New additions highlight 82nd annual Ukrainian Seminary Day
Ukrainian Seminary Day will have a special visitor this year.
A life-size replica of the Shroud of Turin will be on display Sunday during the 82nd edition of the annual event at St. Nicholas Church picnic grove, Primrose. Seminary Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate Ukrainian faith, heritage and culture. It is held rain or shine.
The Shroud of Turin is an old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man, whom many believe to be Jesus Christ. The Very Rev. Archpriest Michael Hutsko at Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, said the replica to be on display Sunday touched the actual shroud and was blessed.
Seminary Day is sponsored by the 12 parishes of the South Anthracite Deanery of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Proceeds from the event benefit St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, D.C., the only Ukrainian Catholic seminary in the United States.
Beginning as Ukrainian Catholic Seminary Day in 1934, the event was held for 50 years in Lakewood Park, Barnesville. It served as a “coming-home event” for descendants of Ukrainian immigrants who came to this region for work. In 1985, the parish-stye picnic was renamed Ukrainian Seminary Day and moved to its current location on Route 901 outside Minersville. It is held annually on the last Sunday of July.
This year’s celebration begins at 11 a.m. with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Stefan Soroka and clergy of the deanery. Starting at 11:30 a.m., WPPA 1360 will have a live polka broadcast, which will be followed at 1 p.m. by the Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble. The entertainment will continue at 4 p.m. with John Stevens’ Doubleshot Polka Band.
Hutsko said another special addition is healing prayers led by Soroka. He said people are invited to receive spiritual anointing.
Visitors can also view and venerate the Icon for Vocations and the Icon of the Blessed Bishop Mykola Charnetsky.
Seminary Day features a range of ethnic food, with each parish assigned to make a homemade specialty. It includes halupki, haluski, pierogies, bleenies, kielbasi and desserts. The menu also has American and picnic fare such as hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries and funnel cake.
The event also has themed basket auctions, vendors and crafters with traditional Eastern European items, games and pysanky demonstrations. Pysanky are traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs.
Ukrainian Seminary Day has raised about $750,000 for the seminary since 1985.
There is no admission charge and parking is free. Buses are welcome. For more information, visit the Ukrainian Seminary Day website at www.seminaryday.org or its Facebook page.
A life-size replica of the Shroud of Turin will be on display Sunday at the annual Ukrainian Seminary Day, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. TOP: Andy Hutsko, Jonestown, stirs a large kettle of bean soup during last year’s Ukrainian Seminary Day.