On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 In the words of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, “The entire church” came to pay their respects to the newly departed Reader Gregory Sulich. Four bishops, nearly thirty priests, many other clergy, monastics, members of the administration, faculty, and students of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, as well as representatives from the entire extended St. Tikhon’s Community were present for the funeral service.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon while speaking before the gathered faithful said to Reader Gregory’s mother, Matushka Dorothy Sulich at the graveside, “The entire church is here, Matushka. We have all come to pay our respects and to be with you during this time.” Then motioning to the large crowd he added, “This is the Church. This is what we do in all things. We come together, we join our prayers, and we care for one another.”
His Beatitude led the services together with His Grace Bishop Michael and His Grace Bishop Mark. In attendance were also His Beatitude, retired Metropolitan Herman, numerous past and current representatives from the national church administration where Reader Gregory offered his service to the Lord for many years. Many among those present were graduates of St. Tikhon’s Seminary where Reader Gregory graduated in 1994.
Grant rest eternal and blessed repose, O’ Lord, to the soul of Thy departed servant the Reader Gregory and make his memory to be eternal.