Seminarian Joseph Thornburg joins ranks of holy diaconate

Dn Joseph Thornburg reads a litany

On Sunday morning, October 31, 2021, Seminarian Joseph (Aaron) Thornburg was ordained to the holy diaconate at St. Anthony Church in Bergenfield, NJ. 

Dn Joseph Thornburg and family with hierarchs at his ordination

His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, archbishop of New York and metropolitan of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA), presided over the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and ordination service. Saint Vladimir's Seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield and Dn. Joseph's fellow Antiochian seminarians from St. Vladimir's were also present.

The Rev. Dn. Joseph Thornburg is in his second year at St. Vladimir's, studying in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program. He and his wife, Marina, are parents to Isaac and Ella. Their home parish is St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, CA.

May God grant the newly ordained Dn. Joseph and his family many years! AXIOS!

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