His Grace, the Right Reverend Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest, was the main celebrant at St. Tikhon's Monastery Church for the Vigil and Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple. During the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Paul ordained two St. Tikhon's seminarians from the Diocese of the Midwest. Dn. David Gresham was ordained to the Holy Priesthood, and Basil Ferguson was ordained to the Holy Diaconate.
Concelebrating together with Bishop Paul were: Archimandrite Sergius, Igumen of St. Tikhon's Monastery, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon's Seminary Dean, Archpriest Daniel Degyansky (STS Class of 1991), a VA Chaplain and Rector of St. John Chryostom Church, Woodside, NY, The Rev. John Brown, Federal Bureau of Prisons Chaplain, attached to St. John the Wonderworker Church, Atlanta, Georgia, and Hieromonk Innokenty (Chmerko), of the Monastery Brotherhood.
Please take time to look at the many meaningful photos capturing the ordinations, taken by several seminarians, Monk Maxim, and Jessica Fuhrman. Axios! May God grant many blessed years to the newly ordained Fr. David Gresham, Dn. Basil Ferguson, and their families!
During the luncheon following the Divine Liturgy, Timothy Winegar, President of Student Government, presented Fr. David a wooden pectoral cross from all his classmates with funds raised through the work of Student Government!