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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Dr. J.S. Luke Stauffer Ordained to Holy Deaconate

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

HE IS WORTHY! On May 6th, 2012 Dr. J.S. Luke Stauffer was ordained to the holy diaconate at St George Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas. He is assigned to Holy Mother of God Mission in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Bishop Thomas Visits St. Nicholas Church + Beckley, WV

L to R:  Bishop Thomas; Fr. Samuel Haddad receiving the cross at his Elevation to Archpriest; Abbott Seraphim, Hermitage of the Holy Cross MonasteryL to R: Bishop Thomas; Fr. Samuel Haddad receiving the cross at his Elevation to Archpriest; Abbott Seraphim, Hermitage of the Holy Cross MonasteryWith great joy the congregation of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Beckley, WV and its priest, Fr. Samuel Haddad, were pleased to receive His Grace Bishop Thomas for a visit to the Parish on the weekend of the Third Sunday of Pascha, April 27 – 29, 2012. The congregation had especially awaited this visit with eager anticipation, as it was to mark the elevation of Fr. Samuel to the dignity of Archpriest.

The busy weekend schedule got underway Friday evening when Sayidna met with the Parish Council. Members had the opportunity to tell His Grace about progress that St. Nicholas has made during the previous year, especially focusing on the congregation’s growth in numbers. Bishop Thomas encouraged the parish council and congregation to continue in their efforts. He also took some time to explain the ongoing efforts of FOCUS (the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve). FOCUS works throughout North America as an expression of Christ’s love, serving the hungry, thirsty, naked, stranger, sick and imprisoned.

On Saturday His Grace met for lunch with the Women of the Holy Myrrh Bearers. Members of the Parish women’s group enjoyed a wonderful time of inspiration and fellowship with Sayidna. The women reviewed their own activities over the past year, and then listened eagerly as Bishop Thomas shared his thoughts concerning the ongoing crisis in Syria and how it is impacting the Orthodox Christians there. Sayidna also gave an update on the Archdiocese’s new Bishops, highlighting the many ways they are now serving in their new capacity.

Recent Ordinations and Elevations + May 2012

On Sunday, April 22, 2012, His Grace Bishop Nicholas elevated Fr. Romanos Malouf to Archpriest and Deacon Sami Bal to Archdeacon.

Michael Heningham of Emmanuel Orthodox Church in Warren, Massachusetts was recently ordained a Deacon in April by His Grace Bishop John in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dn. Peter Boulukos Elevated to Archdeacon

On Sunday April 1st, 2012, the Fifth Sunday of Lent, His Grace Bishop Thomas elevated Dn. Peter Boulukos to Archdeacon as his proud brother and sister-in-law and entire St. Anthony Church in Bergenfeld, New Jersey family beamed.

Recent Ordinations and Elevations + March 2012

from the December 2011 issue of The Word:

ORDAINED

HOGG, John, to the diaconate by Bishop Anthony on January 15, 2012, at St. John Chrysostom Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and to the priesthood by Bishop JOHN on February 5, 2012, at St. George Church, West Roxbury, Massachusetts. He is attached to the Church of St. Stephen the Protomartyr, South Plainfield, New Jersey while he completes his seminary studies.

SPENCER, Simeon (Jeffrey), to the diaconate by Bishop Antoun on January 15, 2012, at St. Elias Church, Atlanta, Georgia. He is attached to that parish.

Rassophore Monk Benedict Ordained to Holy Diaconate

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

AXIOS! Rassophore Monk Benedict (Armitage), a member of DOWAMA's "Monastic Brotherhood of St. Silouan the Athonite" and Synkellos at the Wichita Chancery, was ordained to the holy diaconate yesterday, January 1st, at St. George Cathedral in Wichita, KS, and is canonically attached to the Domestic Chapel of Ss. Raphael at the Wichita Chancery. Greetings may be sent to Hierodeacon Benedict at monk.benedict@gmail.com.

Recent Ordinations and Elevations + December 2011

from the December 2011 issue of The Word:

ORDAINED

COOK, Subdeacon David, to the holy diaconate by Bishop BASIL, on October 30, 2011, at St. George Church in Houston, Texas. Deacon David is assigned to St. Paul Church in Houston, Texas.

