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St. Tikhon’s Seminary recently witnessed the ordination of one of it’s second-year seminarians to the diaconate. Mark Makarios comes to us from the Antiochian Archdiocese. He and our other Antiochian students have regularly graced our seminary chapel with beautiful Byzantine melodies and enlightened our classrooms with a slightly different perspective on topics that are not easily solved, all reminders that the Orthodox Church is more diverse than any one culture, language, or parish.

Bishop Thomas of the Antiochian Archdiocese ordained Mark to the diaconate at St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre on March 14th, 2021. Many of his classmates, our dean, Fr. John Parker, and Mark’s wife, Marian, were able to join in the celebration of this newly-ordained deacon of the Orthodox Church, saying: