Bishop Peter visits Holy Trinity Parish in Ft. Wayne, IN
On June 22, 2008, the Sunday of All Saints, His Grace Bishop Peter visited Holy Trinity Parish in Ft. Wayne and served the hierarchical Divine Liturgy. His visit came on the Sunday following the parish’s patronal feast, Holy Spirit Day.
A crowd of local parishioners and guests from the neighboring Holy Virgin Protection parish in Goshen, Indiana, gathered to greet Bishop Peter. His Grace was met with the traditional bread and salt by parish treasurer and founding member of the church in Ft. Wayne, Helen Lazanowski.
Other clergy in attendance included the parish’s retired rector, priest Andrey Korolenko; its dean, Archpriest Andre Papkov; its current rector, priest Daniel Marshall; and deacon Alexander Kitchikov, who traveled with Vladyka from Chicago. Reader Andrei Urtiew, reader Nikolai Lochmatow and Nikolai Papkov were altar servers. Under the direction of Fr. Andre Papkov, a collection of local and guest singers prayerfully sang the responses for the service.
In his sermon, Bishop Peter urged the faithful to follow the example of the saints of the Orthodox Church. He noted that the witness of the martyrs was the fulfillment of the gift of the Holy Spirit given at Pentecost.
Following the Liturgy, a festal meal was offered by the parish. Tables and chairs were set up in the shade on the parish lawn. To complete the wonderful feast day, pleasant weather encouraged everyone gathered to linger long after appetites were satisfied.
The gathered faithful thanked Bishop Peter for making the effort to visit Holy Trinity parish. He had just returned to Chicago from Erie, Pennsylvania the previous day, arose very early to drive to Ft. Wayne and planned to fly to Moscow from Ft. Wayne via Chicago immediately following the service. Mrs. Lazanowski noted that in the half century since the parish was founded a hierarch had served there only three or four times.
We thank you for your archpastoral care, Vladyka! May God strengthen you!