St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir traveled all the way to Chicago the weekend of March 17-18! The choir visited Holy Trinity Church, where Fr. Alexander Koranda (STOTS 2014) is the pastor. Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, brought St. Tikhon’s Icon of the saints who have walked on the seminary and monastery grounds. The choir sang vigil on Saturday, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday.
Archpriest David Fox visited with Fr. Alexander earlier in the day on Saturday, and preached on Sunday. Fr. Alexander asked Fr. Steven to preside at the Divine Liturgy. Fr. Steven shared at the conclusion of the Liturgy his have related to a number of the previous diocesan archpastors over his lifetime, and celebrated the repose of St. Nicholai of Zhicha, commemorated on March 18th, also the birthday of the late Archbishop Job. He added that someone encouraged each of their vocations, as a reference to seminarians singing with the choir.
It was also a blessing for Fr. Steven to see John Sutko, Choir Director, and grandfather of Fr. Alexander, after many years, and many other friends over many years. Fr. Alexander was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on May 6, 2017, and he and Mat. Carly very recently welcomed their first child, Magdalena, into their family.
May God grant Fr. Alexander, his family, and Holy Trinity Parish Faithful many blessed years!