St. Vladimir's Alumnus The Very Rev. Aaron Archer ('97) fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday morning, November 15, 2012. Funeral services and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Transfiguration Church, Pearl River, NY, on Sunday evening and Monday morning, November 18 and 19. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, November 18; the Burial Service for a Priest will begin at 6:00 p.m. His Grace The Rt. Rev. Michael, bishop of New York and New York and New Jersey, will preside at the Divine Liturgy, Monday, November 19, at 9:30 a.m.
Born in Decatur, AL on December 23, 1943, Father Aaron was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood by His Eminence The Most Rev. Dmitri (Royster) in May 1995 and June 1996 respectively. Father Aaron graduated with his Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir's in 1997 and went on to serve in many parishes of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, including St. John the Baptist Church, Spring Valley, NY, and St. Ireney Chapel at Saints Cosmas and Damian Adult Home, Staten Island, NY. In July 2001, he was attached to Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir's Seminary while pursuing theological studies.