Category Archives: Contributors

Volume 4: Number 7 Authors and Contributors

Priest James Parnell is a newly ordained priest of the OCA, and a recent graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. He is a Clinical Pastoral Education Resident at Hartford Hospital and a supply priest for the Diocese of New England attached to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Britain, CT. An Iraq War Veteran with over a decade of military service, Fr James also serves as a Chaplain in the New York Army National Guard.

Archpriest John Breck was Professor of New Testament and Ethics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Ethics at St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris, France. With his wife, Lyn, he is the director of the St. Silouan Retreat Center, Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina.

Deacon Jason Ketz is an alumni of St Vladimir’s Seminary and a deacon at St Mary’s Cathedral in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, and in addition to his work at St Mary’s, is employed  in the Quality department of a leading medical device company in the Minneapolis area.

Dr. Tracy Gustilo finished a master’s degree in theology from St Vladimir’s Seminary in May. She attends Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Overland Park, Kansas. Two of her children are grown up and making their way in the world, and two are in college. Tracy is struck by how radical the Christian message is, especially when she reads St Paul and the early Fathers of the Church.

Volume 4: Number 6 Authors and Contributors

Volume 4: Number 6 Authors and Contributors

Archpriest Michael Koblosh graduated from St. Tikhon’s and St. Vladimir’s Seminaries. He was ordained in 1969 by Metropolitan Ireney and has since served parishes in Los Angeles, East Meadow, N.Y.,  Terryville and Bridgeport, Ct., Whitestone, N.Y.  Began a mission in Southbury, Ct, as well as serving on various departments of the Orthodox Church in America. Fr Michael has been married for 43 years, with two daughters and five grandchildren. He is currently retired and living in Alexandria, Va,. (because my daughter lives here)  and began All Saints of America Mission in Alexandria – which is growing and in need of larger quarters!

Archpriest Eric G. Tosi is the Secretary of the Orthodox Church America. He is the former rector of parishes in Montana and Nevada, and the former chair of the Department of Evangelization. He is completing his doctoral studies on evangelism and communities at the University of Toronto.

Mr William Kopcha is a psychics and chemistry teacher at a private high school in Connecticut. He grew up in Connecticut and Vermont. He attends Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Southbury, CT. William holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Chemistry and Materials Science from the University of Connecticut. He is a past member and former president of the University of Connecticut Orthodox Christian Fellowship.  He is a frequent contributor to this blog.

Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Systematic Theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds a D.Phil in Theology from Oxford University. Check out his podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, “Sweeter than Honey”, and his book of the same name.

Mr Andrew Boyd is the Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Orthodox Church in America. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Business and the Master’s of Divinity program at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He works in corporate communications in New York City.

 

  

Volume 4: Number 5 Authors and Contributors

Khouria Amy Toconita Hodge, a Twin Cities native, grew up at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Church in St. Paul, MN. She has a BA in English from Hamline University. She works as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She lives with her husband, V. Rev. Fr. Paul Hodge (Antiochian Archdiocese), and their two children. Follow her latest news and writings at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/amyhodge/mystory .

Ms. Julie Ann Miller lives with her husband, daughter(age 11)  and son (age 9) in St. Anthony, Minnesota. They are members of St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in Minneapolis.  Julie Ann took a leave from her work as an educator 11 years ago to be involved in her children’s lives.  She volunteers at the elementary school and is the Church School Coordinator at St. Mary’s.

Mr. Alex Langley is a native of California.  He earned his BA in Linguistics and Computer Science at UCLA in 1993, and earns a decent wage leading a software quality assurance team.  He moved his family to Minnesota in 2005, and they are members of St. Mary’s OCA Cathedral in Minneapolis.  Alex is a husband of one, father of two, a convert to Orthodoxy and a tonsured reader.  His family enjoys working with FOCUS MN whenever possible.

Matushka Vera S Proctor was appointed director of the Twin Cities center of FOCUS – North America in 2010. Her educational and professional background is in communications, broadcasting and marketing and has worked in the fields of advertising, television, arts management and public broadcasting. Matushka Vera grew up in Chicago in the Serbian Orthodox community, and attended the University of Illinois, the Sorbonne in Paris France, and St. Vladimir’s Seminary with an emphasis in Liturgical Music from 1985-1988. She is married to Fr. Jonathan Proctor and they serve a parish, Holy Trinity (OCA), which is located on the east side of St. Paul, MN. They are the parents of two children, Marika and Leo, and have been part of the Orthodox community in the Twin Cities for 23 years.

 

Volume 4 Number 4 Authors and Contributors

Logan Johnson  is a chaplain intern at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. and a recent graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary.  Hailing from Minnesota, he graduated in 2008 from Beloit College, a small liberal arts college in southern Wisconsin.  Retaining his interests in theological theory and inter-religious dialogue, Logan is currently planning to pursue hospital chaplaincy as a vocation.

