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 + March 2014

From the March 2014 issue of The Word:

Ordained

FARKOUH, Farid, to the diaconate by Bishop Nicholas on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at St. Mary Church, Brooklyn, New York. He is attached to that parish.

LANDINO, Deacon Joseph, to the holy priesthood by Archbishop Joseph on January 12, 2014, at St. George Church, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

SCHMALE, Lawrence, to the holy diaconate, by Archbishop Joseph on January 26, 2014, at Holy Resurrection Church, Tucson, Arizona. He is assigned to that parish.

Elevated

NIXON, Fr. Philip, to the dignity of Archpriest by Archbishop Joseph on January 26, 2104, at Holy Resurrection Church, Tucson, Arizona.

James Akin Ordained to Holy Deaconate

On February 2, 2014, His Grace Bishop Anthony ordained James Akin to the Holy Diaconate at All Saints Church in Bloomington, Indiana. Deacon James is assigned to St. Ananias Mission in Evansville, Indiana.

 

Recent Ordinations + February 2014

From the February 2014 issue of The Word:

Ordained

VAIR, Mark (Burke), to the holy diaconate by Bishop Nicholas on November 3, 2013, at St. Stephen Church, S. Plainfield, New Jersey. Dn. Mark is in his second year at St. Vladimir Seminary. (This is a correction to an item in the December 2013 issue of The Word.)

ROBINSON, James, to the holy diaconate by Archbishop Joseph on December 15, 2013, at St. Andrew Church in Arlington, Washington. He is assigned to that parish.

GARDNER, Fr. Kelvin, to the holy diaconate by Bishop Thomas on September 14 and to the holy priesthood on September 15, 2013. He is assigned to the Church of the Holy Cross in Linthicum, Maryland.

ROEBER, Dn. Anthony, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Thomas on February 9, 2013, at St. George Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

McNARY, Dn. Mark, to the holy priesthood by Bishop John on December 15, 2013, at St. Basil Church, New Orleans, Louisiana. He is assigned to the pastorate of St. Peter Church in Fort Worth, Texas, effective January 1, 2014.

TELSCHOW, Dn. Mark, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Basil on January 1st, 2014, at St. George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas. He is assigned to the pastorate at Holy Cross Mission in Midland, Texas.

Elevated

PFEIL, Fr. Fred, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Thomas on November 3, 2013, at St. Michael Church in Monessen, Pennsylvania.

BUSHELLI, Fr. Noah, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Thomas on November 25, 2013, at St. Philip Church in Souderton, Pennsylvania.

Recent Ordinations + January 2014

From the January 2014 issue of The Word:

Ordained

LOMBARDI, Lazarus (Jeff), to the holy diaconate by Bishop John on November 17, 2013, at St. Michael Church, Whittier, California. He is assigned to that church.

Elevated

ALLEN, Father Brendan, to the Archpriesthood by Bishop John on November 17, 2013, at St. Michael Church, Whittier, California.

BUSHELLI, Father Noah, to the rank of Archpriest by Bishop Thomas on November 17, 2013, at St. Philip Church, Souderton, Pennsylvania.

Bishop Nicholas Ordains Seminarian Burke Vair to Holy Diaconate

Dn. Scott, Fr. Stephen, and Bishop Nicholas with the Vairs and fellow seminariansDn. Scott, Fr. Stephen, and Bishop Nicholas with the Vairs and fellow seminariansFrom the St. Vladimir's Seminary Website:

Second-year Seminarian Burke Vair was ordained as "Deacon Mark" on November 3, 2013, by His Grace Nicholas (Ozone), auxiliary bishop for Brooklyn. The ordination took place at St. Stephen's Antiochian Orthodox Church in South Plainfield, NJ, where Dn. Mark is fulfilling his parish assignment requirement as a seminary student. The Very Reverend Fr. Stephen Tawfik, rector of the parish, and a third-year seminarian, Dn. Scott Miller, served alongside His Grace.

Earlier this year, on March 17, 2013, Bishop Nicholas blessed Dn. Mark to be a sub-deacon at St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, NY, where The Very Reverend Fr. Michael Elias is pastor. The newly ordained deacon considers both Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Linthicum, MD, pastored by The Very Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, and St. Ephraim the Syrian Antiochian Orthodox Church in San Antonio, TX, pastored by The Very Rev. John Mefridge, as his home parishes.

Deacon Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Towson University in Maryland and worked for seven years in hospital administration before deciding to attend St. Vladimir's Seminary in the fall of 2012. His wife, Shamassy Vasilia Jankovich, holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and currently practices as an Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) for a high school in the Bronx.

Bishop John Ordains Fr. Mark McNary

On December 15, 2013, his Grace Bishop John of the Diocese of Worcester ordained Deacon Mark McNary of St. Basil Church in Metairie, Louisiana to the sacred priesthood. Effective January 1, 2014, Fr. Mark will be assigned to the pastorate at St. Peter Church (Western Rite) in Fort Worth, Texas.

Recent Ordinations + December 2013

From the December 2013 issue of The Word:

Ordained

HANNA, Deacon Nicholas, to the holy priesthood by Archbishop Joseph on September 15, 2013, at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Los Angeles, California.

HOWELL, Deacon Matthew, to the holy priesthood by Archbishop Joseph on September 7, 2013, at St. John Cathedral, Eagle River, Alaska. He was assigned as the Pastor of St. Herman Church in Wasilla, Alaska.

PHELPS, John, to the holy diaconate by Archbishop Joseph on September 7, 2013, at St. John Cathedral, Eagle River, Alaska. He was attached to St. Herman Church in Wasilla, Alaska.

ROGERS, Deacon John, to the holy priesthood by Archbishop Joseph on September 8, 2013, at St. John Cathedral, Eagle River, Alaska. He remains attached to St. John Cathedral.

VAIR, Deacon Mark (Burke), to the holy priesthood by Bishop Nicholas on November 5, 2013, at St. Stephen Church, S. Plainfield, New Jersey. He is appointed to that parish while he completes his seminary studies.

WILSON, Andrew, to the holy diaconate by Bishop Basil on September 15, 2013, at St. John the Forerunner, Cedar Park, Texas.

Recent Ordination + October 2013

From the October 2013 issue of The Word:

Ordination

DARE, Deacon Patrick, to the Priesthood by Bishop John at Christ the Good Shepherd Mission, Saint Louis, Missouri, on September 7, 2013. He is assigned to that mission.

Elevation and Ordination at St. John the Forerunner Church + Cedar Park, TX

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

AXIOS! Fr. Aidan Wilcoxson of St. John the Forerunner Church in Cedar Park, Texas was elevated to the dignity of Archpriest on September 15th, 2013

WORTHY! Subdeacon Andrew Wilson of St. John the Forerunner Church in Cedar Park, Texas was ordained to the holy diaconate on September 15th, 2013.

Recent Elevations + September 2013

From the September 2013 issue of The Word:

Ordinations

HABIB, Deacon Michael, to the holy priesthood by Archbishop Joseph on July 14, 2013, at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Los Angeles, California.

LANDINO, Joseph, to the holy diaconate by Archbishop Joseph on July 7, 2013, at the Parish Life Conference of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West.

WEBER, Deacon Robert, to the holy priesthood by Bishop John on June, 23, 2013, at St. Peter's Orthodox Church, Fort Worth, Texas. He is attached to that church.

Elevations

RIHANI, Priest Malek, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Nicholas on June 16, 2013, at St. Mary Church, Palos Heights, Illinois.