County Executive Marks Day of Prayer for Ukraine
In the wake of the current crisis overseas, Westchester County Executive George Latimer declared Sunday, February 27 a Day of Prayer for Ukraine in Westchester County. He celebrated mass with the Ukrainian community in Yonkers at St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Latimer said: “We are here in a human capacity. We see the humanity here in the Ukrainian community of Yonkers, in Westchester County, and by extension, the world. We are praying, all of us, for justice to be done in Ukraine. We will continue to pray for peace in Eastern Europe and across the globe.”
Father Kiril Angelov, Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church said: “Being together here at Saint Michael the Archangel shows we are praying together. I am convinced prayer will win. We thank the County Executive and all our elected officials for standing with us during this difficult time. Let us continue to pray for Ukraine.”
St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church has been in the Yonkers community since 1899 and serves more than 400 families in their parish.
According to the latest census data, there are 1,767 Westchester residents were born in Ukraine and 6,393 Westchester residents with Ukrainian ancestry. The municipalities with the largest populations reporting Ukrainian ancestry were Yonkers and Greenburgh, with 1,745 reporting Ukrainian ancestry in Yonkers and 793 in Greenburgh.