Father Lew also served as a supply priest for the Albanian Orthodox Church of St. Eprempte in
Cleveland, and also assisted as needed at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Lakewood.and
Christ the Savior Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in North Royalton.He was well respected by the
Greek Orthodox clergy of the Cleveland area.
As the years past, the parish obtained property on State Road in Parma with eight acres in which to
build a church. Unfortunately, opponents of Fr. Lew fought the issue of a church building and the City
of Parma would not rezone the property for a church and parish complex..A chapel was erected in
Father's home, from which he would serve the spiritual needs of his parishioners.
Father Lew did much writing on the history of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America, Ecumenical
Patriarchate. Prior to the death of Metropolitan Andrei Kuschak, he wrote a 150 page book on the
Ukrainian Church, which was never published. The whereabouts of the contents of this book are not
Father Lew's health began to fail, and he would only be able to have services at his home. After his
death in 1989, his nephew, Father Stephan Bibij-Petrovich, (now Metropolitan Stephan) of the
Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate, continued the leadership of the parish and held services
at a hall in Parma each Sunday afternoon, after serving his own parish in Sandusky, Ohio.
It was an important issue for the Ukrainian parishioners in Parma to have a full time priest for SS. Boris
and Gleb. Many new arrivals from Western Ukraine wanted a parish of their own, where they could
preserve their unique customs and heritage. Since the parish lacked the initial funds to purchase a
church building, the Rt. Rev. Fr. Stephan Posakiwsky offered Fr. Stephan to share his church and to
have a combined Divine Liturgy at St. Stephan Church of the Millennium in Brunswick. The
parishioners worshipped there for two years, until funds were raised to purchase the present Cathedral
in Cleveland in 1995. It was during these years, that Archimandrite Stephan had the opportunity to
make many trips to Ukraine and to attend the installation of His Holiness, Patriarch Filaret, as
Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine.
Shortly thereafter, in 1996, SS. Boris and Gleb was designated the Cathedral Church for the
Archdiocese of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of North & South America-
Sobornopravna, by Metropolitan Vasili Bodnarchuk of Ternopil, Western Ukraine, then Senior Hiearch
and Acting Patriarch of the Ukrainan Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Archimandrite Stephan was
appointed by Metropolitan Vasili as Bishop-Elect for the new diocese.
1997 saw the arrival of Fr. Michael Yafcak-Champion, (now Archbishop Michael) who was appointed by
Vladika Stephan as pastor of the Cathedral parish and Protosyngellos of the Archdiocese. Fr. Michael
was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite in March, 1998. 1998 also saw the first Sobor of the new
Archdiocese, and the consecration and installation of Vladika Stephan as Primate and Metropolitan.
The Archdiocese was raised to the status of a Metropolitan See, by decision of the Sobor. In July of
that year, the Metropolia received its second hierarch when Vladika Michael was consecrated to the
episcopacy and assumed the role of Archbishop. There began a period of great growth for the
Cathedral and Metropolia, with the ordination of four new priests and several deacons and still others in
minor orders, and the addition of 20 parishes and monastic communities. Other hierarchs joined the
synod of the Metropolia, and the church extended itself to the west coast in California and Alaska, the
east coast, in New York and New Jersey, and also Denver, Atlanta and Canada, among other places.
The Cathedral Church has undergone many changes and improvements from the provisions for worship
of its former occupants, the Romanian Baptist Church and Zion Pentecostal Church. Vladika Stephan
and the parishioners worked very hard to transform the space into a proper Orthodox liturgical setting.
A magnificent iconostasis is the work of renowned Kyivan iconographer and Protodeacon of the
Cathedral, Konstantin Rouban. The imposing dome and majestic tabernacle and baptismal font are the
work of Dan Verbisky and IDAR, Inc. Vestments and other liturgical appointments have been
purchased by the parish and donated by parishioners and benefactors.
SS. Boris and Gleb has grown from only six families at its initiation to over 56 families at present and
the growth is continuing. A full liturgical cycle of services is held in Ukrainian. Sunday Liturgy is at
10:00 a.m. and Saturday evening Vespers are at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to worship with us. The St.
Nicholas Orthodox Mission provides food and clothing for the needy in the Cathedral neighborhood and
is also sent to help our people in need in Ukraine. The Mission also sponsors outreach and
educational materials. The Cathedral Church continues to serve as the heart of the Metropolia and
houses the Chancery Offices and Social Center.