On December 5, 2017 the rector of the university, Ihor Tsependa, the general director of the National Sanctuary "Sophia of Kyiv" Nelya Kukovalska, the rector of Kyiv theological orthodox academy, Metropolitan bishop Epiphaniy, Metropolitan bishop of Ivano-Frankivsk and Galician UOC KP Ioasaph, scholars from Kyiv took part in events at the National Sanctuary "Sophia of Kyiv" in Kyiv.


A cooperation agreement between the Precarpathian national University and the National Sanctuary "Sophia of Kyiv" was signed. This agreement presupposes involvement of students and university professors in renovation work, which is especially significant for students who will have an opportunity to participate in various projects together with prominent restoration experts and to receive restoration experience.


The festivities included the presentation of a unique three-volume publication "The Great Skete of the Carpathians", written by our university experts and supervised by Mykola Kuhutiak. This is a unique event which launches a series of publications about Ukrainian spiritual centres and monasteries. The publication is about the history and contemporary condition of the monastery in Manyava. The scholars had been working on the three-volume edition for 7 years. They conducted a number of archaeological excavations during their work and found unique written artefacts. Overall, they found 350 documents in 5 countries.


The book "The Great Skete of the Carpathians" is a socially significant publication, no other work in Ukrainian or international historiographic discourse can be compared to it. The publication was possible thanks to the support of bishop Ioasaph, Oleh Honcharuk, Oleksandr Sych, Ihor Tsependa.


"Volume One "Patericon of the Skete. Necrology" contains unique manuscripts written by the monks in the XVII-XVIII cent., which were included in the Patericon of the Skete. They were first translated from Church Slavonic into modern Ukrainian. Volume Two "The Great Skete in the documents of the XVII-XXI cent." includes 274 documents which discuss some little known aspects from the history of the Great Skete. Volume Three "The Great Skete in the Markova Desert: Ukrainian, spiritual and cultural-historic phenomenon" was written by professor Mykola Kuhutyak. The monograph collected a number of sources and tells the story of the origin and the development of the Great Skete, its demise and renaissance.