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18501Patriarch of Kyiv and All Ukraine to make official visit to the United States

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Sep 17, 2013
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      His Holiness Patriarch of Kyiv and All Ukraine to make official visit to
      the United States
      12 September 2013

      On Friday, November 8, 2013 the leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-
      Kyivan Patriarchate, His Holiness Patriarch Filaret of Kyiv and All
      Ukraine will arrive for a two week visit to the United States of America.

      Patriarch Filaret is the leader of the third largest group of Orthodox
      faithful in the world with over 15 million believers. The Patriarch’s
      visit will begin with his arrival at JFK International Airport in New
      York. His Holiness will make archpastoral visits to parishes in New
      York, New Jersey and Connecticut on November 9 and 10. On Monday Nov 11,
      His Holiness the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Ukraine will fly to
      Washington D.C for official meetings with congressional leaders, senate
      members and State Dept. officials. He will arrive on Thursday Nov. 14 at
      Chicago’s O’Hare International airport where he will be greeted by
      official members of Ukraine’s Consulate in Chicago. He will be spending
      the following five days in Bloomingdale, Illinois at St. Andrew
      Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, the center for The Kyiv Patriarchate in
      The Unites States of America.

      In addition His Holiness is concerned and will speak on topics
      including: the Orthodox Christians in Syria, same sex marriage,
      religious tolerance and basic human freedoms violations.

      The Patriarch will preside over Ecumenical services at St. Nicholas
      Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral saturday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. for the
      80th anniversary memorial services for the over 10 million Ukrainians
      starved by the Soviet regime in Stalin’s forced genocide famine of 1932-33.

      His Holiness Patriarch Filaret will also participate in the official
      celebrations surrounding the 1025th Anniversary of The Baptism Of
      Ukraine into the Christian faith in the year 988. A concert featuring
      the Canadian Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the
      church auditorium at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral.

      On Sunday November 16 at 9:00 am, His Holiness Filaret The Patriarch of
      Kyiv and All Ukraine will preside over the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
      at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Bloomingdale, IL. A
      Banquet in his honor at St. Andrew Ukrainian Cultural Center,
      Bloomingdale, IL will be held at 1:30 pm. On Monday His Holiness will
      preside over The Clergy Conference of The Kyivan Patriarchate with
      visiting clergy from across the US and Canada.