St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church
A Patriarchal Parish in the USA
335 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia

Christ is in Our Midst!  

      To all friends, both new and old, of Saint Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, we welcome you to our website, an electronic celebration of and information center for our well known, easily recognizable landmark Church building with its soaring steeple topped by the highest Russian Orthodox Cross  in this City of Brotherly Love.

      Our historic Church building is  located in the heart of Philadelphia’s vibrant Northern Liberties neighborhood at the crossing of Fourth Street and Fairmount Avenue. Our parish is one of  the many Patriarchal Parishes in the United States of America under the jurisdiction of His Holiness, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, through his Vicar Bishop, His Grace Matthew Bishop of Sourozh, Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA ( 

     As you will see by surfing our website, the mission of our active parish is to continue the work of the Apostles of Christ in the unbroken line of Christianity that began on the Day of Pentecost, and we try, with the help of God, to succeed in that mission through acts of fellowship and charitable works.

     But paramount in our parish life at St. Michael the Archangel Church is the commitment to providing a place worthy to be called the house of God for the conduct of Orthodox worship services, not just on Sundays, but throughout the Church year, in the great  tradition of the Orthodox Church and  in accordance with the centuries old Julian Calendar.  For that reason, we welcome all, the young and the old, individuals and families, and whether or not Orthodox Christians,  to come to our Church and to  acquaint themselves with the majesty and timeless beauty of Orthodox worship services, services that are sung, not spoken, and served in the English language.  Our schedule of services can be accessed easily here on our home page making it easy for you to plan your visit.

      On behalf of all of the parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, 

In Christ,

Fr. Luka



Dear Parishioners and Parish Family and Friends,
     On behalf of the church council, I am sharing an announcement made on Sunday, September 8th, at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, by Fr. Gregory Winsky.  Father Gregory announced to the parish that he has been blessed by our Bishop to retire as rector of St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church.  Fr. Gregory said that he reached the age of 70 this year and thanked the parish, on behalf of Matushka Dianne, for the support of the parish over their 35 years of service in many capacities: as choir members, as church school teachers, in the Women's Fellowship, as readers, and for the past 18 years in Fr. Gregory's clerical service, first as Fr. Vincent's deacon and then as Fr. Vincent's assistant priest.
     Father Gregory explained that Father Luka Novakovic is being assigned as the new rector of Saint Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church at 4th and Fairmount.  Father Luka has an extensive background in Orthodoxy and dedication to God's Holy church.  He is traveling from the state of Florida to join us.

We are welcoming Father Luka to our parish with the following timeline of the transition:
  • Sunday, September 15th - Fr. Gregory will serve Divine Liturgy as usual.
  • Saturday, September 21st - Divine Liturgy to formally introduce Fr. Luka.  This is the feast day of the Nativity of the Theotokos.
  • Sunday, September 22nd - Fr. Luka will lead Divine Liturgy with Fr. Gregory co-celebrating.
    • Acknowledgement of Father Gregory's service to our parish and a fond farewell will be marked as well as a warm welcome extended to Father Luka Novakovic during coffee hour.
    • From this day, Fr. Luka will assume the responsibilities of rector.
     In the upcoming, period of transition, we will share more information about opportunities for you to get to know Father Luka.

Any questions please feel free to contact me,

Thank you,
With Love,
Nadine Sokoluk




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