“A real gift from God”

Reader Tyler Wisniewski ordained to Sub-diaconate, Diaconate
by Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla at St. John the Baptist Cathedral


By The Byzantne Catholic Archeparchy
of Pittsburgh

Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla ordained Reader Tyler Edward Wisniewski to the Sub-Diaconate and then to the Diaconate at the Cathedral of St. John in Munhall, Pa. on Sunday afternoon, June 4.

Deacon Tyler, the son of Edward and Anita Wisniewski of St. John Parish in Scottdale, Pa. has completed three years of his studies and formation preparing him for the priesthood at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa. He will return to the Seminary in August to begin his final year.

Concelebrants with Archbishop William at the Divine Liturgy were: Very Reverends Robert M. Pipta and Ronald C. Barusefski; and Reverend Fathers Kevin E. Marks, Ivan Chirovsky, Will Rupp and Oleh Seremchuk.

Very Reverend Andrew Deskevich was the Master of Ceremonies and the Deacon was Deacon Stephen Russo.

Seminarians served, Martin Bovee Sr. assisted, and Coreen Poklembo led the congregational singing.

Priests, deacons, family, and friends filled the cathedral for this joyous liturgical celebration

During his homily, Archbishop William said it was a special day for him because it was his first time wearing Pentecost green vestments for an ordination.
“It looks nice to have the green with us,” he said.

He thanked Tyler for all his work at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary over the past three years as well as the support he has received from his family, St. John in Scottdale, and the Seminary’s faculty and staff.

“It is a real gift from God to be able to serve,” Archbishop William said.

“We pray for (Tyler) and ask that you continue to pray for all those that study at the Seminary, those that are already active in ministry and as a priest and those that serve as deacons and all the men and women religious that we have working within the Byzantine Catholic Church and the other churches of the world.

“Without them, we would have no leaders and without leaders we would not have a Church.”

May God grant to His servant Deacon Tyler peace, health and happiness for many blessed years!