On Saturday, March 16, the Reverend Deacon Robert Bower was ordained to the orders of Lector, Subdeacon and Deacon, during the celebration of the Pontifical Divine Liturgy at Holy Protection of the Virgin Mary Church. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Stephan, Primate of the UAOC in the USA was in attendance and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael J. Champion, eparchial bishop of the Archeparchy of Cleveland was the ordaining prelate. Concelebrating with the bishops were the Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Theodosius Walker, pastor of Holy Protection Church, the V. Rev. Protopresbyter John Johnson, Dean of the Central Deanery and pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Manitowoc, WI and the Rev. Thomas Wiggins, associate pastor of Holy Protection Church. Parishioners from parishes throughout the Central Deanery region attended the ordination liturgy. Also present was Fr. Joseph Gawlik, associate pastor of St. Nicholas Church in Homewood, IL and Fathers Charles Turner and Daniel of our newly established St. Moses Mission in Chicago.

At the ordination of Deacon Robert Bower
(left) The hierarchs and concelebrating clergy with newly-ordained Deacon Robert Bower after the Pontifical Divine Liturgy. From left to right: Fathers Thomas, (Plymouth, IN) John Johnson (dean), Archbishop Michael, Deacon Robert Bower, Metropolitan Stephan, Fathers Theodosius (pastor) and Joseph Gawlik (Homewood, IL).

After the ordination liturgy, a reception was held in honor of Fr. Deacon Robert and his wife, Crystal at the United Church of Christ in Plymouth. At the conclusion of the reception, a presentation was offered by Pani Matka Slavka Zabrodsky of St. Nicholas Church, Homewood, IL. Mrs. Zabrodsky spoke of the role of clergy wives in today's church and ministry.

On Sunday, March 17, the hierarchs again concelebrated a Divine Liturgy in Holy Protection Church, joined by the Central Deanery clergy, including Fr. Ken Anatoly of St. Nicholas Parish in Millstadt, IL, near St. Louis. A first blessing for the newly-installed iconostasis in the church was performed and a Panakhyda was celebrated for the deceased clergy, religious and faithful of the Metropolia.

At the ordination of Deacon Robert Bower
(right) Metropolitan Stephan and Archbishop Michael with Father Ken Anatoly of St. Nicholas Parish, Millstadt, IL.

Father Deacon Robert, a recent graduate of Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, will serve as pastoral associate at Holy Protection Church until his ordination to the holy priesthood at the Cathedral of SS. Boris & Hlib in Cleveland, later this year.

At the ordination of Deacon Robert Bower

(left) The bishops with parishioner of Holy Protection Church, Oksana, a child of Ukrainian parents, who was born in Germany after the Second World War, and later immigrated to the USA.

(below) Metropolitan Stephan bestows a blessing on the congregation.

His Beatitude bestows a blessing

The Archbishop tonsure's the candidate for holy ordersThe ordinand greets the Archbishop before kissing the four corners of the altar during the singing of the troparia 'O Holy Martyrs'
The Rites of Ordination: The candidate receives tonsure from the Archbishop (left); Subdeacon Robert kisses the ordaining prelate's right hand, shoulder and epigonation, and is led around the altar three times, before the laying on of hands. (right)

The vozdukh is held over the bishops' heads during the CreedThe newly-ordained deacon chants the Ektenia of Thanksgiving
The clergy hold the vozdukh {aer} over the hierarchs' heads during the Creed. (left); The newly-ordained deacon chants an ektenia at Sunday's Divine Liturgy. (right)

Father Theodosius & Father ThomasProtopresbyter John Johnson, DeanArchimandrite Theodosius, Pastor
(above) Archimandrite Theodosius, pastor and Father Thomas, associate (left); Protopresbyter John Johnson, Dean of the Central Deanery (middle); Father Theodosius offers remarks (right).

More Photos of the Ordination and Hierarchs' Visit can be seen at:

Ordination Photo Pages 1
Ordination Photo Pages 2
Ordination Photo Pages 3

May God grant to Fr. Deacon Robert, Pani Matka Crystal, their family, parishioners and friends, peace, health and happiness for many spiritually fruitful years! Na mnohaya i blahaya l'ita!

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