On Sunday, September 26, 2021, the congregation of St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Philadelphia, held its Annual Meeting, well-attended by both new members and long-time parishioners. The meeting opened with the Lord’s Prayer, led by the Rector, Very Reverend Bohdan Zhoba, who extended the blessings of His Holiness Patriarch for the good health of the congregation and a productive meeting.
Then followed a prayer by Father Bohdan for all deceased members of St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, including all departed Priests, Deacons and Clergy, Choir Directors and Singers, Council members, Sisterhood members, Founders, Donors and Caretakers of the Cathedral and all departed faithful parishioners.
The election for the Council Officers was next. The members voted unanimously for the current Council Officers to remain and serve in their present positions for the coming term, 2021-2022. The Council Officers are: Thomas Hanney, President; Susan Guz, Vice-President; Ellen Hanavin, Treasurer; Frank Borriello, Secretary.
Father Bohdan then presented his report to the congregation – first thanking His Holiness Patriarch Philaret for granting Cathedral status to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church earlier this year and appointing him Secretary of the Vicariate of the UOC-KP in the USA and Canada, two momentous events for the Clergy and congregation.
President, Tom Hanney, then led the meeting that included a list of accomplishments in the past year, most notably the installation of a new roof on the Cathedral and the building of a small Pierogi House on the Cathedral property, exclusively for the selling of pierogies made by Father Bohdan and parishioners. Revenue for the ongoing maintenance and operation of the Cathedral comes from generous donations from parishioners, the sale of pierogies at our annual Pierogi Festival, and the rental of the Cathedral Hall.
Judy Hanney, Pierogi Festival Director, thanked all the volunteers who have already made more than 1,000 helupki to sell at the Festival, November 6-7. She anticipates that the Festival will attract an even bigger crowd of people than last year. The Festival is well-known in the community, and people look forward to the home-cooked ethnic food every year, including 8,000 pierogies!
Sisterhood President, Barbara Latsios, reminded everyone that the Sisterhood of the Protection of the Holy Theotokos Annual Lunch is soon, on Sunday, October 17. This lunch is the only fundraising event organized by the Sisterhood. All income from ticket sales will be used to buy essential liturgical items for the Clergy.
Special recognition was given to member Serge Loginow, his parents and grandparents, founding members of the Cathedral, who selflessly served the Cathedral for more than 100 years — since 1917. Serge’s grandfather was a Council Starosta, and the family remains faithful parishioners and benefactors of the Cathedral. A Gramota from His Holiness Patriarch Philaret is forthcoming.
The Annual Meeting concluded with a prayer by Father Bohdan.