[South Canaan, PA, STOTS Communications]
On Sunday, March 12th Dn. Matthew Fuhrman was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery Church. Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the ordination. Concelebrants joining him included Archmindrite Sergius, Monastery Igumen, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, Archpriest Alexander Garklavs, who worked with Matushka Jessica's family as former OCA Chancellor, Archpriest Dennis Swencki, Seminary CFO, and Archpriest Theodore Boback, former STOTS Alumni President, and Military Endorser. Many classmates also served, including Priests Matthew Joyner, Basil Ferguson, John Kennerk. Serving with Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak (Metropolitan Tikhon's Secretary) and Hierodeacon Maximus were more classmates, Deacons Andrew Nelko and Jonathan Lincoln. All concelebrating classmates are senior seminarians as is Fr. Matthew.
Fr. Matthew Fuhrman is actively preparing for service as a military chaplain. Fr. Steven shared that his thesis is part of his effort to prepare for this role. As all endorsements are processed through Metropolitan Tikhon's Office, it was most meaningful that he was able to be the celebrant for this ordination. Many family members were present for the ordination as well.
Photos, Robert West and Mat. Jessica Fuhrman (who has assisted with photography for many ordinations occurring at the monastery church).