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In Memoriam: Paul Chernay, St. Tikhon's Trustee Emeritus-Updated - 01/09/17

Paul Chernaskey  Chernay, 90, member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, in Bethlehem, PA, died on January 5th, 2017.    Paul was the son of the late Roman and Fiona (Orischak) Chernaskey.  He was the loving husband of the late Betty Jo (Bussey) Chernay who died in 1998. They were married for 52 years. 

Paul was a veteran of WWII, serving with the Navy as an Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class in Europe and North Africa. Paul was a gentleman of commanding presence, known by his friends and family to be fun loving and generous. His many pastimes included travel, boating, working on his "farm".  Paul was a devout member of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem. He also served on the board of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary.  Paul was the owner of Chernay Printing, Inc., which he founded in 1966. His other businesses included PBC Guitars, Inc. and Paul's Cantina, formerly located in Center Valley. Paul also enjoyed success in his real estate ventures.

A generous benefactor of both his Church and of the Seminary, Paul was honored to receive the St. Innocent of Alaska Silver Award. One of the highest awards given by the Orthodox Church in America, it was bestowed on Paul for his zealous support of St. Tikhon's Seminary and St. Nicholas Church, and especially for his love and generosity for his fellow man.   On Saturday, May 25th, 2013, St. Tikhon’s Seminary was also pleased to honor the years of dedicated service of Trustee Emeritus Paul Chernay by awarding him the Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa for his continual support of the St. Tikhon’s Community and selfless dedication to the building up of the Orthodox Church.  (The photo with this story reflects his receiving the honorary doctorate.)

Though Paul was preceded in death by his most of his immediate family, his twin sister, Pauline Chernaskey Kasick; loving grandchildren: Lisa Ward Arnold and her husband Barri-Jami, Laura Ward, and Nicholas Chernay, together with many nieces and nephews were present at the funeral. Serving at the funeral service on Monday, January 9, 2017, at St. Nicholas Church in Bethlehem were:  His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Seminary Rector; Archpriest James Weremedic (STOTS Class, 2001), parish priest; Archpriests Steven Voytovich and Dennis Swencki, Seminary Dean and CFO, respectively; Archpriest James Mason (STOTS Class of 1962); and Fr.  Jason Vansuch, whose father, the late Archpriest Eugene Vansuch, also served at St. Nicholas Church as Paul’s pastor.  Archbishop Michael shared condolences from the Most Blessed Metropolitan Herman, St. Tikhon’s Seminary Rector for many years, and His Grace, the Right Reverend David, Bishop of Sitka and the Diocese of Alaska, who also served the parish.

The family has designated that memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 980 Bridle Path Road, Bethlehem, PA, and/or St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 130 South Canaan, PA, 18459. 

Memory eternal to the newly departed servant of God, Paul.

Alumni Update: Dn. Joel Brady ordained to the Holy Priesthood - 01/08/17

Dn. Joel Brady was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Sunday, January 8, 2017.   He was married to Margaret (Meg) Ogden in August of 2016, and then ordained to the Holy Diaconate on Thanksgiving morning (2016) at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Allison Park, PA, where he has been serving.

His Eminence, the Most Reverend Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Western Pennsylvania, celebrated the ordination for His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, as weather did not permit Archbishop Michael to travel for the ordination.  This ordination was also celebrated at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.  Archpriest Michael Senyo, parish rector, remarked how much he has enjoyed having Fr. Joel and Matushka Meg in the parish as they have begun their new life together, and looks forward to their further contribution, once assigned to a parish.  Members of Fr. Joel’s family were present for the ordination as well. 

Axios!  May God grant Fr. Joel and Matushka Meg many blessed years as they await assignment toward the next chapter of their vocational journey!

Ordination of Dn. John Kennerk to the Holy Priesthood - 01/01/17

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) 

Deacon Basil Ferguson Ordained to the Holy Priesthood - 12/24/16

Dn. Basil Ferguson, a third-year seminarian at St. Tikhon's Seminary,  was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at the Divine Liturgy on the Eve of the Feast of Our Lord's Nativity, at the monastery church.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was the celebrant. Archimandrite Sergius, Monastery Igumen, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, and Fr. Innocent Neal, St. Tikhon's Bookstore Manager, served with His Beatitude.  Celebrating deacons included:  Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak, Metropolitan Tikhon's Secretary, Hierodeacon Maximus from the Monstery Brotherhood, and Fr. Basil's classmates Dn. John Kennerk and Dn. Matthew Fuhrman.

May God grant many blessed years to Fr. Basil, Matushka Marina, and their children Elijah, Ephrem, and Gregory. Elijah and Ephrem served in the altar, and as will be noted in the photos, paid very careful attention to their father's ordination!

Photos by: Matushka Jessica Fuhrman, Fr. Steven, and Subdeacon Roman Ostash.

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