New to the Diocese: Archpriest Michael G. Roshak
Last updated: 2013-06-18 13:05:05
Father Michael was assigned to Three Saints Orthodox Church in Ansonia on December 1, 2006.
Archpriest Michael G. Roshak
Father Michael Roshak served the Church in various responsible positions during his over twenty-year Diaconate. For a decade he served as Instructor of Russian at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, as its Director of Public Relations & Resources, and as Executive Director of the St. Vladimir's Theological Foundation. During that period he also served as Protodeacon for the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius, and accompanied him on official visits to Russia, Japan, and South America. As Protodeacon, he led numerous Orthodox Church-related travel serinars and pilgrimages to the former Soviet Union, to the Holy Land, Turkey, Egypt, and Greece. He also served as the first Chairman of the Orthodox Christian Broadcasting Commission of SCOBA (Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas).
From 1985 to 1991 Father Michael served as the first Director of the Europe Office and the US/USSR Church Relations Office of NCCCUSA (the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA). In 1991-1992 he represented the United Bible Societies, including the American Bible Society, in Moscow, Russia, and was instrumental in the formation of the Bible Society in Russia, which has grown to become the largest national Bible Society in Europe. From 1993-1996 Father Michael served as the United Bible Societies' Eastern Europe Information Officer and led international delegations to Albania, Armenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia (including Siberia and the Far East), Ukraine, Belorus, Moldova, Romania, and Bulgaria. He also did extensive speaking engagements in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Great Britain, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, and Bermuda. His last assignment for the United Bible Societies was the establishment of the Bible Society in the Republic of Georgia, laying the groundwork for translations, production, and distribution of Holy Scripture editions in the Georgian language and as a personal liaison with the Georgian Orthodox Church.
During the past ten years of priesthood, Father Michael served as Rector of OCA St. Andrew's Orthodox Church, Baltimore MD and Chaplain at the VA Hospital in Baltimore; served on loan to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese at St. Katherine's Church, Falls Church VA and at the Nativity of the Theotokos Church in Fredericksburg VA; and as the founding Rector of the OCA Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission in Stafford VA.
Father Michael received his Bachelor's of Science degree in education from Millersville State University in Millersville PA, with a major in Russian. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from Ohio State University where he also taught Russian and led the University's Semester Abroad Program to the USSR. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood NY, with additional graduate studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; at the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute, Paris, France; and at the Leningrad Theological Academy, Russia. In 1988 he was selected as one of the USA's 10 "most promising emerging leaders in the field of religion" to participate with 10 counterparts from the Soviet Union in a conference co-sponsored by both governments.
Father Michael has three children who live in Yonkers NY: Michael, 30, Peter, 28, and Julianna, 26.