Priest Benedict Churchill awarded Gold Cross


The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America has awarded the Gold Cross to St. Vladimir’s Seminary Alumnus and SVS Press Editor Rev. Dr. Benedict Churchill for his many years of faithful service to the Diocese of the South. His Eminence, Archbishop Alexander (Golitzin) of Dallas and the South presented the award to Father Benedict during Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Dormition, August 15, 2019, at Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church in Norfolk, Virginia, where fellow Seminary Alumnus Fr. John Cox (‘11) is pastor.

In addition to serving as editor at SVS Press, Fr. Benedict is priest-in-charge of St. George Mission, Edenton, NC. He received his B.A. from St. John's University in Minnesota in 1969, his Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto in 1975, his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1979, and his M.Div. from St. Vladimir's Seminary in 2010. He held adjunct positions at Fordham University and New York University, and worked for Xerox Corporation from 1983 until he retired in 2006. He was ordained to the diaconate in 2009 and to the priesthood in 2010.

May God grant Priest Benedict many years!