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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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Recent Ordinations, Appointments, Retirements and Assignments + September 2016

From the September 2016 issue of The Word:

Ordained

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.

Elevated

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

RETIRED

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

RETURNED TO THE LAITY

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

ASSIGNMENTS

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:

Ordained

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.

Appointed

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

Elevated

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:

Ordained

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.

Retired

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.

November 2015 DOWAMA Ordination and Elevations

Bishop Basil with the newly-elevated Archpriest James Shadid and Archdeacon Joseph Carter.Bishop Basil with the newly-elevated Archpriest James Shadid and Archdeacon Joseph Carter.His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

AXIOS! On Sunday, November 1st, Fr. James Shadid and Deacon Joseph Carter, both of St. George Church in Houston, Texas, were elevated to the rank and dignity of Archpriest and Archdeacon respectively.

WORTHY! On Sunday, November 8th, Subdeacon Paul Fuller, former youth director at St. George Church in Houston, Texas, now in his senior year at St. Vladimir's Seminary, was ordained to the holy diaconate.

Recent Ordinations, Appointments, Retirements and Assignments + November 2015

From the November 2015 issue of The Word:

Ordained

HENRE, Deacon Patrick, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Basil on September 13th, 2015, at the Church of St. Basil the Great, Kansas City, Kansas. He is assigned as proistamenos, effective October 1, 2015, at the Church of St. John the Theologian, Rapid City, South Dakota.

PHILLIPS, Schema-monk Theodore, to the diaconate by Bishop John on September 27, 2015, at St. Mary's Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hiero-deacon Theodore serves at the Monastery of Our Lady and St. Laurence, Canon City, Colorado.

TALIAFERRO, Kenneth, to the diaconate by Bishop John on September 13, 2015, at St. Peter Church, Fort Worth, Texas. He is assigned to that parish.

Elevated

MONTO, Priest John, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Thomas at Holy Cross Church in Linthicum, Maryland. He is attached to that parish.

PALMER, Deacon George, to the dignity of Proto-deacon by Bishop John on September 13, 2015, at St. Peter Church, Fort Worth, Texas.

Recent Ordinations, Appointments, Retirements and Assignments + October 2015

From the October 2015 issue of The Word:

Ordained

AL NAJJAR, Deacon Nektarios (Mark), to the priesthood by Metropolitan Joseph on June 14, 2015, at the Balamand Monastery, Lebanon. He is assigned as the Assistant Pastor at St. Elias Cathedral, Ottawa, Ontario.

BELCHER, Protodeacon Nicholas, to the priesthood by Bishop John on September 7, 2015, at St. George Church, West Roxbury, Massachusetts. He is attached to that parish.

BIBEAU, David, to the diaconate by Bishop Anthony on August 9, 2015, at St. Andrew, Lexington, Kentucky. He is attached to that parish.

VOLLMAN, Jeremiah (Jeremy), to the diaconate by Metropolitan Joseph on August 16, 2015, at St. Paul Church, Lynnwood, Washington. He is assigned to that parish.

YOUCHEZIN, John (Ivan), to the diaconate by Metropolitan Joseph on August 9, 2015, at St. Vincent of Lerins Church, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is assigned to that parish.

Elevated

WELZIG, Father Andrew, to the dignity of Archpriest by Metropolitan Joseph on August 29, 2015, at Christ the Savior Church, Spokane Valley, Washington.

SOMMER, Father David, to the dignity of Archpriest by Metropolitan Joseph on August 15, 2015, at St. Andrew Church, Arlington, Washington.

Assigned

FULTON, Priest Michael, as Pastor of Holy Archangel Gabriel Church, Lafayette, Louisiana, effective October 1, 2015. 

ROGERS, Priest Philip, as Assistant Pastor of St. John Church, Memphis, Tennessee, effective October 1, 2015.