of the 35th Anniversary of the Clerical Service of Protopriest Gregory
On Sunday, December 5, the worshipers of St Sergius Church on Tolstoy
Farm celebrated the 35th anniversary of the clerical service of
Protopriest Gregory Kotliaroff. Divine liturgy was performed by
His Grace Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan, who, at the end of the moleben
that followed gave Fr Gregory a gramata [decree of blessing] from
the Synod of Bishops. A festive trapeza luncheon was then given
in honor of the rector, organized by his family and the churchgoers,
during which Fr Gregory was congratulated by the clergymen in attendance.
Protopriest Gregory Kotliaroff was ordained to the deaconate at
Holy Protection Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia, by Bishop Theodosius,
Vicar of Sydney and the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, in
1969, on the day of the latter's own consecration as bishop. In
the 1970's, Deacon Gregory was elevated to the rank of protodeacon.
Graduating from Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville in the early
1980's, Protodeacon Gregory was ordained into the priesthood at
Holy Trinity Monastery and appointed rector of St Sergius Church
in Tolstoy Farm, where he serves to this day and where he earned
the love and respect of his flock.
We wish Fr Gregory, Matushka Olga and their family and flock many
mercies and blessings from God for many years!