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PATRIARCH

Our Patriarch is His Holiness Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

After graduation from school, he entered the Leningrad Seminary and later the Leningrad Theological Academy, from which he graduated cum laude in 1970. On April 3, 1969, Metropolitan Nikodim (Rotov) of Leningrad and Novgorod tonsured him with the name of Kirill and on April 7 ordained him as hierodeacon and on June 1 as hieromonk. From 1970 to 1971 Father Kirill taught Dogmatic Theology and acted as rector’s assistant for students’ affairs at the Leningrad Theological Schools and at the same time worked as personal secretary to Metropolitan Nikodim and supervising instructor of the first-grade seminarians. He was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite on September 12, 1971. From 1971 to 1974, he was Moscow Patriarchate representative at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. From December 26, 1974, to December 26, 1984, he was rector of the Leningrad Seminary and Theological Academy.

On March 14, 1976, Archimandrite Kirill was consecrated Bishop of Vyborg, Vicar of the Leningrad Diocese. On September 2, 1977, he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop. From December 26, 1984, he was appointed as Archbishop of Smolensk and Vyazma. From 1986 – Administrator of the Parishes in the Kaliningrad Region. From 1988 he became the Archbishop of Smolensk and Kaliningrad. On November 13, 1989, he was appointed the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations and a Permanent Member of the Holy Synod.

On February 25, 1991, Archbishop Kirill was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan. On January 27, 2009, the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church elected him Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill was enthroned on February 1, 2009.

BISHOP

 

Our Bishop is His Grace Matthew, Bishop of Sourozh, temporary Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA. 

He was nominated as bishop on November 5, 2015 in the Church of the Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God at the Patriarch's Residence in Chisty Lane, Moscow. He was consecrated on November 15 at the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Kaliningrad. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia headed the Divine Services.

By the decision of the Holy Synod of July 29, 2017 (Journal No. 52), he was appointed the Administrator of the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Italy with the title "Bogorodsky" and Rector of the Stavropegic Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr in Rome and relaesed from the administration of the Skopin diocese.

By the decision of the Holy Synod of December 28, 2017 (Journal No. 116), he was released  from the administration of the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Italy and appointed as Ruling Bishop of the Diocese of Sourozh.

By the decision of the Holy Synod of October 14, 2018 (Journal No. 77), he was appointed temporary administrator of the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the United States of America. 

PASTOR

Our Pastor for the past 34 years, the Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest Father Roman Star, is a native of Pennsylvania. He studied at St. Vladimir’s Seminary from 1964 until 1968. He was ordained a priest on April 29, 1984 by Bishop Clement (now, Metropolitan of Kaluga), and he has been the pastor of St. Innocent Church since 1984.

Married in 1967, Fr. Roman and his wife, Matushka Rose Marie, live in the rectory that is attached to the church. They have two adult children, Elizabeth Star Hatfield and Gregory Star, and two late-teen-aged grandchildren, Caitlin and Zachary, who have graduated from high school and are attending college.

In addition to his dedicated pastoral care of his flock and others who come to him, celebrating the Divine Services, and fulfilling his duties as the Dean of the Central States Deanery, Father Roman is also very committed to Orthodox unity, Orthodox education, Orthodox missionary work, charitable works, and Orthodox monasticism. He also serves as a member of the Bishop's Council, and is very active with local Redford clergy activities to help the community: the Redford Ministerial Alliance; is the President of the Board of Directors of Redford Interfaith Relief; and is the Co-Chair of One Redford.

 

ASSISTANT PRIEST

The Reverned Father Joshua Genig holds an M.Div. (Masters of Divinity) degree in Pastoral Theology and Systematic Theology from Concordia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree in Systematic Theology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In addition to his priestly responsibilities, Fr. Joshua serves as Associate Professor of Church History and Benedicta Leadership Institute Studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT, working remotely from Michigan. In addition, he is also on the faculty of the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College of the University of Toronto, Canada and at Purdue University (Northwest Campus). Fr. Joshua also serves as a Chaplain for the Detroit Fire Department.

Prior to entering the Holy Orthodox Church in December of 2013, Deacon Joshua was a Lutheran minister for seven years. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop John on November 12, 2016 and then to the Sacred Priesthood on the Feast of Pentecost, June 4, 2017.

He and his wife, Matushka Abigail, have been married since November 21, 2004 and are blessed with four young daughters who are active members of St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Redford, MI.  

DEACON

We also are blessed to have Fr. Deacon Michael Comerford as part of our clergy team. He serves with us as often as possible, when he can get here from Columbus, Ohio where he lives with his wife, Matushka Mary Ellen, and their young adopted grandson, Julius. Deacon Michael began his studies in the four-year St. Stephen's Course in Orthodox Studies Diaconal Training Program in 1993, completing it and receiving his diploma four year later in 1997. Mid-way through, in 1995, Bishop Paul ordained him to the Holy Diaconate.