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Father John Announces Retirement

Father John Reeves announced his retirement today as Holy Trinity Orthodox Church’s rector effective on or before the end of the civil year (December 31, 2018). He is the parish’s first rector and has been such for more than 20 years, having arrived in State College in 1996. 

His letter to the parish reads:

Beloved in the Lord:

In what has been arguably the most difficult decision of my life, I have asked Archbishop Melchisedek to grant me retirement as your rector by year’s end. He has acceded to my request.

No other assignment in my ministry has brought me such joy. I have seen young families form, children born, others grow spiritually—both young and old—and many converts made. Through our campus ministry, I have witnessed the formation of vocations and rejoiced to see numerous Penn State students enter the priesthood and other ministries. Holy Trinity has taken seriously the vision to build up the Church beyond the parish.

Consequently, from a nascent group of sixteen Orthodox Christians in 1993, the parish has grown to a community of more than 200 souls, with a missionary outreach in Snyder County, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. To paraphrase St Paul: “They planted, I have watered, but God has given the increase.”

You will have many questions and many concerns. This is understandable. Not the least of these questions will be the appointment of a successor by the Archbishop. A transition team consisting of representatives from Holy Trinity and the Chapel, under the pastoral direction of our Dean, Fr. Mark Meholick, will coordinate the development of a “candidate profile” to aid Archbishop Melchisedek in his decision. If you have any questions or comments about this process, you may send them directly to or call the Parish Office at (814) 231-2855.

In the meantime, pray for me. If you believe that there is an unsettled issue between you and me, please speak to me. Laura will be happy to make an appointment.

You remain forever in my prayers,
Fr. John

The parish will celebrate “25 Years of Mission” (1993-2018), including Fr. John’s pastorate, with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Luncheon on Saturday, October 6, 2018. More details on this special event will be forthcoming. Save the date!


For the Record: November 2012

Emergency Kits for Sandy Victims.

Emergency Kits for Sandy Victims.

Your Generosity

  • Supplies for 135 health kits were donated to Matthew 25, assembled by OCF, and sent to IOCC on November 4 for Sandy victims. Thank you.
  • 336 lbs. of turkeys and hundreds of food items were donated to Matthew 25 and assembled by volunteers from Strawberry Fields to feed 28 area families this Thanksgiving. Thank you.


  • Catherine Troyan, daughter of Brian and Nina Troyan, baptized November 3, sponsored by Shane and Maria Stevens. Many years!
Volunteers pack bags of food to serve 28 families Thanksgiving meals.

Volunteers pack bags of food to serve 28 families Thanksgiving dinners.


  • Stavros Dimitrios Diamantis, son of Fr. John and Mka. Andrea Diamantis, born November 9 measuring 8 lbs. 10 oz., 20.5 in. long. Many years!
  • Erika Mae Nelson, fourth grandchild of Judy Fryncko, born November 27 measuring 6 lbs. 4 oz., 21 in. long. Many years!


  • Abp. Tikhon (Mollard) was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church of America at the 17th All American Council on November 13. Axios!


For the Record: October 2012

Diamantis OrdinationOrdination

  • Dn. John Diamantis was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on September 29 by Bishop Michael at Holy Trinity Church in East Meadow, NY. Axios!

For the Record: September 2012


Fr. Bill Evansky, Chancellor


  • Catherine Troyan, daughter of Brian and Nina Troyan, born September 7. Many years!


  • Archpriest William (Bill) Evansky was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania, effective July 16.
  • Archpriest Mark Meholick was appointed as dean of the Johnstown-Altoona Deanery of the Archdiocese of Western Pa. on September 21.

For the Record: August 2011

Your Generosity

  • Approximately $800 in supplies were donated to underpriviledged children in our area through the annual Matthew 25 Back-to-School Drive. Your gifts also produced the longest receipt this Wal-Mart employee (pictured right) had ever seen!


  • Joshua Cattell, Homeless Ministry Coordinator and Altar Server, joined the Air Force and moved to Lackland, Texas to attend Boot Camp.
  • Stasia Roberts, Choir member, moved August 3 to Kirksville, Missouri to attend medical school at A.T. Still University.
  • Rebecca Ziegler, Choir member and Orthodox Chrisitan Fellowship staff advisor, left to persue

For the Record: July 2011


  • Maria Dmitrievna, baptized July 2, daughter of Dmitry Dolgopyat and Natlia Tchetcherina, sponsored by Rousko and Svetlana Hristov.

For the Record: June 2011


  • Heidi Elizabeth Wagner, daughter of Andre and Megan Wagner, baptized June 4, sponsored by Vincent and Camala Mazeski.


  • Reader Willis (Mark) Mwangola moved to Statesboro to study Supply Chain & Operations Management at the Georgia State University.

Your Generosity

  • $726.85 given to rebuild the Konevets Monastery on Lake Lagoda, Russia from a freewill offering collected after the Konevets Quartet concert. Thank you!


For the Record: May 2011


  • George Thomas Biberdorf, son of Fr. Basil and Mat. Dea Biberdorf, baptized May 8, sponsored by Fr. Christopher Ignatius Rigden-Briscall.


  • Julius D. “Bud” Wilbur, step-father to Anne and David Swisher, passed away May 12 at the age of 81. May his memory be eternal!

Your Generosity

  • $700 from a benefit breakfast held May 29 for Christopher McNulty’s upcoming mission trip serving orphans in Ukraine. Thank you!


For the Record: April 2011


  • Jay (Benjamin), Laura, Joelle, and Julia Rush (sponsored by Dn. Mark and Mat. Kelly Oleynik), Virginia Anthony, Anne (Mary) Cramer, and Dimitri Vaughn (sponsored by Gregory and Ruth Cattell), baptized Holy Saturday, April 23.


  • Heidi Elizabeth Wagner, daughter of Andre and Megan Wagner, 7 lbs. 2 oz., 17½ inches, born April 30.


  • Shane Stevens, named top senior by the Penn State Department of Chemistry, April 12.


For the Record: March 2011

Souper SundayBaptism

  • Arissa Victoria, baptized March 5, daughter of Gregory and Raquel Arampatzis, sponsored by Mark and LeeAnna Mokluk


  • Rebecca Toroney, now in Chicago after receiving a Doctorate in Chemistry from PSU.

Your Generosity

  • $1,350 to IOCC for Japan relief; $690 for Housing Transitions and the Food Bank of the State College Area through “Soup-er Sunday”; $291 for foreign and domestic missionaries. Thank you!


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