Saturdays: Vespers at 5:00 PM
Sundays: Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM
His Holiness Patriarch Philaret
The Most Holy Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Philaret Denysenko was born on January 23, 1929 in the village of Blagodatnyi of the Amvrosiy district of Donetsk. In 1946, after graduating from high school, he entered the 3rd class of the Odessa Theological Seminary and graduated with honors. In the same year he entered the Moscow Theological Academy. On January 1, 1950, he received monastic vows with the name of Philaret.
On May 14, 1966, Bishop Philaret was promoted to the rank of Archbishop and appointed Exarch of Ukraine, Archbishop of Kiev and Halytsky, a permanent member of the Holy Synod.
In October 1995, at the All-Ukrainian Local Council, Metropolitan Philaret was elected Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine. He is working to build local Orthodox churches in Ukraine and unite Ukrainian Orthodox believers within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate.
Metropolitan Epifaniy is the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), holding the title of Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.
Serhii Petrovych Dumenko was born on February 3, 1979 in Vovkove, Ivanivka Raion, Odessa Oblast, in Ukraine. In 1996 he entered the Kiev Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1999. In the same year he entered the Kiev Theological Academy and graduated as a doctor of theology in 2003.
On January 20, 2008 Metropolitan Epifaniy was ordained hieromonk by His Holiness Patriarch Philaret and then ordained a Bishop in 2009. By the decision of the Holy Synod of the UOC-KP in 2010, Metropolitan Epifaniy was appointed Rector of the Kiev Orthodox Theological Academy. On January 23, 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Archbishop. On December 13, 2017 he was named Metropolitan of Pereiaslav and Bila Tserkva.
On December 15, 2018, at the unification council held in the Cathedral of St. Sophia, the blessed Metropolitan Epifaniy was elected Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, the first primate of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
It is believed that Metropolitan Epifaniy will be enthroned on February 3, 2019.
Very Reverend Bohdan Zhoba
Father Bohdan Zhoba was born May 24, 1976 in the town of Obertyn, Ukraine. After high school in 1993, Father Bohdan entered Volyn Orthodox Seminary. He graduated in 1996 and went on to study at the Kyiv Orthodox Academy where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Theology. He became an Honorary Chaplain in Sumy, Ukraine, in 2001 and then became Dean of Christ Is Risen Cathedral in Sumy, Ukraine in December 2003.
In January 2004, Father Bohdan emigrated to the United States. His first American parish was Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyivan Patriarchate, in North Royalton, Ohio, where he was Rector. At the same time, he served as Patriarch Philaret’s Secretary, Vicariate, Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada.
In addition, he was Dean of the Ohio, Michigan and Indiana Deanery. Father Bohdan left Ohio in 2011 to serve at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Kyivan Patriarchate, in Cooper City, Florida. In December 2016, he became Officiating Priest at St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in Philadelphia. He was officially proclaimed our permanent Rector by His Holiness Patriarch Philaret on June 27, 2017.
Father Bohdan married Matushka Alla in 1995 and they have two children: Gregory, who is a sophomore at Florida State University Tallahassee with plans to become a doctor, and Bohdana, a junior in high school. Father Bohdan’s grandfather, Petro Zhoba, was a United States Ambassador. Petro emigrated to the United States after World War II and now rests eternally in St. Andrew Ukrainian Cemetery in Bound Brook, NJ.
Since arriving at St. Nicholas Church in 2016, Father Bohdan has officiated at many of life’s memorable events: baptisms, marriages, birthdays and other joyous occasions, and he has comforted us when we lost loved ones.
Deacon Daniel Terrazas
Deacon Daniel Terrazas first came to St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in 2017 as Bass Section Leader of our Patriarchal Choir. So inspired by Father Bohdan’s spiritual leadership, sermons and the beauty of the Orthodox liturgical service, Deacon Daniel embraced the Orthodox faith and made the lifelong commitment to become an Orthodox Deacon. He subsequently enrolled in the Volyn Theological Academy in Lutsk, Ukraine.
Under the tutelage of Metropolitan Michael Zinkievich, Deacon Daniel completed his studies, was ordained and then blessed on May 29, 2018, by His Holiness Patriarch Philaret to serve with Very Reverend Bohdan Zhoba in St. Nicholas Church in Philadelphia. He celebrated his first Divine Liturgy with Father Bohdan on Sunday, June 3, 2018. The resonant, powerful voices of Father Bohdan and Deacon Daniel bring special beauty and spirituality to St. Nicholas Church.
Born in El Paso, Texas, on January 21, 1955, Deacon Daniel attended schools in Texas while nurturing his remarkable bass voice. He graduated Eastwood High School in 1973 as Choir President, Outstanding Soloist for the City of El Paso and member of the Texas All-State Choir. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance in 1999 from the University of Texas, followed by a Masters of Music Degree in Vocal Performance in 2005 from the University of North Texas State.
Deacon Daniel’s list of opera repertoire roles is extensive, including Marcello in La Boheme, Escamillo in Carmen, Amonasro in Aida and Scarpia in Tosca. He has been associated with numerous opera companies, including the Dallas Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.
In addition to his position as Deacon of St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, Deacon Daniel teaches voice privately and performs regularly in the Philadelphia area.
The members of our current church committee include:
President: Thomas Hanney
Vice President: Susan Guz
Treasurer: Ellen Hanavin
Secretary: Frank Borriello