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A golden egg from the Patriarch

Dr Huk was presented with this beautiful gift egg by Patriarch Filaret, to show his appreciation for his contribution to medicine in Ukraine, to mark his 65th birthday. The patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Mykhailo Denysenko is known as Patriarch Filaret, and is widely respected as a learned theologian, missionary and member of the highest collegiate body of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Dear Ihor Ivanovych!

On the occasion of your 65th birthday, please accept my warmest congratulations and best wishes.

You have dedicated your entire life to noble service; to people as a doctor, scientist, and researcher. God has given you the talent to help cure diseases and maintain good health, and you have multiplied this gift and continue to multiply it through persistent scientific and research work and medical practice. Thousands of your patients, including me, thank you for restoring your health and prolonging your earthly life.

You are also a worthy example of a Ukrainian patriot. Living and working outside of Ukraine, you invariably care about the Motherland. You care about its development and prosperity, and have established an active public position.

May the Almighty God reward you a hundredfold for all good deeds, for saved lives, for the noble service of a doctor, for your love for the native people. I offer my prayers for you and ask the Lord to generously give you good health, longevity, and creative inspiration.

May God bless all your good deeds and plans, and give you spiritual and earthly blessings as needed. I wish you many good summers, dear Ihor Ivanovych !

Sincerely yours, Filaret Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus’-Ukraine.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”