Fr. Thomas Soroka and Community Celebrate 100 Years

Virginia Nieuwsma

Pam Panchak/Post-GazettePam Panchak/Post-GazetteAlumnus priest The Very Rev. Thomas Soroka recently led his community, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of McKees Rocks, PA, in a joyful centennial anniversary celebration. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by reporter Mackenzie Carpenter notes that SVOTS alumnus The Most Rev. Melchisedek (Pleska), archbishop of  Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), was also present to preside at the services commemorating the parish's 100 years of ministry.

"There are dozens of Orthodox churches in and around Pittsburgh, in varying states of health," wrote Carpenter. "But St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks — under the leadership of a priest with a background in corporate management training and a knack for social media — has seen its parish grow larger and younger even as the community around it declines in numbers."

Read the story in the Post-Gazette.