FULTON, Deacon Michael, to the holy priesthood by Bishop BASIL, on November 3, 2011, at St. Joseph Church in Houston, Texas. Father Michael is in his final year of studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School in Brookline, Massachusetts.

TELSCHOW, Subdeacon Mark, to the holy diaconate by Bishop BASIL, on October 30, 2011, at St. George Church in Houston, Texas. Deacon Mark is assigned to Holy Cross Mission in Midland-Odessa, Texas.

ELEVATED

DAHDAL, Archpriest Nicholas, to the dignity of Economos by Metropolitan PHILIP, before the Archdiocese Convention, at St. George Church, Cicero, Illinois.

JACOBSON, Priest Peter, to the rank and dignity of Archpriest by Bishop ANTOUN, on February 27, 2011, at St. Basil the Great Church, Ocala, Florida.

HUNEYCUTT, Priest Joseph, to the rank and dignity of Archpriest by Bishop BASIL, on November 3, 2011, at St. Joseph Church, Houston, Texas.

KRUSE, Priest David, to the rank and dignity of Archpriest by Bishop JOSEPH, on November 5, 2011, at St. Raphael Mission, Thousand Palms, California.

ISSA, Priest Elias, to the rank and dignity of Archpriest by Bishop BASIL, on October 2, 2011, at the Church of St. Basil the Great, Kansas City, Kansas.

APPOINTED

SABA, Fr. Fouad, of St. George Orthodox Church, Cicero, Illinois, as Spiritual Advisor to North American Council (NAC) SOYO.

KINDER, Fr. Patrick, as Spiritual Advisor to the teens of the Diocese of Toledo.

YAZGE, Fr. Anthony, as Dean of the Western Pennsylvania Deanery.

Upcoming Ordination

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

AXIOS! Deacon Philip Begley, son of Fr. Thomas and Kh. Beth Begley, formerly of St. Thomas Church in Sioux City, IA and now of St. George Church in West St. Paul, MN, will be ordained to the holy priesthood by the soon-to-be-consecrated Bishop John of the Diocese of Worcester and New England on January 8th, 2012. Deacon Philip is a senior at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.

Upcoming DOWAMA Ordinations, Elevations and Consecration

His grace Bishop Basil writes:

AXIOS! On Sunday, October 2nd, 2011, Fr. Elias Issa of St. Basil the Great Church in Kansas City, Kansas will be elevated to the dignity of archpriest.

WORTHY! Subdeacon Mark Telschow of Holy Cross Church in Midland-Odessa, Texas will be ordained to the holy diaconate at St. George Church in Houston, Texas on Sunday, October 30th. Fr. Joseph Huneycutt of St. Joseph Church in Houston, Texas will be elevated to the dignity of Archpriest at St. Joseph Church on November 3rd. Subdeacon David Cook of St. Paul Church in Houston, Texas  will be ordained to the holy diaconate at St. Joseph Church on November 3rd. Deacon Michael Fulton of St. Joseph Church in Houston, Texas and a senior at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School in Brookline, Massachusetts will be ordained to the holy priesthood at St. Joseph Church on November 3rd.

MABROUK! St. Anthony Church in Spring, Texas, where Fr. Anthony Baba is proistamenos, will be consecrated on the weekend of November 5th and 6th.

Recent Ordinations and Elevations

from the September 2011 issue of The Word:

DAYA, (Issam) Gabriel, to the holy diaconate by Metropolitan Philip, on July 3, 2011, during the Parish Life Conference, at St. Mary Church of Hunt Valle, Maryland.

FRIZELLE, Deacon Thomas, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Joseph, on August 7, 2011, at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska.

HOWELL, Matthew, to the holy diaconate by Bishop Joseph, on August 6, 2011, at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska. He is assigned to that parish.

KISHLER, Deacon Andrew, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Joseph, on May 29, 2011, at St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois.

MEYER, Deacon Daniel, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Thomas, at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Huntington, West Virginia. He is assigned to the pastorate of Holy Ascension Mission in West Chester, Pennsylvania, effective August 1, 2011.

SNOWDEN, Deacon Matthew, to the holy priesthood by Bishop Antoun, on June 19, 2011, during the Parish Life Conference, at St. John Church, Memphis, Tennessee. He is assigned as the assistant pastor of St. George Cathedral, Wichita, Kansas, effective August 16th, 2011.