October 22, 2016
Stratford, CT: Archpriest Andrei Semyanko reposed in the Lord
Friday, October 21, Archpriest Andrei Semyanko (former rector of
Holy Presentation Church in Stratford, CT) reposed in the Lord after
several years of failing health. He was 89 years old.
Born in Poltava in 1927, the future Fr. Andrei was the son of Ivan
and Eugenia Semyanko. He received his education at Lomonosov
Gymnasium. After immigrating to America, Andrei was tonsured a
reader and ordained a subdeacon by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko;
+1960) and ordained a deacon in the same year by Archbishop Averky
(Taushev; +1976). He graduated from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary
in 1961. In 1965, Fr. Andrei was ordained a priest by Archbishop
Averky, and served as a parish priest in Protection of the Mother of
God Church in Rochester, NY until 1971, when he was assigned as
rector of Holy Presentation Church in Stratford, which obedience he
fulfilled until July of this year.
In 2010, the ROCOR Synod of Bishops awarded Fr. Andrei the
distinguished honor of wearing the second pectoral cross.
Fr. Andrei is survived by three sons: Archpriest Constantine
(currently rector of Holy Presentation Church), Nicholas, and Ivan,
a daughter Maria, and a multitude of grandchildren and great
editors of the diocesan website express their sincere condolences to
the entire Semyanko family. Memory eternal to the newly reposed
The funeral service schedule is as follows:
Sunday, October 23 – Panihida at 6:30 PM
Monday, October 24 – Liturgy at 8:00 AM (served by Bishop Nicholas
of Manhattan), followed by funeral at 10:00 AM.
All services will be held at
Holy Presentation Church
in Stratford, CT. The burial will be held at Novo-Diveevo Cemetery
at Holy Dormition Convent in Nanuet, NY.
Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese