. – The parishioners of Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Parish of Boston celebrated the 110th anniversary of the canonical erection of their parish by Bishop Soter Ortynsky of Philadelphia in 1907 with a pontifical divine liturgy followed by a luncheon in the parish center on Sunday, October 29, which was also celebrated by the church as the Feast of Christ the King.

The board of the Ukrainian Art Center of Los Angeles (from left): Julia Michaels, Olenka Krupa, Luda Wussek, Daria Chaikovsky, Luba Poniatyszyn Keske, Deanna Stetzenko Boulton, Lyalya Lisowska, Zoryana Keske and Olga Starow.

Los Angeles center’s program focuses on the great daughter of Ukraine, Lesia Ukrainka

LOS ANGELES – The Ukrainian Art Center of Los Angeles presented an original bilingual dramatic play titled “Majestic Woman – Lesia Ukrainka” at the beautifully restored Ukrainian Culture Center on October 22. The play was written in Ukrainian by the artistic director, Victoria Kuzina, and translated into English by Luba Keske, who also served as the English-language narrator. Asya Gorska, who partnered with Ms. Kuzina on the creative elements of the play, narrated in Ukrainian. That Sunday afternoon, arriving guests were treated to “high tea” consisting of flavorful teas and coffee, savory canapes and delicious home baked scones and other delectable sweets. When everyone had settled in, the president of the Ukrainian Art Center, Daria Chaikovsky, briefly greeted Ukrainian and American guests to the center’s first major stage production dedicated to Lesia Ukrainka, the foremost woman writer in Ukrainian literature.

Bishop Benedict Aleksiychuk extends greetings and a blessing.

Four waves of Ukrainian immigration celebrate Ukrainian National Museum’s 65th anniversary

CHICAGO – When Lydia Tkaczuk, Marijka Klimchak and Orysia Kourbatov request your help, you just can’t say no. They are president, curator and administrator, respectively, at the Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago – a beaming bastion of pride for Ukrainian Americans. These tireless women nurture and perpetually enhance it as if it were their only child. So, when they told me they were planning a 65th anniversary gala showcasing Ukrainian immigration through music and asked me to MC, I just asked: “where, when and what do I wear?”

On October 5, at 6 p.m. “Ukrainian time” (about an hour later, which our cocktail-sipping guests didn’t seem to notice) Ms. Tkaczuk welcomed a full house of convivial museum patrons. She recounted how, from a few letters, books, magazines, photos and rare documents of historic value, a museum was born, thanks to the foresight and passion of Oleksa Hankewych, Orest Horodysky, Julian Kamenetsky and financier Dr. Miroslav Simenovych.

During the ribbon-cutting (from left) are: Dr. Alexander Serafyn, Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski and George Stasiw.

Ukrainian American Archives and Museum of Detroit celebrates grand opening

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Two days of celebration marked the much-awaited grand opening of the Ukrainian American Archives and Museum of Detroit (UAAM) at its new location in the heart of Hamtramck on November 11-12. The spacious museum, containing more than 13,500 square feet, was packed with dignitaries, artists and art lovers, who gathered for the ribbon-cutting and official opening ceremony. Perhaps Crain’s Detroit Business helped draw in some locals as the museum celebration made the top five in the “10 things to do this weekend” column. In addition, the Hamtramck Review featured an excellent in-depth interview with Dr. Nadia Juzych, co-chair and board secretary.


KLK holds annual get-together at Soyuzivka

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – The Carpathian Ski Club (KLK) held its annual meeting and elections on Sunday, October 1, at Soyuzivka Heritage Center. Following the acceptance of the president’s, treasurer’s and event coordinators’ reports, elections of new officers took place. Voted into office were: Andriy Hadzewycz, president; Dr. Severin B. Palydowycz, vice-president; Olha Holoborodko, secretary; and Mirka Moroch, treasurer. Members of the outgoing board – including President Vira Popel, Treasurer Adia Fedash and Secretary Christine Klufas – were thanked and commended for the last four years of work. The weekend also included friendly doubles tennis games, an afternoon social and a dinner-dance on Saturday, September 30.