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ARCHPRIEST JOHN KOWALCZYK, Director of Field Education and Senior Lecturer in Ethics, graduated from St. Tikhon's Seminary, Marywood University (M.S. in Religious Education), and the Moscow Theological Academy (Candidate of Science in Theology). He also received counselling certification and privileges for group psychotherapy from Farview Hospital. 

Fr. John is the Rector of St. Michael's Church in Jermyn, Pa., the Chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania and a Chaplain at S.C.I. Waymart's Forensic Treatment Centre. He has taught at St. Tikhon's since 1986 and is the Director of Field Education. Fr. John is a member of the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) and is the theological consultant for Orthodox Christians for Life (OCL) and organizes the Orthodox Christian participation in the Annual March for Life in Washington D.C.

He was the Editor of Your Diocese Alive in Christ (1987- 2005) and has published two books: An Orthodox View of Abortion (Minneapolis) and Church Fathers and Abortion (Warsaw), as well as "Interview with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church" and "Canonization of Fr. Alexis Toth by the Orthodox Church in America" for St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, and "The Millennium Pilgrimage" in The Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate.
 

 
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