On September 27, 2013, the Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Volodymyr in Paris, led by Bishop Borys Gudziak, president of the Ukrainian Catholic University, purchased the church of St. Vincent Abbey in Senlis (45 km from Paris), which the Queen of France, Anna Yaroslavna, founded in 1060. Senlis is where the daughter of Yaroslav the Wise lived in the eleventh century. Starting in November, the church will function as a church of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), and will also house the Anna Yaroslavna Cultural Center, whose purpose is to represent and promote Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian-European cooperation.
The newly acquired church will open its doors on November 16. On this day at 10:00 a.m. a Hierarchical Liturgy will be celebrated. And on November 17 Ukrainians can take part in a memorial Hierarchical Liturgy in the Cathedral of Notre Dame to pray together for the victims of the Holodomor.
“Today is a great day for the Ukrainian community in Paris, France, in all of Europe, and for all Ukrainians, wherever they may be. We purchased the church in Senlis, the royal town in which lived Anna Yaroslavna, known to the world as Anne of Kyiv, Queen of France. With this ecclesiastical and legal act, we have shown that the sources of the Ukrainian Christian European tradition are alive and viable,” said Bishop Borys Gudziak.