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 + 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.

Recent Elevations + May 2013

From the May 2013 issue of The Word:

Ordinations

SEBITS, Trenton David, to the holy diaconate by Bishop Basil on March 20, 2013, at St. George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas. Deacon David is assigned to the Cathedral.

PURDEF, Christopher, to the holy diaconate by Archbishop Joseph on March 17, 2013, at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church in Mesa, Arizona. He is assigned to that parish.

Elevations

O’GRADY, Priest Patrick, to the dignity of Archpriest by Archbishop Joseph on March 10, 2013, at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Pomona, California.

COLES, Priest James, to the dignity of Archpriest by Archbishop Joseph on March 17, 2013, at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church in Mesa, Arizona.

Recent Elevations + April 2013

From the April 2013 issue of The Word:

Ordinations

ISSA, Dn. Damascinos, to the holy priesthood, by Bishop JOHN on March10, 2013, at St. George Orthodox Church in Norwood, Massachusetts. He is attached there while he finishes his postgraduate studies at Holy Cross Seminary.

BEAN, John, to the holy diaconate, by Archbishop Joseph on March 3, 2013, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is assigned to that parish.

Elevations

SMITH, Father Peter, to the dignity of Archpriest, by Bishop Basil on March 2, 2013, at St. Sophia Church in Dripping Springs, Texas.

WILLIAMS, Father Thomas, to the dignity of Archpriest, by Bishop Basil on February 15, 2013, at St. George Cathedral, Kansas.

Bishop Basil Ordains Deacon David Sebits

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

AXIOS! HE IS WORTHY! Subdeacon Trenton David Sebits of St. George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas was ordained to the holy diaconate On Wednesday March 20, 2013 at the Cathedral during the first Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts of this Great Fast. Deacon David is assigned to the Cathedral.

Recent Elevations + March 2013

From the March 2013 issue of The Word:

Ordinations

MA’AE, John, to the Holy diaconate by Archbishop JOSEPH on February 3, 2013, at St. Barnabas Church, Costa mesa, California. He is assigned to that parish.

Elevations

BABA, Priest Paul, to the dignity of Archpriest by Archbishop JOSEPH on January 27, 2013, Holy Virgin Mary Church, West Sacramento, California.

Dn. A. Gregory Roeber Ordained to Priesthood

The former Deacon A. Gregory Roeber of St. George Orthodox Church in Altoona was elevated to the priesthood as Father Anthony in services on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

The Right Reverend Thomas Joseph, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese was the ordaining hierarch. The ordination occurred during the bishop’s annual visit to the Altoona parish. He was assisted by priests and deacons from his diocese, the Diocese of New York and Washington, D.C., the Diocese of Western Pennsylvania, Orthodox Church in America, and the Carpatho-Russian Diocese of North America. The Very Rev. Anthony G. Yazge, Interim pastor of St. George, and the Very Rev. Donald E. Shadid, pastor of St. Mary Church, Johnstown were the sponsors for the new priest. Priests and deacons who concelebrated included The Very Rev. Nicholas Alford, Washington, D.C., The. Rev Joseph Gereige, visiting from Lebanon, The Very Rev. Nicholas Ferencz of Scranton, Pa.,The Rev.Deacon Glenn McIntyre, Brownsville, The Rev. Deacon David Jacobs, Antiochian Village, and The Rev. Deacon Alexander Cadman, State College. These clergy were assisted by Subdeacon Todd Mokhiber, Antiochian Village, Bolivar; and St. George members Subdeacon Joshua Kollat, Reader James Johns, and Acolyte Ethan Kollat.

Recent Elevations + February 2013

From the February 2013 issue of The Word:

Elevated

MURPHY, Priest Gregory, to the dignity of Arch-Priest by Bishop ALEXANDER on October 28, 2012, at St. Michael’s Church in Geneva, NEW YORK.

Ordinations

HABIB, Michael, to the Holy Diaconate by Archbishop JOSEPH on December 25, 2012, at St. John Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska. He is assigned to that parish.