Our parish in Traverse City, Michigan is named in honor of the Venerable Sebastian of Jackson – the only parish in the world named in honor of this recently-glorified favorite of God. His feast day falls on 17/30 November annually – generally the beginning of winter in this northern lakeside community, and this year did not disappoint in that regard. Vigil on the eve of the feast and Liturgy on the feast itself were met with high winds and snow. Yet, the intrepid faithful of this fast-growing region of Michigan braved the winter weather to glorify the Lord, and St. Sebastian whom the Lord has glorified.
His Eminence Archbishop Peter presided at both Vigil and Liturgy for the feast, accompanied by the following clerics:
Archpriest Gregory Joyce, Dean of Michigan Parishes
Priest Micah Chisholm, Rector of St. Sebastian Parish
Deacon Alexander Petrovsky, Cleric of St. George Parish in Cincinnati, Ohio
Deacon Michael Rossmeisel, Cleric of St. Sebastian Parish
The parish choir sang beautifully for both of the Divine Services under the direction of Aidan Siler. Following the Divine Liturgy on the feast day the parish Sisterhood fed the many gathered parishioners and guests. Following the meal Archbishop Peter and Fr. Micah visited one of the founders of the parish, Leon Lysaght, in the ICU at the local hospital. Leon fell badly ill on the eve of the feast and reposed on December 2. May his memory be eternal, and may the Lord reward him one hundred fold for his diligent and sincere service to His Church in this life!