On Monday, December 25, 2017, His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of Our Lord at Holy Trinity Cathedral in San Francisco. During the Divine Liturgy, Priest Peter Fermeglia was received into the communion of the Holy Orthodox Church by vesting. Father Peter began attending services at Holy Trinity Cathedral two years ago and is currently attending a one-year special course of study at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
Fr. Peter was born Charles Sergio and is a native of Queens, New York. The son of Sergio and Margherita Fermeglia, immigrants from Italy, Charles was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He studied for the Diocese of Brooklyn, beginning seminary at Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Elmhurst, then on to Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception to receive a B.A. in Philosophy. Fr. Charles was ordained to the diaconate May 1, 1988 in the seminary chapel after completing an M.Div. at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, Long Island. On May 28, 1988, he was ordained priest at St. James Cathedral, Brooklyn by His Excellency, Bishop Francis J. Mugavero, D.D. His ministry has included parish work, hospital chaplaincy, and music directorship. The search for beauty, truth, and authentic Christianity has led him to embrace Orthodoxy.
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