Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
Orthodox Church in America
Ordination of Christopher Meholick to the Diaconate

Sub-deacon Christopher Meholick was ordained to the holy Deaconate by His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek during Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church on Saturday, July 22, 2023.

Deacon Christopher was born on December 22, 1960 in DuBois, Pennsylvania. A son of Ronald Elias Meholick (who fell asleep in the Lord in 2006) and Katherine Ann Meholick of Sykesville, Deacon Christopher served Christ’s Holy Church as an altar server and choir member of St. John the Baptist Church in Black Lick, PA from 1974 – 1983. In 1983, he accompanied (the late) Fr. Job (Ossacky), who was elected Bishop of Hartford to his assignment in New England. During Archbishop Job’s time in New England, Deacon Christopher served as the Archbishop’s Sub-deacon, traveling to the various parishes throughout the Diocese and assisting the Archbishop with everything from packing vestments, driving, and whatever chores needed to be done at the Chancery.

It was also during this time in New England that Deacon Christopher met his future wife, Kira Lukashevich, daughter of Walter Lukashevich (who fell asleep in the Lord in 2021) and Virginia Lukashevich, who resides in Reynoldsville. They were married at SS. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Meriden, Connecticut by (then) Fr. Thomas Pleska (now, our Archbishop Melchisedek). In 1993, Chris and Kira moved to Western Pennsylvania, first residing in Sykesville and now in Reynoldsville. They are blessed with two children, Marina and (Reader) Nicholas Meholick.

In 2020, St. Nicholas parish in DuBois moved from 108 N. Third Street in DuBois to our present location at 301 S. State Street. Deacon Christopher has continued to serve the parish throughout the years as Sub-deacon, Cantor, and coordinating maintenance and improvements of the church building and grounds. We have been blessed in that our new temple is handicap accessible and is equipped with a newer heating system, a fully equipped kitchen and spacious social hall. After rebuilding the entire altar area floor, we are now in the midst of building the iconostasis. At present, we are raising funds to repair two leaks in the roof and to revamp the air conditioning system. We would be very grateful for any donations toward these projects. Donations can be made out to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and sent to our mailing address at: 102 N. Third Street, DuBois, PA 15801.

- Fr. Mark Meholick, Rector.

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