Profile: Fr. John Kowalczyk
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V. Rev. Archpriest John Kowalczyk
Curriculum Vitae:

Archpriest John Kowalczyk:, Director of Field Education, Senior Lecturer in Ethics, adjunct faculty since 1986, graduated from St. Tikhon's Seminary (1975) Marywood University (M.S. in Religious Education) (1981) and the Moscow Theological Academy (Candidate of Science in Theology) (1996) - Received full Privileges for group psychotherapy from Farview Hospital and Medical staff (1994)  Contract chaplain at S.C.I. Waymart's Forensic Treatment Center and since 1987 has completed over Eight thousand Preliminary Religious Assessments on forensic inmates for the Treatment Team.

Rector of St. Michael's Church in Jermyn, Pa, since 1985, former Chancellor of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania. Editor of Your Diocese Alive in Christ (1987- 2005)

Recent appointment: lecturer in “Foundations of Pastoral Theology”

Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM).

Blog: “60 Minutes in the life of a Chaplain”

Addressed the Plenary Session of the 19th All American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, held in St. Louis MO from July 23 – 27 2018 on the work of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, spoke on behalf of OCPM at the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America National Convention in Houston, TX, attended the Greek Orthodox Clergy and Lay Congress in Nashville, TN representing OCPM.

Guest Lecturer at Drexel University, College of Medicine - November 28, 2018 presenting a three hour workshop on the Annual Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference, “Exploring the Spiritual dynamic of healing when working through bereavement, especially, when dealing with the trauma of a death notification for the mentally ill inmate.” 

Author: “An Orthodox View of Abortion” 1977 - Light and Life Publishing, Mpls, MN,

 "Interview with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church" and "Canonization of Fr. Alexis Toth by the Orthodox Church in America" - St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, and "The Millennium Pilgrimage" in The Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Represented St. Tikhon's Seminary at the Syndesmos International Theological Conferences in Poland (1989), Moscow (1992) and Finland (1998).

Guest Speaker at the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black, at the Annual Ancient Christianity Conference  

Interviewed on Ancient Faith Radio on Orthodox Prison Ministry

Written numerous articles on the Sanctity of Life and Orthodox Prison Ministry.

Guest lecture at Marquette University, Villanova University, University of Scranton, and Marywood University.

(PFI) Prison Fellowship International - 2011 Toronto Canada interviewed by Judy Maddren for his work in Prison Ministry. Can be viewed on YouTube.

Completed Teaching Prison Ministry Videos in September of 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida as a result of a Grant from Leadership 100. These teaching Videos can be downloaded from the official site of OCPM.

Recipient of four prestigious awards: the Order of St. Mary Magdalene - Metropolitan Vasily of Poland, Jeweled Cross and the Order of St. Innocent by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the O.C.A.,  Jeweled Cross, Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow.




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