The League of Ukrainian Catholics in New Jersey honored local pastors on Sunday, October 3. The faithful of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Passaic gathered to pray the Akafist in honor of our Blessed Mother in celebration of the Feast of Pokrov and to bless water. Co-celebrants at the service included Fr. Andriy Dudkevych, pastor of St. Nicholas; Fr. Ivan Turyk from Perth Amboy; Fr. Ihor Kolisnik, Cs.S.R. and Fr. Taras Svirchuk, Cs.S.R from Newark; and Fr. Vasyl Chorniy from Ukraine.
Afterwards all were invited to a reception in the church hall prepared by the St. Nicholas Chapter of the League of Ukrainian Catholics. The League members took the opportunity to acknowledge and express gratitude to the clergy for their dedication to their vocation and to the Ukrainian Catholic diaspora. Special thanks were extended to Fr. Andriy for his pastoral leadership in bringing together the faithful in prayer and celebration.