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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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Due to Coronavirus outbreak
no Public Services until further notice!

Due to Coronavirus outbreak
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  Church Calendar

  • Saints of the Day
  • Readings
Thursday , May 28, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Thursday , May 15, 2020)

St. Isaiah, bishop of Rostov

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD.   

Ven. Pachomius the Great, founder of cenobitic monasticism (346).
Ven. Achilles, bishop of Larissa (330).
St. Isaiah, bishop and wonderworker of Rostov (1090).
Ven. Isaiah of the Kyiv Caves (1115).
Ven. Pachomius, abbot and Silvanus of Nerekhta (1384).


Matins: Mrk. 16:9-20
Apostle: Act. 1:1-12
Gospel: Luk. 24:36-53

Thursday , May 28, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Thursday , May 15, 2020)

Matins: Mrk. 16:9-20

Luk. 24:36-53
36 And as they spake these things, he himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they beheld a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and wherefore do questionings arise in your heart?
39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye behold me having.
40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here anything to eat?
42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish.
43 And he took it, and ate before them.
44 And he said unto them, These are my words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures;
46 and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day;
47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48 Ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And behold, I send forth the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city, until ye be clothed with power from on high.
50 And he led them out until [they were] over against Bethany: and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
53 and were continually in the temple, blessing God.

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