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Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Amanda Secleter, 15, sits with her mother Amy Mortin as she holds her 7-month-old niece Sophia Secleter, during St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Amanda Secleter, 15, sits with her mother Amy Mortin as she holds her 7-month-old niece Sophia Secleter, during St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Cantor/Choir Director George Essey leads the choir during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Cantor/Choir Director George Essey leads the choir during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Cindy Bellora of Rostraver Township attends the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Cindy Bellora of Rostraver Township attends the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Bishop Basil Essey of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, and Mid-America, gives the sermon during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Bishop Basil Essey of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, and Mid-America, gives the sermon during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - The Rev. Joseph Z. DiStefano of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Monessen reads the gospel during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>The Rev. Joseph Z. DiStefano of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Monessen reads the gospel during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Parishioners pray during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Parishioners pray during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Ruth Abreham of Califorina talks to Peggy McIntyre of New Kensington after the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Ruth Abreham of Califorina talks to Peggy McIntyre of New Kensington after the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Bishop Thomas blesses and makes the Very Rev. Fred Pfeil an Arch Preist during St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Bishop Thomas blesses and makes the Very Rev. Fred Pfeil an Arch Preist during St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Monessen High School Class of 1966 classmates posing for a photo are John Harhai of Monessen, Candis Kelley of Monessen, Bishop Basil Essey of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, and Mid- America, Monessen Mayor Mary Jo Smith and the Rev. Andrew George of Cranston, R.I. They are shown during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St. Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Monessen High School Class of 1966 classmates posing for a photo are John Harhai of Monessen, Candis Kelley of Monessen, Bishop Basil Essey of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, and Mid- America, Monessen Mayor Mary Jo Smith and the Rev. Andrew George of Cranston, R.I. They are shown during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St. Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - George Essey of Monessen kisses a cross as Bishop Thomas makes him a member of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, along with Joan Namie Langan of Monongahela and Jane Namie Nassar of Pittsburgh during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>George Essey of Monessen kisses a cross as Bishop Thomas makes him a member of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, along with Joan Namie Langan of Monongahela and Jane Namie Nassar of Pittsburgh during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - The Very Rev. Fred Pfeil gives his remarks during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St. Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday November 3,2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>The Very Rev. Fred Pfeil gives his remarks during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St. Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday November 3,2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Shown, from left, are toastmaster George Essey, and Monessen Mayor Mary Jo Smith as she gives a proclamation to the Very Rev. Fred Pfeil during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference | The Valley Independent</em></div>Shown, from left, are toastmaster George Essey, and Monessen Mayor Mary Jo Smith as she gives a proclamation to the Very Rev. Fred Pfeil during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independnet - State Rep. R. Ted Harhai, D-Monessen, gives a proclamation to George Essey and the Very Rev. Fred Pfeil during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St. Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independnet</em></div>State Rep. R. Ted Harhai, D-Monessen, gives a proclamation to  George Essey and the Very Rev. Fred Pfeil during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St. Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Photographs and memorabilia were on display during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St. Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Photographs and memorabilia were on display during the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church 100th anniversary dinner at St. Spyridon Hellenic Center on Sunday November 3, 2013.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Michael Galis of California, Pa., attends the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday November 3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Michael Galis of California, Pa., attends the St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church of Monessen 100th anniversary Mass on Sunday November 3, 2013.

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By The Valley Independent
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church on Patton Avenue, Monessen, continued its centennial celebration on Sunday with a special service and a dinner.

Orthos, a pre-service, was held at 9 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by a hierarchical Divine Liturgy concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Joseph of Charleston, W.Va., and Auxiliary Bishop Basil Essey of Wichita, Kan. Essey is a Monessen native who was a member St. Michael as a youngster, and a cousin of George Essey.

A special catered dinner for parishioners and families took place 1:30 p.m. at the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center, Monessen.

The parish has about 75 members who come to the church from Mon Valley communities, as well as South Park and Bentleyville, said the Rev. Fred Pfeil, who has been the priest at St. Michael since 2004.

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