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 + 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.

Bishop John Ordains Fr. Mark McNary

On December 15, 2013, his Grace Bishop John of the Diocese of Worcester ordained Deacon Mark McNary of St. Basil Church in Metairie, Louisiana to the sacred priesthood. Effective January 1, 2014, Fr. Mark will be assigned to the pastorate at St. Peter Church (Western Rite) in Fort Worth, Texas.

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.