September 18, 2013
Jordanville: Protodeacon John Onopko reposed in the Lord

On Wednesday, September 18, Protodeacon John Onopko, longtime cleric of the Eastern American Diocese, reposed in the Lord. He was 87 years old. Fr. John was born on August 17, 1926 in Zmiev, Ukraine, near Kharkov. On Thursday, June 4, 1981, on the great feast of the Ascension of the Lord, he was ordained a deacon. On Saturday, July 2, 1994, on the very day of the Glorification of the Holy Hierarch John of Shanghai & San Francisco, he was elevated to the rank of protodeacon. Fr. John’s diaconal service lasted over 30 years; during this time, Fr. John became one of the senior-most deacons in the Diocese.  He taught Liturgics at Holy Trinity Theological Seminary, and fulfilled his service at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, where he reposed in the Lord.

Memory eternal to the newly reposed Protodeacon John!

Services for the departed will be held at Holy Trinity Monastery on Friday, September 20. A memorial luncheon will be served at 12 o’clock noon. The funeral will be served at 1:00 PM. The burial will take place at the monastery cemetery. Please bring blue vestments.

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