Joyous Celebration in St Petersburg

St Petersburg, FL - The St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg, Florida was a place of great celebration on October 18, 2015. Father Stephen Zaremba’s Twenty Fifth Anniversary of ordination was celebrated.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. At the very beginning, His Grace tonsured altar servers Nikola Zaremba and Jovan Keller as readers.

During the Divine Liturgy, His Grace recognized Very Reverend Stephen Zaremba for his extensive, faithful and inspiring twenty five years of priestly work. Father Stephan was awarded the Right of Wearing the Pectoral Cross.

During the same Hierarchical Divine Liturgy Subdeacon Panayioti from the parish in North Miami was ordained to the Holy Diaconate. The St. Sava Church was filled with faithful and approving believers.

Protopresbyter Stavrophor Miloje Raicevich, Protopresbyter Dragan Zaric, Reverend Father Ljubisa Brnjos and Protopresbyter Stavrophor Dr. Rodney Torbic served with His Grace at the Divine Liturgy.

A dinner and program were held in the church hall honoring Very Reverend Stavrophor Stephen on his Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of ordination. Youths from the parish and the Parish Executive Board were represented in the program.

Protopresbyter Stavrophor Jovan and Protinica Mirjana Todorovich and Archpriest Michael Massouh came for the dinner and program. Protinica Theophana Zaric accompanied Father Dragan and Popadija Natasha Brnjos accompanied Father Ljubisa in honoring Father Stephen.

In addition to serving the St. Sava Church, Father Stephen serves as the Dean of the St. Petersburg Deanery which includes parishes in Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.    

Father Stephen previously faithfully served parishes in Midland and Youngwood, Pennsylvania and Elizabeth, New Jersey. He also served in the leadership position of Director of St. Sava Camp in Shadeland. Protinica Svetlana Zaremba with daughters Jovana and Aleksandra and son Nikola were recognized for their part in Father Stephen’s priesthood and shared in the joy of this celebration.

Article by Father Rodney Torbic

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