On Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28, His Grace Bishop Peter celebrated the feast of the Dormition at the Assumption Cathedral in Ferndale (Detroit), Michigan. Joining him for the services were local and guest clergy of our diocese: Fr. Victor Trotskyy, rector, Fr. Vasyl Kuzmych from Milwaukee, WI and Fr. Gregory Joyce from Ann Arbor, MI. Additional guest clergy who joined in concelebration were Fr. Roman Starr and Fr. Lawrence Bacik from the Moscow Patriarchate, Fr. Theodore Gacanin of ROCOR's Canadian Diocese, and Fr. Zivko Kajevic from the Serbian Orthodox Church. Vladika was assisted by Deacons Ioann Feloniuk and Zacharias Martinchek.
The parish sisterhood prepared a lenten meal following the Vigil on Monday, while several priests continued hearing confessions in the church. His Grace was asked to share his reflections on his recent trip to Fort Ross, the site of a nineteenth century Russian settlement in California.
On Tuesday, as is proper for a patronal feast, Fr. Victor served a moleben blessing Holy Water prior to Divine Liturgy. After the hierarchal services, a Procession of the Cross took place. The sisterhood then served the festive meal in the church hall. Bishop Peter was very pleased and expressed his gratitude to all of the parishioners who made the effort to celebrate their parish feast on its actual day.
En route back to Chicago, Vladika stopped in Ann Arbor to visit Milivoje and Olga Fyodorovna Radulovic, founding members of St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Church. Mr. and Mrs. Radulovic were church warden and head sister at St. Vladimir's for twenty five years. They celebrate their family Slava on the feast of St. George the Wonderworker, and meanwhile, Vladika congratulated Mr. Radulovic on his upcoming eighty-ninth birthday.
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church in Ferndale retains its title of Cathedral as it had once been the see of His Eminence Archbishop Ieronim (Chernov), of Flint and Detroit. Following his repose in 1957, the Diocese of Flint and Detroit was merged with the Diocese of Chicago under Archbishop Grigorii (Borishkevitch). For more information on Archbishop Ieronim and his support of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, see: