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Rebuilding the Church

Rebuilding the Church

On Monday, August 15, 2005 on the feast of Dormition of the Mother of God, the patronal feast of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Colchester, pastor Rev. Kiril Manolev together with other clergy of the Eparthy of Stamford dedicated the cornerstone for the building of the new church.

The festivities began with the Divine Liturgy in the open, on the grounds where the church once stood. The Liturgy was concelebrated by Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Msgr. John Terlecky, the eparchial econome: Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Ihor Midzak. the vicar general of the Eparchy of Stamford both of them the official representatives of Bishop Basil H. Losten for the event; Rev. Kiril Manolev, administrator of the parish; and a deacon from the Romanian Catholic Church.

After the Divine Liturgy, the ceremony of blessing of the grounds and the solemn dedication of the cornerstone was held, followed by a luncheon. Among those present at the event, there were, in addition to the Ukrainian Catholic faithful, the representatives, both the clergy and the faithful, of the Roman Catholic and the Greek Orthodox churches.

All the participants also had an opportunity to view the plan of the new church building. The building plans were prepared by architect Peter W. Argiros, of the Greek Orthodox faith, whose fellow parishioners also attended the ceremonies. We are in the process of building the new church which will be completed by Summer, 2006.