4 October 2012 • Off Campus Event • Virginia Nieuwsma
On Monday, October 1, 2012, His Grace The Rt. Rev. Michael, bishop of New York, and New York and New Jersey, celebrated a special Service of Thanksgiving (Molebien) marking the 60th Anniversary of the priestly ordination of The Very Rev. Daniel Hubiak, St. Vladimir's Seminary Class of '51. The service took place at 1:00 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Jersey City, NJ.
A reception in the church hall followed and was attended by a delegation from the Seminary, which included Associate Chancellor for Advancement Theodore Bazil, Associate Chancellor for Finance Melanie Ringa, SVS Press and Bookstore Marketing and Operations Manager Dn. Gregory Hatrak, and Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations Pdn. Joseph Matusiak.
On behalf of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Mr. Bazil congratulated Fr. Daniel for his 60 years of priestly ministry, and presented him with a gramata [certificate of recognition] honoring him for his years of unselfish support. Father Dan has been Director of the Alumni Association, a member of the St. Vladimir's Theological Foundation, and a long-time member of the Board of Trustees, including membership on the Executive Committee.
Mr. Bazil remarked that "Father Dan is a man of integrity, optimism, and good cheer, and both he and his wife Dunia always brighten one's day by their infectious smiles and joy in life. Their guidance and wise counsel have been deeply appreciated."
Father Daniel and his wife, Matushka Evdokya—affectionately known as "Dunia"—have served the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) in several parishes: Cathedral of the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord, Brooklyn, NY; Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, East Meadow, LI; Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel, Oyster Bay Cove, NY; and Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Jersey City, NJ. Currently, he is serving as Temporary Rector of the Church of the Mother of God, in Mays Landing, NJ.
Father Daniel also served as Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) for fifteen years. In 1970, he was a member of the official delegation sent to Russia to receive the Tomos of Autocephaly from Patriarch Alexis. For several years in the 1990s, he served as the OCA's Representative to the Moscow Patriarchate, and as the first rector of the OCA's Representation Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr, in Moscow.