NORTH PORT, Fla. – Members of Branch 56 of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America stepped forward this Easter to decorate the libraries of the Sarasota County Public Libraries in southwest Florida with traditional Ukrainian crafts, artifacts and art forms. The project was organized by Jaroslawa (Slava) Stefanyshyn, the branch’s cultural and museum coordinator. The president of Branch 56 of is Alexandra Popel.
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Dedication has always been at the forefront for the board members, staff and volunteers of the Ukrainian American Archives and Museum of Detroit (UAAM). This didn’t change when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the museum to close its doors to the public for a time. Instead, an array of projects were gathered up to be completed within the confines of various homes.
OMAHA, Neb. – The parish community of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Omaha, Neb., led by the Rev. Taras Mylyan, on March 14 celebrated the birthdays of Taras Shevchenko (March 9, 1814) and Lina Kostenko (March 19, 1930).
CHICAGO – During a visit to the Ukrainian Village here on March 12-13, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk met with various diaspora representatives and took part in a question-and-answer session in which he addressed issues related to Ukrainian politics, corruption, implementation of land, medical and educational reforms, as well as the privatization process and the program to support small and medium business in his country.
ByElizabeth Symonenko and Deacon Mykola Zomchak / UOC-U.S.A |
SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – A commemorative service (panakhyda) for the Heavenly Hundred was led by Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. (UOC-U.S.A.) following divine liturgy on February 21 at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church. The hierarch led prayers for the victims who were killed seven years ago while protesting on Independence Square in Kyiv in what became known as the Euro-Maidan or the Revolution of Dignity of 2013-2014. Seats in the church held small posters with the photo, name and description of each fallen hero, with a votive candle illuminating each victim’s face.
SOMERSET, N.J. – The Nashi Predky Family History Group of the Ukrainian History and Education Center (UHEC) will hold its annual spring conference virtually on April 10. This year’s theme – “East meets West” – will feature Ukrainian genealogy-related talks and opportunities for virtual networking.
BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. – Since 2016, the monument dedicated to Euro-Maidan’s Heavenly Hundred (Nebesna Sotnia in Ukrainian) in Bloomingdale, Ill., has been the site of solemn commemorations dedicated to the more than 100 individuals who were killed between February 18 and 21, 2014, during the Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv.
NORTH PORT, Fla. – Under the best of circumstances, during the first weeks of its rollout, it was daunting for capable adults to hunt down a COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Florida and in many other states. For people who struggle with technology or struggle with the English language, the effort to schedule and secure a vaccination could seem nearly impossible.
MINNEAPOLIS – In the fall of 2018, members of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization in the U.S.A. within the Twin Cities area met in the empty gymnasium of St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church to discuss the branch’s future. Here, one generation reminisced about how strong the Plast community in Minneapolis once was, while another dreamed of its resurgence and revival.
SOMERSET, N.J. – Archbishop Daniel of the UOC-U.S.A. traveled to Ukraine on December 21-23 to visit the Znamianka Children’s Orphanage in Kirovohrad Oblast. The archbishop delivered financial assistance from the faithful of the UOC-U.S.A. for necessary repairs of the heating pipes in the orphanage and to help pay for the annual wages for special needs instructors at the orphanage.