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Marking significant milestones as members of the Order of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great were Sisters Gabriel Suszko, OSBM, celebrating 75 years; Sister Marina Bochnewich, OSBM, celebrating 65 years and Sister Susanne Matwijiw, OSBM, celebrating 55 years. Reverend Edward Higgins, Confessor for the Sisters and Pastor of Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church in South Philadelphia, officiated at the Divine Liturgy of thanksgiving.

Prior to receiving the Holy Eucharist, each jubilarian, hand upon the Bible, emphasized her unwavering dedication to live the monastic life as a Basilian by once again pronouncing her vow to live her religious life as a member of the Order of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great until death.

At the celebratory dinner that followed, the jubilarians were greeted and congratulated by the members of their community. Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM, commended each individual jubilarian for her many years of faithful service to God, the Order and the Faithful of the Ukrainian Catholic Church with the words “Sisters all of your lives are a deep reflection of Christ’s love. Your story is a love story - one reflected in Scripture - 1 Corinthians.”

Sister Gabriel, now retired, is from Keiser, PA and has served well in many parishes in New York, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania throughout her 75 years.

Sister Marina from Yonkers, NY has travelled many roads geographically as a principal and/or as a teacher in Syracuse, Arnold, Hamtramck, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. Sister Marina attended the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago. She was the forerunner for the Basilian Pastoral Ministry Team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sister returned back to Fox Chase as Director of the Basilian Spirituality Center.

Sister Susanne’s teaching career led her to Hamtramck, Olyphant, Philadelphia and then finally to Fox Chase where she has served at Saint Basil Academy for close to forty years. Many young women have left the Academy with at least a rudimentary grasp of the Ukrainian alphabet; have an understanding of Ukrainian history and can say as least “Slava Isusu Christu.” This past year Sister Susanne took the girls even deeper with instructions in the spirituality and writing of icons.

Sister Dorothy Ann assured the Sisters that “if you ever start to doubt yourself and the beauty of your life…if you ever doubt the love you’ve been and given in God’s name - just look around at the admiration and love in the eyes of the Sisters. Look around at the respect and remembrance that your students have for you. Look around and remember the love God has for you.”

August 24, 2016

Philadelphia Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 12:45pm to 3:30pm
Location: Philadelphia City Hall
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

The Ukrainian Federation of America cordially invites you to join us in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Ukraine's Independence!

Philadelphia, the city where American independence was born, the cradle of American freedom and liberty, will welcome Ukraine by raising the Ukrainian Flag at City Hall, and will host an indoor celebration followed by a reception. Please wear your best vyshyvanka or your national dress, bring your children with you, and celebrate Ukrainian Independence with us!

This event is generously sponsored by the Philadelphia-based Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union.


Part 1 (Outdoor, City Hall, North Broad Street) Open to public

Opening by MC, Roman Petyk
Welcoming by UFA's President, Dr. Zenia Chernyk
Welcoming by Mayor Kenney, reading of Proclamation
Presentation of Bread and Salt
Mayor accepts Bread and Salt and greets Ukrainian Ambassador, Valeriy Chaly
Ambassador Valeriy Chaly delivers Address
Flag Raising during Ukrainian Anthem (singing by Yuliya Stupen)
Greetings by U.S. representatives: Senator Pat Toomey, Congressmen Mike Fitzpatrick and Brendan Boyle
Closing Address by the Most Reverend Archbishop Stefan Soroka, praying for Ukraine and all who lost their lives defending Ukrainian independence and sovereignty
Balloons are released by children

Part 2 (City Hall, 2nd Floor) Please note that it will NOT be possible to attend without prior registration!)

Address by MC, Iryna Mazur
Video Presentations with live violin performance by Inessa Dekajlo
Address by various guests and dignitaries
Live bandura performance by the “Berehynya” duo (Halyna Bodnar and Yuliya Stupen)

Part 3 (City Hall, 2nd Floor,) Please note that it will NOT be possible to attend without prior registration!)

