A small Coptic Orthodox congregation in Syracuse worships in a former Russian church. Until recently, it depended on priests rotating in from other cities.
The parish recently named a new priest. Father Kyrillos Sadek, a former engineering professor, is now serving the church.
St Michael Russian Greek Orthodox Church
St Michael Russian Greek Orthodox Church has a long history in this area. The first Orthodox Church established here, it has endured a series of name and administration changes.
Today the church is staffed by Father Karlgut and Father Holowatch, along with Subdeacon Philip Tatusko and Subdeacon/Choir Director Mark Bohush. They provide Sunday School for children, adults and Russian Brotherhood and Ladies Altar Society classes.
A film festival and discussion group are also held each month. Several choir members, including youths ranging in age from 7 to 18 years, assist with all services.
On May 19th, the parish welcomed His Grace, Bishop Michael of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey to celebrate with them the annual service of FOCA. A spirited luncheon was enjoyed after Divine Liturgy.
SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church
SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is a Russian Orthodox parish in Syracuse, NY. The congregation was founded in 1972.
Throughout their history the parish has been led by many different pastors. The current parish priest is Father Matthew Markewich, who was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 2013. He serves as chaplain for the Teen Week of Saint Andrew’s Camp and lives in Jersey City with his wife Matushka Rebekah and their children Katherine and Daniel.
A lifelong member of SS Peter and Paul, Fr. Matthew has also served as a missionary in Alaska and Guatemala. His goal is to bring Orthodoxy to as many people as possible and to see them grow in their faith. He enjoys serving at St. Andrew’s Camp where he sees kids growing in their understanding of the Orthodox Church and in their relationship with Jesus Christ. He has been a board member for several years and is committed to making the camp experience a positive one that will be enjoyed by Orthodox youth for years to come.
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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) has been the spiritual home for Russian-speaking people in Syracuse since 1915. It was founded by a group of immigrants from Russia who wanted to establish a parish that would focus on the needs of their community.
Until now, the tiny congregation had depended on rotating priests who came to Syracuse from other cities. Now, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England has ordained Father Kyrillos Sadek, a former engineering professor, as its first priest.