DETROIT, MI. [MW Communications] - Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox
Cathedral has been here at the corner of Gilbert and Clayton Streets in
Detroit for over 100 years. Founded in 1907 by immigrants from Eastern
Europe, the community of Ss. Peter and Paul is looking for ways to
become a leading source of support for all the members of the
The cathedral community has begun a concerted effort to reach out to
its neighbors. “We are setting out to introduce ourselves to and learn
more about our neighbors so that with them we can find ways for our
cathedral community to support and respond to the daily life challenges
of our larger neighborhood community,” said laymen and community leader
The cathedral parish is presently without a permanent priest.
On Sunday, October 3 the cathedral parish in conjunction with Vistas
Nuevas Head Start Program, a program using the cathedral facilities,
will host a one day family neighborhood festival on its campus from
11am – 5pm. The cathedral is planning family oriented activities.
Attractions listed are a ‘moonwalk’ and petting zoo for children, local
entertainment from various ethnic traditions, tours of the church and
information booths from neighborhood organizations, police and fire
departments as well as food booths.
Over the past one hundred years the community has been sustained by
their strong faith, a faith which they are hoping to proclaim to their
Michael Boyar is a long time member of the community and has become a
parish leader in the absence of a full time priest. He hopes the
cathedral parish will not only become a ‘good neighbor’ but also a
spiritual home for those who don’t have one.
“We find ourselves in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood where
Orthodoxy often is perceived as being “Russian” or “ethnic” or simply
for someone else,” Mr. Boyar said.
To reach out to the Hispanic community the parish has will have Spanish
speaking community members on hand to give tours of the church and
answer questions about Orthodoxy.
“By reaching out in this way we are able to show people that we are a
true neighbor, concerned about all people, of all faith and ethnic
groups”, Boyar said.
Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral is located at 3810 Gilbert Street at Clayton, Detroit, Michigan.