His Holiness Patriarch Philaret, Chairman of the Board of the Vicariate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) in the USA and Canada (the “Vicariate”), convened a meeting with Father Bohdan Zhoba, the newly-appointed Secretary of the Vicariate, and the new de facto Board of Directors on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Patriarch Philaret participated from Kyiv via ZOOM video conferencing.
Patriarch Philaret reiterated that the Vicariate was – and is – part of the UOC-KP; that the Secretary and Board of Directors are representatives of His Holiness Patriarch Philaret; and they have his blessing to embrace and develop this organization in the United States and Canada.
Father Bohdan led the group in the “O Heavenly King” prayer at the beginning of the meeting which was followed by a blessing from His Holiness Patriarch Philaret. The group responded and sang Ton Dhespotin. The meeting closed with the participants singing “Holy Theotokos,” a blessing by His Holiness Patriarch Philaret and a final, resounding “Eis polla eti, Dhespota!”
The Vicariate was overjoyed to receive Patriarch Philaret’s blessing to unify and grow the UOC-KP parishes in the Vicariate.