Peter (Loukianoff) of Chicago

From OrthodoxWiki
Revision as of 02:20, May 10, 2017 by Frjohnwhiteford (talk | contribs) (Correcting caption of photo)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
His Grace, Archbishop Peter (Loukianoff) of Chicago and Mid-America

His Grace, Archbishop Peter (Loukianoff) is the ruling bishop of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.


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 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 in Jordanville, New York. Between 1971 and 1976 he worked at the Synod of Bishops as an aide to Bp. 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 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 Mid-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 of Chicago and Detroit and Bp. 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 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.

In 2008, Bp. Peter became a permanent member of the Synod of Bishops. In September 2009, he was appointed Treasurer of the Synod of Bishops.

In July 2016, on the retirement of Abp Alypy, Bp Peter was appointed to the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America and elevated to the rank of Archbishop.[1]


External links

Succession box:
Peter (Loukianoff) of Chicago
Preceded by:
Alypy (Gamanovich)
Bishop of Cleveland (ROCOR)
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Alypy (Gamanovich)
Archbishop of Chicago and Mid-America (ROCOR)
Succeeded by:
Help with box