[STOTS Communications, South Canaan, PA] Dn. Andrew Nelko was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on the Annunciation Feast, March 25th. Fr. Andrew is the son of Archpriest Andrew Nelko (STOTS Class of 1981), Rector of St. John the Baptist Church, Campbell, Ohio. The ordination took place at St. Nicholas Church in Weirton, West Virigina. His Eminence, Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Western Pennsylvaniak was the celebrant. Concelebrating priests included: Archpriest William Evansky, Diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest Samuel Smolcic (STOTS Class of 1979), Dean of the local deanery, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary dean, Archpriest Nicholas Wyslutsky (STOTS Class of 1989), Archpriest Emilian Hutnyan (STOTS Class of 1992), and Priest Gabriel Bilas (STOTS Class of 2014). Dn. Peter Ilchuk also served. Dr. John Schultz, former STOTS Board member served as subdeacon. Professor David Drillock, retired Provost of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, directed the choir that included Fr. Andrew’s family members.
Fr. Andrew is a third-year seminarian, and Mat. Kaila has been assisting in the bookstore. It is anticipated that upon graduation, Fr. Andrew will serve at St. Nicholas Church. May God grant Fr. Andrew and Mat. Kaila many blessed years!
(Photos by Nathanel Nelko)