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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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SUNDAYS

Confession: 9:40 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

SATURDAYS

Vespers: 5:00 PM
Confession: 5:40 PM

CHURCH HOLIDAYS

Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

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Monday , January 20, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Monday , January 7, 2020)

St. John, the Forerunner and the Baptist

32nd Week after Pentecost.   

Afterfeast of the Theophany.
Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John.


To Forerunner:
Apostle: Act. 19:1-8
Gospel: Jn. 1:29-34

Monday , January 20, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Monday , January 7, 2020)

Jn. 1:29-34
29 On the morrow he seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man who is become before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel, for this cause came I baptizing in water.
32 And John bare witness, saying, I have beheld the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven; and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize in water, he said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon him, the same is he that baptizeth in the Holy Spirit.
34 And I have seen, and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.

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