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Our beloved former chancellor, Archpriest Ian MacKinnon, was awarded the dignity of wearing a priestly mitre and presented with a Synodal Gramota marking his 40th Anniversary of Priesthood and retirement at a hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Seven priests and four deacons joined His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin and His Grace, Bishop Daniel in the celebration of the Liturgy at Elevation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church, Sacramento, California.

His Eminence remarked on Fr. Ian's years of faithful service as chancellor, first to Bishop Tikhon and then to Archbishop Benjamin, and his pastoral care for the faithful of Holy Cross. The archbishop noted the many sacrifices Matushka Nina and their family have made and the support they have given him through out his priesthood.

A wonderful banquet was given in his honor and attended by approximately 300 clergy and faithful that afternoon. Many spoke of the pastoral care Fr. Ian had given them over the years.  Naturally, one never retires from the priesthood, but rather from active pastoral ministry.  We expect Fr. Ian will continue to exercise his priestly ministry and many gifts.

Fr. Ian and Matushka Nina were given a trip to Rome by the parishioners of Holy Cross as a sign of their gratitude for his pastoral care for them.

We give thanks to God for Fr. Ian and Matushka Nina and their 40 years of service to the Orthodox Church in America and the Diocese of the West. May he hear the words of his Lord: "Well done, good and faithful servant;  thou has been faithful over a few things,...  enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

Link to more festivity pictures here.

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