On April 28th – 29th, the Providence Association for Ukrainian Catholics, the Fraternal Association established for the financial security of Ukrainian Catholics, held its annual General Assembly in its 105th year at the Providence Association Office in Philadelphia.
As in previous years, the Board of Directors reviewed and accepted various reports related to the management and stability of the Providence Association. It was noted that management maintained a healthy and stable fraternal benefit society which secures and protects insurance and annuity benefits for its members.
Of special note is the report of the Audit Committee, chaired by Msgr. John Terlecky, which in part spoke of the transparency of the Providence Association.
The report stated, In 2016, the annual statement of our Association reflects a continual progression in the company’s assets and financial stability. Our capital income and surplus funds meet the criteria of our corporation, which for the first time, can state that it is a $40,000,000. company. Thus said, the Auditing Committee completed its thorough review and does state that “the Association’s records are in good order and in compliance with all pertinent authorities”.
Two highlights occurred during the two-day sessions. One was the Divine Liturgy celebrated at Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The main celebrant was His Grace, Metropolitan Stefan Soroka along with Bishop Bohdan Danylo and clergy members of the General Assembly. The homilest was the President of the Providence Association, Very Rev. Mitered Archpriest Ihor Midzak.
The second was the passing of resolutions in support of various events and celebrations. These were as follows:
The Providence Association welcomes the new Bishop of the Eparchy of St. Nicholas in Chicago, His Grace Venedykt Valery Aleksiychuk, M.S.U.
To continue in our fraternal mission serving our members, church and community:
The Providence Association resolves to continue to support Ukraine in its struggle to maintain its territorial integrity.
The Providence Association resolves to support the Hierarchs in the program of re-evangelization entitled, The Vibrant Parish – A Place of Encounter with the Living Christ
The Providence Association resolves to support the Hierarchs in teaching the faithful about the new catechism of our Church entitled, Christ – Our Pascha
The Providence Association resolves to renew our commitment as Ukrainian Catholics to make sure our members are aware of the products and services provided by the Providence Association that offer security and the support of our Faith.
Other commemorations were:
125th Anniversary of the Birth of His Beatitude, Patriarch Josyf Slipyj
100th Anniversary of the Priesthood Ordination of His Beatitude, Patriarch Josyf Slipyj
70th Anniversary of Akcija Wisla
50th Anniversary of the Ukrainian World Congress
75th Anniversary of the Formation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army
400th Anniversary of the Founding of the Order of St. Basil the Great of St. Josaphat
150th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. Josaphat
80th Anniversary of the Basilian Fathers Ministering in the United States
125th Anniversary of the Founding of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate
40th Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of His Beatitude, Patriarch Lubomyr Husar, M.S.U.
35th Anniversary of the Priesthood Ordination of His Grace, Most Reverend Stefan Soroka
15th Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of His Grace, Most Reverend Paul Chomnycky, O.S.B.M.
65th Anniversary of the Priesthood Ordination of His Grace, Most Reverend Stephen Sulyk
60th Anniversary of the Priesthood Ordination of His Grace, Most Reverend Basil Losten
The Providence Association, through the leadership provided at the General Assembly these two days, have taken on means to better serve our members and to seek new avenues for marketing, advertising and sales through the social media and proven media from the past.