It joins other monuments around the American capital dedicated to the memory of victims of communism, the Holocaust, World Wars, those honoring former U.S. Presidents, and even Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko. Only two monuments are opened every year by the U.S. National Park Service in Washington, and the location of this memorial, only a block from the central train station and three blocks from the Capitol building, will remind millions of visitors of the horrors experienced by the Ukrainian people.
The clergy and faithful of the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Palatine, Illinois are planning to build a new church. With the blessing of Bishop Richard Seminack and the worldwide Synod of Ukrainian Catholic Bishops, His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav has also designated the parish as a Shrine dedicated to the New Martyrs of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. During a recent Synod of our Bishops, permission was granted to place relics of the New Martyrs in the newly built church for prayer and veneration.
The legend of Kupalo is so ancient that historians and anthropologists can’t really decide when it came to be. Originally a pre-Christian fertility and cleansing ritual celebrated near the summer solstice, Kupalo exalted the uncontrollable forces of nature: floodwaters, the harvest, the tide, and the weather.
An historical example of the destruction of the family was cited in Bishop Borys’ intervention at the recent Synod. Familial love and mutual trust were replaced by paranoid fear and cynicism; the bond of family was sabotaged by the myth of Pavlik Morozov. According to Bishop Borys “As a 13-year-old boy Pavlik denounced his father (and some neighbors) to the authorities for forging documents and selling them to the bandits and enemies of the State.” The story about Pavlik, probably fictional, energized mistrust and encouraged children to spy on their parents. In order to heal this destructiveness, Bishop Borys and the faculty of UCU have mentored a generation of young professionals, such as Yuriy Didula whose example I cite below, who lead Christian lives guided by virtue and grace that heal the psychosocial wounds of the past.