In 1996 a small group of inquirers and catechumens met at Dn. Timothy Wilkinson’s home for Great Vespers under the direction of Fr. Philip Nixon and with the blessing of our Bishop, Sayidna Joseph. February of 1997, we received a blessing to begin weekly reader’s services as a mission. Very Reverend Philip Nixon continued to provide spiritual leadership, catechumenate classes, Divine Services, and sacramental services until May of 2000. Our sister parish in Twin Falls, Idaho, St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, also under the directi0n 0f Fr. Philip Nixon, provided much of our initial formation and support.
Our first home was the Catholic Student Center across from Boise State University. During this time we had additional assistance and guidance from Very Rev. David Ogan (missions and prison ministry), Very Rev. John Finley(missions and evangelism), and Very Rev. John Reimann (chanting and music). We moved from the Catholic Center into a house fall of 1997. Fall of 1999 we moved into our current building on North 25th.
May of 2000, Dn. Patrick O’Grady was ordained to the Holy Priesthood and assigned to the mission. Thus began the beginning of our worship following the Liturgical year, with a full sacramental life. Soon thereafter, we submitted three possible names for the mission to our bishop. With the guidance and love of Christ and our Bishop the name given to our mission was Holy Transfiguration. Thus our feast day for our parish is August 6th, Holy Transfiguration.
March 2002, one of our own, Mark Fenn was subordained to the Subdiaconate serving under Father Patrick O’Grady. January of 2005, Sbdn. Mark Fenn was ordained to the Holy Diaconate. Dn. Mark was ordained to the Holy Priesthood January 2006 and assigned to Holy Transfiguration. He has been serving the Divine Services weekly and the needs of our community since. During Fr. Mark’s direction we have stabilized service times, offering a full Liturgical cycle. The parish has grown in numbers to the present day of outgrowing our current building. With Father Mark’s direction, the current building had been extensively remodeled inside and out. In the past eight years, our parish has grown in community presence. As a parish, we have served our community by assisting Interfaith Sanctuary, provided financial and material needs for those in need, and served those in prisons. As individuals, we have given our time at Interfaith Sanctuary, Habitat for Humanity, providing free bread to area colleges and elementary schools,
Holy Transfiguration is now served by Subdeacon Matthew Romero and Subdeacon Thomas Cascio. They were subordained by His Eminence Archbishop Joseph while attending Holy Transfiguration. Subdeacon John Borland moved to our parish from Whittier, California. Rdr John O’Grady was tonsured a reader in 2006 and has served our parish since.
We give thanks to God for His love and providential care through His Church, His saints, His clergy. We give thanks to our founding families, St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Twin Falls for continued guidance, prayers, and support.