I would like to thank everyone who wished me their best wishes on the occasion of my 95th Birthday.

A special thanks is extended to Fr. Nazari for giving me such a beautiful icon, and also his Eminence Archbishop Benjamin who gave me a "Gramota".  Both gifts were a total surprise to me and I was really touched when they were awarded to me in Church. 

I have been in this parish since I was ten years old, attended Russian School, was an Altar boy, served on the Parish Council and was elected Starosta in 1978 until now, with only a 1 year and a 2 year break when I thought we would move to Laguna Beach. 

I was married in this Church, to my wife, Irene, who has been in this parish since 1938.  Both of our children grew up here and were also married here.  Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral has been my home away from home all my life. With God's grace, I am truely blessed to have all of you as my friends. 

Leo Gregory