BURBANK, IL [DOM] – April 11, 2022, marked the 40th anniversary of the repose of Archbishop John (Garklavs), who lead the diocese for almost thirty years starting in the 1950’s. In commemoration of this day, services and memorials were held throughout the diocese, notably at the Diocesan Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL, and at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH.
Following Hours and Typika, Priest Alexander Koranda and the faithful of the cathedral gathered to serve a Panikhida for the Archbishop. Singing the responses was the cathedral choir director, Olga Prevas, who was the granddaughter of Archbishop John. Following the service, Fr. Alexander offered a few words reflecting on the history of the cathedral and the many influential people who have served there; “I can’t help but think of the countless times that Archbishop John, who lived here and prayed here, stood at in this very place offering prayers for the departed.” Fr. Alexander continued reminding those gathered the blessing and honor it is that the cathedral has had so many leaders who have had a massive impact during a formidable time in the life of the American church.
On the other side of the diocese, in Parma, OH, Fr. Alexander Garklavs, Rector of Holy Trinity Church, held a memorial service with clergy from the Cleveland Deanery. After serving a memorial service, Fr. Alexander reflected and shared stories about his experience with Archbishop John and his family.
The Office of Communications for the Diocese of the Midwest published an article by Fr. Alexander about Archbishop John that can be found HERE.