Born in Buchach, Ukraine during World War II, Futey, like many, immigrated to the United States by way of Western Europe and South America. From being a humble high school teacher in Cleveland, he quickly became a lawyer, then went on to government, and was finally nominated to the United States Court of Federal Claims by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. But despite his professional success and allegiance to the United States, Futey never let go of his love for Ukraine.
Built for $1.75 million in 1977 and designed by Ukrainian-American architect Zenon Mazurkevich, parishioners intended it to be the most beautiful Ukrainian church in the world. Indeed, the church has been listed on several architecture websites’ lists of the world’s most unique churches. Here are some facts that make it so unique:
“It’s terrible that we Ukrainians always come together in times of tragedy, but what I saw is something that could be forgotten rather quickly,” said John Jaresko, head of the parish council at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bloomingdale. To memorialize those victims, and all new Ukrainian heroes, the community around St. Andrew church decided to erect a permanent reminder to their sacrifice.