UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA

CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

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Seminarians of St. Sophia Seminary and Bishop Daniel Give a Gift of Life – Donate Blood

Understanding the Church’s teaching on a value of human life and the need to offer unconditionally in saving lives of others, the seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, NJ) Subdeacon Volodymyr Yavorskyy, Mykola Zomchak, Hryhorii Matviiv, Mykhaylo Bokalo, Vasyl Hrytskiv and Vladyslav Huk accompanied His Grace Bishop Daniel on a trip to a local Somerset, NJ area medical institution – Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center – in order to donate blood as an act of charity, fraternal love and self sacrifice.

Speaking to a group of seminarians that are enjoying a few weeks of summer break before the new academic year begins, Vladyka Daniel stated, “The Holy Orthodox Church understands the fact that there is a need for organ donors and that Orthodox Christians should accept this as a sacred challenge to their generosity and fraternal love in order to save the lives of individuals that could benefit from such a donation – gift of life.”