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« on: June 21, 2010, 04:44:45 PM »

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NEW YORK – Archbishop Demetrios concluded a four-day visit to Slovakia on June 17, during which he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Presov. Bishop Savas of Troas and Archdeacon Panteleimon accompanied His Eminence on this trip

The visit began on Sunday June 13, when Archbishop Demetrios concelebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov and Sts. Cyril and Methodios in the city of Bardejov, with His Beatitude Archbishop Christopher of Prague and all Czechia and Slovakia, His Eminence Metropolitan John of Presov, His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas and His Grace Bishop Paisios of Goritze (Poland).

Following the Liturgy, a blessing ceremony for the new church bell tower was held. Later the Mayor of Bardejov Dr. Boris Hanuscak had a very warm welcome and an informative discussion with His Eminence in City Hall. In the afternoon, Archbishop Demetrios accompanied by Archbishop Christopher and Metropolitan John, visited the “Wooden Home,” an important local museum and the small chapel there dedicated to the Three Hierarchs, where a local choir performed religious songs and hymns.

On Monday June 14, the University of Presov bestowed upon Archbishop Demetrios an Honorary Doctorate of Theology during a touching ceremony attended by many members of the academic community of Slovakia, the dean of the School of Theology Rev. Dr. John Zozulak, other officials, faculty members and many students and guests.  That evening Archbishop Demetrios paid an official visit to Metropolitan John of Presov and Slovakia at the diocesan headquarters. The two church leaders discussed the challenges the Orthodox Churches face in America and in Slovakia.

On Tuesday June 15, the Archbishop delivered an address as part of the Biblical conference organized by the School of Theology at the University of Presov entitled “The Social Work of the Church.” In the evening the Archbishop at the invitation of Metropolitan John of Presov visited the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky during the vespers service and offered a short address to the congregation.

On Wednesday June 16, His Eminence with Bishop Savas and Archdeacon Panteleimon escorted by Dean John Zozulak and church officials visited three parishes in the towns of Svidnik, Stropkov and Medzilaborce, situated in an area of fierce battles during Word War II. In the town of Medzilaborce the Archbishop visited the Orthodox orphanage of St. Nicholas, which offers a very impressive service to the approximately 80 children enrolled.

Upon his return from this trip Archbishop Demetrios expressed his deep appreciation and high esteem for the people of the Orthodox Church in Slovakia who offer a strong witness of the healing and constructive power of the faith, especially in view of the extremely hard times and persecutions they went through for decades.

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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2010, 05:06:05 PM »

It is wonderful to hear about the blessed work taking place in the church of Slovakia.  May the Lord's vineyard there continue to prosper!
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2010, 06:56:19 PM »

Is it me or did they get their ecclesiastical titles back words. Shouldn't it be His Beatitude Metropolitan Christopher and His Eminence Archbishop John?
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2010, 09:46:00 AM »

The work of the Diocese of Presov at the Orphanage in the town of Medzilaborce (ancestral home of the late American pop artist Andy Warhol) is worth mentioning. As many of my parish's families can trace their own ancestry to the district near Medzilaborce in former Spis County, our parish has had a special mission to aid in the good works being performed there by its dedicated staff. In Eastern Europe the plight of the Romany peoples (commonly referred to as 'gypsies' or 'cigany') has been a source of concern to human rights officials. The mission of the orphanage has provided a safe haven for countless abandoned or maltreated Romany or mixed-background children. They are given a safe place to live and learn and are nurtured in the Faith by the staff. Many years to all of them! M'nohaja i Blahaja L'it!
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010, 10:11:14 AM »

Veľmi dobré. Kedy som bol na Slovenkso v 2004, videl som nový kostol v Prešova ale nemali liturgiu tedy.

(Very good.  When I was in Slovakia in 2004, I saw a new church in Presov, but they did not have a liturgy then--I might have my cases wrong, as I am much better at understanding Slovak than writing or speaking it).
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2010, 02:25:38 PM »

The work of the Diocese of Presov at the Orphanage in the town of Medzilaborce (ancestral home of the late American pop artist Andy Warhol) is worth mentioning. As many of my parish's families can trace their own ancestry to the district near Medzilaborce in former Spis County, our parish has had a special mission to aid in the good works being performed there by its dedicated staff. In Eastern Europe the plight of the Romany peoples (commonly referred to as 'gypsies' or 'cigany') has been a source of concern to human rights officials. The mission of the orphanage has provided a safe haven for countless abandoned or maltreated Romany or mixed-background children. They are given a safe place to live and learn and are nurtured in the Faith by the staff. Many years to all of them! M'nohaja i Blahaja L'it!

Speaking of Andy Warhol, I just read this interesting article about his home town.  I think someone has written about the influence of orthodox iconography on Warhol's art too.

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Visiting Andy Warhol’s ancestral home
By Petro KRALIUK, Ostroh, Ukraine

Ukrainians hardly know anything about Andy Warhol (1928-87), and probably do not value him highly. Of course, information about this personality can be found in Ukrainian-language sources (including The Day’s archives). The band Plach Yeremii even has a song composed to the lyrics by Petro Midianka. It starts with the words, “Andrii Warhola, a Ruthenian or Ukrainian.” In fact, the ethnic identification of the American king of pop art is not quite that simple, nor is the spelling of his surname. He is frequently spelled in different ways like Warhol, Warhola, Werhola etc. Warhola is considered to be the correct version. This surname is quite common in Lemkivshchyna, which in the 20th century was separated between different states, and whose residents, due to various circumstances (economic and political ones), had to leave their land. On the whole, Lemkos are considered to be a Ukrainian ethnic group, though not everyone agrees with this opinion...


http://www.day.kiev.ua/299596

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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2010, 01:19:25 PM »

For the sake of accuracy, Warhol grew up attending the Greek Catholic parish of St. John Chrysostom in the 'Ruska Dolina' section of Pittsburgh, PA. The parish celebrated its 100th anniversary this year and had a most interesting history during the difficult times of the 1920's and 30's regarding its status as either a Greek Catholic or an Orthodox parish. The last of the status related litigation finally ended in the 1970's I believe, with the parish remaining under Byzantine Catholic jurisdiction. The church is quite spectacular and is a 'must see' on any Eastern church tour of the Pittsburgh region. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John_Chrysostom_Byzantine_Catholic_Church_%28Pittsburgh%29
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2010, 02:16:02 PM »

For the sake of accuracy, Warhol grew up attending the Greek Catholic parish of St. John Chrysostom in the 'Ruska Dolina' section of Pittsburgh, PA. The parish celebrated its 100th anniversary this year and had a most interesting history during the difficult times of the 1920's and 30's regarding its status as either a Greek Catholic or an Orthodox parish. The last of the status related litigation finally ended in the 1970's I believe, with the parish remaining under Byzantine Catholic jurisdiction. The church is quite spectacular and is a 'must see' on any Eastern church tour of the Pittsburgh region. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John_Chrysostom_Byzantine_Catholic_Church_%28Pittsburgh%29

The pictures from Warhol's church are fantastic.  I wish I could visit it in person.  I remember seeing a DVD of Warhol's life and a fraction of his private funeral for his family was included and also a close up of the Icon of the Theotokos from the iconostasis of his home church.
Thanks for the link and the historical background of the parish.
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