Deacon James Parnell Ordained to the Holy Priesthood

23 December 2012 • Off–campus Ordination

Fr. John Behr leads Fr. James around the altar in the "Dance of Isaiah"Fr. John Behr leads Fr. James around the altar in the "Dance of Isaiah"Two days before the Feast of the Holy Nativity, 3rd–year St. Vladimir's Seminarian Deacon Archbishop Nikon presents priestly pectoral cross to Fr. James (Photo: P. Salina)Archbishop Nikon presents priestly pectoral cross to Fr. James (Photo: P. Salina)James Parnell was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence the Most Rev. Nikon, archbishop of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese, on behalf of His Beatitude the Most Blessed Tikhon, archbishop ofThe Parnell family with Abp. Nikon and clergy after his ordinationThe Parnell family with Abp. Nikon and clergy after his ordination Washington and metropolitan of All America and Canada. The ordination took place at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Britain, CT, the Parnell family's home parish and Fr. James' place of assignment for parish service during his final year of studies.

Clergy celebrating with Archbishop Nikon included the parish rector, The Very Rev. David Koles; The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, dean of St. Vladimir's; The Very Rev. Steven Voytovich, also attached to Holy Trinity; and Pdn. Paul Nimcheck of Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Terryville, CT.

The newly ordained Fr. James was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on January 29, 2012 in Three Hierarchs Chapel. He is a Chaplain Candidate in the New York Army National Guard, and has served as SVOTS Student Council President.

Father James joined the U.S. Army in 2002 and served as an Arabic linguist. He deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; first from 2005–2006 and again from 2007–2008 before being commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate in 2009. While in the military, Fr. James received an A.A. in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute – Foreign Language Center and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the American Military University. In full military uniform, Fr. James reads the Hours on Ed Day 2011In full military uniform, Fr. James reads the Hours on Ed Day 2011He is currently a First Lieutenant assigned to the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion in Yonkers, NY and hopes to continue serving his Church and his country as an Army Chaplain. He and his wife Holly, also an Army veteran and former Arabic linguist, have two children, Samuel and Ariane. 

View Holy Trinity's photo gallery of the liturgy, ordination, and reception for Fr. James.
Read more about Fr. James and Student Council, HERE and HERE.