On August 24, 2009, Archpriest Michael Dahulich was selected as a nominee for Bishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, by clergy and lay delegates at a Special Diocesan Assembly. On September 22, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America elected him to the episcopacy, for the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.
Bishop-Elect Michael was tonsured as a Riasophor Monk on October 23, 2009 at St. Tikhon’s Monastery Church by Metropolitan JONAH. He was then tonsured into the Lesser Schema at the Monastery Church on Holy Tuesday, March 30, 2010, by His Beatitude. The following day he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite and awarded the mitre by the Metropolitan.
Bishop Michael’s philosophy of life is taken from St. Paul the Apostle: to do his best to fight the good fight, and to run the race of salvation, by working as hard as he can, as fast as he can, for as long as he can, until the Lord calls him to pass the baton on to someone else (II Timothy 4).
His Eminence was elevated to the rank of Archbishop during the 2015 Spring Session of the Holy Synod. Read more…
Priest in Charge – Archpriest Fr. George P. Hasenecz
Subdeacon Corrado Altomare
Subdeacon Corrado Altomare has been a member of St. Gregory Palamas Orthodox Church since 1986, which is the same year that he established his medical practice in Hunterdon County, NJ.
He has an undergraduate degree in Comparative Zoology and ultimately went on to receive a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Medical School of Genoa, Italy in 1980 specializing in Ob/Gyn and Menopause Medicine. He and his wife moved to Flemington NJ in 1986 and their children served in various capacities (altar server and choir director) in our parish. Corrado maintained a private medical practice and served as the Chairman of the Dept. of Ob/Gyn at Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington NJ. After 24 years of the practice of medicine he now serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs in the Pharmaceutical Industry for the past 10 years.
In 1989 he was tonsured a Reader by Archibishop Peter L’Huillier and continued to pursue a course of Diaconal Studies (St. Stephen’s Courses of Studies in Orthodox Theology – Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese) from 1988. He has served as President of the Parish Council multiple times over the last 29 years as member of St. Gregory Palamas Parish. He was instrumental in the purchasing of the current church building which was redesigned to accommodate Orthodox worship services. Corrado was ordained as subdeacon on by Archbishop Michael in December 2013 and continues to serve as parish council president. Other areas of particular interest and study have been the theology of the icon, as well as the forensic science behind the Shroud of Turin and its relation to the Holy Mandylion.