St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church
A Patriarchal Parish in the USA
335 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia
Our People

Very Rev. Archpriest Luka Novakovic

A graduate of St. Sava Seminary in Belgrade and the Moscow Theological Academy, Fr. Luka began his service to the Church in 1988, when he was tonsured a reader, and would go on to work under the patronage and direction of three Serbian Patriarchs, defending his Master’s and Doctoral theses at theological institutions in Oxford and Rome.

Immediately after his diaconal ordination in November 1989, Fr. Luka began to his diaconal service in the Church of St. Sava in Belgrade, Serbia, of which he became the rector after is priestly ordination in January 2007. Starting in December 2009, he served as rector of St. Luke the Apostle Church. At the same time, he taught theology, and fulfilled his obediences as head librarian of the Patriarchate Library and secretary of the Supreme Ecclesiastical Court, and was the chancellor of the Serbian Patriarchate.

Since July 2017, Fr. Luka labored at St. Nicholas Monastery in North Ft. Myers, FL, and in October 2019, assumed rectorship of St. Michael Church in Philadelphia. His son followed in his father’s footsteps, graduating from theological seminary in the U.S. and currently studying at the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Theological Institute in Moscow.


Very Rev. Archpriest Luka Novakovic
Rev. Deacon Michael Ardan
2021 Parish Council Officers

President: Nadine Sokoluk

Vice President: Suzanne Veres 

Treasurer: Debbie Barth 

Assistant Treasurer:  Charles Staso

Recording Secretary: Kenneth Koscinski

Controller: Gregory Shast

Assistant Controller: Joel Patrick

Assistant Controller:  Justine Paul

2021 Trustees

Melaney Bedard

Thom Nickels

Justine Paul

Denise Rutherford

Joseph Rutherford 

Tatiana Saverino Sarris

Maryann Storey

Genevieve Veres

Tatiana Veres

Choir Director

Gregory P. Kauriga

Women's Fellowship

President:  Suzanne Veres

Vice President:  Justine Paul

Treasurer:  Katrina Ardan

Secretary:  Tatiana Veres