On October 4/17, His Grace Bishop Peter visited San Antonio, Texas for the first time as he travelled to visit several south Texas parishes. While in San Antonio, Vladyka Peter shared lunch with local Orthodox clergy--ROCOR, OCA and Antiochian--and that evening presided at Vespers at Sts. Joachim and Anna mission led by Fr. Christopher Allen. After Vespers, Vladyka joined the congregation for a light meal and spoke at length with many of them. On the morning of Friday, October 5/18, His Grace toured the Alamo (pictured here), San Antonio's most famous landmark and historical site. He continued his journey that afternoon, going on to Holy Protection Church in Pflugerville (near Austin) for Vigil and Divine Liturgy the next day where he tonsured Joseph Brousseau of Sts. Joachim and Anna a reader and elevated him to the subdiaconate.
On Sunday, October 20th, Bishop Peter served at St. Jonah of Manchuria Orthodox Church in Spring, TX in celebration of their patronal feast day. During the Divine Liturgy, Deacon Benigno Pardo was elevated to the rank of priest to help the rector, Fr. John Whiteford, in ministering to the Spanish-speaking population of the area. AXIOS! Following the Divine Liturgy, a mobelen and procession of the Cross was served. A festal meal was served in honor of the parish feast day and hierarchical visit.