Aug 12

Nice Write-up of our June Church Walk by a Local Carpatho-Rusyn Society Group

Interior of Saints Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church (photo via Lake MIchigan Rusyns)

A group from the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society stopped by Ukrainian Village in June for our Church Walk and recently published a post on their blog about the tour with some photos of the church interiors as well as some historical background.

On warm, sunny Saturday, June 16, the Lake Michigan Chapter participated in a walking tour of five churches in the Ukrainian Village section of Chicago.  Located in a patchwork of neighborhoods known as West Town, Ukrainian Village is a small but vibrant ethnic section that still honors its roots while welcoming newcomers.  Built in the late-1800s and early-1900s, many of the brick houses and two-flats along the tree-lined streets have been designated historic landmarks. Named for the Eastern European immigrants who bought homes there in the 1920s, the village still reflects a strong Ukrainian presence despite the influx of new businesses, urban professionals, artists and families.

We’re glad to hear about such great reviews of our first ever church walk and we hope to host another one next year.

Feb 12

Ukrainian Village Historic Church Walking Tour – June 2012

Holy Trinity Cathedral

St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral











The Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association is putting together a walking tour of the historic and beautiful churches in our neighborhood on June 16th, 2012.   Currently we have 5 churches lined up to participate in the event.  We plan to walk from church to church spending a little time at each with a docent who will lead a short tour.  We still need volunteers to help with the promotion of the even as well as a little help on the day of the event.   We don’t need a lot of anyone’s time, but we do need help with the following:

  • designing a flyer
  • printing the flyer
  • passing out/posting flyers
  • other ways to promote the event
  • day of event sign-up/registration ( 1-hour commitment)
  • day of event tour guides along the walk (can be part or all of walk)

There are still a few details to work out but it’s always best to get going as soon as possible.  We’ll schedule a volunteer meeting in March to really kick things off, though one of our neighbors has already done a lot of legwork talking to the individual churches in our neighborhood (Thanks George!).   Send us a note at info@uvna.org if you are interested in helping out!

Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

St. Helen's Church



Sep 11

The Shroud of Turin Visits St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

(photo via http://www.stnicholascenter.org/)

Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, with the full blessing of Bishop Richard Stephen, will be hosting the ninth authentic, and Vatican authorized, photographic copy of the Shroud of Turin.  The Shroud will be available for veneration starting on October 1st, 2011, on the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God , celebrating with Vespers in Ukrainian & English at 6:00pm.

The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. It is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, northern Italy. The image on the shroud is commonly associated with Jesus Christ, his crucifixion and burial.  The image on the shroud is much clearer in black-and-white negative than in its natural sepia color. The negative image was first observed in 1898, on the reverse photographic plate of amateur photographer Secondo Pia, who was allowed to photograph it while it was being exhibited in the Turin Cathedral.

A fire, possibly caused by arson, threatened the shroud on 11 April 1997.  In 2002, the Holy See had the shroud restored. The cloth backing and thirty patches were removed, making it possible to photograph and scan the reverse side of the cloth, which had been hidden from view. A ghostly part-image of the body was found on the back of the shroud in 2004.

The actual shroud itself – not the photographic image that will on display in Chicago – has been on display only five times in the past century. When it last went on display in 2000, more than three million people saw it. Many more are expected to see it when it next goes on display in 2025.

The exhibit will continue through  Nov. 21, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple (Vedennia Bohorodychi) at St. Nicholas Cathedral. Viewing of the Shroud will be Mon. to Fri. from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. from 2 – 8 p.m. There will be no admission fee.

To schedule a tour or to volunteer as a docent, send an email to office@stnicholaschicago.org or call 773.276.4537.