Ordination to the Holy Priesthood of Deacon Andreas Minic

On Saturday, 11th November 2023, Deacon Andreas Minic was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at the Cathedral of St Andrew Kentish Town in London. His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas presided during Matins and concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with His Eminence Metropolitan Kyrillos of Krini and His Grace Bishop Iakovos Claudiopolis. Amongst those concelebrating were the V. Rev. Archim. Symeon Augoustakis, the V. Rev. Archim. Chrysostomos Tympas, the V. Rev. Archim. Ambrosios Vesic, the Rev. Oeconomos Kristian Akselberg, the Rev. Presbyter Konstantinos Mamouris, and Archdeacon George Tsourous.

During his homily before the ordination, Fr Andreas reflected on his journey and acknowledged the significant influences in his spiritual life. He expressed gratitude to His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas for welcoming him into the clergy of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain and for conducting his ordination. He also conveyed his appreciation to his spiritual Father, His Eminence Metropolitan Kirilos of Krini for providing both academic and spiritual guidance. Fr. Andreas extended thanks to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, highlighting his role as the first among equals and his contributions to maintaining the unity of the Orthodox Church in the face of challenges. Additionally, he thanked his family and friends for their support on this momentous occasion.

In response, His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas delivered a homily, emphasizing the concept of the Church as one large spiritual family. In his letter prior to the ordination, he remarked that despite our differences and diverse gifts, we contribute to a harmonious symphony within the Church’s life. He invited everyone, particularly the newly ordained, to join in this symphony alongside him and the rest of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

The ordination was followed by a festive luncheon, generously hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas.

Fr Andrew is currently pursuing a PhD at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He is proficient in several languages, including English, Serbian, Italian, Spanish, and Russian, and has a working knowledge of French and Greek.