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BISHOP

 

Our Bishop is His Grace John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, Vicar of the Moscow Diocese, and Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA. 

 

Bishop John was born on October 22, 1974. 

 

From 1999-2000 he studied at St. Vladimir's Seminary, in Crestwood NY and from 2000-2002 he completed studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, majoring in Philosophy. From 2003 to 2009, as a member of the secretariat for Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department on Church and Society, he was in charge of inter-religious communication. He participated in the preparation of the fourth, fifth and sixth meetings of the joint Russian-Iranian commission entitled "Islam-Orthodoxy.”

 

On August 28, 2007, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalliningrad (the present Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia) ordained Bishop John a Deacon and, that same month, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalliningrad ordained Bishop John into the Holy Priesthood. 

 

In October of 2012 the Holy Synod appointed him as the representative of the World Russian People's Council at the UN and cleric of St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City. Then, on March 11, 2014 with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, the rector of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, His Eminence Archbishop Feognost of Sergiev – Posad tonsured Archpriest George Roshchin a Hieromonk. He was tonsured with the name of John in honor of St. John (Maximovitch), Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco.

 

Bishop John was elevated to the Episcopacy on August 1, 2014. 

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.