On the feast day of the Three Hierarchs, Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom, His Eminence Archbishop Peter led the Divine Liturgy at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, Illinois. Serving with His Eminence were Archbishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest (Orthodox Church in America) and Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. Priests and Deacons participating in the divine services were:
Archpriest George Lardas (Cleric of St. George Parish, Cincinnati)
Archpriest Serghii Prisacaru (Cleric of the Eastern American Diocese)
Archpriest Vladimir Kovalchyuk (Cleric of St. Nicholas Parish, McHenry, Illinois)
Archpriest Gregory Joyce (Secretary of the Diocese of Mid-America)
Archpriest Tarasiy Maximtsev (Cleric of the Diocesan Cathedral)
Archpriest Valery Vovkovskii (Cleric of the Diocesan Cathedral)
Hieromonk Raphael (Tadros – Rector of St. George Parish, Michigan City, Indiana)
Priest Nikolaj Kostur (Cleric of Resurrection Serbian Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois)
Priest Alexander Koranda (Dean, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois – Orthodox Church in America)
Priest Leonty Naidzions (Cleric of the Diocesan Cathedral)
Priest Nikolai Lochmatow (Cleric of the Diocesan Cathedral)
Protodeacon Alexander Kichakov (Cleric of the Diocesan Cathedral)
Protodeacon Alexander Jarostchuk (Cleric of the Eastern American Diocese)
Protodeacon Nicholas Drobot (Cleric of the Eastern American Diocese)
Protodeacon Dionisiy Lvov (Cleric of the Eastern American Diocese)
Protodeacon Vasily Gilliland (Cleric of St. Panteliemon Parish, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Deacon David Shepherd (Cleric of St. Jonah Parish, Spring, Texas)
Deacon Gregory Finlon (Cleric of St. Innocent of Moscow Parish, Wheaton, Illinois)
At the Hours His Eminence ordained Reader Dmitri Mihailov a Subdeacon for service at St. Vladimir Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Following the Great Entrance at the Divine Liturgy Archbishop Peter ordained Deacon Nikolai Lochmatow, cleric of the Diocesan Cathedral and graduate of Holy Trinity Seminary, a priest.
This was a the first gathering of the alumni of Holy Trinity Seminary in the Mid-American diocese. God willing, this will be an annual event. All who participated expressed great interest in gathering again in support of the seminary.
Following the Divine Liturgy a festive luncheon was held at a local restaurant.