Planning a Landmark
easy to miss.
No one is likely to miss the congregation's planned new church: they are currently raising money to build a colorful, seven-domed structure that will rise like a landmark above the stretch of I-94 between Chelsea and Dexter.
Father Gregory, St. Vladimir's priest for the last sixteen years, says that, with about 300 congregants, the church has already outgrown the 2006 addition. The new members are split about equally between recent immigrants from Russia and nearby countries and Americans with no ethnic connection to the faith.
"Diversity is a strength of this parish. It's a very good thing," he says. "At Easter we held a midnight vigil that lasted several hours while we read the Acts of the Apostles in as many languages as we have in the parish." This year, thirteen languages were represented: Latin, Greek, Romanian, Armenian, Uzbek, English, Church Slavonic, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, German, French, and Polish.