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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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.
From the September 2013 issue of The Word:
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.
RIHANI, Priest Malek, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Nicholas on June 16, 2013, at St. Mary Church, Palos Heights, Illinois.
From the May 2013 issue of The Word:
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.
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.
From the April 2013 issue of The Word:
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.
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.
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.
From the March 2013 issue of The Word:
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.
BABA, Priest Paul, to the dignity of Archpriest by Archbishop JOSEPH on January 27, 2013, Holy Virgin Mary Church, West Sacramento, California.
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.
From the February 2013 issue of The Word:
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.
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.
The parishioners of St. Nicholas Church in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, enjoyed a multitude of blessings the weekend of January 4-6, with the first visit of our new beloved spiritual leader, Bishop Anthony of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest. Saedna Anthony came to meet his cherished flock for the first time, celebrate with them the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of St. Basil and the Great Blessing of Water, ordain two parish members, and bless the church's beautiful new iconostasis.
Members of parish council enjoyed a dinner with the bishop on Friday evening, and many met with Saedna Anthony on Saturday afternoon for an open, informal meet-and-greet and question-and-answer session. The friendly, edifying discussion covered a wide range of topics, from politics to the place of men and women in the church, to the growth of secularism and radical Islam throughout the world, to genetically modified organisms and the environment, to daily prayers and study. Parish members delighted in and found inspiration in the bishop's gentleness, warmth, wisdom, and good humor.
On Saturday during the celebration of Hierarchical Great Vespers, parish member Curtis John Dowling of Menomonee Falls was ordained as subdeacon, with laying on of hands by the bishop and repeated calls by parishioners of "he is worthy" in English, Greek and Arabic. All celebrated a banquet afterwards in the fellowship hall. On Sunday during Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of St. Basil, Dn. David Moga was ordained to the priesthood with more calls of "he is worthy." With His Grace Bishop Anthony and the Very Rev. Fr. William Olnhausen, the newly ordained Fr. David celebrated the Eucharist as priest for the first time. Bishop Anthony and the clergy and people next celebrated the Great Blessing of the Waters, sanctifying them again through the baptism of our Lord. Finally, the new iconostasis was blessed with holy chrism. A festive coffee hour and reception afterwards was enjoyed by all. Saedna Anthony stayed and presided from the throne as Fr. David celebrated Divine Liturgy on Monday morning.