Fr. John Kowalczyk, secretary of the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) and Matushka Kathy, with the blessing of Archbishop Mark, traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday, December 16, for the 25th Anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood of the Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Duane S. Pederson.
Fr. John and Matushka Kathy were invited by the Very Rev. Thomas Begley and the parish of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, in West St. Paul, MN.
Fr. John concelebrated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on Sunday, December 18th with His Grace Bishop Anthony of Toledo and the local clergy.
At the festive banquet, Fr. John, together with Fr. Stephen Powley (Director of OCPM), offered personal congratulations and remarks on behalf of OCPM.
Fr. Duane Pederson is considered the Father and Pioneer of Orthodox Prison Ministry in America.