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On Sunday, October 26, 2008, while in Ukraine, I had the opportunity to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy in our parish of St. George the Great-Martyr just outside of Chortkiv in the Ternopil Oblast. The pastor, Protopresbyter Volodymyr Svarychevskyj and his family and parishioners were most gracious hosts.
The people in the Chortkiv region are not only kind and welcoming, but also truthful and without pretension. They have been so wonderful to me each time that I've been there. In fact, I have become so comfortable with the place, that I call it my "home in Ukraine."
Chortkiv, like much of Ukraine, has a long and interesting history. It lies in the heart of historic Galicia (Halychyna) and was long an important and pivotal location for the Kozak movement.