BRIEF HISTORY

Welcome to the holy Cathedral Church of the Holy Great Martyr, Saint George 'the Trophy-Bearer', the oldest Romanian Orthodox parish in Michigan, "mother church" of the Romanian Community of metropolitan Detroit, and the historic Throne of the Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Detroit and North America.

Founded in 1912 by immigrants who came from Romania in search of work in Detroit’s new auto industry, St George has always played an important role in the life of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate (diocese) of America. It has been honored by the visits of many civic/ecclesiastic authorities, royalty, etc. The first hierarch, Bishop POLICARP (Moruşca), was enthroned here on July 4, 1935, as designated by the Patriarchate of Romania. Thus, St George became the cathedral or "Throne Church" of diocesan hierarchs: Archbishop VALERIAN (Trifa), and the current Ruling Hierarch, His Eminence Archbishop NATHANIEL (Popp), consecrated November 15, 1980.

While its primary mission is as a parish community, St George Cathedral holds a unique place in the history of the North American Romanian Orthodox community. In 1929 it hosted the founding congress of the diocese; and many subsequent historic events.  

It has welcomed venerable hierarchs, esteemed theologians, Romanian royalty (e.g. King Michael in 1949), Romanian President Emil Constantinescu (1999), Ambassadors, Governors and many other federal, state and local civic personalities for solemn liturgical services and significant gatherings. On November 2, 2002, His Grace Bishop IRINEU was consecrated at St George’s Altar, as Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese.

 

The Cathedral parish is composed of several hundred souls of various ethnic heritages, third generation Romanian-Americans, and a growing number of those newly-arrived from Romania. Services are celebrated in both the Romanian and English languages.

In faith and practice, the Orthodox Christian Church is the organic continuation of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, True Church established by Jesus Christ. She maintains, without addition or subtraction, the faith, "once and for all delivered to the saints", and taught by the Apostles since the day of Pentecost, two millennia ago. She is the Biblical Church revealed in the pages of the New Testament.

The doors of the Cathedral are open to all who seek God’s Truth! Join us for worship, Christian fellowship, and to learn more about Orthodox Christianity. We are a friendly family and we would love to welcome you home to the 'Mother Church' of Christianity.


SCURT ISTORIC

Bine Ati Venit la Catedrala Sf. Mare Martir, Sf. Gheorghe „Purtatorul de Biruinta”, cea mai veche parohie ortodoxa romana din Michigan, si tronul istoric al Arhiepiscopului Ortodox Roman de Detroit.

Fondata in 1912 de catre imigrantii sositi din Romania in cautare de lucru in industria de automobile din Detroit, Biserica Sf. Gheorghe a jucat din totdeauna un rol important in viata Episcopiei Ortodoxe Romane a Americii. Biserica a avut cinstea sa fie vizitata de diferite personalitati civile si ecleziastice. Primul ierarh, Episcopul POLICARP (Morusca), delegat de Patriarhia Romana, a fost instalat aici pe 4 iulie 1935. Astfel, Bierica Sf. Gheorghe a devenit catedrala sau „Biserica de Resedinta” a ierahilor: Arhiepiscopul VALERIAN (Trifa), si a actualului ierarh, Inalt Prea Sfintia Sa Arhiepiscopul NATHANIEL (Popp), hirotonit pe 15 noiembrie, 1980.

Pe langa menirea sa principala de comunitate parohiala, Catedrala Sf. Gheorghe detine un loc unic in istoria Comunitatii Ortodoxe Romane Nord-Americane. In 1929 a gazduit congresul fondator al Episcopiei; precum si multe alte evenimente istorice ce au urmat. A primit cu caldura ierarhi de cinste, teologi de prestigiu, membri ai Casei Regale Romanesti (ex. Regele Mihai in 1929), ex-presedintele Romaniei D-l Emil Constantinescu (1999), ambasadori, guvernatori, si multe alte personalitati federale, de stat sau civile in cadrul a diferite servicii liturgice si adunari importante. Pe 2 noiembrie 2002, Prea Sfintia Sa Episcopul IRINEU a fost hirotonit in altarul catedralei Sf. Gheorghe, ca si Vicar al Episcopiei.

