Church Happenings

Welcome Father John and Matushka Nadia Parker and Family!

It is with great joy that we are blessed to announce that Fr. John Parker has been assigned to St. John the Baptist parish as priest-in-charge, effective May 2nd. Fr. John’s first service here in New Kensington will be the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 8th, at 10:00 AM. There will be a brief reception following the service.

Fr. John and his wife, Matushka Nadia, were previously assigned at St. Nicholas parish in Donora, and are looking forward to meeting all of us! Fr. John graduated from St. Tikhon’s Seminary in 2019, and was ordained shortly thereafter at St. Nicholas Parish in Donora, where he has served till presently. Before ministry, Fr. John studied English Literature and philosophy at UCCS in Colorado, where he was born and raised. Fr. John met Matushka Nadia while at seminary, while she was earning her Bachelor’s degree in biology at Marywood University, near St. Tikhon’s. They married just before Fr. John’s final year at seminary. They have one son, Jonah, and a little one on the way!

May God bless Fr. John in his new pastorate, and may He continue to bless our parish as we journey forward with our new priest!