UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Congratulations Fr. Taras and Fr. Harry!
On May 16, 2010, Protopresbyter Taras Chubenko and Rev. Fr. Harry Linsinbigler graduated from St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, St. Petersburg Florida, with their Doctor of Ministry Degrees. Our two priests, together with the other twenty-two graduates, were graced to have as the commencement speaker our own Archbishop Antony. His Eminence delivered a memorable address appealing to the graduates to take heed and to learn the lessons that have been given in the lives of the saints, giving several Scriptural examples, including Patriarch Jacob and the Suffering Job of the Old Testament. His Eminence spoke of the Orthodox Christian spiritual concept of “Theosis” – striving to draw ever closer into unity with the Divine – to the audience of seminary professors, students and visitors who were largely unfamiliar with the concept and exhorted the graduates utilize Psalm 50 – “Have mercy on me, O Lord…” – as do Orthodox Christians – in their daily worship and prayer, so as to place themselves in proper relationship of humility before God. He called upon them to be careful how they live their lives, “because they may be the only Bible that someone else may ever read”.