The Very Rev. Stephen John Janos, Jr., of Centre Township, Pennsylvania, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at his residence, at the age of 74. He was born in Lebanon, PA, to the late Anne (née Marko) and Stephen J. Janos, Sr. He graduated from Reading Central High School in 1965, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, followed by a Master’s degree in Philosophy, from Villanova University. He then graduated from St. Vladimir’s Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.
Father Stephen was the husband of his beloved Matushka Suzanne E. (née Plotar) Janos, who fell asleep in the Lord on February 8, 2004. He is survived by his devoted son Andrew M. and wife Bonnie L. Janos of Herndon, VA, and two granddaughters, Madelynn and Jocelyn Janos.
He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on May 8, 1982, by His Grace, Bishop Ireney of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA. He was received into the Orthodox Church in America on May 13, 1998, by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius. He was subsequently assigned as Chaplain at SS. Cosmas and Damian Home in Staten Island, where his wife was also employed on staff. On January 22, 2003, he was transferred to SS. Peter and Paul Church in Buffalo, NY; he was named Rector of the parish a year later, and served the community there faithfully until his retirement on July 31. 2011. Father Stephen had been elevated to the rank and dignity of Archpriest and been given several ecclesiastical awards, including the palitza.
In the late 1990’s, Father Stephen translated 1,500 pages from Russian of “The Lives of the Saints,” which vastly expanded the extent of this material for English readers. He has in print more than 10 books devoted to Russian Religious Philosophy, primarily of the noted Russian émigré philosopher Nicholas Berdyaev. Father Stephen was well respected in academic circles as a scholar and translator.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Leibensperger Funeral Home, 223 Peach Street, Leesport, PA. There will be a Parastas Service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Family, diocesan clergy, and former parishioners will be present on Friday, August 13, for a viewing at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 45 Ideal Street, Buffalo, NY, where the Service for the Burial of a Priest will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. by Archbishop Michael and area clergy. A Divine Liturgy, followed by a Litiya, will be served on Saturday, August 14, by His Eminence and attending clergy, beginning at 10 a.m.
Following divine services at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Father Stephen will be buried next to his beloved wife at St. Matthew’s Cemetery in West Seneca, New York.
May + Father Stephen’s memory be eternal! “Vechnaya pamyat!”