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Ordinations and Elevations

Our prayers and congratulations for all our newly-ordained priests and deacons, and for those elevated to the dignity of Archpriest!

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Recent Ordinations and Elevations + January-February 2017

From the January-February 2017 issue of The Word:


BEEKMAN, Photios, to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop Basil on November 13, 2016, at St. Anthony Church, Spring, Texas. He is assigned to that parish.

DANEVICIUS, Isaac (Brandon Solomon), to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop Nicholas on October 23, 2016, at St. George Church, Little Falls, New Jersey. He is assigned as a seminarian deacon to the parish.

GIRGIS, Paul, to the Holy Priesthood by Bishop Nicholas on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at St. Nicholas Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut. He remains a seminarian assigned to St. Mary's Church, Brooklyn, New York, for this year.

PHILLIPS, Jeremiah, to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop Nicholas on December 11, 2016, at St. Nicholas Church, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dn. Jeremiah will continue his service at St. Stephen the Protomartyr Church, South Plainfield, New Jersey, as a seminarian deacon for this year.

HEFNER, James (Kurt), to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop Nicholas on December 18, 2016, at St. Ignatius Church, Twin Falls, Idaho. He is assigned to that parish.

KERR, Stephen, to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace, Bishop John on December 11, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Mission, Lewistown, Maryland. He is assigned to that parish.

VALADEZ, John (Edward), to the Holy Diaconate by Bishop Nicholas on November 13, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Antiochian Orthodox Church, Levittown, New York. He continues his service at St. John the Baptist Church, Levittown, New York, as a seminarian deacon.


Photios Beekman Ordained to Deaconate

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

WORTHY! Photios Beekman of St. Anthony Church in Spring, Texas was ordained to the holy diaconate on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 and is assigned to that parish.



Fr. Richard Petranek Elevated to Archpriest

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

WORTHY! Fr.  Richard Petranek of St. Paul Church in Katy, Texas was elevated to the rank and dignity of Archpriest on Sunday, November 6th, 2016.


Herman Acker Ordained to Holy Priesthood

Fr. Noah Bushelli writes:

Our long-term deacon at St. Philip Church in Souderton, Pennsylvania, Herman Acker, was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Thomas on October 9, 2016. Fr. Herman has been celebrating forty days of liturgies with the solemnity, joy, focus, and calmness for which we love him. It has been a joy and a blessing and an honor for me to serve with him these ten years and then to guide him and serve him as he spreads his pastoral wings wherever God's will blows him through the voice of our Bishop Thomas and the confirmation of our Metropolitan Joseph. Fr. Herman's recent teaching to us after these liturgies has been about the reality of God's presence in our life when we receive the Holy Eucharist and also about growing in prayer by faithfully following the liturgical forms that have been handed to us. I've been reflecting on each liturgy as a celebration, a remembrance, and a proclamation of Christ's life (1 Corinthians 11:26). May God grant him, Kh. Veronica, and their boys many blessed years of health, prosperity, spiritual vigor, and apostolic labor!

Episcopal Visit and Elevation at St. Paul Church + Emmaus, PA

The parishioners of St. Paul Church in Emmaus, Pennsylvania had the supreme joy of combining their annual visit from their beloved father and chief-pastor His Grace Bishop Thomas with the elevation of their pastor Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick to the rank of Archpriest over the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, 2016 in recognition of his service to the parish and the Church as a whole. The pastoral visit began with Bishop Thomas' meeting with the men of the parish for breakfast on Saturday morning, and then with the women for lunch at midday. That evening, Fr. Andrew celebrated Great Vespers as Bishop Thomas presided from the throne.

