|Fr. Michael Barna|
The Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Michael Elias Barna is past rector of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church of Redford, Michigan and has just observed the 60th Anniversary of his sacred Ordination of the Holy Priesthood on July 2, 2010.
Archpriest Michael has had a full and eventful career, having been born on July 2, 1918, while his priest-father was rector of St. Mary’s Dormition Orthodox Church in Benld, Illinois . He is a 1937 graduate of Reading High School, Reading, Pennsylvania, studied engineering at Muncy, Indiana, and served during World War II in the U. S. Navy in the South Pacific on the battleship “ U.S.S. Colorado”. He received three battle stars for engagements in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam.
He was entered among the candidates for Holy Orders beginning in 1946, when he returned from military service and was tonsured a reader and ordained a Sub-deacon in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Reading, Pennsylvania by Archbishop Adam (Phillipovsky). He continued his ecclesiastical studies at St. Nicholas
On December 17, 1966, Metropolitan John (Wendland) appointed Father Michael as rector of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Reading Pennsylvania, upon his father’s retirement. The following month,
Father Michael has received almost every priestly distinction and award the Patriarchate can bestow upon a priest: beginning with the Nabedrennik and Skouphos granted by Archbishop Germogen on April 3, 1954; Kamelaukon by Metropolitan John on December 23, 1963; the golden cross on Holy Pascha in 1964, elevated to Archpriest at St. Nicholas Cathedral on May 30, 1965, by Metropolitan John; Palitza and the privilege of wearing the ornate (jeweled) cross on July 8, 1967, by Metropolitan John; received the Mitre by Metropolitan Nikodim of Leningrad and Novgorod on Sunday of Adoration of Cross, March 29, 1970, at St. Michael Russian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Father was then rector; Patriarchal awards by His Holiness Patriarch Pemen are: the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh 3rd class on August 11, 1980. the Order of St. Vladimir 3rd class of March 14, 1984, a Grammota for 35 years anniversary serving the Orthodox Church on November 10, 1985, and the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh 2nd class on May 10, 1988.
Rt. Rev. Mitered Archpriest Michael E. Barna was tonsured Monk Ilya by His Emminence Archbishop Justinian on Friday, April 20th, 2012...click here to read more and view photo album