Archpriest Steven Voytovich is the Director of the Department of Institutional Chaplaincies for the Orthodox Church in America. He holds M.A., M.Div., and D.Min degrees from St. Vladimir’s Seminary. He works in institutional settings training and educating chaplains. He is attached to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Britain, Connecticut.

Dr Albert S Rossi, Ph.D.  teaches courses in pastoral theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He was a member of the SCOBA Commission on Contemporary Social and Moral Issues. He has written numerous articles on psychology and religion and published a book through Paulist Press entitled, Can I Make a Difference: Christian Family Life Today. After teaching at Pace University for 24 years, he retired as Associate Professor of Psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York. Dr. Rossi has a brief, bi-weekly podcast on Ancient Faith Radio titled Becoming a Healing Presence.

Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983) is a prominent Orthodox theologian, pastor, and writer of the 20th century. Having emigrated from Paris in the years after WWII, Schmemann accepted a teaching position at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, where he later became dean until his death in 1983. Fr Schmemann has written several works, particularly on liturgical theology, that are available in several languages. Aptly described in a review of Schmemann’s most popular work, For the Life of the World, “[Fr Schmemann’s] insight into contemporary culture and liturgical celebration left an indelible mark on the Christian community worldwide.”

Volume 4: Number 3 Authors and Contributors

Fr. Luke A. Veronis and his wife Faith and their four children served as missionaries in Albania from 1994-2004. Fr Luke also served in different parts of Africa for 18 months prior to Albania. He is the Director of the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where he also teaches classes in missiology. He serves as the pastor of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Webster. Fr. Luke is the author of “Go Forth: Stories of Missions and Resurrection in Albania,” “Lynette’s Hope: The Life and Death of Lynette Katherine Hoppe,” and “Missionaries, Monks and Martyrs: Making Disciples of All Nations.”

Christina Semon is an OCMC Missionary since 2008.  Having left her home parish is All Saints Orthodox Church in Pennsylvania, she currently assists the Youth Department of the Metropolis of Bessarabia since 2010.  She graduated from Binghamton University (State University of New York) in 2007, and is currently pursuing a Master of Theology in Church History at the University Ioan Cuza in Iasi, Romania.

Sandro Margheritino is a 2nd year student at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, pursuing a Master of Divinity.  He can be reached at Sandromrg@aol.com

Miho Ochiai Ealy was born in Japan and grew up in an Orthodox Christian household. Miho came to the United States in 2008 and graduated from Loyola University, Chicago with a master’s degree in pastoral studies. She currently works for Abbot-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, as a chaplain resident. She’s married to Dn. Gregory Ealy and attends St. Mary’s Cathedral. 

Fr Ted Pisarchuk is the rector of St. Justin Martyr, Jacksonville FL, married to Matushka Lee Ann and the father of two great boys. A graduate of SVS (1994), Fr Ted served as Mission Director of the Diocese of the South (12 years) and is currently Dean of Central Florida Deanery, an OCMC board member and has led 7 time short term mission teams.

Vol.4 No. 2 Authors and Contributors

Anna Vander Wall grew up in a non-denominational church in rural Colorado and converted to Orthodoxy during high school, after reading St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation. “Orthodox sacramentalism has helped me see God’s beauty in the people and nature around me. I desire to learn more about this beauty and preserve its remembrance in a fragmented world.” To this end, Anna is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and Poetry.

Harrison Russin is from the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, and is currently in his final year of studies at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, pursuing a Master of Divinity.  Harrison intends to pursue doctoral studies in the fall.

Andrew Boyd is the Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Orthodox Church in America. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut, he completed the MDiv program at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He currently lives in Glen Head, NY. 

Fr. James Parnell is a newly ordained priest of the OCA, and currently in his final year of studies at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. He is a pastoral intern at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Britain, CT. An Iraq War Veteran with over a decade of military service, Fr James also serves as a Chaplain Candidate in the New York Army National Guard.

Volume 4, Number 1, Authors and Contributors

His Grace, Bishop Michael [Dahulich] is the bishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America. Raised in Binghampton, NY, His Grace attended Christ the Savior Seminary in Johnstown, PA and completed  his PhD. at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to his ordination to the episcopacy, His Grace served as a parish priest in several Pennsylvania parishes and most recently as Dean and Professor at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, PA. 

Liz Korba is a high school student in Minneapolis, MN. She worships at St Mary’s (OCA) Cathedral, in Minneapolis, where she is actively involved in the cathedral’s youth group (the St Mary’s “Saints”), sings in the choir, and assists with the distribution of the post-communion bread and wine. Outside of the church community, Liz is actively involved at her high school as well, and is a member of the renowned Patriots Marching Band. 

Very Rev. Protopresbyter Peter Paproski is the pastor of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Stratford, CT (Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A.). He is married to Carol Paproski and is the father of two sons, Daniel and Timothy. Fr. Peter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s of Divinity Degree from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.Presently, Fr. Peter also serves the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA in several capacities and is the Northeastern Regional Chaplain and webmaster for the OCF.

