On Wednesday, March 7, 2017, the clergy of NY/NJ Deanery, under the leadership of Protopresbyter Taras Chubenko, for the first time during this year’s Lenten journey gathered together at Three Holy Hierarchs Ukrainian Orthodox Chapel of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, NJ) with His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, the Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy and President of Consistory of the UOC of the USA for the celebration of the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.  

Joining the hierarch at the altar of the Seminary’s temple were Protopresbyter Taras Chubenko, Dean of the Deanery and pastor of St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Carteret, NJ; Very Rev. Fr. Yuriy Siwko of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, NJ; Very Rev. Fr. Oleh Hucul of Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Maplewood, NJ; Rev. Fr. Myroslav Shirta of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bayonne, NJ; Rev. Fr. Vasyl Pasakas of the Nativity of the Birth-Giver of God Ukrainian Orthodox Church in South Plainfield, NJ; Deacon Ivan Tchopko of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, NJ and the following clergy in attendance: Very Rev. Fr. Volodymyr Muzychka of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York, NY; Very Rev. Fr. Todor Mazur of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City, NY; Rev. Fr. Zinoviy Zharsky of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Terenton, NJ and Rev. Fr. Ihor Melnyk.