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
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.