Ordinations, Receptions, Elevations, Fall Semester 2017

During Fall Semester 2017, four new priests had been added to the ranks of our Student Body and Alumni fellowship, as well as one new deacon. Additionally, one of our alumni, Fr. Basil Doroszkiewicz, was ordained to the episcopacy, and another alumnus, Fr. Nathan Preston, received the monastic tonsure. (View detailed listing below.)

We keep them in prayer as they continue in their ministries. Axios!


HOLY EPISCOPACY


His Grace Warsonofiusz (Fr. Basil Doroszkiewicz), Alumnus (M.Th. ’87)
Jurisdiction: Orthodox Church in Poland
Monastic Life: Tonsured as Riasophore monk 8OCT80 at the Monastery of St. Onufry in Jabłeczna; received small schema 18DEC90 at St. Onufry Monastery, by the hands of the Bishop Abel of Lublin and Chełm, taking the name Warsonofius, in honor of St. Warsonofiusza Wielki; raised to the dignity of Igumen inn 1995; raised to the dignity of archimandrite on 18MAR04
Holy Diaconate: Ordained to the Holy Diaconate 9OCT80 at St. Onufry Monastery in Jabłeczna
Holy Priesthood: Ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius, Metropolitan of Washington, all of America and Canada, Orthodox Church in America (OCA), 14SEPT83, while pursuing studies at St. Vladimir’s Seminary
Holy Episcopacy: Elected by the Holy Council of Bishops of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Warsaw and Bielsko, with title of Bishop of Siemiatycze on 24AUG17; Ordained Bishop of Siemiatycze, Poland on Sunday, 8OCT17, the first episcopal ordination in the 586-year-old parish
Current Ministry: Bishop of Siemiatycze, Poland
Education and Professional Background: Doctor of Theology 2001, Christian Theological Academy, Warsaw. Most recently served as Chair of Orthodox Theology at the University of Bialystok; authored several monographs, including: In the shadow of Chalcedon, Byzantine monasticism from the mid-9th to the mid-15th century, and over 80 other scholarly  articles; served as vice-president of the National Committee of the Bible Society in Poland for the 2011–2016 term; participated in the preparation of the ecumenical translation of the Bible, authoring the translation of the Book of Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah


HOLY PRIESTHOOD


 Priest Antony (Mina) Andrews, Alumnus (M.A. 2014)
Jurisdiction: Coptic Orthodox Church, Patriarchate of Alexandria, Egypt 
Holy Diaconate: Ordained by His Grace Bishop David, Diocese of New York & New England, in St. Mary & St. Mena Coptic Orthodox Church, Cranston, RI, 31JAN16
Holy Priesthood: Ordained by His Grace Bishop David, Diocese of New York & New England in St. Mary & St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church, Ridgewood (Queens), NY, 17SEPT17
Current Ministry: St. Mary & St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church, Ridgewood (Queens), NY
Education and Professional Background: B.S. in Management with Accounting Concentration (New Jersey Institute of Technology); Project Support Specialist for one year at Public Service Electricity & Gas (PSEG); Master of Arts and Continuing Education, Master of Divinity, St. Vladimir’s Seminary; Doctor of Ministry Candidate, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


Priest Peter Fermeglia, Seminarian (Special Course of Study 2017–2018)
Jurisdiction: Orthodox Church in America (OCA)
Holy Priesthood: Father Peter, born Charles Sergio, was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He was received as a priest by Vesting, by His Eminence the Most Reverend Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the Diocese of the West, during the Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of Our Lord at Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, 25DEC17.
Current ministry: Parish assignment at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Jersey City, NJ, under the mentorship of Rector, Archpriest Joseph Lickwar
Educational and professional background: B.A. in Philosophy, Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception; M.Div., Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, LI; Ordained to the Diaconate, May 1, 1988, in the Seminary Chapel of the Immaculate Conception; and to the Priesthood, May 28, 1988, in St. James Cathedral, Brooklyn, by His Excellency, Bishop Francis J. Mugavero, D.D.; ministry has included parish work, hospital chaplaincy, and music directorship


Priest Christopher Moore, 3rd-year Seminarian (M.Div. program)
Jurisdiction: Orthodox Church in America (OCA)
Diaconate: Ordained by His Grace the Right Reverend Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest, in Three Hierarchs Chapel, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 1APR17
Priesthood: Ordained by His Grace the Right Reverend Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest, in Three Hierarchs Chapel, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 21NOV17
Current ministry: Student parish assignment at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, South River, NJ, under the mentorship of Rector, Archpriest David F. Garretson; student leader of the St. Innocent Mission Society, under the auspices of the Student Council
Educational and professional background: B.M. in Music Composition; Administrative Assistant at Evangelical Baptist Missions organization; Woodwind Performer and Private Lessons Teacher; missionary with Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) since 2012


Priest Jeremiah Phillips, 3rd-year Seminarian (M.Div. program)
Jurisdiction: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA)
Diaconate: Ordained by His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, D.C., and assistant to Metropolitan Joseph, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, in St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Bridgeport, CT, 11DEC16
Priesthood: Ordained by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, in St. Andrew Orthodox Church, Riverside, CA, 26NOV17
Current ministry: Student parish assignment at St. George Orthodox Church, Little Falls, NJ
Educational and professional background:  B.A. in Graphic Design and Digital Media from California Baptist University in 2009; General Services Department of Provident Savings Bank in Riverside, CA


HOLY DIACONATE


Deacon John Black, Special Student, Liturgical Music Studies
Jurisdiction: Orthodox Church in America (OCA)
Diaconate: Ordained by His Eminence the Most Reverend Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia an Eastern Pennsylvania, Holy Trinity Church, Pottstown, PA, 16DEC17
Current ministry: Attached to Holy Trinity Church, Pottstown, PA, under the omophorion of Archbishop Mark
Educational and professional background: Bachelor of Arts in Music from Lebanon Valley College, PA, where he studied music education, composition, and percussion; studied liturgical music at St. Vladimir's Seminary and also completed the Diaconal Formation Program offered through St. Tikhon’s Seminary; served as choir director in NYC area, NJ, and PA; assisted in arranging and typesetting for the Department of Liturgical Music of the Orthodox Church in America from 2005–2009


MONASTIC TONSURE & ELEVATIONS


Hieromonk Nikodhim (Father Nathan Preston), Alumnus (M.Div. 2007)
Jurisdiction: Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Albanian Archdiocese
Tonsured as Riasophore Monk: Tonsured by His Eminence the Most Reverend Nikon, Archbishop of Boston and the Diocese of New England and the Albanian Archdiocese, at St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia, PA, 23SEPT17, following the conclusion of the archdiocesan assembly
Current Ministry: Rector, St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church, Jamaica Estates, Queens Borough, NYC; Administrator of the Department of Pastoral Life, OCA


Mitered Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Alumnus (M.Div. Studies 1964–1967)
Jurisdiction: Orthodox Church in America (OCA)
Elevation: Elevated to the dignity of Mitered Archpriest by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, by the hand of His Eminence the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of New York of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, on behalf of the Holy Synod, at the Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Sea Cliff, NY, 22OCT17
Current Ministry: Rector, Our Lady of Kazan, Sea Cliff, NY; Director of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations for the OCA


Photo credits: Nichalaus Mueller, Alexandru Popovici, Mat. Sophia Sokolov, Fr. Dimitrie Vincent, Diocese of Eastern PA, Orthphoto.net, Parish of Our Lady of Kazan