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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 + April-May 2017

From the June 2017 issue of The Word:

Ordained

TOCHIHARA, Deacon James, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Basil on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at St. Mark Church in Denver, Colorado. He is assigned as second priest there.

Elevated

CORBIN, Fr. Michael, to the rank and dignity of Archpriest by Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Anthony on April 23, 2017, at St. George Church in Canton, Ohio.

McDONALD, Deacon Vladimir, to the rank and dignity of Archdeacon by Bishop Basil on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at St. Mark Church in Denver, Colorado He is assigned as first deacon there.

MORRIS, Father Christopher, of St. George Church, Kearney, Nebraska, to the rank and dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Basil, Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Recent Ordinations and Elevations + January-March 2017

From the May 2017 issue of The Word:

Ordained

CAVALIER, Abraham (Brian), to the holy diaconate by Bishop Thomas on January 14, 2017, at St. George Church, New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Deacon Abraham is attached to that church.

PHELPS, Deacon John, to the priesthood by Metropolitan Joseph on March 19, 2017, at Holy Cross Church, Yakima, Washington. He is assigned as the Pastor of Ss. Joachim and Anna Mission, Goldendale, Washington.

ROBINSON, Deacon James, to the priesthood by Metropolitan Joseph on February 12, 2017, at St. Andrew Church, Arlington, Washington. He is assigned as the Pastor of St. Innocent Church, Everson, Washington.

SCHROM, John, to the diaconate by Metropolitan Joseph on March 12, 2017, at Holy Myrrh-bearing Women Church, Bonners Ferry, Idaho. He is assigned to that parish.

VOLLMAN, Deacon Jeremiah, to the priesthood by Metropolitan Joseph on February 11, 2017, at St. Paul Church, Lynnwood, Washington. He is assigned as the Assistant Pastor of that parish.

Elevated

AJALAT, Fr. George, to the dignity of Archpriest by Metropolitan Joseph on February 5, 2017, at St. Simeon Church, Santa Clarita, California.

DAVIS, Hieromonk Jeremy, was elevated to the rank and dignity of Archimandrite by Bishop Basil on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Holy Ascension Church, Norman, Oklahoma

Assignments

ACKER, Priest Herman, has been assigned as Pastor to the mission of Saint Andrew in Lewes, Delaware.

BAKER, Deacon Mark, is attached to St. George Church, Portland, Oregon, effective March 17, 2017.

HANNA, Priest Nicholas, has been assigned as Pastor to Holy Cross Church, Palmdale, California, effective March 18, 2017.

Returned to the Laity

Recent Ordinations and Elevations + January-February 2017

From the January-February 2017 issue of The Word:

Ordained

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.

Elevated

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:

Ordained

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.

Elevated

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:

Ordained

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.

Elevated

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

RETIRED

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

RETURNED TO THE LAITY

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

ASSIGNMENTS

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.