All American Council Elects New Metropolitan
The 13th All-American Council was held July 21 thru July 26th in
Orlando, Florida. With the retirement of Metropolitan Theodosius, the main focus of the
meeting was the election of a new Metropolitan. Above we can see the logo for the
Fr. Andrew and Roslyn Stevens our official delegates standing in front
of an exhibit about the history of Primatial elections with Lee and Maria Kopulos who came
Above and below we see images from the meeting itself. The opening
ceremony commemorated the memory of the events on September 11, 2001. All the delegates
were gathered and the meeting proceded. We can see a picture of the results of the first
ballot for the new Metropolitan. Bishop Seraphim of Canada got the highest vote but failed
to get the 2/3 majority. Archbishop Herman of Eastern Pennsylvania was selected by the
synod of bishops after the second ballot.
Above and below we see pictures from the first liturgy celebrated by
Metropolitan Herman with the former Metropolitan Theodosius.
The first picture is of Metropolitan Herman. The second next to it is
the last liturgy celebrated by Metropolitan Theodosius as Metropolitan.
Father Andrew receives a blessing from newly elected Metropolitan
A grand banquet was held honoring the life and work of Metropolitan
Theodosius which was attended by Fr. Andrew, Roslyn Stevens and Jerry Kincaid. Speakers
included Metropolitan Kyril representing the Russian Orthodox Church who admonished the
OCA to become a leader of inter-orthodox unity in America and Archbishop Demetrios of the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America who spoke about the great humility of Metropolitan
Theodosius and about his leadership in bringing about closer relationships with all
Orthodox jurisdictions in America.
Odds And Ends
After the dome was hoisted into place, a large Cross was placed on
This view shows the completion of the handicapped ramp system. Using
the ramps, those with disability may enter the Church without going up even a single
This shows one of the rooms completed with carpeting. This room
happens to be the conference room.
The atrium has been tiled and the walls have been taped and
drywalled. Painting should begin shortly.
This view shows the walls of the center of the bell tower staircase
This week the sidewalks were poured for the new building. Handicapped
ramps will provide access to the main door.
This view shows the inner walls of the stairway inside the bell tower
Topping It All Off
This week the completed dome was placed on top of the bell tower
using a crane. The building is rapidly nearing completion and should be done in
approximately two weeks. Next week the sidewalks are scheduled to be poured and work
will continue on the interior. Above we can see an overall view of the building, while
below we see a close up of the completed dome in place on the bell tower. A large Cross
is yet to be placed on top of the center of the dome.
Sun, Fun, And Chilli: St. Luke's Annual Picnic
Once again the parishioneers of St. Luke Parish braved the wilderness
for their annual picnic. The weather was wonderful and apparently all had a great time.
The theme for this years picnic was a Chilli Cook Off.
Above we can see the table for the chilli contestants and some of the
Apparently fearing that some of the chilli may have been altered by
extraterrestrials, the men in black decided to try the chilli for themselves. The
children unconcered by all this were having a great time on their own. Below one of our
young parishioneers decided that his shirt tasted better than the chilli, while still
others gather for some quiet time.
Entertainment was provided by some of our talented youth.
When the dust cleared, the winner of the Chilli Cook Off was announced
and awarded her prize.
Father Andrew Receives Memorial Section of Trade Center
After receiving permission from the city of New York, Father Andrew
went to pick up a section of the World Trade Center to be used as a memorial in
connection with the new building at St. Lukes. Below we see Father Andrew standing at
the site with the memorial
The following is an article from the Daily Southtown. Below we can
see more pictures from Father Andrew's trip to New York
Source: The Daily South Town
Date: July 1, 2002
Title: "You Just Want to Cry": Palos Hills Preacher Visits WTC Site
Author: Jim Hook, Staff Writer
The Rev. Andrew Harrison had a few weeks to prepare himself for what
would confront him once he reached the site of the World Trade Center in New York. He
still wasn't ready for what he saw when he arrived last week to pick up a piece of steel
beam from the towers that will be used as a memorial in the 98 year--old St. Luke the
Evangelist Orthodox Church in Palos Hills.
Harrison said Monday he doesn't know if he could have ever really been
ready for what he experienced when he arrived at ground zero. "You just want to cry," he
said. "But there is anger there too. You ask yourself why would someone do this to us,"
He said he was amazed at the size of the hole in the ground where the
towers and other prominent buildings once stood majestically over the New York City
landscape. "The mass destruction in and around there is incredible," Harrison said.
"The whole area is devastated. "There's a kind of reverence associated with the site," he
said. "It's like a cemetery."
Harrison said everywhere he looked he was reminded of the tragedy that
occurred Sept 11. He said he saw signs that said, "Don't call this Ground Zero, but rather
the Ground of Heroes" and "We will never forget." Harrison said being at the site "made it
real." "You watch it on TV or read about it in the newspaper and you are removed from it,"
he said. "But when you are there, it has a real impact on you."
Harrison said he was most affected by front-page photos in a New York
Times newspaper that showed people hanging off buildings and jumping to their deaths Sept.
11. "People were actually jumping from these tall buildings," he said, pausing for a
moment to compose himself "I had dreams about what that must have been like on my trip
"Harrison returned last week with a 200-pound piece of steel beam from
one of the World Trade Center. He said a church committee will decide where to display
the piece of steel beam. One option, Harrison said, is including it in the church's new
The 160-member, Orthodox church, is undergoing. a $1 million renovation
that includes new Sunday school classrooms, offices, a vestibule, a basement and the bell
tower. Harrison wrote a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking for a piece
of the World Trade Center to incorporate into the church's new bell tower. He said he
received a phone call two weeks ago from Bloomberg's office saying his request had been
Bloomberg's office has allocated more than 93 pieces of steel to church
and nonprofit groups on the stipulation that they be used as memorials. Harrison picked up
the steel beam from a cordoned-off section of ground zero. He wrapped the steel beam in
an American flag for the journey home. "I took special care driving home with that beam."
Harrlson said "It's sacred because 2,823 lives are connected to it."
Above we see the two construction workers who assisted Father Andrew by
preparing the memorial for transport. Below we see them loading the memorial into the
rented Ford Van that Father Andrew drove to New York City
Above we see Father Andrew covering the memorial with an American flag
as you would for the burial of national hero. Below we see a banner: WE WILL NEVER FORGET
under a Bank which will be torn down because of damage.
Signs of Healing
The pictures below were taken during Father Andrew's trip to pick up
the memorial. Everywhere signs of rebuilding and healing were evident. They are a
testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit and the healing powers of our Lord and
Side Trip to St. Vladimir's Seminary
On the way back from New York, Father Andrew made a side trip to St
Vladimir's Seminary. In the above picture we can see Father Andrew, Fr. Lisenko and Bishop
Seraphim retired bishop of Japan standing by the car containing the memorial from the
World Trade Center.
Above Andrew Lukashonak stands at the doors of the new library. Below
we see the interior of the library
While he was there Father Andrew took advantage and did some homework
concerning the new bells for our bell tower. He took these pictures to demonstrate how
there were set up. A similiar system will shortly be installed in our new bell tower at