Vladyka Daniel Meets With His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain and the Leadership of the Association of Ukrainian in Great Britain
On Wednesday, January 18, 2017 His Grace Archbishop-Elect Daniel, following the arrival to the capital of United Kingdom – London, for the celebration of the Holy and Sacred Feast of Theophany of our Lord with the local Ukrainian Orthodox community met with His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain at the offices of the Archdiocese in London. Participating in the meeting were Very Rev. Fr. Bohdan Matwijchuk, President of Consistory of the UAOC in Great Britain and Very Rev. Fr. Vitalij Derewianka, pastor of the Holy Archangel Ukrainian Orthodox Parish of Genk, Belgium.
During the cordial meeting, the hierarchs discussed the status of Orthodox communities in Great Britain, especially the possibility of formation of new Ukrainian Orthodox parish communities, etc. In particular, Archbishop Gregorios and Archbishop-elect Daniel reflected upon the rich history of the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in Great Britain and other Orthodox communities of the area. Vladyka Daniel conveyed prayerful greetings of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony (Prime Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Diaspora and USA)
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 Archbishop Gregorios gave Vladyka Daniel a tour of the Archdiocesan chapel of Annunciation.
Bidding farewell to each other, His Eminence Archbishop-elect Daniel presented His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios with the copies of the newly published bilingual (Ukrainian and English) 2017 Calendar of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora as well as a copy of the icon of Holy Metropolitans of Kyiv. In return, Archbishop Gregorios presented Vladyka Daniel and accompanying clergy with the commemorative gifts.