Alumnus Dn. Basil Crivella ordained to the priesthood


On Saturday, March 14, 2020, St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVOTS) Alumnus Dn. Basil Crivella was ordained to the holy priesthood. Priest Basil was ordained at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Mentor, OH, by the hand of His Grace, The Right Reverend Paul (SVOTS Class of 1994), bishop of Chicago and the Midwest (OCA).

Father Basil studied in St. Vladimir's Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program from 2016 to 2019. He holds an associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Westmoreland Community College. Before studying at SVOTS, Fr. Basil served seven and a half years on active duty military service with the United States Coast Guard, taking part in search and rescue along with law enforcement operations on both Lake Michigan and in the Caribbean Sea, and he served as the logistics petty officer at a search and rescue station on Lake Erie. Father Basil, his wife, and their three children were received into the Orthodox Church while he was serving with the Coast Guard in Fairport, Ohio.

Since leaving SVOTS, Fr. Basil has been attached to St. Nicholas, his home parish. He is awaiting confirmation of his first parish assignment as a priest.

The St. Vladimir’s Seminary community wishes Fr. Basil, Matushka Rose, and their children many years!

(Photos: Daniel Bein)

Alumnus Dn. Basil Crivella ordained to the priesthood