Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown welcomes Father Mykola Zomchak who has strong ties to Ukraine
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown has a new pastor who, along with his family, recently traveled to Ukraine to visit but expected nothing of what was to come there. currently happening.
Father Mykola Zomchak has been appointed as a minister at Saints Peter and Paul Church. As a former priest, Father Ivan Tchopko continues his faith at the headquarters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in New Jersey.
“I appreciate it. My family benefits from it. We try, you know, to meet people to get involved in things,” Fr. Zomchak said.
Father Zomchak and his family traveled to Ukraine in January to visit his parents. They originally planned to go there in February just before Russia invaded the country.
He is happy that his family’s plans have changed.
“I came back about a month before the invasion started, not knowing that anything was going to happen,” Father Zomchak said.
Father Zomchak is very disturbed by what is happening in his home country.
“The footage, the images that we saw on the internet made us — we didn’t sleep all night,” Fr. Zomchak said.
Saints Peter and Paul collected funds for Ukraine. In one month, the church raised over $12,000 through its weekly bingo games.
Father Zomchak wants to maintain this support.
“They are trying to protect their land – a God-given land, a God-given independence, and we, as a church here, support them in that,” Fr. Zomchak said.