Alexandra Morbey lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, Archpriest Andrew Morbey. Their home empties and fills with their three children who are like oxygen for their parents. Alexandra, who has worked as a teacher and in retail, does what she needs to do to help ends meet. She regularly visits her amazing 93 year old mother in Richmond, VA.

Deacon Jason Ketz is a deacon at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, MN. He and his wife Elizabeth have three children (Sophia, Patrick, and Natasha). He is a graduate of Arizona State University and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and works in the medical device industry, specifically in the fields of continuous improvement and quality control. He is the editor of this blog. 

Volume 3, Number 12, Authors and Contributors

Mr Mike Tishel is the director for the CrossRoad Summer Institute, a summer program for Orthodox high school juniors and seniors. He holds a Bachelor’s in Comparative Historical Theology from Gordon College, and Master of Theology (Systematics) from the Aristotle University of Thessalonika. He currently resides in his home town of Boston MA, where he worships at Holy Resurrection Bulgarian Orthodox Church and teaches at Holy Cross Seminary / Hellenic College.

Fr James Bozeman, his wife Katie and their two sons, Alexander and Gabriel, live in Beaufort, South Carolina, where Fr James serves as priest-in-charge at St James Orthodox Mission. Converts from a protestant evangelical tradition, the Bozeman family found their way into the Orthodox Church in Toccoa, Georgia, at St Timothy Orthodox Church. Before his ordination into the holy priesthood, Fr James was a musician in a rock band, and made a living as a furniture builder.

Kay Wakaruk is a member of St. Mary’s OCA Cathedral in Minneapolis.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota with a major in English Literature.  She also holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and has worked in the financial industry for the past 20 years.

Chandler David Poling, a recent graduate of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, is the acting rector of St. Innocent Mission in Otego, New York. He lives with his wife, Emilita, and three children, Elias, Mariam, and John, in Yonkers, New York. More of his writing can be found at http://chandler-david.blogspot.com.

Liz Gauvain is a scone-baker and mother of four.  She is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts.  Her husband is a third-year seminarian at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA, and their home parish is St. Herman’s (OCA) in Minneapolis, MN.

William Kopcha is a psychics and chemistry teacher at a Catholic high school in Connecticut. He grew up in Connecticut and Vermont. He attends Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Southbury, CT. William holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Chemistry and Materials Science from the University of Connecticut. He is a past member and former president of the University of Connecticut Orthodox Christian Fellowship.  He is a frequent contributor to this blog.

Volume 3, Number 11, Authors and Contributors

Deacon Jason Ketz is a deacon at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, MN. He and his wife Elizabeth have three children (Sophia, Patrick, and Natasha). He is a graduate of Arizona State University and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and works in the medical device industry. He is the editor of this blog. 

Barbara Soroka is a Special Education Teacher in New York City.  She is the daughter of Fr. Michael and Valerie Zahirsky and married to Michael Soroka, a student at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. She has a graduate degree in Special Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She grew up in parishes in Erie, PA and Queens, NY. 

Rebekah Moll is a parishioner at St. Mary’s Cathedral (OCA) in Minneapolis, MN and is a high school English teacher. She has a Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota. She is married and the proud mother of a two month old daughter.
Richard Ajalat has a Bachelor’s degree from St Mary’s College in California and is completing his final year of studies in the Master of Divinity program at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Born in Lebanon during the war, he grew up in Los Angeles, CA, attending St Nicholas Antiochian Cathedral there. 
Andrew Boyd is the Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Orthodox Church in America. He grew up attending Saint Alexis Church in Clinton, CT and attended the University of Connecticut and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He enjoys fly-fishing and yelling at cable news channels. 

Volume 3, Number 10, Authors and Contributors

Deacon Jason Ketz is a recent graduate of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds a B.S. in Microbiology, and worked as the Quality Manager at a printing company for several years in his home town of Minneapolis, before answering a long-standing call to theological studies. He and his wife Elizabeth have three children; Sophia, Patrick, and Natalie. He is attached to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Deacon Jason just joined the staff of “Wonder” as its new editor. 

Fr. Robert Royer is the priest in charge of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Mission in Augusta, Georgia. He is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. He resides in Aiken, SC with his wife, Krystal,and their five children.

Miho Ochiai Ealy was born in Japan and grew up in an Orthodox Christian household. Miho came to the United States in 2008 and graduated from Loyola University, Chicago with a master’s degree in pastoral studies. She currently works for Abbot-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, as a chaplain resident. She’s married to Dn. Gregory Ealy and attends St. Mary’s Cathedral. 

Fr Benjamin Tucci resides in Minneapolis with his wife Lisa and their son Philip. An alumnus of St Tikhon’s Seminary, Fr Ben is currently the assistant priest and youth director of St Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis.

Nathaniel Kostick is a student at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to his studies, Nathaniel is the sacristan and a church school teacher at St Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis.

Writers and Authors this month draw heavily upon Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Minneapolis to celebrate the occasion of their 125th Anniversary.