Reception/viewing of art/discussions/violin performance

In addition, an art exhibit “With LOVE from Ukraine, Sharing our Heritage With Philadelphia” will be shown in City Hall next to the Mayor's Office, on the second floor during August of 2016.

* PECO crown lights will display HAPPY B-DAY, UKRAINE! on August 23, 24, 25

August 28, 2016
Tryzub Sports Club
Horsham, PA
12 noon to 8 PM


Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Ukraine’s independence


A dazzling festival of Ukrainian folk music, dance, foods and arts and crafts; excite your senses with an array of wonderful colors, sounds and flavors. Experience the vibrant, enduring culture of a people that fights for freedom!

Horsham, Pa.—Sunday, August 28, 12:00 – 8:00 PM. The 25th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival will be held at the Ukrainian American Sport Center -- Tryzub (, County Line and Lower State Roads, Horsham, PA.

Exciting, spectacular, dazzling, breathtaking, exhilarating, spirited, soulful, enchanting, captivating, and intriguing – modest words which describe but by no means capture the essence of Ukrainian folk art, music, and dance. From the rich color and deep symbolism of the delicate “pysanka” (Ukrainian Easter Egg) to the thunderous, power, rhythm and strength of “HOPAK” – the world’s most exciting ethnic dance, and every brilliant “Kolomiyka” (polka) and soulful folk song in between, experience the 25th ANNUAL UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL, celebrating the 25th anniversary of our ancestral homeland’s independence.

Enjoy an outdoor summer stage concert and show (1:30 to 4:30 PM), a public social dance (4:30 – 8:00 PM), homemade Ukrainian foods and baked goods, BBQ pit, standard picnic fare, kid’s fun area, vendors grove, arts and crafts displays and bazaar, cool refreshments, Live Reenactments from Ukrainian history and Ukrainian hospitality.


A Resplendent Outdoor Summer Concert

Marking Ukraine’s Independence, the Unity of her People, Their Struggle for Freedom & Dignity & Ukraine’s Entry into the Family of Advanced Democratic Nations!

The artists (dance troupes, musicians, singers and ensembles that have performed in previous years) have created a dynamic and integrated collaborative program. The artistic unity underscores the theme: “United Ukraine; United with Us”.

Recent events in Ukraine, the Euromaidan Protest and Revolution of Dignity as well as the twilight struggle against unlawful Russian aggression, have forged a unified Ukrainian national identity, both in Ukraine and in the Diaspora. America’s support of Ukraine’s commitment to a self-determined democratic future - to life, liberty, freedom and justice – has created permanent bonds of friendship between the two nations. This year’s festival honors these special relationships and developments.

Featured Performers:

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Vox Ethnika Orchestra

Violinist Innesa Tymochko Dekajlo

Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Living in Song Chamber Choir

Banner of Jasna Gora (Historical Re-enactors)

A Ukrainian Public Social Dance (Zabava) to live Ukrainian polka, ballroom, traditional and modern music by the VOX ETHNIKA BAND will follow the stage concert and show.

Admission (Open to General Public): $15; Students - $10; kids under 15 free; Free Parking

Info: 267.664.3857,, or

The sponsor is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt charity: PROCEEDS BENEFIT SPORTS, FRATERNAL, CULTURAL & ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING.

October 2, 2016
Sisters of St. Basil The Great

The 85th Annual Pilgrimage to the Mother of God
sponsored by the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great will be held on October 2, 2016 on the Monastery Grounds
710 Fox Chase Rd
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Pilgrimage: A Brief History of a Long and Beloved Tradition

Almost as soon as Christianity became an established religion, groups and individuals began to visit sites with a special connection to the Church and its Creator. The first historically documented pilgrimages were to the Holy Land, specifically to sites inextricably intertwined with the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Over the centuries, the concept of pilgrimage was broadened to include Rome (and especially the Vatican as the center of the Universal Catholic Church); places associated with individuals who had a significant role in shaping or defending or dying for the faith; and places like Lourdes and Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to young children and exhorted them to pray and lead others to pray for the good of humanity.

