John and Paraskeva Skvir Lecturer in Practical Theology
Dean of Students
Fr Paul Lazor is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1964 by Archbishop JOHN of San Francisco. He is a native of Canonsburg, PA, and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. His theological education was completed at St Vladimir's Seminary (Master of Divinity). He and his wife, Natalia (Manturoff), married since 1964, have three children and six grandchildren.
Fr Paul served as a parish priest for thirteen years, holding pastorships at the SS Cyril and Methodius Church in Milwaukee, WI, and the Holy Trinity Church in New Britain, CT. His blessings from those years of parish ministry are many. Among them is the fact that he has already performed marriages for people whom he baptized as infants and whose parents he both received into the Church and joined in matrimony.
Even during his student years Fr Lazor's love and dedication toward the work of St Vladimir's Seminary were evident. He was a member of three consecutive Seminary summer octets and served as ecclesiarch of the school's Chapel. In 1969 he was asked to join the Seminary Faculty on a part-time basis. In 1977 he was appointed as the Dean of Students and became a full-time member of the Seminary's staff and a lecturer on the faculty. He currently teaches regularly in the areas of Liturgics, Practical (Pastoral) Theology, Liturgical Theology, Church Slavonic, and Russian.
As an author, translator and editor Fr Paul has produced numerous articles, tracts, booklets of liturgical services and several introductions to books of other writers. His largest work is the book, Evening Worship in the Orthodox Church, an edited translation (with introduction) of three articles by Prof. Nicholas Uspensky. His article, "Pastoral Care Today," appeared the St Vladimir's Quarterly in 1996.
Archpriest Paul Lazor has also served in several capacities in church-wide ministries on both the diocesan and national Church levels. He is a frequently invited speaker at retreats and conferences sponsored by Orthodox parishes and institutions throughout the United States (including Alaska) and Canada. He has also lectured at Orthodox theological institutions in Russia and Slovakia.
On November 19, 2004, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America awarded Fr Lazor a GRAMOTA (Special Citation) marking his forty years of dedicated ministry as an ordained priest.