Macedonian church in C.P. celebrating 50th anniversary
By Kitty conley firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 2013 11:48AM
Mayor David Uran presents a proclamation honor the 50th anniversary of Sts. Peter & Paul Macedonian Church to Metropolitan Metodij, the leader of the American Canadian Macedonian Orthodox Diocese. | Photo provided
Updated: June 11, 2013 1:13PM
On June 3 the city was blessed with the presence of the bishop of the American Canadian Macedonian Orthodox Diocese, His Eminence Metropolitan Metodij to receive a proclamation from Mayor Dave Uran honoring Sts. Peter and Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral on the occasion of the church’s 50th anniversary.
The church was founded in Gary but moved to its current location on Broadway in Crown Point in the late 1980s to be closer to its parishioners.
According to Nick Nochevich, the diocese delegate, Sts. Peter and Paul was the first Macedonian Orthodox Church consecrated on the entire North American continent.
Accompanying the Metropolitan were members of the cathedral: the Very Reverend Tome Stamatov; Thomas Traycoff, president; Alex Kutanovski vice president; Naum Pejoski, treasurer; Stojan Trajkovski, financial secretary; and Nochevich.
Nochevich is a member of the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals and Kutanovski is an assistant city attorney.
The party begins on Broadway on July 12 and continues through the 14th with a formal dinner celebration.
Over the years, since coming to Crown Point, many residents have enjoyed the building and its banquet facility. It has been used for parties and as a site for voting, housing more than one polling place.
In 1963 the first building was consecrated. The building of the current cathedral began in 1988 and was finished and consecrated in 1989. Sts. Peter and Paul has played a role to help other Macedonian Orthodox Churches grow throughout this continent.
The Metropolitan wants everyone to celebrate with them. It will be a great anniversary of the birth of their Christian community.