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History of the Pochaiv Icon of the Mother of God

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

No one really knows how the Pochaiv Icon of the Mother of God came into existence. Its designer and year and location of creation have all been lost to history.
The written history of the icon begins in 1559, when the Greek metropolitan Neophit donated the icon to a rich landowner named Anna Hoyska. Lady Hoyska [...]


Our Patron: St. Mary Protectress (Pokrova)

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

We fly to thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our necessities, but ever deliver us from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

The above text is the oldest known prayer honoring Mary as the Theotokos, or Mother of God. It originated in the city of Alexandria, Egypt, which was [...]


St. Josaphat, Martyr for Church Unity

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

The Ukrainian Catholic Church has a particular reverence for Saint Josaphat, archbishop of Polotsk, who gave his life in 1623 as a witness to the importance of Church unity. The Orthodox Churches of the East had been in schism with Rome since the year 1054. A major attempt at reunion in 1439 had ended in [...]


The Baptism of Ukraine

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

The year was 988. Prince Volodymyr (Vladimir) of Rus’ (the ancient name for Ukraine) had consolidated his power, and was hoping to make a lasting name for himself by raising his people up to the status of a great nation. Among the obstacles he faced was the fact that all the great nations he knew [...]


Upcoming Orlando Church Retreat

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Our leadership team is happy to announce that we have found a sponsor for our upcoming church retreat in Orlando. We will have more information, so talk with our team to get your application started today!


Priests of St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Catholic Church

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Since the founding of this parish 30 years ago, we have had numerous priests serve as pastors and administrators of St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Catholic Church in Apopka, Florida.  Those priests, listed in chronological order, were:

1980-1985
Rev. Andrij Nazarevych
о. Андрій Назаревич

1980-1985
Rev. Wasyl Stankaninych (assisted)
o. Василь Станканінич (помагав)

1986
Rev. Bohdan Skaskiw
о. Богдан Скаськів

1987-1988
Rev. Innocent Richkun
о. Іннокентій Ричкун

1988
Rev. Hryhoryj [...]


Our Beginnings in Apopka, Florida

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The first Ukrainian family to settle in Apopka (Kowalchuk) arrived in June of 1972. At that time, probably very few people in this area had heard of Ukrainians or Ukraine. Stephen Kowalchuk was a real estate broker with his own firm, who published notices about Apopka in Ukrainian newspapers (e.g., Svoboda). Thus, with time, more [...]