His Eminence Agafangel, Metropolitan of Odessa and Izmail together with the Dean of the Odessa Eparchy, Archpriest Paul and the Rector of the Saint Tatiana’s Church concelebrated the consecration of the construction of the Saint Sergius Temple, chapel of the first Ukrainian parochial school.
S.Kivalov introduced the work progress to the Bishop and mentioned that the second stage of construction had been nearly completed in conformity with the plan. People’s Deputy noted that the school could admit over a thousand children, however the temple could admit over five hundred congregants. In addition, it is planned to arrange the teaching process in order to provide the graduates of the parochial school with high level of knowledge, not lower than at top Ukrainian gymnasiums. While Religious Studies will give the learners a solid moral foundation to serve their earthly Motherland.
In his pastoral address, Metropolitan Agafangel congratulated all those present on this significant day and noticed, “We have consecrated the construction area of the Ukraine’s first parish school quite recently, but now we can see with own eyes that the building of this contemporary spiritual and educational centre has moved into a new stage”.
We are pleased to see how the builders are uplifted, erecting the school with a total area of over 17000 square meters, including classrooms, swimming pool, conference hall, gym and, indeed, the religious centre – Church of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, in the substructure of which we have laid a capsule with the relics of Martyr Saint Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev.
School learners may pray, shrive, receive Eucharist and learn the life in Christ at this chapel with an area of over 200 square meters. Thus, it is significant for their spiritual upbringing. Unfortunately, the majority of schools devote attention mainly to academic disciplines, but not morality. Whereas, at this school the fundamentals of Orthodox culture and morality will be laid through the studies of divinity – that is what contemporary youth lacks.
I would like to thank President of the National University “Odessa Law Academy”, S.Kivalov, who has already built Ukraine’s first student church in honour of Saint Tatiana, a landmark of Odessa, for his diligence in the construction of Parish Church School. We see that another architectural masterpiece will adorn this picturesque coastal area through his strenuous efforts. We believe that the dome with a mounted cross will soon shine like gold, however chiming bells would convene people for prayer.