On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with ordinations of two St. Tikhon's seminarians was celebrated by His Grace, Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest. Concelebrating clergy at the monastery church included Fr. John Brown (on left in photo), who is our only OCA Federal (Bureau of Prisons) Corrections Chaplain, currently in Atlanta, Georgia, and Archpriest Daniel Degyansky (on right), who serves as a VA Chaplain in New York. Both clergy had connections to one of the ordinands.
Fr. John and Fr. Steven met later to talk about Fr. John's ministry, and ongoing developments in the chaplaincy community. Fr. John joined seminarians at breakfast on Wednesday morning to talk about federal corrections chaplaincy.
Fr. Daniel and Fr. Steven have previously presented on pastoral ministry together at parish ministry conferences. Fr. Daniel recently celebrated 25 years of priesthood.
Thanks be to God for the opportunity to meet together on this wonderful festal celebration!