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 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.

Rafael Jeffrey Garcia Ordained to Diaconate

On Sunday, November 14, 2010, His Grace Bishop Thomas ordained Raphael Jeffrey Garcia to the holy diaconate at St. John Chrysostom Church in York, Pennsylvania. Deacon Rafael is assigned to St. Gregory the Great Church in Washington, D.C.

Ordination of Deacon Rafael GarciaOrdination of Deacon Rafael Garcia Bp. Thomas with Fr. Nicholas Alford and Dn. Raphael Garcia.Bp. Thomas with Fr. Nicholas Alford and Dn. Raphael Garcia.

Upcoming Ordinations

Updated October 27, 2010

Many years to David Jacobs, Program Director at the Antiochian Village Camp. David is to be ordained to the holy diaconate in Utica, New York, on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.

Subdeacon Peter Aleria, a chaplain with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Blissin El Paso, TX, will be ordained to the holy diaconate at the Forty Holy Martyrs in Sugar Land, TX on Sunday, November 7th and to the holy priesthood at St. Michael Church in Beaumont, TX on Monday, November 8th.

Deacon Michael Sakran, a DOWAMA vocation from St. George Church in Houston, TX who will graduate from St. Vladimir's Seminary next May, will be ordained to the holy priesthood at his home parish on Thursday, November 11th.

Subdeacon Michael Fulton, a DOWAMA vocation from St. Joseph Church in Houston, TX and a student at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, will be ordained to the holy diaconate at St. George Church in Houston, TX on Thursday, November 11th.

Many years also to Raphael Jeffrey Garcia of the Church of St. Gregory the Great in Washington, DC. He will be ordained on Sunday, Nov. 14, by Bishop Thomas at the Church of St. John Chrysostom in York, Pennsylvania.

Subdeacon Richard Zogheb, from St. Nicholas Church in Bridgeport, CT will be ordained to the holy diaconate by His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip at his home parish on Sunday, December 5th, 2010.

Deacon Methodios Ingalls, a DOWAMA vocation from St. Sophia Church in Dripping Springs, TX who will graduate from St. Tikhon's Seminary next May, will be ordained to the holy priesthood at St. Elias Church in Austin, TX on Theophany, January 6th.

Axios! Archpriest Kamal Al-Rahil

On Sunday, October 24, 2010, His Eminence Metropolitan Philip elevated Fr. Kamal Al-Rahil of St. George Church in Jacksonville to the rank of Archpriest.

Dn. Jon Fate Ordained to Priesthood

Deacon Jon Fate was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Sunday, October 17, 2010, at St. Luke Church in Garden Grove, California by His Grace Bishop Joseph.