The next morning Orthros was chanted and Bishop Thomas served Hierarchical Liturgy. Concelebrating were Fr. Andrew; the V. Rev. Archpriest Olof Scott, dean emeritus of St. George Cathedral in Charleston, West Virginia, where Fr. Andrew served his first two years as a priest; as well as Rev. Dn. David Keim of All Saints Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Fr. Andrew was received as a convert to Orthodoxy in 1998. Also assisting were seminarians Marshall Goodge and Joseph Clark. Shortly before the final dismissal, Bishop Thomas prayed over Fr. Andrew before giving him a pectoral cross, accompanied by shouts of "Axios! Mustahiq! He is worthy!" from the assembled congregation and visiting family. In his address following, Bishop Thomas stressed that archpriests are meant to serve as exemplars to other clergy, and their parishes as exemplars to other parishioners throughout the archdiocese.

Fr. Andrew Damick Elevated to Archpriest

AXIOS! On October 2, 2016 His Grace Bishop Thomas elevated Fr. Andrew Damick to the dignity of Archpriest at Fr. Andrew's home parish of St. Paul Church in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. May God grant him many years!

Recent Ordinations and Elevations + October 2016

From the October 2016 issue of The Word:


ABERNATHY, Deacon Paul, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Thomas on August 27, 2016, at St. George Church, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. Fr. Paul continues to be attached to St. George in Bridge ville, while also serving the Mission Station of St. Moses the Black, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

ATTY, James, to the holy diaconate by Bishop Anthony on September 4, 2016, at St. George Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

CROWE, Thomas, to the holy diaconate by Bishop Basil on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at St. Antony Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is assigned to that parish.


SHAWAREB, Priest George, to the rank and dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Basil on September 4, 2016, at St. Elias, Arvada, Colorado.

Recent Ordinations, Appointments, Retirements and Assignments + September 2016

From the September 2016 issue of The Word:


ABOUID, Deacon Joseph, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Anthony on June 12, 2016, at St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois.

HAZAR, Deacon Joseph, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Anthony on the Ascension of Our Lord, June 9, 2016, at St. George Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

JACOBS, Deacon David, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Thomas on June 26, 2016, at St. Mary Church, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

MARX, Archdeacon Meletios, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Basil on May 29, 2016, at St. Joseph Church in Houston, Texas. He is assigned as the second priest at that parish.


MAKOUL, Priest Joshua, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Thomas on July 17, 2016, at St. George Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


TRENT, Deacon Samuel, of Christ the Savior Mission, Jacksonville, Texas. He remains attached to that Church.


DAOUD, Theodoros, formerly Priest at St. Mary Church,
Hunt Valley, Maryland.


BARBERG, Priest Raphael, Assistant Pastor of St. Elijah Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, effective July 1, 2016.

FINO, Priest Nabil, Pastor of St. James Church, Loveland, Ohio, effective July 1, 2016.

HOULI, Priest Amin, Pastor St. George Church, Vicksburg, Mississippi, effective July 1, 2016.

JACOBS, Priest David, Pastor of St. James the Apostle Mission, Westminster, Maryland, effective July 1, 2016.

KHAYAT, Archpriest Boulous, Pastor of St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, effective July 1, 2016.

Bishop Thomas Ordains Dn. David Jacobs to Holy Priesthood

Deacon Evangelos Prieston writes:

In 2016, the parish community of St. Mary in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, did not have the usual amount of time to prepare for the annual visit of our shepherd, Bishop Thomas. It has become somewhat of a tradition that Bishop Thomas conduct his visit with us over the weekend before Thanksgiving. However, in late May our pastor Fr. Theodore Pulcini received word from the Archdiocese that one of our deacons, Dn. David Jacobs, had been approved for ordination to the Holy Priesthood to fill a pastoral vacancy in our diocese. It just so happened that because Bishop Thomas was not scheduled for a parish visit over the weekend of June 25-26, he arranged to come to Chambersburg then to ordain the new priest.

Accompanied by Subdeacon Todd Mokhiber , the manager of the AV Bookstore, Bishop Thomas arrived at the church on Saturday afternoon, where he was met by Fr. Ted, who helped him and the subdeacon to set up for the next day's hierarchical liturgy.

Dn. David Jacobs Ordained to Priesthood

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, His Grace Bishop Thomas ordained Deacon David Jacobs to the Holy Priesthood at St. Mary Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

May God Grant him many years!