St Basil Orthodox Church is a parish of the
Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of the South.
Our Primatial Bishop
Metropolitan Tikhon has served as the first hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America since fall of 2012. Metropolitan Tikhon has the task not only of serving as the ruling bishop of Washington, DC, but also of coordinating the work of the OCA dioceses in accordance with the canons of the Church. Through His Beatitude, our local Church maintains communion with the other Orthodox churches around the world.
Our Ruling Bishop
Archbishop Alexander (Golitzin) was elected Bishop of Dallas, the South and the Bulgarian Diocese on March 30, 2016. He is the shepherd and overseer of our parish, as well as a member of the Holy Synod of the OCA. His Eminence holds degrees from UC Berkeley, St Vladimir’s Seminary, and Oxford University (D.Phil.), and is professor emeritus of Marquette University.
Father Peter Robichau arrived in Wilmington with his family in the summer of 2009 to assist “a few families with a new mission effort in the region.” By June of 2010, he relocated to Wilmington to serve as the community’s first pastor. As a “mission priest,” he has worked (and still does) full-time professionally while guiding our community from borrowed space (with a maximum capacity of 20 people) in the basement of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to our current 7.5 acres on Wilmington’s “North Side.” He came to Orthodoxy from Protestantism in 1998, and holds a degree in Biblical Studies from Columbia International University and a Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Seminary.
Father Andrew Cannon, his wife, Melissa, and their children have been with us since August 2017. Fr Andrew graduated from St Vladimir’s Seminary in 2016, and Abp Alexander ordained him to the Holy Priesthood at St Basil in March 2018. The Cannons live at the Church house (the “Vicarage”), and Fr Andrew is full time at St Basil. Stop by during his office hours at church for a fresh cup of pour-over coffee and a chat!