An Orthodox Service of Installation specially crafted for this occasion was utilized, enabling the many guests, administrators and staff to witness and participate in an Orthodox service, many for the first time in their lives.
Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay, of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH, participated in the service with Bishop Daniel and Fr. Dennis. Rev. Daniel Wenger, director of Pastoral Care at Fairview and Lakewood Hospitals, presented Fr. Dennis on behalf of the Lutheran Chaplaincy Service. Reader Gerald Largent, of St. Nicholas Pro-Cathedral, led the responses.
Bishop Daniel spoke eloquently of Fr. Dennis’ need to provide spiritual care for all the patients and staff of Lakewood Hospital in his pastoral care, and protect them from the demons of despair and discouragement in their healing efforts. He also emphasized the responsibility of providing spiritual healing to all regardless of their faith background.