Seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary Engaged in Missionary Charitable Activities in North Carolina
With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, a group of seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, who partnered with the Consistory Office of Christian Charity (under the leadership of Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay) traveled for over 750 miles from the Spiritual Center of the UOC of the USA to Waynesville, NC in order to deliver over 200 packages of diapers and clothing to the local North Carolina Haywood County.
Just a week ago, Vladyka Daniel (accompanied by Very Rev. Fr. Antony Perkins) visited the Haywood Pathway Center in Waynesville, NC that provides care for the homeless individuals and those in need to rehabilitation and assistance. Both clergy of the Church learned about the practical needs of the local humanitarian Christian shelter, and Vladyka Daniel promised to return to North Carolina in the nearest future with a donation of the most necessary needs for the individuals in residence.
With the blessing of Metropolitan Antony, Archbishop Daniel and seminarians of the Church subdeacon Ivan Venhryn, Yaroslav Bilohan, Myroslav Mykytyuk and Pavlo Vysotstryi delivered to Haywood Pathway Center boxes of diapers and clothing for the individuals in need on June 4-5, 2019.
Archbishop Daniel and seminarians, accompanied by Reader Aidan Buchanan of the newly-established Orthodox mission (under the spiritual omophorion of the UOC of the USA)met with the Executive Director of Haywood Pathways Center Mrs. Mandy Haithcox, who personally gave a tour of the property to the seminarians of the Church and shared with everyone in attendance various ministerial opportunities that the faithful of the Church could partake in. Mrs. Haithcox, stated that basic vision of the Center is to be a faith-based, comprehensive ministry that brings life transformation in a safe, accepting and caring environment; to develop disciples of Christ through His love and mercy, shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, produce self-sustaining citizens of Haywood County, and decrease recidivism (repeat offenses) in the community.
Touring the property, while speaking with the residents, staff and administrators of Haywood Pathways Center, Archbishop Daniel stated that the ministry that is being offered by the local Christian outreach communities is exactly the work that the Primate of the UOC of the USA, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony often calls upon the parishes of the Church to be involved in. Archbishop Daniel committed to assist the Center with the donation of diapers that are needed for the newest project of the Center, providing housing for the homeless newly born children and their mothers that are in need of a place to live and care for the infants.
His Eminence also stated the Consistory Offices of Christian Charity (under the leadership of Protodeacon Dr. Ihor Mahlay) and Youth and Young Adult Ministries (under the leadership of Mrs. Natalie Kapeluck-Nixon) in the past have engaged themselves in various outreach ministries in the local communities in the USA and the Haywood Pathways Center might become a future destination for the High School and College Age Students Mission Trips in the United States of America.