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Peter (Loukianoff) of Chicago

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== Life ==
The future bishop, in the world Pavel Andreyevich Loukianoff, was born [[August 9]], 1948 in San Francisco, California. There he studied at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius Russian Church gymnasia and school. On [[August 19]], 1965 he was tonsured [[tonsure]]d [[reader]] by St . [[John (Maximovitch) of San Francisco]]. He served as an [[acolyte]] for St . John and assisted him in archpastoral duties. In September 1966 he enrolled in [[Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (Jordanville, New York)|Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary]] in Jordanville, New York. Between 1971 and 1976 he worked at the Synod of Bishops as an aide to Bp. [[Laurus (Skurla) of New York|Bishop Laurus of Manhattan]]. After completing seminary, he graduated from Norwich University and the department of theology of Belgrade university. In 1988 he was tonsured a monk and [[ordination|ordained ]] a [[hierodeacon ]] by Abp. Laurus]] On [[April 25]], 1989 he was ordained a [[hieromonk]]. He then worked as an instructor of Church history and world history at Holy Trinity Seminary as well as holding the position of the seminary's inspector. In 2000 he was appointed director of the Russian Ecclesiastic Mission in Jerusalem and in 2002, administrator of the Diocese of Chicago and Detroit (now Chicago and Midwest America). In 2003 the Synod of Bishops approved his consecration as Bishop of Cleveland.
The consecration was appointed for [[July 12]], 2003, the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. It took place at the Protection of the Theotokos [[cathedral]] in Des Plaines, Illinois. At the conclusion of the All-Night Vigil, the order of naming was performed by Metropolitan Laurus assisted by Abp. [[Alypy (Gamanovitch) of Chicago|Alypy of Chicago and Detroit]] and Bp. [[Kyrill (Dmitrieff) of San Francisco|Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America]]. The next morning, at the Divine Liturgy, the bishop-elect presented his confession of faith and the consecration took place and was performed by the same bishops. Present at the Liturgy were Archbishop [[Job (Osacky) of Chicago|Job of Chicago and the Midwest]] ([[OCA]]) and representatives of other local churches. Also present was Her Royal Highness Princess Maria Louisa, sister of King Simeon of Bulgaria with representatives of the Bulgarian Royal house, which was commemorated at the Great Entrance.
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