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On the Feast of the Repose of St. Herman of Alaska, Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak) was ordained to the Holy Priesthood.   His Beatitude, the Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada, led the celebration of the Vigil and the Divine Liturgy with ordination.  Many clergy came together with His Beatitude to celebrate the feast, including His Eminence, The Most Reverend Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, and His Eminence, The Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of New York City, the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, and Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary.  Archpriest Chad Hatfield, President of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, joined Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer), St. Tikhon’s Monastery Abbot, and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, St. Tikhon’s Seminary Dean, in concelebrating at the Divine Liturgy.  Many other clergy joined in the celebration including a number of Hieromonk Herman’s classmates.

Hieromonk Herman is a graduate of St. Tikhon’s Seminary (Class of 2005).  Fr. Chad, during his homily at the Divine Liturgy, shared his own childhood memory of being called to serve God, and in turn shared his recollection of calling then Philip Majkrzak to also consider a vocation to ordained ministry.  They both served in the Diocese of Alaska for a time.  More recently Hierodeacon Herman served as Chapel Music Director and Lecturer in Liturgical Music at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary.  He recieved the St. Macrina award for excellence in teaching there. Returning to St. Tikhon’s Monastery community this fall, he has been assisting in training those serving in the monastery church, and taught a liturgics practicum at the seminary.  Hieromonk Herman has been involved with many projects related to liturgical music in the greater Orthodox Church.

Hieromonk Herman’s parents were present for the ordination.  His father is an Anglican priest.

Please click here to the see the festal celebration and ordination post on our OCA Website.

Axios to Hieromonk Herman on his ordination, and may God grant him many years!