Blessing Ceremony of Student Chaplains

This Wednesday, August 22, Manor College’s new student chaplains were officially recognized in a blessing ceremony at Manor College Chapel. Thomas Verni, Campus Ministry Coordinator, led the welcoming statements, while Reverend John Ciurpita, Manor College Chaplain, blessed the students. Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs, Allison Mootz, gave the students their pins. The three new student chaplains are Da’Vondra Purnell, Seamus Fleming, and Jonathan Nemo. The Student Chaplaincy Program is new to Manor through the Campus Ministry, and involves providing spiritual support for fellow students through participation in various ministry events and initiatives. Manor College congratulates these students on their new role as spiritual leaders!      

Manor is now a Member of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) National Council

The Executive Board of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) on July 12 announced that Manor College has been accepted as a member organization of the UCCA National Council. The highest ruling body between UCCA’s quadrennial conventions, the National Council comprises over 20 national Ukrainian American organizations. On June 15, members of the UCCA National Council gathered for their biannual meeting to develop and approve the UCCA’s plans of action and activities of its Executive Board. Presided over by National Council Chair Stefan Kaczaraj, who is president of the Ukrainian National Association, the meeting of representatives of Ukrainian American organizations and local UCCA chapters heard reports from various Executive Board members and committee Chairs. The highpoint of the afternoon was when, on the recommendation of the UCCA’s Membership Committee, which is authorized and required to review each applicant for membership, the National Council unanimously voted to admit Manor College as its newest member organization. Founded in 1947, Manor College is a private, Catholic, co-educational, independent institution of higher learning founded by the Ukrainian Sisters of St. Basil the Great. Originally chartered as a junior college, today’s Manor College offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, reflecting its growth, expansion and place in the Philadelphia suburban community. As an institution of higher learning with ties to the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Manor is committed to preserving its spiritual and ethnic heritage and believes that personalized education in the Judeo-Christian tradition generates a commitment to a peaceful world, which inspires confidence in the present and hope for the future. “As UCCA continues to work towards unifying the Ukrainian-American community, I am delighted to welcome Manor College as our newest member organization, and look forward to their active involvement and to the many contributions they will make,” said UCCA President Andriy Futey. “I would also like to thank UCCA’s Philadelphia Branch for its leadership in working with Manor College. It is a prime example of how in working together we can wield much more influence on the political process in the United States, and have a greater ability to assist our vibrant community and our brethren in Ukraine,” Mr. Futey added. Reposted from The Ukrainian Weekly