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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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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 Archrpiest 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:


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.


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:


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.


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


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


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


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.

Bishop Thomas Ordains Dn. David Jacobs to Holy Priesthood

Deacon Evangelos Prieston writes:

In 2016, the parish community of St. Mary in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, did not have the usual amount of time to prepare for the annual visit of our shepherd, Bishop Thomas. It has become somewhat of a tradition that Bishop Thomas conduct his visit with us over the weekend before Thanksgiving. However, in late May our pastor Fr. Theodore Pulcini received word from the Archdiocese that one of our deacons, Dn. David Jacobs, had been approved for ordination to the Holy Priesthood to fill a pastoral vacancy in our diocese. It just so happened that because Bishop Thomas was not scheduled for a parish visit over the weekend of June 25-26, he arranged to come to Chambersburg then to ordain the new priest.

Accompanied by Subdeacon Todd Mokhiber , the manager of the AV Bookstore, Bishop Thomas arrived at the church on Saturday afternoon, where he was met by Fr. Ted, who helped him and the subdeacon to set up for the next day's hierarchical liturgy.

Dn. David Jacobs Ordained to Priesthood

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, His Grace Bishop Thomas ordained Deacon David Jacobs to the Holy Priesthood at St. Mary Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

May God Grant him many years!

Fr. Meletios Marx Ordained to Holy Priesthood

Fr. Meletios MarxHis Grace Bishop Basil writes:

AXIOS! Fr. Meletios Marx of St. Joseph Church in Houston, Texas was ordained to the holy priesthood at St. Joseph Church this past Sunday, May 29th, 2016, and is assigned second priest at that parish. He is currently serving his "Week of Liturgies" at St. Joseph Church.

Recent Ordinations, Appointments, Retirements and Assignments + April 2016

From the April 2016 issue of The Word:


FULLER, Deacon Paul, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Nicholas on February 7, 2016, at St. George Church, Danbury, Connecticut. Fr. Paul will remain attached to St. George Church until he graduates from St. Vladimir's Seminary.

ROUMIE, Matthew (Adib), to the diaconate by Bishop Thomas on January 31, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


BERGER, Priest Calinic, as the second priest and associate pastor of St. Nicholas Cathedral, Los Angeles, California, effective December 6, 2015.


BASSETT, Deacon Michael, elevated to the rank and dignity of Protodeacon by Bishop Anthony on February 28, 2016, at St. George Church in Flint, Michigan.

OLIVER, Priest John, to the rank of Archpriest by Bishop Thomas on January 31, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Fr John served a number of years at St. Philip, Souderton, Pennsylvania.

POWLEY, Father Stephen, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), was elevated to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Basil on February 5, 2016, at St. George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas.

Recent Ordinations, Appointments, Retirements and Assignments + February 2016

From the February 2016 issue of The Word:


KAVANAUGH, Deacon Peter, to the priesthood by Bishop John on January 3, 2016, at St. Patrick Church, Bealton, Virginia. He is assigned to the pastorate of St. Benedict of Nursia Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, effective January 15, 2016.

MAHFOUZ, Deacon John, to the priesthood by Metropolitan Joseph on December 13, 2015, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Salt Lake City, Utah.


ROONEY, Archpriest James, from the Pastorate of St. Benedict of Nursia Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, effective January, 15, 2016.

Paul Abernathy Ordained to Holy Diaconate

His Grace Bishop Thomas writes:

Beloved in Christ, May God bless you always. May God grant many years to the newly ordained Deacon Paul Abernathy and his wife Kristina. Deacon Paul was ordained this morning at the church of Ss. Peter and Paul at the Antiochian Village. He is attached currently to St. George Church in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.