The Most Reverend Archbishop Benjamin, Rector
Born Vincent Peterson in Pasadena, California, on June 1, 1954, Archbishop Benjamin was baptized and chrismated at Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, California, on April 27, 1972. In 1978 he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Liturgical Music from Saint Vladimir's Seminary. A prolific musician, he served as choirmaster at parishes in Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles and as chairman of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Liturgical Music. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on November 15, 1987 by Bishop Tikhon at his home parish. The following year he was tonsured a riasophore monk by Bishop Tikhon and further tonsured to the lesser schema by His Eminence, Archbishop [later Metropolitan] Herman at Saint Tikhon Monastery, South Canaan, Pennsylvania. In 1991 he was elevated to the rank of archdeacon. On July 19, 1997, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Tikhon. On January 31, 2007, His Grace was unanimously nominated as a candidate for The Office of Diocesan Hierarch. The Holy Synod of Bishops, in their 2007 spring session, elected His Grace to be the reigning hierarch of the Diocese of the West. He was installed as ruling bishop on October 2, 2007. At the 2012 spring session, the Holy Synod elevated the bishop to the dignity of Archbishop.
The Very Reverend John Takahashi, Dean
Archpriest John Takahashi has been serving as dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral by appointment of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin since 2006. Father John grew up in Tokyo serving at Holy Resurrection Cathedral since age nine as an altar server. Until he graduated from Saint Vladimir’s Theological Seminary in New York after attending the seminary in Tokyo, he served under Metropolitan Ireney, Archbishop Nikon, Bishop Amvrosy, and Metropolitan Vladimir who, while leading the Orthodox Church in Japan, were hierarchs of Orthodox Church in America. He served as Subdeacon with Priest Norman Dunbar and presently Archpriest John Udics for the late Archbishop Dmitri during first years of his episcopacy. Later, he served as the secretary to the primates of the Orthodox Church in Japan, the late Metropolitan Theodosius, from whom he received the first jeweled cross, and Metropolitan Daniel. During that time, he had opportunities to see the life of various churches accompanying Metropolitan Theodosius of Japan in his official visits to the Patriarchates of Jerusalem, Constantinople, Moscow, Georgia, and Romania. He was exposed to the diversity of Orthodox Christian life during these visits. He received gold and jeweled crosses from late Patriarchs Pimen and Alexei II for his dedication to the Church, for church relations, leading pilgrims to Russia, and preparing Patriarch Alexei’s visit to Japan. For ten years, he taught Christian East, a required course at Tokyo Women’s Christian University, the oldest Women’s University in Japan. He has written twelve books in Japanese introducing the Orthodox Church and its life for the general public, all available in ordinary bookstores in Japan. After writing icons and books on iconography, he now works in pen and ink with water color medium praising God for the beauty of the city of San Francisco. Father John could not have accomplished anything without the support and cooperation of his wife, Matushka Naomi and the love of his son, Noah. They have five grandchildren in the Modesto area. He sees Orthodox Christian life at Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco rooted deeply in the American soil as the cutting edge of Orthodox Christian life within the context of both American life as well as modern life in the 21st century. He is grateful to the Most Holy Trinity that he is blessed to serve Him under His Eminence, Bishop Benjamin who has the solid vision of the Orthodox Church on the American continent.
The Reverend Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov
Archdeacon C. Kirill Sokolov was baptized as an infant (born 1978) at our sister parish of St. Nicholas in Saratoga, CA. He grew up in a number of parishes including Holy Trinity Cathedral, where his father, Archpriest Victor, served as dean until his repose in 2006. Father Kirill was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by Metropolitan Herman in 2004. The Holy Synod of Bishops elevated him to the dignity of Protodeacon in 2007, and in 2009, Metropolitan Jonah elevated him to the office of Archdeacon of the Orthodox Church in America. A graduate of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Archdeacon Kirill also served as Associate Chancellor for Systems and Lecturer in Liturgics there. In 2010, Archdeacon Kirill and his family moved back to the Bay Area where he now works as Director of Technology at San Domenico School in San Anselmo. Father Kirill is Director of Diaconal and Late Vocations for the Orthodox Church in America and is Adjunct Instructor in Liturgics at St. Herman Seminary (Kodiak, AK). He is regularly invited to lead workshops for clergy, those studying for diaconal ordination, subdeacons, and altar servers. The archdeacon is currently enrolled in doctoral studies in organizational leadership at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Archdeacon Kirill, his wife Sophia, and their three children are grateful to God for the wonderful people that make their fellow parishioners their spiritual family.
The Reverend Protodeacon Brendan Doss
Deacon Brendan Doss grew up in Nashville, with a Presbyterian background. In 1988, he was baptized in the Orthodox Church at St Herman of Alaska Mission in Sunnyvale, and in 2002, Metropolitan Laurus of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) ordained him to the Holy Diaconate. About two years later, Father Brendan received a transfer to the Serbian Patriarchate and began serving at St Seraphim / Protection parish in Santa Rosa, on loan to the Orthodox Church in America. In 2006 he asked to be received into the Orthodox Church in America. At Archbishop Benjamin’s request, he accepted the honor of serving at Holy Trinity Cathedral, beginning on the Feast of the Ascension, 2006. He enjoys music and art, as well as science and understanding how things work. Deacon Brendan studied Electrical Engineering at Rice University, with a graduate fellowship in digital signal processing at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.
Reader Stephen (Robert) Parent, Choir Director
Robert Allen Parent (b. 1943 in Woonsocket, R.I.) has held the position of Holy Trinity Cathedral choir director since 1977. He is responsible for the quality of music and liturgical English in use at the Cathedral. After graduation from Middlebury College and Michigan State University, while studying Russian Literature at the University of Pittsburgh, he received instruction in Russian Orthodox liturgics and choral music from the late Mitered Archpriest Vitaly Sahaydakovsky of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, after which he served as choir director in several Russian parishes, including Christ the Saviour Church in San Francisco, where services were conducted mainly in Church Slavonic.
The choir of Holy Trinity adorns the services of the Cathedral with prayerful voices. If you are interested in this deeply meaningful ministry of sacred song, please speak with Bob.
Church School for Children
Our church school meets Sundays during the school year at 9:30 am before Divine Liturgy in the fellowship hall. Our youngest learners have an opportunity to prepare for the Lord's supper by being with other Christians their age in a joyful setting. Coordinator: Dr. Katherine Strelkoff; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parish council is a volunteer leadership committee elected by parish membership at its annual parish meeting. In a spirit of mutual love and trust with the Rector and clergy, the parish council is responsible for stewardship of the parish's resources and deliberating on other parish business.
All parishioners are invited to be active "stewards" of the community life of the cathedral community by volunteering time and talent throughout the year. One aspect of our community life that we are very grateful for is the tradition of gourmet luncheons that are hosted by a family or group of parishioners each Sunday!
One visible witness to our liturgical life and active community life is our web site, www.holy-trinity.org. Founded in the early nineties as one of the first major Orthodox Christian web sites, the site is actively maintained by a volunteer web team coordinated by Matushka Sophia Sokolov, a 2005 graduate of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.