‘Final step’ toward holy Diaconate for three men

Candidates Ordained to Minor Orders at Cathedral by Archbishop William

Ordained to Minor Orders Sunday, July 19 at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall, Pa. were Jeffrey Mierzejewski (St. Elias Church, Munhall, Pa.), Brian Norrell (St. Basil the Great Church, Irving, Texas) and Gary Stafford (St. Basil the Great Church, Irving, Texas). The three are part of a group of men who began their journey toward the Holy Diaconate in the summer of 2011 when they entered the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh’s Deacon Formation Program at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius.

Metropolitan William C. Skurla ordained the men during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy before an assembly of family, friends and faithful. Concelebrants included Very Rev. Archpriest Eugene P. Yackanich and Seminary Rector Very Rev. Robert M. Pipta; also present were Very Rev. Archpriest and Cathedral Rector Dennis M. Bogda, who also is the Archeparchy’s Syncellus for Clergy, and Protosyncellus Very Rev. Andrew J. Deskevich, who acted as Master of Ceremonies. Assistentia included Subdeacon Bohdan Savula and Seminarian Svyatoslav Zadorozhniy (Eparchy of Mukachevo) and Martin Bovee (Cathedral). The Archieparchial Choir under the direction of Darlene Fejka led the responses.

A dinner reception at the Cathedral Center followed the ordination services.

Subdeacons Jeffrey, Brian and Gary now await announcement of the dates of their impending ordinations to the Diaconate.