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Father Deacon Michael Skrocki Ordained to the Presbyterate for Service to the Melkite Eparchy of Newton

Roslindale, MA - On Saturday, June 3, 2000 Deacon Michael Skrocki was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John Elya at the Annunciation Cathedral in Roslindale. Also in attendance was auxiliary bishop Nicholas Samra. The concelebrating clergy included Rt. Rev. Edward Kakaty, Rt. Rev. Joseph Haggar, Fr. Damon Geiger who presented Michael for ordination, Fr. Youssef Youssef, BSO, Fr. Basil Parent, Fr. Michael Moisin, Fr. Andre St. Germain, Fr. Paul Frechette, Rt. Rev. Elias Murgos, Rt. Rev. Max Chalhoub and Rt. Rev. Simon Hage, BSO as well as Fr. Francois Beruty and two of his fellow priests from the Melkite Diocese in Canada. The Deacons present included Archdeacon George Yany, Protodeacon Paul Lawler, and Dns. Dan Klockowksi, Irenaeus Dionne, Brian McNeil, Michael Jolly, Nicholas Sotack, and Richard Downer from England. The 19 deacon candidates of the Diocese, two of whom, Tariq Nasrallah and Ephrem Handal, were blessed as subdeacons at the start of the Liturgy, were also in attendance as well as Fr. Michael's family and friends. The liturgy was followed by a Luncheon in the recently refurbished Annunciation Cathedral Hall.


His Grace, Bishop JOHN, ordains Michael Skrocki to the priesthood.

Father Michael graduated from St. Gregory the Theologian Seminary in May of 1999 and since that time has been serving a pastoral internship as a Deacon at St. Ann parish in Waterford, CT under then pastor, Fr. Damon Geiger, O.SS.T. While a Deacon, Fr. Michael assisted with the Sunday School and Vacation Church School programs as well as visiting the shut-ins of the parish, and regular liturgical duties and preaching. Fr. Michael has also been working as an editor for Sophia Press, assisting in the preparation of various liturgical publications.

Fr. Michael's first assignment is as the administrator of St. Ann Melkite Greek-Catholic parish in Waterford, CT. The assignment became effective June 15, 2000 due to the transfer of Fr. Damon to become the Master of Novices for his religious order, the Trinitarians.

The generous support, both financial and spiritual, of the Ladies of NAMWA played an important role in Fr. Michael's responding to the call to the priesthood.

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