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Phpto Gallery: St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church celebrates centennial

| Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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.

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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