Presenter’s BIO – Very Rev., Fr. Dimitrie Vincent

Archpriest Dimitrie Vincent is currently serving at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Albanian Archdiocese, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He is the Spiritual Adviser and segment producer for DOOR (Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio, WNZK, 690 AM) and the Spiritual Adviser for the Orthodox Brotherhood, a national auxiliary of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.

Father Dimitrie was ordained a Deacon in 1981, a Priest in 1982 and was elevated to the rank of Archpriest in 2004. Father has served in the Orthodox Church in America, (Romanian Episcopate and Albanian Archdiocese) and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He has held numerous responsibilities on the diocesan level and has recently been elected as Vice-president of the Romanian-American Heritage Center, Grass Lake, Michigan.

Father Dimitrie’s academic training includes undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies. He entered college as a B.F.A. student, with a concentration in jewelry, only to major in Comparative Religions and History and minor in Art History at Western Michigan University (‘76). Coursework was taken at the Medieval Institute (Kalamazoo, MI) before he moved to New York. Fr, Dimitrie received his Masters of Divinity degree at St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY (‘82) and did PhD studies in Historical Theology at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri in the mid-80s’.

He chaired the Art Program at Weston Technical Academy (99-05) and received his K-12 teaching certification as an Art Educator at Eastern Michigan University simultaneously. He completed his Welding certification program at Schoolcraft College a few years later. He has maintained a working Art studio over these years.

Father Dimitrie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan of American-Romanian Orthodox parents. His great grandparents came to the USA in the 1st quarter of the 20th C from Transylvania, Romania. He has two sons and a daughter-in-law.

A lifelong hockey player, Father suffered serious spinal cord damage and bodily injury on November 25, 2017 in a league game. He was paralyzed from the neck down. By God’s Grace after multiple surgeries and 16 months of intense therapy and through the love, prayers, support and experience of family, friends, faithful and medical personal, great strides have been made in his recovery.

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