Sunday, February 15, 2009
While researching our transportation story we walked along the road that leads to the exit for Roosevelt Boulevard. We strolled past a row of dilapidated old houses. To my surprise a rambunctious puppy greeted me at the end of the block. I knelt down and began to talk to him like a baby and snapped a photo. I heard a jovial voice from behind me say, "Hey I want a picture too". I turned around and there was long time resident Toby, a sweet, gracious older man selling Shitzu puppies. I introduced myself and we began to chat. I was moved by his friendliness and willingness to talk. He had so much character and charisma. He melted my heart, making me rather fond of our neighborhood. Toby has been selling Shitzu puppies for several years. He was trying to sell the last two in his recent litter. The puppies pranced around the side walk not straying far from Toby. His uplifting spirit brightened my day and restored my faith in the kindness of the people of Philadelphia.
As we made our way closer to the Roosevelt exit we came across a stunning Church called, Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic, Shrine of Our Lady Zarwanycia. The structure is quite eye catching with towering, gold dipped domes and a marble and brick face. Grand mahogany doors lead to the entrance of the sacred place of worship.
The church was erected in 1965. Catholics of the Byzantine ritual tradition first began to immigrate to the United States in the late 1870's. A priest from the group blessed the first church building in 1884 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. The church quickly began to spread along the East Coast and eventually down south. Although there is not a large Ukrainian population in the neighborhood, the church is conveniently located right by Roosevelt Boulevard. The church's location makes it accessible for loyal members to attend.
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