Although we celebrated the leave-taking of the joyous Paschal season, as Bishop Peter stated in his sermon during the All-night Vigil on the feast of the Ascension, separation from someone you love is often sad, but the Apostles did not grieve over their separation from Jesus Christ, but rather rejoiced in the promise of the Holy Spirit to come.
At the Divine Liturgy, concelebrating with His Grace were the Cathedral clergy as well as Fr. Vasyl Kuzmych ofHoly Trinity Church in Milwaukee and Fr. John Sykaluk of St. Vladimir's in Rock City. After the Great Entrance, Bishop Peter ordained deacon Edward Batchko to the priesthood. Fr. Edward's wife, four children, mother and mother-in-law were in attendance for the Festal services.
Fr. Edward, who recently graduated from St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (OCA), will be serving the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America as rector at the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God parish in Edgar, Wisconsin. We wish him many years in his service to the Lord's church in his new assignment. AXIOS!