On Sunday, March 23, 2014, Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, in the presence of an overflowing church, His Grace Bishop GREGORY laid hands on the servant of God, Deacon William George and ordained him to the Holy Priesthood. The ancient rite was conducted during the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Fr. William's family and parish family witnessing this historic event. Fr. William is the first priest son of the parish!
The Liturgy began with the presentation of the traditional bread and salt by Parish President, John Buzek. Fr. Michael Chendorain, former pastor of the Parish, presented the handcross to His Grace Bishop GREGORY. As the service proceeded, and at the appointed time, the Holy Spirit was invoked to "fill that which is lacking" and raise Fr. William to the office of the presbytery. Following the Liturgy, a celebratory banquet was held in the parish banquet hall.
Clergy assisting His Grace Bishop Gregory included; Rev. Fr. Michael Chendorain, Archpriest George Hasenecz (OCA), Rev. Fr. Ionut (Romanian Patriarchate), Rev. Fr. David Mastroberte (ACROD, Hermitage, PA - classmate) and Fr. Deacon Joseph Birthisel (ACROD, Johnstown, PA - classmate) as well as numerous altar servers. Responses were led by Seminarian classmates from Christ the Saviour Seminary.
His Grace Bishop GREGORY announced that Fr. William has been assigned to SS Peter and Paul Church and will begin his pastorate there immediately.
We wish him and his wife, Pani Amy, many years of health and happiness as they begin their work in the vineyard of Christ! AXIOS!
Please visit ACROD.ORG for more photos and ordination video.