Beginning with a Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving on July 20, three Sisters of St. Basil celebrated their anniversaries of religious life: Diamond Jubilarian, Sister Leocadia Sevachko; and 70th Anniversary Jubilarians, Sister Salome Yanochko and Sister Fabian Krassa. Continue reading
Deacon Thomas Wells was ordained a priest forever by Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla during the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, Jan. 18 at his home parish of St. John Chrysostom in Houston, Texas.
Concelebrating with the Metropolitan were Very Rev.Elias L. Rafaj, administrator of St. John; Very Rev. Robert M. Pipta; Rev. Father Janucz A. Ihnatowicz of the Latin Archdiocese of Kraków, Poland; and the Rev. Father Fadi Al Mimass of the Melkite Mission of St. Barbara in Houston.
The parish Deacon Andrew Veres; Deacon Brian Norrell of St. Basil in Irving, Texas; Sub-deacon Bryan Scotton of the Passaic Eparchy; and Subdeacon Jamil Daaboul of the Melkite Mission assisted.
Deacon Jeffrey Mierzejewski served as cantor. Also serving at the altar were Father Tom’s son, Michael; his son in law William Peacock; and parishioners Ryan Black, Will Colbert, Phillip Kaye, David Dominguez and Angelo Luna.
In his homily, Archbishop William noted that “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired hand, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I will lay down my life for the sheep.