St. Michael the Archangel Church Accessible

Wilmington, Delaware

St. Michael the Archangel Church

Founded 1915

Diocese: Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

Deanery: Philadelphia Deanery

Address

2300 W Huntington Dr
Wilmington, Delaware 19808-6900

Mailing address:

2231 E Huntington Dr
Wilmington, DE 19808

http://www.stmichael-delaware-oca.org

Church: 302-998-1747

Parish Contacts

Rev. James P Weremedic
Rector
Home: 302-995-6775
Dn. James Carpenter
Attached
337 S Broadway
Pennsville, NJ 08070
Home: 609-202-4255

Directions

General Location
St Michael the Archangel Church is located on the corner of Kirkwood Highway (Route 2) and W Huntington Dr in the Pinecrest Development, between the intersections of Milltown Rd and St James Church Rd.  The largest major intersection due east on Kirkwood Highway is Limestone Rd (Route 7).

From Downtown Wilmington
Take Route 52 (Pennsylvania Ave) to N Union St.  Turn left and follow N Union into Kirkwood Highway (Route 2).  Drive west on Route 2 towards Newark.  Pass Elsmere and Preces Corners.  Go through the intersection of Limestone (Route 7) and Kirkwood Highway.  Pass light at St James Church Rd (Exxon gas station).  Look for Pinecrest Development on the left-hand side, between St James Church Rd and Milltown Rd (see 7-11 store).  Look on the left-hand side for a brown wood and brick church building with an onion dome and cross on top.  Turn left onto W Huntington Dr and enter church parking lot.  This journey is approx. 6 miles from the start at N Union St.

From University of Delaware in Newark
Take Route 2 east from the University, past the entrance to Delaware Park, past Milltown Rd to Pinecrest Development (which is on the right-hand side, between intersections of Milltown Rd and St James Church Rd, and before the light at Limestone Rd/ Route 7).  Look for a brown brick and wood church with an onion dome and cross on the right-hand side of Kirkwood Highway.  Turn right onto W Huntington Dr and enter the church parking lot.

From north of Wilmington
Take I-95 south to exit 5B, Rt 141 north (towards Newport).  Take Route 141 north to exit 6B (towards Newark).  Take Route 2 (Kirkwood Highway) west towards Newark for 3 miles.  Go through the major intersection of Limestone (Route 7) and Kirkwood Highway (Route 2).  Pass light at St James Church Rd (Exxon gas station).  Look for Pinecrest Development on the left-hand side, between St James Church Rd and Milltown Rd (see 7-11 store).  Look on the left-hand side for a brown wood and brick church building with an onion dome and cross on top.  Turn left onto W Huntington Dr and enter church parking lot.

From South of Wilmington
Take I-95 north to exit 4B (Route 7 north).  Take Route 7 north approx. 2 miles to Rt 2 (Kirkwood Highway).  Turn left onto Kirkwood Highway and go west for approx. 1/2 mile.  Pass light at St James Church Rd (Exxon gas station).  Look for Pinecrest Development on the left-hand side, between St James Church Rd and Milltown Rd (see 7-11 store).  Look on the left-hand side for a brown wood and brick church building with an onion dome and cross on top.  Turn left onto W Huntington Dr and enter church parking lot.

Schedule of Services

All services are in English.

5:00 PM Vespers followed by Confessions.
Saturday Evening

8:40 AM Hours.
Sunday Morning

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy, 11:30 Church School (September - June), followed by a Fellowship Hour.
Sunday Morning

7:00 “The Basics of Orthodoxy” class—a newcomers and inquirers class open to all, Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike.  Held on alternating weeks with Thursday night Bible Study.  Call the Rectory for more information.
Thursday Evening

7:00 PM Great Vespers with Litiya.
Eves of Great Feasts

7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

6:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
Wednesday Evenings in Great Lent

6:00 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts followed by potluck supper and Saint’s life presentation.
Friday Evenings in Great Lent

Please call the Rectory at 302-995-6775 for schedule of other services, or to arrange Baptisms, Marriages, Memorials, etc.  The priest’s email is frjamesw@hotmail.com

Parish Background

In 1913 a small group of Orthodox Christian immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian area of Europe, Russia and Ukraine met to consider forming a Russian Orthodox parish in Wilmington.  In 1915 a larger group under the guidance of Fr John Zloben purchased a row house at 431 S Claymont St and converted it into a house of worship.  Growth increased in 1921 when a Russian Orthodox community in Pennsgrove, NJ closed and religious articles were acquired.  Further growth permitted the addition at the site in 1930 of a priest’s living quarters as well as church school facilities.

In 1950, under the spiritual leadership of the beloved Archpriest Basil Anziferoff, the row house chapel at 431 S. Claymont was torn down and replaced with a brand-new Orthodox church edifice.

In 1962, six acres of farm land on Kirkwood Highway were acquired.  By this time, most of the parishioners were moving from the Claymont St area to the suburbs.  In anticipation that a new house of worship would be built on the Kirkwood Highway property, a rectory for the priest was purchased in 1975 in nearby Newark.

It was under the spiritual leadership of Father Joseph Chupeck that the community of St Michael the Archangel built its present structure.  To obtain funds to construct the new church on Kirkwood Highway, the Claymont St site was sold in 1978 and ground was broken in that same year.  Through the generosity of McCrery Funeral Homes, the funeral memorial chapel was used for the parish’s worship services while the present house of worship was under construction.  It was completed and dedicated in 1980.

Since the establishment of the Church on Kirkwood Highway, several things were accomplished:  A rectory adjacent to the Church was acquired in 1985. A traditional cupola and gold cross were added to the Church in 1990.  The iconostasis was completed in 1996, and in the same year the Church was consecrated with the placing of the Holy Relics in the Altar by Metropolitan Herman (then the ruling diocesan bishop).

It should be noted that since the 1970s, St Michael’s has used the English language for worship services and has followed the New Calendar.

Today’s parish life includes a full cycle of church services throughout the year, educational opportunities (Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Bible Study, Inquirer’s Class, catechumen tutorials, etc) and various ministry services, such as:  Altar servers, choir, chanters and readers, Sisterhood, Pierogie makers, youth activities, young adult campus ministry (OCF), prosphora bakers, coffee hour hosting, greeters, service duties, church cleaning, church council, library, bookstore, and building and grounds maintenence.

Presently, by God’s Grace, we are growing.  There are new converts, new arrivals from “traditional Orthodox countries”, and new Orthodox families who either moved into the area or transferred into our parish.  The parish has become a very “Pan-Orthodox” church of “All Nations”.

On the strength of this growth,  our parish undertook a major building program to construct a large social hall with kitchen and handicapped-accessible restrooms. Eventually, the physical size of the church building will be expanded as well. A successful Capital Campaign was launched in May 2004 with $374,000 in pledges.  With these pledges and a mortgage from the Russian Brotherhood of America, the social hall project was completed in late summer 2010. Our new building was consecrated in a hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Bishop TIKHON and Metropolitan JONAH on October 10, 2010, which also commemorated the parish’s 95th anniversary.

We would love to have you come and visit our parish and pray with us.  God bless you!