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 Gift and Grace:
Stories of Orthodox Clergy and their Wives 

     Stories can help us understand the formation of individuals, communities, and our Faith. They can teach, change, and perhaps even save us. They can bring into focus and clarify the key moments of our lives. Getting older, I find myself more interested in knowing about the paths of those who have come before me. My friend Father John Jillions and I returned home late one night considering the life of a priest whose funeral we had just attended and how little we had known about him prior to that service. We committed ourselves to visiting and learning more about the older priests around us. Sometimes we had just our memories or a pad of paper that documented our conversations, but on other occasions we brought a tape recorder or even a video camera. Thanks to a class on "Inter-generational Storytelling" offered by WHYY (my local public broadcasting station in Philadelphia) I was stimulated to think about this project in a new and more organized way. With encouragement from Bishop Michael and diocesan funding, I went to the WHYY studios with Father Serge and Faith Kuharsky to begin what I hoped would be a prototype of this effort to document the lives of our senior clergy and their wives.

     I hope as well this may encourage similar oral history projects within our parishes. We know our seniors represent a unique and irreplaceable treasury of knowledge and experience, and of witness a kind of "martyria" of love and dedication to God, pastoral work, and love. Let's all commit to this effort of documenting and learning from the lives of those who have served our Church with such energy, clergy and lay people, married and those who are single. During our current times of suspicion and cynicism it's important to be reminded of those stories around us that have led "to a further, more complete, more total service of Christ and his Church." The stories are out there!

 ~ Father John Shimchick

Video and Audio Clergy Stories
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 Father Sergius

and Faith

Kuharsky

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 Father Sergei

Glagolev

(audio – 1989)

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Father John

and Eugenia

Nehrebecki

updated 28 April 2015

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 Father

Stephen

Siniari

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Father Paul

and Mary

Shafran

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Father Thomas

and Anne

Hopko

 

Golden Wedding Anniversary

 on Ancient Faith Radio

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Father Daniel

and Dunia 

Hubiak




UPCOMING EVENTS
On the Diocesan Calendar

 

 

April 26, 2017

   Lecture:

  "The Post

     Resurrectional

       Experience"

   Mother of God Church

   Princeton NJ

   6:30 p.m.

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April 28, 2017

   "Sleep Out"

    to support

    Homeless Youth

Orthodox Church

of the Holy Cross

Medford NJ

7:00 p.m.

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May 17, 2017

Diocean Council

Meeting

  Diocesan Chancery

  Bronxville NY

  11:00 a.m.

 

 

May 18, 2017

Presbyters Council

Meeting

  Diocesan Chancery

  Bronxville NY

  11:00 a.m.

 

 

June 4-17, 2017

Pentecost Pilgrimage

to the Holy Land

with

Archbishop Michael

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June 24, 2017

NY State Deanery

Parish Council

Conference

 

 

August 20, 2017

NY State Deanery

Clergy Family Picnic

Lansing NY

 

 

August 26, 2017

NY State Deanery

Church School

Conference

Elmira Heights NY

 

 

September 5-6, 2017

Annual Clergy

Conference

Wappingers Falls NY

 

 

October 6-8, 2017

   Annual Conference:

   The Brotherhood of

   Saint Moses the Black

      "Closer to Christ,

   Closer to Each Other"

Princeton NJ

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November 1-2, 2017

DIOCESAN

ASSEMBLY

Endicott NY

 



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