March 23, 2016
New York City: St. Vladimir Youth Association & Synodal Youth
Committee launch "School Piggybank" Project
The St. Vladimir
Youth Association and Synodal Youth Department are preparing a
trip to Ukraine by the Synodal Youth Choir under the direction of
conductor Adrian Fekula, son of Peter A. Fekula, the choir director
of the Synodal Choir of Our Lady of the Sign Cathedral in New York
City. During the trip, which will take place this May and be led by
Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, the
young singers will visit holy sites, participate in divine services,
and perform concerts of Paschal music.
In connection with the planned trip, the youth
organizations have begun a "School Piggybank" program, while the
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion
of Eastern America & New York, addressed the following appeal to
parish rectors, administrators, teachers, and students of parish
schools of the Russian Diaspora:
Dear in the Lord parish rectors,
administrators and teachers of
Parish & Sunday Schools:
With our blessing and the blessing of His Beatitude Onufry,
Metropolitan of Kiev & All Ukraine, the St. Vladimir Youth
Association is organizing a trip to Ukraine by a choir of youth.
During the trip, the young singers will perform concerts for the
clergymen and parishioners of Kiev. The singers will also visit an
orphanage run by the clergymen of the Kiev Caves Lavra, and will
provide them material support. During Great Lent, this good deed
will take the form of a program known as the "School
We appeal to you to help support the poor Ukrainian orphans. Every
penny donated by your children to the Ukrainian children will mean a
great deal. Collected funds will be of great use and support to
these parentless children. They will be especially happy to know
that children their age provided this help.
Christian love is expressed in actions. We hope that during Great
Lent, your children will express their love for God and their
neighbor by helping the needy Ukrainian children, which will also be
a stimulus to Christian spiritual growth.
Moneys should be collected up until Palm Sunday (inclusively).
Checks should be written out to the Prince Vladimir Youth
Association. The transfer of funds can be arranged with the senior
priest of the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign in New York
City, Archpriest Andrei Sommer at (646) 320-7382 or by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. After the trip, all parish schools will be provided a
comprehensive report on how their collected donations were used.
We thank you in advance, invoking God’s blessings on your Christian
labors, and wish you to continue to travel the path of Great Lent
and greet the Risen Christ with spiritual joy.
of Eastern America & New York
First Hierarch of the
Russian Church Abroad