Alumnus Deacon Richard Howrilka (SVOTS '02) fell asleep in the Lord on Monday afternoon, January 7, 2013. Funeral services will be held at St. Gregory's Church, Seaford, New York, and St. Mary's Orthodox Catholic Church, Endicott, New York. Viewing and service times at St. Gregory's will be Thursday, January 10, 2013, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (viewing); 7:30 p.m. Parastas. On Sunday, January 13, the family will receive relatives and friends at the Leon Pucedo Funeral Home (1905 Watson Avenue) in Endicott, NY, from 2-4 PM, with the Funeral Service celebrated at 4 PM. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in St. Mary's Church in Endicott at 10 AM on Monday, January 14.
Father Deacon Richard Howrilka was raised in the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox community in Endicott, New York where he was active in the choir and singing the traditional "Prostopinije" music. After graduation from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, he received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York City, and worked in the financial industry of Wall Street. After years of contemplating his calling to the Holy Priesthood, and with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, he enrolled at St. Vladimir's Seminary, from which he graduated in 2002 with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained as a deacon by Metropolitan Nicholas on October 12, 2003. Deacon Richard is survived by his wife, Diana, and daughter, Lydia.
May Deacon Richard's memory be eternal!