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Repose of Fr. Antony Bell

The Archpriest Antony Carl Bell, Pastor of St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Topeka, Indiana, fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, June 14, 2006, following a lengthy illness. He was 58 years old. We extend our sympathies to wife Melanie, sons Christian and Nicholas and to all of Fr. Antony's spiritual children at St. Mary's.

The following services will be held at St. Mary's; the public is invited to all. The church is located on State Road 5 at County Road 615 S (7 miles south of US 20 and 7 miles north of US 6).


Vigil begins (prayer services and Scripture readings) with procession into church and Trisagion Prayers for the departed (and continues through the night)
3:00 p.m.
June 19th
Order of the Burial of a Priest (Vigil continues afterward)
7:00 p.m.
June 19th
Divine Liturgy (Eucharist) and Funeral Service
9:00 a.m.
June 20th
A mercy meal provided by St. Mary’s for all in attendance will follow at approximately 12:00 p.m.  
Interment on Wednesday, June 21, at the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA (321 Monastery Lane, Ellwood City, PA 16117-6531, 724/758-4002), will follow the Divine liturgy in the Monastery chapel. Liturgy begins at 9:30 a.m.


Shipshewana Lodging
All on SR5 (8-10 miles north of church). Frequently sold out on Mondays and Tuesdays this time of year. Proceed south on SR5 from hotel to the church.
Country Inn & Suites                           Phone: (260) 768-7780
3440 N State Road 5                          $89/night
Shipshewana, IN 46565 
Farmstead Inn                                     Phone: (260) 768-4595
370 S Van Buren St (SR5)                 $99/night (Mon-Wed)
Shipshewana, IN 46565                      $89/night (Thu-Sun)
Super 8 Motel                                     Phone: (260) 768-4004
740 S Van Buren St (SR5)                 $80.10/night - $85.50/night (Mon–Tue)
Shipshewana, IN 46565                      $71.40/night - $66.30/night (Wed –Sun) 
Goshen Lodging
All on U.S. 33/Lincolnway E (15-16 miles west of church). Take U.S. 33 south to County Road 42. Left (east) on CR42 through the town of Millersburg. CR42 becomes CR800S upon entering LaGrange County. Left (north) on SR5 two miles. Right on CR615S.  
The Checkerberry Inn
62644 County Road 37
Goshen, IN 46528
Telephone 574-642-4445 / Fax 574-642-0198
Marriot Courtyard-Goshen                 (574) 534-3133  
1930 Lincolnway E                             $109/night (Sun-Thu)
Goshen, IN 46526                               $89/night or $99/night (Fri-Sat)
Holiday Inn Express Goshen              (574) 533-0200
2309 Lincolnway E                             $89/night
64395 US Highway 33
Goshen, IN 46526  
Ramada Inn & Conference Ctr          (574) 533-9551
1375 Lincolnway E                             $73/night
Goshen, IN 46526  

For any other questions, call St. Mary Church at (260) 593-2670.

Into Thy hands, O Lord, we commend the soul of thy departed servant, the Archpriest Antony, and we pray Thee: give him rest, O Lord, in the place of Thy rest, where all Thy blessed Saints repose, where the light of Thy countenance shineth. Grant that our lives may be Godly, sober, and blameless, that we may be worthy to meet him again in they heavenly Kingdom. For Thou art the Resurrection, and the Life, and the Repose of thy departed servants, O Christ our God, and unto thee we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.