Archive for the 'PARISH HISTORY' Category

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 [...]

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Patriarch Lubomyr Husar Visits Our Parish in Apopka, Florida

Friday, May 28th, 2010

St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Catholic Church has been blessed to have Patriarch Lubomyr Husar visit our parish twice.  The first visit was in 1982, when he was still Archimandrite.  His second visit, as Patriarch, was on February 23-24, 2007.
Patriarch Lubomyr Husar was born on February 26, 1933 in Lviv, Ukraine. During WWII, he and his family fled [...]

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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:

Rev. Andrij Nazarevych
о. Андрій Назаревич

Rev. Wasyl Stankaninych (assisted)
o. Василь Станканінич (помагав)

Rev. Bohdan Skaskiw
о. Богдан Скаськів

Rev. Innocent Richkun
о. Іннокентій Ричкун

Rev. Hryhoryj [...]

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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 [...]

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