UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Open House at All Saints Camp!
By Pani-matka Mary Anne Nakonachny
Saturday, May 5th, started off with a few clouds overhead but those were replaced by sunshine as the camp committee members carrying the church banners, seminarians, clergy and hierarchs processed from the newly-constructed clergy cabin to the St. Thomas Chapel at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp in Emlenton, PA.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine and His Grace Bishop Daniel were presented with flowers and greeted by Mikaela Kapeluck and Julia Hontaruk, on behalf of the youth who enjoy the facilities and encampment programs at our Diocesan campgrounds.
Bearing bread and salt, Michael Nakonachny welcomed the hierarchs on behalf of the Camp Committee. He thanked them for their continuous support and involvement in the camp.
Father Paisius McGrath, pastor of St. Thomas Chapel, then extended his welcome and gratitude to our beloved hierarchs for honoring us with their presence and, especially, to His Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine for sharing the start of the celebration of his 40th anniversary in the Episcopacy in our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA with those present.
As is only appropriate, the Divine Liturgy was the start of the Open House at the All Saints Camp facilities. Ten priests and a deacon joined the 2 bishops, as everyone prayed together for the good of the camp, the community, the country and the world. Mrs. Kira Senedak led those present in singing the responses.
At the end of the service, His Beatitude spoke about the most memorable moments in his past 40 years as a bishop and offered encouragement and support for the Camp and those who attend and work at it.
Following the Liturgy, everyone was invited to the dining hall for lunch, which included an anniversary cake for Metropolitan Constantine.
Guests from as far away as Michigan and New Jersey came to share the day. Everyone was encouraged to tour the camp facilities and see the work that had been done to improve All Saints Camp. There was a guided tour of the prayer trail, crafts for children, swimming in the pool and a volleyball game and, to end the day, a wiener roast and s’mores by the campfire.
The All Saints Camp committee expresses its deep gratitude to everyone who took the time to join in prayer, honor Metropolitan Constantine on the occasion of his anniversary, and share the glory of the beautiful day that God had given us.