House of Representatives Welcomes Archbishop As Guest Chaplain

On Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at 9:00 a.m., His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Coadjutor to the Primate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the United States of America was the guest chaplain at the United States House of Representatives.

His Eminence was welcomed by congressman John Sununu of New Hampshire and then offered the opening prayer for the daily session of the 107th. Congress of the United States. After the prayer, Congressman Sununu offered words of thanks to the Archbishop and spoke about his contributions to ecclesiastical and human life both here and in Ukraine and his efforts on behalf of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

The Archbishop was joined at the Capitol by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Stephan and Archbishop Michael's sister and brother-in-law, Edwina and Richard Smith, of Newburgh, New York.

Later in the day, the Metropolitan and Archbishop had the opportunity to meet with members of congress and President Bush's staff, including the President's chairman for the "Faith-Based Initiative." There will be more information and pictures of this historic event forthcoming.

For the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the USA, this has truly been an historic and honored occasion and a sign of the continued growth and efforts of the UAOC in representing the concerns of Ukrainian Americans in our nation's capitol.

Click Here to View the Congressional Record of May 2, 2001.

Click Here for the Certificate from the House of Representivies, recognizing Archbishop Michael as the House Guest Chaplain.

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