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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Fr. John Flora Elevated to Archpriest

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

WORTHY! Yesterday, September 28th, Fr. John Flora of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Park City, Kansas was elevated to the rank and dignity of Archpriest.

Hierodeacon Benedict, Fr. John Flora, Bishop Basil, Dn. Basil AndersonHierodeacon Benedict, Fr. John Flora, Bishop Basil, Dn. Basil Anderson

Recent Ordinations + September 2014

From the September 2014 issue of The Word:

Ordained

AMMARI, Elias (Loui), to the diaconate by Metropolitan Joseph, on April 23, 2014, at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Los Angeles, California. He is attached to the Cathedral.

MAHFOUZ, John, to the diaconate by Metropolitan Joseph, on May 18, 2014, at St. Anthony Church, San Diego, California.

TANNUS, Gabriel (Jabra), to the diaconate by Bishop Nicholas, on May 11, 2014. He is a second-year seminarian at St. Vladimir's Seminary.

Elevated

FERZI, Priest Elias, to the dignity of Archpriest by Metropolitan Joseph, on May 11, 2014, at St. Philip Church, Edmonton, Alberta.

Received

SARCHIZIAN, Priest Minas, from the Romanian Archdiocese. He is attached to St. Michael Church, Van Nuys, California.

Recent Ordinations + June 2014

From the June 2014 issue of The Word:

Ordained

MANASSEH, Christian George, to the diaconate by Bishop Nicholas on February 23, 2014, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Potomac, Maryland. He is attached to that church.

Elevated

BITAR, Archpriest Elias, to the dignity of Archimandrite by Bishop Nicholas at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Potomac, Maryland.

Saed Rihani Elevated to Archdeacon

On September 29, 2013, Deacon Saed Rihani was elevated to the dignity of Archdeacon by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory. The elevation took place during the 50th anniversary celebrations at St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois.

Jabra Tannous Ordained to Holy Diaconate

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

AXIOS! Deacon Jabra Tannous, a son of DOWAMA from St. Anthony Church in Spring, Texas who is a second year student at St. Vladimir's Seminary, was ordained yesterday, May 11th, at St. George Church in Danbury, Connecticut.

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.