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Our history

Parish Board. 1951

In March of 1950 a group of Ukrainian new immigrants in the Detroit area resolved to establish a parish under the  Protection of the Virgin Mary, the Protectress of the dispossessed. The founders of the parish were Maxim Boychuk, Ivan Lukianchuk, Michael Boyko, Peter Trepet, Paul Palanytsia, Michael Kos, Eng. Liampychkyj, Dmytro Liubansky, Ivan Kytasty, Mykola Liskiwskyi, Peter Fylonenko, Hryhorij Kytasty, Serghij Fursa, Wasyl Kotovych, Wasyl Kitsul, Ivan Scherbij. 

The parish became a cathedral under the spiritual guidance of Bishop Volodymyr who fell asleep in the Lord in 1967 – to this day, his bishop’s staff stands by the iconostasis.

29 streetFor 20 years, the parish was located on 29th Street and Michigan Avenue in Detroit. In 1970, after many years of fundraising and planning, the parish family moved to the current location in Southfield, Michigan. 

A very active group of parishioners were involved with the site selection and building of the new parish complex, they were: Mytro Jarosh, Mykola Szwed, Mykola Oleksienko, Ivan Romanchuk, Leonid Kowal, Ivan
Zholobetsky and others. The Southfield location was scouted by the parish council, Father Mykola Lytwakiwsky and President of the Parish Council Ivan Zholobetsky (along with his daughter Alexandra Misiong) and then the fundraising began in earnest. A building committee was formed and consisted of Vitalij Brylko, Roman Sepell, Peter Kytasty and Serge Omelchenko all engineers or businessmen. The architect responsible for the design of the church and hall was Alexander Nazaretz. The project was further coordinated by subsequent parish council presidents Mykola Samokyshyn and Fedir Fedorenko. In 1985, the building and mounting of the new iconostasis was completed. Mykola Liskiwskyi designed and built the iconostas and the icons from the studio of Boris Makarenko (Yonkers, NY) were installed with the framework. 


verbnaIn 1972 Father Nestor Stolarchuk came to our parish as an energetic pastor and during his 15 years of work many aspects of our parish life flourished – Lesia Ukrainka School of Religious and Ukrainian Studies, Ukrainian Orthodox League as well as the scouting organization of ODUM. Once Fr. Nestor retired, Fr. Mykola Newmerzyckyj served our parish for 13 years until his health required him to serve a smaller parish. Fr. Pawlo Bodnarchuk has been with the parish for over 13 years now and brings with him a great love for his faith and Ukraine. 


Many events have occurred during the course of these 60 years – many of the founders and parish activists have left this earthly life and we who remain must care for our Church and preserve our Ukrainian identity . Our mission and responsibility is to safeguard our next generations allowing them to grow and thrive within the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and to understand the Mother Church in Ukraine.We are obliged to give these children the opportunity to learn Ukrainian, the traditions of Ukraine and our Orthodox faith. We must treasure and appreciate each parishioner - for every individual is unique and irreplaceable. Let us also appreciate and respect our spiritual leaders and the hierarchs of the UOC of the USA and Ukraine.

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Monday , April 19, 2021
(Julian calendar:
Monday , April 6, 2021)

Sts. Methodius and Ciril

Sixth Week of the Great Lent.   

St. Eutychius, patriarch of Constantinople (582).
St. Platonida (Platonis) of Nisibis (308).
120 Martyrs of Persia (345).
Martyrs Jeremiah and Archilias the Presbyter.
St. Methodius, Equal-to-the-Apostles, enlightener of the Slavs (885).

6th hour: Is. 48:17–49:4
Vespers: Gen. 27:1-41; Prov. 19:16-25

Monday , April 19, 2021
(Julian calendar:
Monday , April 6, 2021)

Gen. 27:1-41; Prov. 19:16-25
1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his elder son, and said unto him, My son. And he said unto him, Here am I.
2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death.
3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me venison.
4 And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat. That my soul may bless thee before I die.
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,
7 Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless thee before Jehovah before my death.
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats. And I will make them savory food for thy father, such as he loveth.
10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, so that he may bless thee before his death.
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver. And I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son. Only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother. And his mother made savory food, such as his father loved.
15 And Rebekah took the goodly garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son.
16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck.
17 And she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I. Who art thou, my son?
19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first-born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.
20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because Jehovah thy God sent me good speed.
21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father. And he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands. So he blessed him.
24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat. And he brought him wine, and he drank.
26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.
27 And he came near, and kissed him. And he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son Is as the smell of a field which Jehovah hath blessed.
28 And God five thee of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and new wine.
29 Let peoples serve thee, And nations bow down to thee. Be lord over thy brethren, And let thy mother's sons bow down to thee. Cursed be every one that curseth thee, And blessed be every one that blesseth thee.
30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
31 And he also made savory food, and brought it unto his father. And he said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.
32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy first-born, Esau.
33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who then is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? Yea, [and] he shall be blessed.
34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceeding great and bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.
35 And he said, Thy brother came with guile, and hath taken away thy blessing.
36 And he said, Is not he rightly name Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two time. He took away my birthright. And, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?
37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants. And with grain and new wine have I sustained him. And what then shall I do for thee, my son?
38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, of the fatness of the earth shall be thy dwelling, And of the dew of heaven from above.
40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and thou shalt serve thy brother. And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt break loose, That thou shalt shake his yoke from off thy neck.
41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him. And Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand. Then will I slay my brother Jacob.

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