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St. John's schedules 17th Festival of Icons



Published: Sat, October 14, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Two priests and a layman will present the program featuring five lectures.

WARREN -- St. John's Orthodox Church, 2220 Reeves Road, will have its 17th annual Festival of Icons on Nov. 4. The program will be:

8:30 a.m., Molieben service.

9, coffee and refreshments.

9:30, the Rev. John Nehrebecki, "Christ, the Church and our Common Legacy" (Part 1).

11, the Rev. Andrew Clements, "The Life of the Liturgy and Feasts" (Part 1).

Noon, lunch.

1 p.m., Father Clements, "The Life of the Liturgy and Feast" (Part 2).

2, Basil Kochan, "A Layman's Perspective."

3:15, Father Nehrebecki, "Christ, the Church and our Common Legacy" (Part 2).

4:15, roundtable discussion.

5, great vespers.

Background

Father Clements, who was born in Cleveland, was raised in the faith at Sts. Peter & amp; Paul Church in Lakewood, where he was active in the church. In 1970, he entered the undergraduate program at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, N.Y., Father Clements graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1973 from Iona College and a master of divinity in 1977 from the seminary.

He became a choir director and youth leader at St. John's and served from 1977-83. He and the former Deborah Campbell of St. John's were married in 1982 and the following year he was ordained a priest at St. John's.

Father Clements was assigned to Christ the Savior Church in Byesville, Ohio. He conducted two Ohio-Michigan deanery youth rallies in Green, Ohio, and conducted a retreat at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 1985. He was assigned to St. Nicholas Church in Mentor in 1986 and serves on the Midwest diocesan council.

Father Nehrebecki, a native of Donora, Pa., graduated from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia and St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pa. He also earned a master's degree in Russian studies and is in the doctoral program in Russian literature at Columbia University, where he serves as Orthodox chaplain.

He was ordained in 1952 and served first in Osceola Mills, Pa., and then organized Christ the Savior Church in Paramus, N.J., in 1960.

Father Nehrebecki and his wife, the former Eugenia Yankovsky, organized 10 parishes in the New Jersey Deanery, where he served for 40 years as dean and now is pastor emeritus. He and his wife have six children, 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Choir director

Kochan is in his 22nd year as choir director at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore. A member of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America, he has served as chairman of St. Vladimir's Camp and Retreat Center. He has taught vocal music for 25 years in Ohio public and private schools.

Kochan is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference. He was bass soloist and guest conductor with the Summit Choral Society. He has directed performance and demonstration groups at the Ohio Music Education Association Conferences and served as guest conductor for Akron Public Schools May Festival for the last three years. He and his wife live in Uniontown.

Reservation deadline is Oct. 31. The festival committee is asking participants to contribute canned goods to St. John's Food Basket. The fee for lectures only is 10 and 20 for lectures and lunch.

Vendors from bookstores at St. Tikhon's and St. Vladimir's seminaries and Wadiak Accessories will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

For information, contact the Rev. Johnathan Cholcher at (330) 372-3895 or Anthony DiGiacobbe at (330) 393-3025.




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