UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA

CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

PRESS RELEASE

Bishop Daniel Meets With Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium

On Friday, September 23, 2016 His Grace Bishop Daniel, following the arrival to the capital of European union – Brussels, for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Holy Archangel Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Genk (Belgium) met with His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium, Exarch of Benelux at the offices of the Metropolis of Belgium. Participating in the meeting was Very Rev. Fr. Vitalij Derewianka, pastor of the Holy Archangel Ukrainian Orthodox Parish of Genk.

During the ninety minutes meeting, the hierarchs discussed the status of Orthodox communities in Belgium. In particular, Metropolitan Athenagoras and Bishop Daniel reflected upon the rich history of the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in Genk and other Orthodox communities of the area.

In addition, the hierarchs exchanges their thoughts about the importance of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in Diaspora that were created by the Pre-Conciliar Meeting in Chambesy.

In conclusion of the meeting, His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras gave Bishop Daniel a tour of the facilities of the Metropolis of Belgium.

Bidding farewell to each other, Bishop Daniel presented His Eminence with the copies of the newly published bilingual (Ukrainian and English) Service Book (Volume I) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.