This year’s St. Thomas Sunday weekend once again brought numerous visitors to the spiritual center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, NJ.
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 began with the Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church served by His Grace Bishop Daniel and the clergy of NY/NJ Deanery.
Later in the day, Metropolitan Constantine, the President of the Board of Trustees and Rector of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary opened annual Seminary Board of Trustees meeting in order to discuss the academic and formation future of the student body of St. Sophia Seminary.
The members of the Board of Trustees present at the meeting were His Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine, His Eminence Archbishop Antony, His Grace Bishop Daniel, Very Rev. Volodymyr Wronsky, Very Rev. Harry Linsinbigler, Rev. Gregory Czumak, Mrs. Olga Coffee, Mr. Emil Skocypec and the Provost of St. Sophia Seminary Very Rev. Bazyl Zawierucha.
During the working session of the meeting, the Metropolitan addressed the members of the Board with the words of gratitude for their service and dedication to the academic and pastoral ministry of the Seminary. The members of the Board discussed the present financial status of the Seminary and urged the parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA to continue their support of the future pastors of the numerous parishes of the UOC of the USA on the North American continent and throughout the Diaspora and Ukraine.
The Seminary Board approved the proposal to continue the outreach project of the Church’s Seminary in providing academic and pastoral training to the seminarians from Ukraine. In the nearest future His Grace Bishop Daniel and Very Rev. Bazyl Zawierucha will initiate an interview process of over 50 students from Ukraine in order to select the five students, which will benefit from the Church’s outreach program.
His Eminence Archbishop Antony spoke of the need of a rigorous pastoral formation of the seminarians in order to equip the future pastors of the Church with the pastoral discipline and a sense of sacred responsibility for the salvation of souls.
In conclusion, the Provost of the Seminary presented schedule for the 2011-2012 academic year, which will lead most of the full time students into their final year of studies, ensuring practical pastoral training. The meeting concluded just prior to the Vespers service at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church at the Metropolia Center.