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Archbishop Peter Visits Detroit/Ferndale. Michigan

Archbishop Peter Visits Detroit/Ferndale, Michigan On Saturday, February 23, 2019 and Sunday, February 24, 2019 His Eminence Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America made an archpastoral visit to the Dormition Cathedral in Ferndale, MI. The occasion for Archbishop Peter’s visit was the clandestine celebration of the 25th ordination anniversary of the cathedral’s Rector, Archpriest Viktor Trotskyy. The celebration was a secret only to Fr. Viktor. The Parish Council worked together with the diocesan administration to arrange Archbishop Peter’s visit so that Fr. Viktor would not be aware of the celebration in advance. Following the Divine Liturgy on February 24, Fr. Viktor was presented with a First Hierarch’s Gramota from His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of Poltava & Mirgorod also sent a greeting to Fr. Viktor on this day. Fr. Viktor is a native of Poltava and worked closely with Metropolitan Philip after the fall of the Soviet Union in the Poltava Diocese. A festal meal in honor of Archbishop Peter’s visit was held in the parish hall following the Divine Services. The conversations and recollections of Fr. Viktor’s 25 years of service at the Holy Altar among those present lasted well into the afternoon before the gathered faithful dispersed. 

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