Peter of Cleveland performs Divine Liturgy at St Innocient of Moscow
St. Innocent of Moscow Russian Orthodox Church in Wheaton, IL there
is a corner of icons of saints and martyrs known for healing, including
an icon of St. Luke (Voyno-Yasenetsky) of Simferopol.
The rector of the parish, Priest Jeremiah Loch, commissioned the
icon of St. Luke after learning of the life of the world-famous
pioneering surgeon, tortured confessor, archbishop and miracle-worker.
The saint is particularly venerated by Fr. Jeremiah who was former
director of a fellowship program in regional anesthesia and is currently
in active practice as a medical pain management specialist. What
particularly inspired Fr. Jeremiah was that Saint Luke, while serving
the Church as an archbishop, had also practiced as a surgeon and
taught and published books and articles on regional anesthesia and
An oncologist and parishioner of St. Innocent’s parish recently
discovered in a publication of the University of Illinois College
of Medicine an article about Associate Professor in the Department
of Pharmacology, Tatyana A. Voyno-Yasenetskaya, MD, PhD. The article
contained a picture, not only of Dr. Voyno-Yasenetskaya, who is
living in Chicago, but also of St. Luke, noting that Dr. Voyno-Yasenetskaya
was born into an illustrious Russian family of famous scientists
and physicians that spanned five generations. Among these family
members were her mother, an endocrinologist, her father, a urological
surgeon, and her great-grandfather, Valentin (St. Luke) identified
as one of the most famous surgeons in our suffering Homeland.
Fr. Jeremiah subsequently contacted Dr. Voyno-Yasenetskaya and on
February 27th, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, St. Innocent of Moscow
parish was visited by St. Luke’s great-grand-daughter and her mother.
Not only did parishioners and visitors have an opportunity to learn
more about the life of St. Luke, view his family’s photographs,
and receive an icon card of St. Luke, but they also had an opportunity
to have many questions answered by Bishop Peter who celebrated the
hierarchal Divine Liturgy along with visiting clergy, Priest Victor
Boldewskul of St. Sergius Church, Parma, OH and Fr. Deacon Juleian
Milordovich of Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, Des Plaines, IL.
Over the preceding four weeks, in preparation for Vladyka Peter’s
visit, parishioners were asked to submit questions concerning liturgical
and pious practices in the Orthodox Church. Following Dr. Voyno-Yasenetskaya’s
comments and question and answer session, Vladyka Peter spent an
extended afternoon with parishioners answering all types of questions
on liturgics, piety and contemporary concerns.
The day was marked also by the attendance at the events by leaders
and several former members of the ORPR camp who were in town for
the St. Tatiana’s Day Ball held Friday night in Chicago.
your light so shine before menÉ"
His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland responds to questions by young
parishioners of St Innocent Mission.
Tatiana Voyno-Yasenetskaya tells the parishioners of her ancestor.