NORTH PORT, Fla. – Officials from the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States visited North Port, Fla., to provide services to Ukrainian nationals residing in the southeast United States. Kostyantyn Vorona, the head of the embassy’s consular section, and Hanna Babenko, the embassy’s third secretary responsible for adoption, citizenship and registration of permanent residence, were on hand to offer their help. Their two-day visit was extremely successful and productive.
WHIPPANY, N.J. – The Newark Branch of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization in the U.S.A. concluded its program for the 2020-2021 year with a formal closing ceremony that was held in person at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey on June 4. The closing ceremony was an opportunity for the scouting group to recognize and reward its members for their accomplishments over the past year.
NANTUCKET, Mass. – More than 20 years ago, Peter R. Jarosewycz was looking for a way to contribute to the community of Ukrainians in the United States. At the time, Mr. Jarosewycz was a 52-year-old attorney living in Kansas City, Mo., far removed from the larger pockets of Ukrainian Americans in Chicago, New York, New Jersey or elsewhere. But he believed he could still contribute in some way.
KYIV – On July 3, Ustia Stefanchuk, a Ukrainian blogger and journalist now living in Canada, wrote a post about the atrocities of the Soviet government in Lviv. Her post described how the Soviet authorities tortured her family. On July 5, Facebook deleted Ms. Stefanchuk’s account. She reported the news from a different account.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Roksolana Sheverack, a student of New York University’s School of Professional Studies, Division of Programs in Business, was chosen to be the graduate student speaker during the school’s convocation ceremony held online on May 20.
STAMFORD, Conn. – On May 25 clergy and religious of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford and close friends, including Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak and Bishop Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, gathered in St. Basil Seminary to celebrate the golden anniversary of the consecration of Bishop Basil H. Losten. On that day, 50 years ago, Msgr. Basil H. Losten was elevated to the episcopacy through the imposition of hands by Metropolitan-Archbishop Ambrose Senyshyn of Philadelphia (1961-1977).
The following statement was issued by Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak. On behalf of Bishops Andriy Rabiy and Ivan Bura, the clergy, religious and faithful of the Philadelphia Archeparchy, I greet Bishop Basil Losten and celebrate the 50th anniversary of his episcopal service.
CHICAGO – The Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) held its 39th biennial Assembly of Delegates virtually on June 19. Delegates elected Dr. Leo Wolansky president of the organization for the next two years.
TROY, N.Y. – Members of St. Nicholas Brotherhood Society (Branch 13 of the Ukrainian National Association) in Watervliet, N.Y., gathered together to clean up around the Taras Shevchenko Memorial Monument located in the city of Troy, N.Y. In recent years, members of the Brotherhood Society have assumed responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of the Shevchenko monument in the area. The cleaning crew this year included, as seen in the photo from left to right, Mykhailo Oliynyk, Walter Klem, John Uruskyj, John Suchowacki, Mykola Fil, Slavko Tysiak and Victor Holovashchenko.
RANDOLPH, N.J. – The Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA) held its 32nd national convention virtually on June 5. Delegates to the convention elected Natalia Pawlenko as the organization’s new president.