Two Alumni Ordained during Chicago Consecration Celebrations of Bishop Matthias

April 30–May 1, 2011 • Protodeacon Joseph MatusiakOff-campus Event, Chicago, Illinois

This past weekend in Chicago two SVOTS alumni—Reader Gregory Ealy ('07) and Subdeacon Nicholas Hubbard ('09)—were ordained to the Holy Diaconate by the newly consecrated Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), His Grace Matthias (Moriak). The ordination of Subdeacon Nicholas took place at the Consecration Liturgy on Saturday at Christ (from right) Dn. Gregory Ealy, Dn. Nicholas Hubbard, ADn. Kirill Sokolov, and Fr. John Zdniak, all SVOTS alum, serve at the Divine Liturgy in Chicago.(from right) Dn. Gregory Ealy, Dn. Nicholas Hubbard, ADn. Kirill Sokolov, and Fr. John Zdniak, all SVOTS alum, serve at the Divine Liturgy in Chicago.Fr. John Behr (left) and Fr. Chad Hatfield (right) congratulate newly ordained seminary alum, Dn. Nicholas Hubbard.Fr. John Behr (left) and Fr. Chad Hatfield (right) congratulate newly ordained seminary alum, Dn. Nicholas Hubbard.the Savior Church, and Reader Gregory was ordained on Sunday at the Installation Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral. During the festive weekend, Archpriest John Behr, our seminary Dean, and Archpriest Chad Hatfield, our seminary Chancellor, represented St. Vladimir's.

Dn. Gregory has served as Choir Director and Director of Music Ministry at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago since his graduation from St. Vladimir's. Following his ordination he and his wife, Miho, will be moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he will take up the position of Choir Director at St. Mary's Cathedral (OCA).

Dn. Nicholas has been at St. Mary's Cathedral in Minneapolis since his graduation from the seminary. He has since been certified in Clinical Pastoral Education and has served in various lay ministry positions at the cathedral parish. Subdeacon Nicholas will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood in May at St. Mary's Cathedral, where he will be attached as an assistant priest.

"Axios" to Deacon Gregory and his wife, Miho, and to Deacon Nicholas and his wife, Georgiana! We send our prayers with them as they serve the wider Church.

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