ARCHDIOCESE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
Benet Lake, WI - October 18, 2008. Always a ray of sunshine, Fr. John (Lou) Mahalik, a monastic of Solus Christi Skete (Monks of New Manjava), was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Vladyka Ioan, during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Archdioceses of the United States and Canada. Fr. John will serve the Mission of the Holy Trinity in Downer's Grove, IL and will continue his ministry with Koinonia Ministries which he founded with Sister Helen and which serves the homeless and the poor in the greater Chicago area.
JOIN A VIBRANT MONASTIC PARISH IN MILWAUKEE, WI
The Parish of the Holy Resurrection, monastic parish of Solus Christi Skete, has been formed in Milwaukee, WI through the diligence and pastoral efforts of Abbot Sergiy Larin, Parish Administrator. Individuals and/or families interested in registering as parish members are asked to contact Abbot Sergiy Larin at the monastery offices at 414-482-1633 or by e-mail to SolusChristi@aol.com. Ukrainian and Russian-speaking individuals and families may contact Archpriest Oleksandr Sys, Associate Pastor at 414-482-1633.
Nokomis, IL - September 27, 2008. After the success of last year's drive, Abbot Theophan (Fox) of Solus Christi's Holy Apostles Skete, Nokomis, IL, has kicked-off another drive this year which aims at providing blankets for the homeless and poor in the Springfield area. All who may be interested in donating blankets are asked to contact Abbot Theophan at: 217-563-2899.
Kyiv, Ukraine - June 17, 2005. Father Charles Smollen [pictured above with Bishop Ioan] was ordained as a Reader and to the Subdiaconate by Bishop Ioan and was subsequently ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood at the Church of the Protection of the Mother of God, Kyiv, Ukraine. Father Charles is attached to the US Army Base in Mannheim, Germany and will remain incardinated in the Archdiocese of the United States during his stay in Germany.
Kyiv, Ukraine - December 11, 2004. Bishop Ioan was ordained a Bishop on December 11, 2004, at the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, in Kyiv, Ukraine, by Primate Metropolitan Archbishop Moisey assisted by Archbishop Spyridon Babsky and was enthroned as the first Bishop of the Diocese of the Midwest. As such, Bishop Ioan is the first American-born Bishop of Ukrainian descent ordained for our Metropolia. We wish our new Bishop MANY HAPPY YEARS.
Milwaukee, WI - December 19, 2004. Vladyka Ioan ordained Monk Sergiy Larin to the Holy Diaconate, blessed him as an Archdeacon and appointed him Chancellor of the Diocese of Milwaukee and the Midwest. Archdeacon Sergiy, a Ukrainian-born monk fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English, is a Stavrophore Monk of Solus Christi, Monks of New Manjava, and is charged with forming a monastic parish in Milwaukee, WI. Archdeacon Sergiy has also been appointed Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops. Let us unite in prayer for FATHER ARCHDEACON SERGIY as he begins his new ministry of love and service to the People of God and the Church.
Benet Lake, WI - November 7, 2004. Monk Sergiy Larin shortly before his ordination to the Holy Diaconate (left), during a visit with our dear friend, Abbot Andrew, OSB, (right) retired Abbot of the Abbey of St. Benedict, Benet Lake, Wisconsin, in early November, 2004.
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Archbishop of the United States and Canada
FR. HIERODEACON SERGIY, M.Div.
Chancellor Archdiocese of USA & Canada
Secretary of the Holy Synod
Ihumen of Solus Christi Skete
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“Be the shepherds of the flock of God that is entrusted to you: watch over it, not simply as a duty but gladly, because God wants it; not for sordid money, but because you are eager to do it. Never be a dictator over any group that is put in your charge, but be an example that the whole flock can follow. When the chief shepherd appears, you will be given the crown of unfading glory.” [1 Peter 5:2-4]
“Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Letter to the Colossians 3:12-21)