The pilgrims came (and still come) seeking blessings, miracles, peace of mind, comfort, hope, reconciliation, and peace on earth. Some pray aloud in the language of their native countries; some pray silently in the universal language of the heart seeking solace and direction. Many of these supplications are directed at Mary, arguably the most beloved and trusted emissary of Christ, the Mother of God, who is venerated throughout the world as Healer and Protectress. And it is Mary who became and remains the beloved core of the annual pilgrimages hosted by the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, Jesus, Lover of Humanity Province. ,

The tradition began in 1931, a mere two decades after the first Basilian Sisters came from Ukraine to the United States of America to help a young Bishop Soter Ortynsky minister to a flock of Ukrainian Catholic immigrants. This first pilgrimage was a modest affair, organized by students of St. Basil Academy, which had been founded by and was administered by the Sisters under the guidance of Mother Josaphat Theodorovych and Mother Maria Dolzycka. The girls were so moved by the beauty of the event that they invited their mothers to join them for a second pilgrimage the following Sunday. Thus, on the second Sunday of May that year, Mother’s Day, twelve mothers and twelve daughters joined the community of Sisters in a procession to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, situated on the beautiful grounds of the newly constructed Basilian Motherhouse. They prayed the rosary, sang hymns, and chanted in unison the responses to the Moleben Akathist.
Eighty-five years later, the pilgrimage continues.

Evolving over the decades, it has become a well-advertised, well-organized, well-planned, and well-attended annual event that attracts hundreds of people, each of whom comes seeking something in the centuries’ old tradition of pilgrims everywhere. This year’s pilgrimage, hosted by the Sisters, is focused on the Blessed Virgin with “Mother of Mercy” as the chosen theme.

Among the many participants in this year’s pilgrimage will be students and young people representing the Ukrainian youth organizations Plast and SUM (CYM), elderly men and women who have attended the pilgrimage for decades, families who have made the pilgrimage an annual event, neighbors and friends of the Sisters—all united in faith and all focused intently on the shared blessings of the day. Among the many special activities planned is the traditional procession to the Grotto for the much-anticipated healing and anointing ceremony, which traces its roots to the earliest days of Christianity. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by the Most Reverend John Bura and other Ukrainian hierarchy. The homilist will be Very Reverend Archpriest Mykhailo Kuzma, Vice-Protopresbyter, from the Immaculate Conception Church in Palatine, Illinois.

Look for further information about this event at or by emailing or calling 215-379-3998 ext. 17

October 29, 2016

Sponsored by the Ukrainian Federation of America and held at the renowned Simeon Automotive Museum on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 6:30pm.

More details to follow.


JUNE-AUGUST Mon-Fri Various Soccer Camps

AUGUST 28 12:00PM Ukr. Independence Day Festival

SEPTEMBER 10-11 Opening of Fall Soccer Season

SEPTEMBER 17 Ukr. Nat'ls Family Fun Day

OCTOBER 7-9 Columbus Day Tournament

DECEMBER 4 End of Year Thanksgiving
Chrismas Dinner - 1:00PM


The Ukrainian League is assisting with the initiative to collect non-perishable foods (e.g. canned soup, chili, canned tuna, canned beans, canned veggies, canned fruits, canned meats, pasta, rice, cereal, buckwheat, etc.). Any type of canned, non-fragile item that can withstand shipping and transportation by sea will do.

The collection bin is located in the bar downstairs, at the entrance.

This aid will be delivered to the volunteers in Kyiv, who are working to provide for soldiers in 92nd, 80th, and 79th battalion brigades, as well as The Right Sector (Pravyi Sektor).

Shipping will be done via Ukraine Express at a discounted rate.

Please do not hesitate to contact the League with any questions.

In addition to canned food, other items needed are:
550 Military Paracord Rope (for survival bracelets)


Warm Camo clothing

While these items are optional - the primary focus is the food drive - they are also important and necessary in the field. If you were inclined to purchase paracord rope, following are some of the links to give an idea of what is needed:

1000 feet rope (will make 60-75 survival bracelets)

300 feet rope (will make 18-21 bracelets)

100 feet rope (will make 6-7 bracelets)

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