Parohia Catedralei Sf. Gheorghe are in componenta sa cateva sute de suflete de diferite etnii, romani-americani de a treia generatie, si un numar crescand de noi sositi din Romania.

In materie de credinta si practica, Biserica Ortodoxa Crestina este continuatoarea organica a celei Una, Sfanta, Soborniceasca si Apostoleasca Biserica infiintata de Iisus Hristos. Ea pastreaza, fara a adauga sau omite, credinta cea incredintata „o data si pentru toti sfintilor”, si propovaduita de apostoli incepand cu ziua Cincizecimii, cu doua mii de ani in urma. Ea este Biserica Evangheliei mentionata in paginile Noului Testament.

Usile catedralei sunt deschise tutror celor ce cauta adevarul lui Dumnezeu! Fiti alaturi de noi la slujbele divine si in comuniunea crestina pentru a invata mai multe despre Crestinismul Ortodox. Suntem o familie primitoare si ne-ar face deosebita placere sa va primim in sanul „Bisericii Mama” a Crestinismului.

 

HISTORY NOTES

5/12/1912 FOUNDING / First Divine Liturgy, by Fr Ilarie Serbu (of Cleveland)
9/6/15 Fr Cornel Foltuţiu (of Chicago), first Parish Priest
9/3/16 St George Church cornerstone laid at Russell and Hancock, Detroit
11/18/17 CONSECRATION of Church
4/25-28/29 Founding Congress of the Episcopate
7/4/35 Bishop POLICARP Enthronement; St George raised to Cathedral
Visit of King Michael of Romania
7/4/52 Bishop VALERIAN (Consecrated in Philadelphia) invested as Locum Tenens
7/57 Assembly votes to purchase Southfield property
2/15-16/58 Last service in original church.  Services held at society hall (1423 Farnsworth)
9/28/58   Blessing of Ground in Southfield
10/26/58 Bishop POLICARP falls asleep; Bishop VALERIAN becomes Ruling Hierarch
9/27/59 Cornerstone Laying for new cathedral
6/18/61 Hall & Administrative/Educational wing blessed; services in new hall
10/1/61 CONSECRATION of Cathedral by Bishop VALERIAN
3/27/70 Bishop VALERIAN elevated to dignity of Archbishop
11/9/75 Mortgage paid.  Blessing of wall iconography
9/20/80 Fr Nathaniel Popp elected Auxiliary Bishop, Cleveland
11/15/80 Bishop NATHANIEL Consecrated in St George Cathedral
8/12/84 Archbishop VALERIAN present for Divine Liturgy for last time; leaves USA 8/13
11/17/84 Bishop NATHANIEL Enthroned as Ruling Hierarch
5/5/86 Groundbreaking for Hall (etc.) expansion/renovation; Blessed 11/9/86
2/5-6/87 Archbishop VALERIAN (+1/28) funeral; 75th Anniversary year of parish
11/8/97 Blessing of new mosaic votive icon of St George above main entry
11/8/98 Enshrinement of relics (Sts Herman, Innocent, Tikhon & Alexis)
8/8/99 Visit by Prof Dr Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania
9/1/99 50th National AROY Conference
10/20/99 Bishop NATHANIEL elevated to dignity of Archbishop
1999 Playground installed.  Cathedral is air-conditioned
2001 Gift presented to Southfield Fire Department in wake of 9-11 Terrorist Attack
11/2/02 Bishop IRINEU Consecrated as Auxiliary to the Archbishop
4/04 75th Anniversary of the founding of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
4/05 Relic of Patron Saint George Enshrined in Cathedral
10/05 First Romanian Festival of Greater Detroit
1/28/07 20th Anniversary Memorial since the falling asleep of Archbishop VALERIAN
2007 Visit of His Highness, Prince Radu of Romania
     
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