Featured Mission: St. Catherine of Alexandria + Ann Arbor, MI


When a group of Orthodox Christians began meeting once a month in 1999 to celebrate the Divine Liturgy mostly in Arabic, little did they imagine they would grow into a dynamic, all-English-speaking mission comprised of people from all ethnic backgrounds. Located between two large universities, St. Catherine of Alexandria Mission in Ann Arbor, Michigan has become a spiritual home for students and faculty, young and old, “cradle” and “convert.” St. Catherine’s is dedicated to participatory worship, spiritual growth, education, evangelism, and service – but it is best defined by its members’ warmth and hospitality.

From humble beginnings in 1999, this mission grew with fits and starts. For much of its history, it did not have a resident priest and the times and places of worship varied from month-to-month, or even week-to-week. But a core group of dedicated Orthodox faithfully tended to the seedling of the Church that God had planted. Bp. MARK appointed Fr. Benjamin Johnson as its resident priest in 2008.

In its tenth year, St. Catherine’s remains more committed than ever to living the fullness of the Christian life and sharing the historic faith with Ann Arbor and southeastern Michigan. The congregation’s music is drawn from sources as rich and diverse as Orthodoxy itself. In addition to weekly Vespers, Matins, and Divine Liturgy, St. Catherine’s offers Sunday classes for children from kindergarten through high school. Adult education takes place during the week around the themes of our faith. The adults especially look forward to the weekly Lenten book discussion and soup dinner. In addition to worship, the mission offers seasonal service opportunities to the poor and aged, hoping to remain a beacon of hope to the hard-hit Detroit area during challenging economic times.

To carry out this divine purpose, St. Catherine of Alexandria Orthodox Mission seeks to become further established by finding its own permanent place of worship. It is collecting donations to this end, before and after its tenth anniversary celebration, which is scheduled for May 30-31. Please visit our web site or e-mail saintcatherineorthodox@comcast.net for more information on how you can join us and Bishop MARK for this milestone, or otherwise become involved in our ministry. This mission includes Arabs, Greeks, Eastern Europeans, Scots, Canadians, and some Americans who identify with no particular ethnicity. St. Catherine’s vision is to become a vibrant, established, compassionate, outgoing, uplifting spiritual sanctuary for all who wish to worship the Holy Trinity. “For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:7).

Please visit our web site: www.saintcatherineorthodox.org.