Welcome to St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bloomingdale, Illinois, USA. We represent a branch of the Eastern Orthodox faith which is a continuation of the First Century Church. St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church belongs to The Vicariate of The Kyivan Patriarchate in the USA and Canada which is under the authority of His Holiness Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret, Presiding Hierarch of the Vicariate of The Kyivan Patriarchate in the USA and Canada.
Our parish was chartered by the State of Illinois in 1970 and will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. There were about 6 Ukrainian families in the suburbs of Chicago that wanted to form a parish even though they did not yet have a church building or priest. Their own church would not become a reality until 1976, when the first service was held on the Sunday of Annunciation. A make shift church in what was once a horse stable served the parish until the congregation of some 100 families could raise the two million dollars it would take to construct their dream. In 1987 the current church was completed and blessed in honor of the Millenium of Ukrainian Orthodoxy (988-1988) by Metropolitan Mstyslav Skrypnyk later the first Patriarch of Ukraine. Today, St. Andrew’s has about 150 families as members. The church is largely made up of Ukrainian World War II immigrants, second generation Ukrainians and now a new immigration of culturally aware and patriotic Ukrainians.
As the mother church to all the Slavic nations, The Ukrainian Orthodox Church stands as a testament that no political force or policy of atheism could break the soul of the God-fearing and devout Ukrainian people. After years of Soviet persecution, Ukrainians have a free and democratic country and a free and independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church under His Holiness Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyivan Patriarchate has over 15 million believers world-wide and is the third largest Orthodox Church in the world.
St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church provides a great number of programs and ministries through it's many organizations.
The backbone of the parish is The Saint Sophia Sisterhood, which has devoted countless hours in raising funds for the parish. Through weekly sales of Varenyky (pierogis) they have become a staple in the community and it is not uncommon to have a line out the door on any given Saturday morning.
St. Andrew has also become known for its beautiful Ukrainian Choir. Ukrainian liturgical music as well as traditional Ukrainian music is performed in its purest form with unmatched interpretation. The parish choir was built upon the direction of Dr. Vasil Truchly and has performed for public audiences throughout the USA and has recently released several recordings.
The parish has a very active youth ministry, including the Saturday Ukrainian School, with various religious and cultural educational programs that cater to the community's ever growing youth population. Religious education is provided by our pastor Very Rev. Victor Poliarny every Saturday morning at 9 am. In addition the youth of the parish have a Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble “Vodohray” which meets twice a week for rehearsals and has performed throughout Chicagoland. There are classes for preparing the youth for first confession and communion on Sunday mornings. The youth are also involved in various fundraisers such as lunches, car-washes and bake sales.
The parish also sponsors a retirement community, St. Andrew Co-op is made up of 23 studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units on land adjacent to the church. Many of the owners devote their time and physical efforts to the church throughout the week.
A small gift shop area offers a variety of Ukrainian religious articles such as icons and other Ukrainian gifts for purchase.
A bi-weekly newsletter, the UOC-KP Bulletin, keeps the parish informed of all the various activities, service schedules and other events that occur within the Ukrainian Orthodox community.
In addition, St. Andrew parish sponsors an annual Ukrainian Festival and many other Ukrainian cultural concerts.
The beautiful Church complex with it's elegant auditorium was constructed just 20 miles west of downtown Chicago in 1987.
If you have any questions, want to learn more about our parish or to schedule a tour, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Pastor Very Rev. Victor Poliarny at (630) 217-5524.