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

Very Rev. Archpriest Luka Novakovic

A graduate of St. Sava Seminary in Belgrade and the Moscow Theological Academy, Fr. Luka began his service to the Church in 1988, when he was tonsured a reader, and would go on to work under the patronage and direction of three Serbian Patriarchs, defending his Master’s and Doctoral theses at theological institutions in Oxford and Rome.

Immediately after his diaconal ordination in November 1989, Fr. Luka began to his diaconal service in the Church of St. Sava in Belgrade, Serbia, of which he became the rector after is priestly ordination in January 2007. Starting in December 2009, he served as rector of St. Luke the Apostle Church. At the same time, he taught theology, and fulfilled his obediences as head librarian of the Patriarchate Library and secretary of the Supreme Ecclesiastical Court, and was the chancellor of the Serbian Patriarchate.

Since July 2017, Fr. Luka labored at St. Nicholas Monastery in North Ft. Myers, FL, and in October 2019, assumed rectorship of St. Michael Church in Philadelphia. His son followed in his father’s footsteps, graduating from theological seminary in the U.S. and currently studying at the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Theological Institute in Moscow.

Contact:  Very Rev. Archpriest Luka Novakovic
2022 Parish Council

President Suzanne Veres
Vice President Denise Rutherford
Controller Gregory Shast
Assistant Controller Joel Patrick
Assistant Controller Justine Paul
Tresurer Deborah Barth
Assistant Treasurer Charles Staso 
Recording Secretary Genevieve Veres
Immediate Past President Nadine Sokoluk
Marlene Blaskevitch
Melaney Bedard
Nikola Filipovic
Kenneth Koscinski
Thom Nickels
Michael Peleszak
Tatiana Saverino Sarris
Maryann Storey
Tatiana Veres
Elijah Williams
Dawn Worthington


Choir Director

Gregory P. Kauriga

Women's Fellowship

President:  Suzanne Veres

Vice President:  Justine Paul

Treasurer:  Katrina Ardan

Secretary:  Tatiana Veres