In Memoriam: Reverend Deacon Richard Howrilka

Author: 
Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak

Alumnus Deacon Richard Howrilka (SVOTS '02) fell asleep in the Lord on Monday afternoon, January 7, 2013. Funeral services will be held at St. Gregory's Church, Seaford, New York, and St. Michael's Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, Binghamton, New York. Viewing and service times at St. Gregory's will be Thursday, January 10, 2013, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (viewing); 7:30 p.m. Parastas. Divine Liturgy and interment will take place at St. Michael's on January 11 and 12 respectively. 

Father Deacon Richard Howrilka was raised in the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox community in Endicott, New York where he was active in the choir and singing the traditional "Prostopinije" music.  After graduation from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, he received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York City, and worked in the financial industry of Wall Street. After years of contemplating his calling to the Holy Priesthood, and with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, he enrolled at St. Vladimir's Seminary, from which he graduated in 2002 with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained as a deacon by Metropolitan Nicholas on October 12, 2003. Deacon Richard is survived by his wife, Diana, and daughter, Lydia. 

May Deacon Richard's memory be eternal!