Ordinations and Elevations


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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.

Recent Ordinations and Elevations Posted

From The Word, May and June editions:

Ordained

SNOWDEN, Matthew, to the holy diaconate by Bishop Thomas, on February 20, 2011, at the Church of St. Ignatius, Antiochian Village. Dn. Matthew is completing his studies at St. Tikhon’s  Seminary and is currently assigned to the parish of St. Mary’s in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. 

MATTHEWS, Dn. Stephen to the holy priesthood by Bishop Antoun May 8, 2011 at St. George, West Roxbury, MA. Fr. Stephen is completing his final year of seminary.

BUDICA, Dn. Adrian to the holy priesthood on May 22 at St. Nicholas Cathedral by Bishop Antoun. He is attached to the Cathedral.

KISHLER, Dn. Andrew to the holy priesthood on May 29 at St. George Church in Cicero, IL by Bishop Joseph. He is attached to All Saints Church, Chicago, IL.

Elevated

MASSOUH, Fr. Michael, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Antoun, on February 20, 2011, St. Nicholas Church, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

ZITON, Fr. Elias, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop Joseph, on February 6, 2011, at St. George Church, Phoenix, Arizona. 

Fr. George Kevorkian Elevated to Archpriest

WORTHY! Fr. George Kevorkian, Hierarchical Assistant to Metropolitan Philip, was elevated to the dignity of Archpriest this past Sunday, May 1st, 2011.

Recent Ordinations and Elevations

From The Word, April 2011 edition:

Ordained

SNOWDEN, Matthew, to the holy diaconate by Bishop THOMAS, on February 20, 2011, at the Church of St. Ignatius, Antiochian Village. Dn. Matthew is completing his studies at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and is currently assigned to the parish of St. Mary’s Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Elevated

KHOREY, Dn. David, to the dignity of Arch-deacon by Bishop MARK, on October 3, 2010, at St. Nicholas Curch, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

MASSOUH, Fr. Michael, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop ANTOUN, on February 20, 2011, at St. Nicholas Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.

ZITON, Fr. Elias, to the dignity of Archpriest by Bishop JOSEPH, on February 6, 2011, at St. George Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

January 2011 Ordinations

Mark McNary was ordained to the holy diaconate by His Grace Bishop Antoun, on January 30, 2011, at St. Basil the Great Church in Metairie, Louisiana. He is attached to that parish.

David Moga was ordained to the holy diaconate by Bishop Thomas, on January 30, 2011, at St. Nicholas Church in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. He is assigned to that parish.

Episcopal Visit and Ordination at Basilica of St. Mary + Livonia, MI

On the weekend of December 17-19, 2010, His Grace Bishop Thomas made a pastoral visit to the Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia, Michigan.  On Friday evening the Bishop's dear friends, Ken and Kathy Harb, hosted a gathering at their home to officially welcome His Grace to the Detroit area.  On Saturday morning, Fr. George Shalhoub hosted a brunch for the area clergy in the St. Mary Cultural Center, and Fr. James King and his family hosted a dinner for the Bishop prior to Great Vespers. 

The highlight of the weekend was the Divine Liturgy on Sunday Morning, where Bishop Thomas, on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, ordained Fr. James King to the Holy Priesthood.  This was the first time in the forty year history of the Basilica that anyone had ever been ordained to the priesthood, and the community came out in full force to witness the event.  At the conclusion of the Liturgy, His Grace inducted twelve new members into the Order of St. Ignatius.  Following the Liturgy, a special banquet was held in the St. Mary Cultural Center in honor of the newly ordained Fr. James, his wife Audrey, and their children. The banquet was generously attended by the entire Basilica of St. Mary community.

We wish to thank all those who helped to make the weekend such a special occasion for the community, and especially Bishop Thomas for his love, spiritual guidance, and for blessing us with his presence.

DOWAMA Ordinations on Theophany

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

WORTHY!  Deacon Methodios Ingalls of St. Sophia Church in Dripping Springs, Texas was ordained to the holy priesthood and Subdeacon Gregory Farman of St. Elias Church in Austin, Texas was ordained to the holy diaconate on the great feast of Theophany which I served at St. Elias Church in Austin with all the clergy of the Central Texas Deanery.  Fr. Methodios will soon return to St Tikhon's Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania to complete his final semester of graduate theological studies, while Deacon Gregory has been assigned to St. Elias Church.

Fr. Methodios giving his first blessing, using hand-cross painted by Kh. Danielle.Fr. Methodios giving his first blessing, using hand-cross painted by Kh. Danielle. Dn. Gregory receiving the hexapteryga at his ordination.Dn. Gregory receiving the hexapteryga at his ordination.