Saturdays: Vespers at 5:00 PM
Sundays: Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM
The Most Holy Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Philaret Denysenko was born on January 23, 1929 in the village of Blagodatnyi of the Amvrosiy district of Donetsk. In 1946, after graduating from high school, he entered the 3rd class of the Odessa Theological Seminary and graduated with honors. In the same year he entered the Moscow Theological Academy. On January 1, 1950, he received monastic vows with the name of Philaret.
On May 14, 1966, Bishop Philaret was promoted to the rank of Archbishop and appointed Exarch of Ukraine, Archbishop of Kiev and Halytsky, a permanent member of the Holy Synod.
In October 1995, at the All-Ukrainian Local Council, Metropolitan Philaret was elected Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine. He is working to build local Orthodox churches in Ukraine and unite Ukrainian Orthodox believers within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate.
Father Bohdan Zhoba was born May 24, 1976 in the town of Obertyn, Ukraine. After high school in 1993, Father Bohdan entered Volyn Orthodox Seminary. He graduated in 1996 and went on to study at the Kyiv Orthodox Academy where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Theology. He became an Honorary Chaplain in Sumy, Ukraine, in 2001 and then became Dean of Christ Is Risen Cathedral in Sumy, Ukraine in December 2003.
In January 2004, Father Bohdan emigrated to the United States. His first American parish was Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyivan Patriarchate, in North Royalton, Ohio, where he was Rector. At the same time, he served as Patriarch Philaret’s Secretary, Vicariate, Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada.
In addition, he was Dean of the Ohio, Michigan and Indiana Deanery. Father Bohdan left Ohio in 2011 to serve at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Kyivan Patriarchate, in Cooper City, Florida. In December 2016, he became Officiating Priest at St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in Philadelphia. He was officially proclaimed our permanent Rector by His Holiness Patriarch Philaret on June 27, 2017.
Father Bohdan married Matushka Alla in 1995 and they have two children: Gregory, who is a sophomore at Florida State University Tallahassee with plans to become a doctor, and Bohdana, a junior in high school. Father Bohdan’s grandfather, Petro Zhoba, was a United States Ambassador. Petro emigrated to the United States after World War II and now rests eternally in St. Andrew Ukrainian Cemetery in Bound Brook, NJ.
Since arriving at St. Nicholas Church in 2016, Father Bohdan has officiated at many of life’s memorable events: baptisms, marriages, birthdays and other joyous occasions, and he has comforted us when we lost loved ones.
The members of our current church committee include:
President: Thomas Hanney
Vice President: Susan Guz
Treasurer: Ellen Hanavin
Secretary: Frank Borriello