Thanks to the patriotism, spirituality and hard work of a number of our compatriots, the church “St. Petka” has become a respected institution, contributing to the preservation and promotion of the Bulgarian spiritual and cultural traditions. Along with its church activities, the Church participates and supports a number of cultural and charitable events. Such as, in 2004 the church took a major part in the Bulgarian Cultural Festival in support of The School for Visually Impaired Children; later in the city of Varna – Charity campaign in support of the orphanage Nikola Dramaliev; Samokov – Charity campaign to support the Skobelevo orphanage, etc. As of several years now, the church together with the Bulgarian School St. Cyril and Methodius have been organizing a traditional picnic for St. George’s Day, which usually gathers over 200 people.
One of the main, still unresolved problems of the church is having an own building. Thus, for most of its existence (as of 2006) our church has been doing its regular services together with the Serbian Orthodox Church “St. Sava” in their newly purchased building, to nearly 800 parishioners. This decision was approved by both the Serbian and Bulgarian Patriarchates. The Serbian community welcomed us with a smile. “This church is yours as well as ours. Use it, there is room for all of us! Our dream is to see it packed one day.” Indeed, thanks to the cooperation between the two churches’ boards this dream has come true. These days some services are visited by over 800 parishioners, many of whom Bulgarians!
The services are conducted in Church Slavonic.
Father Rumen Pelovsky
Father Rumen Pelovsky was born in the town of Ugarchin (district of Lovech) in the family of priest Botyo Pelovski. His grandfather Pano Bankov was a longtime trustee of the local church “St. Paraskeva”. In 1983 Father Rumen graduated Sofia Ecclesiastical Seminary “St. Ivan Rilski.” Later he proceeded his religious studies completing the Theological Academy “St. Kliment Ohridski.” After obtaining his Master’s degree, he was ordained a priest by the Metropolitan of Lovech Gregory in 1990. From then until the year 2000, he served in the Cathedral “Holy Trinity” – town of Lovech and other churches around Lovech. In 1993 at a diocesan meeting, Father Rumen was nominated and elected diocesan advisor of the Lovech Diocese. From 1997 to 2000 Father Rumen taught Religion at two schools in the town of Lovech. In 2000 Father Rumen and his family moved to the USA. From then to this day, he has been serving at the newly established Bulgarian Orthodox Church “St. Petka” of Boston. In 2010 by the grace of his Eminence Metropolitan of USA, Canada, and Australia Joseph, Father Rumen served the first liturgy of the newly established Bulgarian church “St. John the Baptist” in Tampa, Florida.