Peter (Loukianoff) of Chicago
His Grace, Bishop Peter (Loukianoff) is bishop of Cleveland, vicar for the administration of the Diocese of Chicago and Midwest 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 Sts Cyrill 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 assited him in archpastoral duties. In September 1966 he enrolled in Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York. Between 1971 and 1976 he worked at the Synod of Bishops as an aide to 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 ordained a hierodeacon by Archbishop Laurus of Syracuse and Holy Trinity 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. 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 of New York assisted by Archbishop Alypy of Chicago and Detroit and Bishop 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 Midwest America (Orthodox Church in America) 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.