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The repose of Archpriest John Stukacz - 14/02/2018

On 14 February we learned with sorrow of the repose that day of Archpriest John Stukacz, a former rector of our parish and Dean of New South Wales.  Born in Belarus in 1930, he arrived in Australia in 1950 as a displaced person.  Settling in Adelaide, he became in time the choir conductor in the parish of Saint Nicholas there.  After the completion of his study at the Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville in 1964 and marriage in 1966 he was ordained deacon and then priest.  He served in Adelaide and London (UK) before returning to Australia permanently in 1976.  In 1977 he was appointed senior priest of Saints Peter and Paul Diocesan Cathedral in Strathfield and Dean of New South Wales.  He served here in Wallsend during the 1990s.  Although in 2007 he left the jurisdiction of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia he retained the respect of many in our parish, and we offer heartfelt condolences to Matushka Marina and their children.  May God give him rest!

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