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    BRAMA, Jan 8, 2004, 1:00 am ET

    Diasporan Ukrainians gather at St. Volodymyr's in Paris
    — by Max Pyziur

    Throughout the world - whether it is in Buenos Aires, Sacramento, or Paris - as if by instinct Diasporan Ukrainians, God-fearing and otherwise, gather most Sundays at Ukrainian churches. Along with some attending services, there they communicate, get (re)-acquainted, exchange ideas about livelihoods, coordinate remittances with family back home and watch their children play.

    On a warm Sunday this past fall Brama's intrepid photographers visited St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Paris. The church is situated at the corner of the Boulevard Saint Germain and Rue des Saints Pere in Paris's prominent Left Bank.

    Here's what they saw:

    View from Boulevard Saint Germain as the crowd stretches eastward along the sidewalk; the parked red van transports remittances between Paris and Ukraine.

    Shevchenko overlooking the crowd as it spills from the church's adjacent Taras Shevchenko (Chevchenko) park into the Boulevard Saint Germain

    Children playing

    Paris Ukrainian Community leader Natalia Pasternak with her little children in strollers walking past the front of St. Volodymyr's.

    Professor Wolodymyr Kosyk, historian and head of the Association of Ukrainians in France, being interviewed for TV news.

    A chance re-acquaintence with Mrs. Alexandra Kysilewska-Tkacz (married to Dr. Kosyk), now living in Paris, formerly of New Jersey, mother of Yara Arts theater director Virlana Tkacz.

    Definitely elbow-to-elbow.

    Bulletin boards with notices

    Bulletin boards with notices

    Taras Shevchenko (Chevtchenko or Ševčenko in French) overlooks the park in his name which is adjacent to the Ukrainian church.

    Signs on the park fence.

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     ·  2003 Part II — Getting Down in the Metro - Ukrainian sounds beneath the rues and boulevards of Paris
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     ·  2001 — Ukrainians in Paris - Les Ukrainnienes de Paris (in 5 parts)

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