On Sunday, May 21, 2023, the Transfiguration Cathedral in Brooklyn celebrated 115 years of serving the people of the East Coast of the United States.
On this day, His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey joined His Grace Bishop Warsonofiusz of Siemiatycze; Archpriest Samuel Kedala; Archpriest Alexey Karlgut; Archpriest Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk, the Cathedral Rector; and the Altar Servers to celebrate the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on the 115th Jubilee of the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral parish in Brooklyn, New York.
This parish was founded by forefathers from across Eastern Europe; Belarus, the Carpathian Mountains-Lemkos, Russia, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Their great-grandchildren and all the Cathedral parishioners throughout the years call this Brooklyn staple their church and their earthly heaven.
Together with our Hierarchs, the parishioners also celebrated the 30th Anniversary of Very Rev. Fr. Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk as the parish Rector and his 20 years as the Dean of the New York City Deanery.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Warsonofiusz gifted the parish a beautiful gold cross, a decorative Holy Bible and a Book of Psalms. Addressing those gathered, His Grace highlighted the Cathedral community’s close ties with Poland and honored those who had made their new homes in the United States.
Archbishop Michael thanked Bishop Warsonofiusz for his prayers and for helping to maintain a close connection between the Orthodox Churches. Vladyka Michael also encouraged the faithful gathered to remain dedicated in their labors to build up Christ’s Holy Church. His Eminence presented a number of past and present Parish Council members with Gramotas for their service to the parish.
After a very uplifting Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, everyone met for the Banquet at Princess Manor. The Cathedral Sisterhood of the Myrrhbearing Women, the St. Herman Brotherhood, teachers and students of the Church School, the Church School Parents Association, the Cathedral Choir, and many parish family members took part in this grand event.
Barbara Krawczuk put together a slide show so we could see how the parish has changed through the years. It was touching to see photos of parishioners who are no longer with us but have left a lasting mark on our lives. “Vechnaya Pamyat!”
The parish continues to remember current members, those who have departed, and all those who have helped support and build the Cathedral family. We keep them in our prayers, as they are all part of this parish‘s long, impressive history. May God continue to strengthen and bless our Cathedral family for many, many years! “Mnogaya Lyeta!”