Milwaukee, WI - August 26, 2010. Andriy Nemesh and his wife, Dr. Iryna Kudrynska, celebrated the baptism and chrismation of their first-born son, Daniel Andrew Nemesh at the Monks of New Manjava, Solus Christi Skete chapel of the Holy Resurrection. Officiating were Vladyka Ioan, Fr. Archdeacon Sergiy Larin and Archpriest Oleksandr Sys. Godparents were Ihor Kudrynskyy and Halyna.
Chicago, Illinois - August 15, 2009. Fr. John (Mahalik), monk of Solus Christi SketeMonks of New Manjava), recently completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at Interfaith House, Chicago, preparing to work as a chaplain among the disadvantaged, poor and homeless in the Greater Chicago Area. In addition, Father John, holds a Master's Degree in counseling and will also be working counseling teenagers. Father John is shown above, celebrating an Anointing of the Sick with some of those seeking healing. Congratulations to our beloved Father John!
Kyiv, Ukraine - April 30, 2009. By mandate of His Beatitude Vladyka Ioan, Locum tenens of the Archdiocese of Ukraine, His Eminence Archbishop Vsevolod, Archbishop of Ternopil' - Bukovina, ordained Subdeacon Vitaliy to the Holy Diaconate for service in the Archdiocese of Ukraine. Father Deacon Vitaliy will serve under Fr. Valentyn (Soroka), pastor of our newly built parish church in Kyiv and will also assist Fathers Yuriy and Vitaliy. MNOHAYA LITA, FR. DEACON VITALIY!
Luze, France - April 9, 2009. After the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Holy Thursday at the Monastery of St. Michel de Bois Aubry, an Act of Full Sacramental Intercommunion between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America and the Orthodox Church of the Gauls was signed by Bishop Gregoire, Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Gauls, and Bishop Gabriel, Vicar for Ecumenical Affairs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America. Pictured above are Vladyka Gregoire and Vladyka Gabriel signing the Act of Intercommunion. Below, from left to right, are Choir Master Stephen, two oblates of the monastery, Subdeacon Christian, Brother Jacques, Sister Elizabeth, Vladyka Gregoire, Sister Christiane, Vladyka Gabriel and Deacon Jean. Finally, Vladyka Gabriel is seen sharing a quiet moment with Sister Christiane. The Orthodox Church of the Gauls had previously been a part of the Romanian Patriarchate and subsequently a part of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
Nokomis, IL - March 1, 2009. On the Sunday of Forgiveness, Abbot Theophan of Solus Christi Brothers Skete of the Holy Apostles, conducted a blessing of the community by the Holy Cross. Based on the current condition of the town of Nokomis, IL
with its surging rate of unemploymenty, poverty and economic suffering, Abbot Theophan decided it was time to carry the Cross through the community as a sign of hope and resurrection through crucifixion. The wind chill was 8F, and Abbot Theophan had to modify his course due to ice on his beard but processed a total of 5.5 miles through the town of Nokomis.
Abbot Theophan stopped periodically to read from the Psalter (including at the local cemetery), and recited the Jesus Prayer as he walked. The Cross was donated by Cross Crafters in Texas, and a friend of the Skete attached the Cross to a holder. The cross was decorated with blue and yellow ribbons for the people of Ukraine, protesting the suffering they have recently endured at the hands of the Russian political machine.
Milwaukee, WI - March 1, 2009. The Lenten Archpastoral of Metropolitan Ioan can be accessed at:
Zozulyntzi, Ukraine - February 8, 2009. Archbishop Vsevolod, Archbishop of Ternopil-Bukovyna, ordained Fr. Deacon Yuriy to the Holy Priesthood. Fr. Yuriy will serve in Kyiv under Mitred Archpriest Valentyn Soroka, along with Fr. Vitaliy who is already assigned to our parish in Kyiv. May our Lord bless Fr. Yuiry, his priesthood and his ministry! Sergiy Larin, Archdeacon and Chancellor.
Bogota, Columbia - February 11, 2009. Congratulations to Father Felix (Pineros Barrios), pastor of Parroco Capilla San Nectarios de Egina, who was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter by His Excellency Archbishop Chrysostomos. Fr. Felix was especially recognized for his ministry to the poor of Bogota and to the local AIDS patients.
Nokomis, Illinois - February 8, 2009. Abbot Theophan of Solus Christi Brothers's Skete of the Holy Apostles, Monks of New Manjava, reports that the Skete's goal of collecting 100 blankets for distribution to the poor and homeless in the area has been reached and that Abbot Theophan has blessed all items contributed. Gratitude is extended to Abbess Kateri (Alma, MI) who contributed a generous number of knitted scarves and gloves, to Fr. Anthony Tzortzis and the Hellenic Orthodox community of St. Anthony's Hellenic Orthodox Church, Springfield, IL, Brandon Fox (on leave from Iraq and pictured above on a collection drive with Abbot Theophan), the people of Nokomis, IL and to all who sacrificed to keep the poor and homeless warm. Solus Christi Brothers (Monks of New Manjava) are pledged to a ministry to the poor and homeless.
Quito, Ecuador - January 25, 2009. At the invitation of Engineer Enrique Garcia Herreros, Archbishop Chrysostomos, Major Archbishop of Ecuador, Central & South America, and Fr. Archdeacon Nicholas were given the opportunity to discuss the state of the Orthodox Church in Ecuador on Radio Maria de Ecuador.
Cherkasy, Ukraine - January 19, 2009. Neither the sub-zero temperatures, nor the wind and snow prevented our beloved Bishop Ilarion (Sawchuk) and a multitude of the faithful and clergy of the Diocese of Cherkasy from joyfully and whole-heartedly celebrating the glorious Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Wauwatosa, WI & Menomonee Falls, WI - January 18, 2009. On the eve of the Feast of the Theophany of our Lord, Vladyka Ioan, Fr. Archdeacon Sergiy Larin, the families and parishioners of Holy Resurrection Parish (Solus Christi Brothers Skete) celebrated the baptisms of Christina Maria Petrovna Mizolyk (daughter of Lyudmila & Petro Mizolyk) and Yaroslav Ivan (son of Halyna & Ivan). Christina is shown in the photos on the top row being held by Godfather Dmitriy Shteynbuk, assisted by Godmother Oksana Klak. Yaroslav Ivan is shown (bottom row) being held by Godfather Andriy Bereshnyy, assisted by Godmother Galyna Tonia Doupey. The baptisms were even more meaningful as Pani Maria Mizolyk, grandmother of Christina was able to travel from Ukraine, and Oleksandra & Giuseppe Gambone, grandparents of Yaroslav Ivan travelled from Italy to celebrate as well. A magnificent banquet hosted by both families followed the baptisms. MNOHAYA LITA to our beloved Christina Maria and Yaroslav Ivan!
Milwaukee, WI - January 7, 2009. Greetings to all from Vladyka Ioan, Fr. Archdeacon Sergiy Larin, Mitred Archpriest Oleksandr Sys and the faithful of Solus Christi Brothers' Monastic Parish of the Holy Resurrection on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Zozulyntzi, Ukraine - January 1, 2009. After several years of fund-raising and the monetary sacrifices of the faithful of the Cathedral Parish, the cupolas of the Cathedral were replaced, and Archbishop Vsevolod blessed them and reconsecrated the Cathedral. Present was Mitred Archpriest Valentyn Soroka, Administrator of the Archdiocese of Ukraine, representing Metropolitan Archbishop Ioan, Prime Bishop and Locum Tenens of the Archdiocese of Ukraine. Sergiy Larin, Archdeacon and Chancellor.