On Sunday, January 1st, the Feastday of the Circumcision of our Lord and St. Basil the Great, Dn. John Kennerk was ordained to the Holy Priesthood. His ordination took place in his home parish of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL, with His Grace, the Right Reverend Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest as celebrant.
Archpriest John Baker (STOTS Class of 2004), Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, Deacon Theophan Warren (STOTS Class of 2015), and Dn. Alexander Koranda (STOTS Class of 2014), all concelebrated with His Grace. A Molieben was celebrated for the new calendar year after the Divine Liturgy, and a festive community meal followed in the beautiful parish building. Many of Fr. John's family members were also present for the ordination and luncheon.
Fr. Steven thanked the parish for their outreach in supporting seminarians who came from this parish and are currently studying at St. Tikhon's. He also thanked Fr. John Baker for his efforts to reach out to alumni in the greater Chicago area as Regional Alumni Coordinator, presenting him with a copy of St. Tikhon's Sermons. 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of his elevation as Patriarch of all Russia, and a number of the sermons were given for event occurring in the Chicago area.
May God bless Fr. John, Mat. Michelle, Inez, and Anthony, as Fr. John completes his studies during the coming semester.
(Photos by Bilyan Belchev, photographer in Christ the Savior Parish)