Beginning the first weekend in August, Fr David Lowell will be the rector at St. Mary's Holy Dormition Orthodox Church.
Metropolitan of All-America and Canada
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada was born in 1966, the eldest of three children born to Francois and Elizabeth Mollard.
After brief periods living in Connecticut, France, and Missouri, he and his family settled in Reading, PA, where he graduated from Wyomissing High School in 1984. In 1988 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, after which he moved to Chicago.
In 1989 he was received into the Orthodox Church from Episcopalianism and, in the fall of the same year, he began studies at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA. One year later he entered the monastic community at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery as a novice. He was awarded the Master of Divinity degree from Saint Tikhon’s Seminary in 1993, after which he was appointed Instructor in Old Testament and subsequently Senior Lecturer in Old Testament, teaching Master level courses in the Prophets and the Psalms and Wisdom Literature. He also served as an Instructor in the seminary’s Extension Studies program, offering courses in the lives of the Old Testament saints, the liturgical use of the Old Testament, and the Old Testament in patristic literature.
He collaborated with Igumen Alexander [Golitzin]—now Bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America—in the publication of “The Living Witness of the Holy Mountain” by Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Press.
In 1995, he was tonsured to the Lesser Schema with the name Tikhon, in honor of Saint Patriarch Tikhon, Enlightener of North America. Later that year, he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and Holy Priesthood at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery. In 1998 he was elevated to the rank of Igumen, and in 2000, to the rank of Archimandrite.
In December 2002, he was named Deputy Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery. Two years later—on February 14, 2004—he was consecrated to the episcopacy at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery Church. On May 9, 2012, he was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop.
On November 13, 2012, Archbishop Tikhon was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America at the 17th All-American Council in Parma, OH
Archbishop Benjamin was born in 1954 and was baptized and Chrismated at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA on April 27, 1972. In 1982 he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Liturgical Music from Saint Vladimir Seminary.
A prolific musician, he served as choirmaster at parishes in Detroit, MI and Los Angeles and as chairman of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Liturgical Music. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on November 15, 1987 by Bishop Tikhon at his home parish, which he served for 10 years as deacon and youth and education director. The following year he was tonsured a riasophore monk by Bishop Tikhon and further tonsured to the lesser schema by Archbishop [now Metropolitan] Herman at Saint Tikhon Monastery, South Canaan, PA. In 1991 he was elevated to the rank of archdeacon.
On July 19, 1997, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Tikhon. In 1999, Igumen Benjamin was was transferred to the Diocese of Alaska, where he served as dean of Saint Innocent Cathedral and later as administrative dean of Saint Herman Seminary, Kodiak, AK. He was elevated to the rank of archimandrite in 2002. In January 2004 he was reassigned to Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, and appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of the West.
Archbishop Benjamin was elected to the episcopacy by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops at their Spring Session in March 2004.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN presided at the consecration of Archbishop Benjamin [Peterson] to the episcopacy at historic Holy Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, May 1, 2004.
Archbishop Benjamin was elevated to the rank of Archbishop on May 9, 2012.
Parish Council Members:
- Fr. David - Rector
- Earnie - Starosta
- Carrie - Secretary
- Lori - Treasurer
- Trevor H
- Alex T
Rose Marie Ladies:
- Jeanie - President
- Linda -Secretary
- Vickie - Treasurer
- Webmaster: Carrie
Voting Members: estimated at 51
Youth Members: (9 months - High School) estimated at 20.
Orthodox priests (presbyters) are the second order of ordained ministry. Priests or Pastors of local churches or Parishes are primarily responsible for preaching and celebrating the Eucharist and other Sacraments. They teach, preach, counsel and exercise the ministries of forgiveness and healing. They answer directly to the Bishop, the third order of ordained ministry. Priests assist the Bishop in his work. Bishops administer their dioceses and are responsible for the ordination of other clergy. The present Archbishop of the Diocese is His Eminence Benjamin of San Francisco.
The priests of Saint Mary’s are listed below. Up until 1950, some of these priests were temporary or assigned to other parishes and also served St. Mary's. There could have been other priests.
- Father Ina Kubikoff 1905-1918 Church on the Hill
- Father Pahomey Delemen 1918-1919 Church on the Hill
- Father Peter Semashko 1920-1923 Church on the Hill
- Father Theodore Grishan 1921-1925 Church on the Hill
- Father Harry J. Stroyan 1926-Feb 1928 Church on the Hill
- *Father J. Tkoch/Joseph Takach Feb 1928-1931 Church on the Hill
- Father Theodore Grishan 1931 (temporary) Church on the Hill
- Father Jakim Tkach (Koch) 1933-1934 Church on the Hill
- Fr Takach also served Sproch Church (the Sproch Church was dedicated to the Nativity of the Theotokos).
- *Father Takach was attached or assigned to The Holy Transfiguration of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, Denver, Colorado, 1926-1931.
- He also served The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Church on the Hill) from 1928 to 1931.
- Father Michael Zaharkow 1929-1938 Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- Father Pahomey Delemen 1938-1940 Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- Father Dimitri Kolodiuk (Baptized parishioners between 1938 and 1942 although Father Delemen and Father Grachev were priests of the parish.)
- Father Peter Grachev 1940-1944 Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- FatherVasily Demidov 1944-1945 Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- Father Michael Konuch 1945 Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- Father Peter Pripisnoff Temporary priest approx 1946-1947
- Father Eugene Olendy 1946-1950 Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- Father Alexander Sportun 1947-1948 Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- Also served at Sproch church.
- Father Nicholas Shambura Unknown Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- Father Paul Hicha 1948-1955 Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- Father (Very Reverend) Paul S. Fedec 1956-1993 Karpato-Russian Orthodox Church
- The Parish was Re-named St. Mary’s Eastern Orthodox Church
- Father (Very Reverend) Paul Mayemick 1993 - Temporary priest, nine months
- Father Nicholas Dotson 1993- 2003
- The Parish was Re-named St. Mary’s Holy Dormition Orthodox Church
- Father Lawrence Gaudreau Oct 2004-Aug 2012
- Father Simeon B. Johnson October 2012-present