The 25th Anniversary of Proto Stevo's Ordination to the Holy Priesthood
The 25th Anniversary of Proto Stevo's Ordination to the Holy Priesthood

On Sunday, May 19th, we joyfully celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Fr. Stevo's Ordination to the Holy Priesthood.  The Church was packed with well-wishers and Fr. Stevo was joined at the Holy Altar by his son, Fr. Christopher Rocknage, and his brother-in-law, Fr. Tom Gallaway.  After the Liturgy, a cocktail hour with appetizers was held, then the beautiful Anniversary Banquet, sponsored by our Parish Council, followed before a packed hall.  Joining Fr. Stevo were special guests:  Fr. Dragoljub Malich, Episcopal Deputy; Fr. Stevan Stepanov, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery; Fr. Rade Merick, of Steubenville, Ohio; Fr. Rodney Torbic, of Carmichaels, Pa.; Fr. Rajko Kosic, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and some of the wives.  The highlight of the Banquet (and there were many, including parish organizations giving gifts to Fr. Stevo, and numerous testimonies given on his behalf) was two-fold:  Fr. Stevo's children 'reprising' their gift 25 years earlier at their Dad's Ordination by presenting him with a hand-painted icon of the Nativity of Our Lord (since he seems to love Christmas!)....and then, to the delight of the crowd, and total shock to her, Fr. Stevo honoring his dear wife, Protinica JoAnn with a beautiful Anniversary ring, as a token of her role as 'Matushka' - co-minister - to our parish....her dedication, love, and support of our Parish earned her a well-deserved standing ovation, and the singing of "Mnogaja Ljeta!" by all!  The afternoon concluded with the wonderful music provided by Orkestra Pobeda, with Fr. Stevo's son, Dushan, and our own Nikola Vranesevic delighting the crowd... 

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