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" Hundreds of people have come to St. Maryís Ukranian Catholic Church on Linwood Avenue since it was destroyed on Sept. 10, believing that it was miraculous the statue of the Virgin Mary wasnít damaged by the explosion. The early morning explosion, which left the church in a pile of ruble, a..."

Hundreds of people have come to St. Maryís Ukranian Catholic Church on Linwood Avenue since it was destroyed on Sept. 10, believing that it was miraculous the statue of the Virgin Mary wasnít damaged by the explosion. The early morning explosion, which left the church in a pile of ruble, also spared the rectory in which Father Cyril Manolev and his family were sleeping. Manolev left the rectory with his pregnant wife, Suzana, and his three-year-old son, Alexandra, unharmed. Some of the people who have come to the site, just like other parishes and businesses throughout the state, have given donations to the church, which will help it rebuild. "It gives me hope a little bit that in the future we will again have a church for our people here," Manolev said.

The destruction of the church, he said, happened just before they were going to get up to make perogies for the Ukrainian Day Festival in Stanford. Fifteen to 20 minutes later at least a dozen volunteers would have been cooking in the basement. Fedir Lazaar, he said, was just coming out of his car when the church, built in 1955 with funds from 140 families, was destroyed. About $8,000 has been raised for the future church so far, he said. "On the local [level] weíll try to do our best," Manolev said. "We are grateful St. Andrews is helping us."There will be a fund-raising dinner at St.Andrews Roman Catholic Church on Sept. 26, he said. The church is searching for a local place to hold a fund-raising concert that will feature the Hartford-based Ukrainian Dance Group.Manolev, who was born in Macedonia and immigrated to the United States in 1995, hasnít had a busy week just because of his churchís destruction and the following frenzy of interest. His daughter, Maria Anastasia, was born 3:33 a.m. on Sept. 14 at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich."Iím happy, of course Iím happy," Manolev said.On Wednesday, Leo Glemboski, a retired judge of the townís probate court, carried a newspaper report about the birth of Manolevís daughter into the Colchester Quik Print, which is down the street from the church, tomake. ...


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