Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church Miami

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Saints Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church

Established in 1951, Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church is one of Miami’s oldest Eastern Orthodox parishes. In 1954, the parish rooted itself in the historic Shenandoah neighborhood (an area currently referred to as “Little Havana”) by purchasing the mansion of Miami’s first elected mayor. After extensive renovations, Mayor Reilly’s elegant home, built in 1927, was transformed into a beautiful house of worship and refuge, while retaining residence quarters on the second floor. The parish community’s commitment to the area was fully confirmed when the mortgage was paid off just a few years later, in 1960.

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The legal fundraiser exists to get SS Peter and Paul back to fulfilling our mission as soon as possible. With your support, we can focus resources on our legal case instead of draining parishioner finances.

A Threat to Heritage and Faith

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While honoring the past, Saints Peter and Paul has always anticipated a vibrant future, continuing its legacy as a spiritual home where all are welcomed. However, this legacy now faces a serious threat amidst a contentious legal dispute with the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Diocese of the South (DOS), which is purporting to claim ownership and control over the parish property despite Saints Peter and Paul’s owning the site since the date of purchase in 1954, long before the OCA or Diocese of the South even existed.This contentious relationship began well over a year ago.

Our Beginnings

Established in 1951, Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church is one of Miami’s oldest Eastern Orthodox parishes. In 1954, the parish rooted itself in the historic Shenandoah neighborhood (an area currently referred to as “Little Havana”) by purchasing the mansion of Miami’s first elected mayor. After extensive renovations, Mayor Reilly’s elegant home, built in 1927, was transformed into a beautiful house of worship and refuge, while retaining residence quarters on the second floor. The parish community’s commitment to the area was fully confirmed when the mortgage was paid off just a few years later, in 1960.


Over its more than 70-year history, Saints Peter and Paul has been served by numerous devoted senior priests and deacons who nurtured this multi-ethnic community in faith and love. While Saints Peter and Paul parish has ministered to the spiritual needs of the Orthodox Christian faithful, it has also opened its doors more broadly to the community at large through refugee assistance, poverty relief efforts, addiction recovery support, and outreach ministries.

We are fighting Priests and Bishops in order to Keep a Church Open! What is wrong with this picture?

Fr Joseph Lucas – Dean of south FL, Fr Marcus Burch – Chancellor of DOS (Diocese of South), Fr Peter Robichau – Secretary of DOS, and Archbishop Alexander Golitzin (head of DOS) against a few steadfast parishioners. A growing, thriving community that these clergymen don’t want. Unimaginable!

And where are the other Hierarchs of the OCA? They have been notified of parts of this situation, yet no one has been concerned at all. Aren’t they negligent of their duties?

4 years and $25,000 into the process of bringing a Priest from Ukraine to Miami, Fl brought the following events. Our Parish did all the work and paid all the money.

2 days before the Priest and family landed in Florida, Fr Joseph Lucas informed us that our tenant needed to be off the property in 7 days or this Priest would not be allowed to be our Priest.

Legal Situation And Fundraising Appeal​

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305-858-2924

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