V. Rev. Fr. Patrick O'Grady
Fr Patrick O'Grady has been married to his wife Christina since 1975. Their son, Christopher, lives and works in Idaho. Fr Patrick was born and raised in the Roman Catholic Church. After an evangelical Protestant experience and a 20-year career as a Protestant pastor in the Wesleyan tradition, he converted to Orthodox Christianity in 1996. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1998 and then as a priest in 2000. Fr Patrick has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, LIFE Bible, College of the Siskiyous, Marylhurst College, and Boise State University. He is also the translator and long prophetical books chairman of the newly published Orthodox Study Bible. He is also an Ecclesiarch for the (Self-ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian) Diocese of Los Angeles and the West with responsibilities in liturgics and sacred music. Fr. Patrick was elevated to the rank of Archpriest on March 10th, 2013, during the Episcopal visit of Metropolitan Joseph.
Rev. Fr. Elias Hourani
Born in Jordan to Orthodox parents, Fr Elias graduated from the Middle East technical University in Ankara, Turkey with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After arriving in the United States in 1968 he graduated from Loyola University 1973 with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
As a deacon he was attached to St James Antiochian Orthodox Church in Placentia, CA. and was ordained to the Priesthood on September 7, 2014 by his Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. He is married to Khoria Azhar and is blessed with two daughters and two sons: Raja and Nora, Laith and Seid.
Deacon Paul Monge
Deacon Paul is currently an Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at San Diego University. He and his wife Sara have three children.
Subdeacon Symeon Halsell
Symeon Halsell became a sub-deacon on March 10th, 2013. He is married to Cayce Halsell.
We are located about 1 mile north of interstate 10 in Pomona, CA., at the Orange Grove exit.
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PO Box 7355
La Verne, CA 91750-7355
In 1996, a Christian community called The Carpenter’s Company underwent a very unusual transformation. The whole group entered into communion with the Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church. In short, this Christian group surrendered its sectarian identity and converted to Orthodoxy. Under the leadership of their pastor, Dennis Corrigan, assisted by several very eager aspirants, The Carpenter’s Company had given themselves to a rigorous period of studying the Orthodox Faith. Through imbibing the spiritual treasury of the ancient ascetical fathers and putting elements of this holy tradition into practice, this formative group became increasingly aware of the existence of the unchanged, ancient Church.
After converting as a group, the pastor, Dennis Corrigan was ordained priest and three of his assistants were ordained as deacons. The community was organized as a parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese (the American jurisdiction of one of the ancient churches of the New Testament, founded by the apostles) and given the name St Peter the Apostle Church. The feast-day for the church was set at January 16th, the day on which Orthodox Christians commemorate the liberation of Peter the Apostle from the chains of imprisonment. This is recorded in the New Testament (Acts 12: 6-11).
Most people who explore Orthodoxy find St Peter Church to be very warm and welcome, since most of our community knows first hand how it feels to be an inquirer!
Children are very much welcome and there is an Orthodox School in session on all Sundays, with a break in the summer season. There are outreaches through various groups and fellowship opportunities through the parish community, as well as classes on the faith offered by the current priest, Fr Patrick B. O’Grady.
We hope you will be courageous; so, “come and see” (John 1: 39)!
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The son of Jonah and brother of Andrew the First-Called of the tribe of Simeon and the town of Bethsaida, he was a fisherman and was at first called Simon, but the Lord was pleased to call him Cephas, or Peter. (Jn 1:42) He was the first of the disciples to give clear expression to his faith in the Lord Jesus, saying: “thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Mt. 16:16) His love for the Lord was very strong, and his faith in Him went from strength to strength. When the Lord was put on trial, Peter denied Him three times, but it needed only one look into the face of the Lord, and Peter’s soul was filled with shame and repentance. After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Peter became a fearless and powerful preacher of the Gospel. After his first sermon in Jerusalem, about 3,000 souls were converted to the Faith. He preached the Gospel throughout Palestine and Asia Minor, in Italy and in Illyria. He performed many wonders, healing the sick and raising the dead, and even his shadow had the power of healing the sick. He had a major struggle with Simon the Magician, who declared himself to be from God but was actually a servant of the devil. He finally put him to shame and overcame him. Peter was condemned to death on the order of the wicked Emperor Nero, a friend of Simon’s. After installing Linus as Bishop of Rome and exhorting and encouraging the flock of Christ there, Peter went to his death with joy. When he saw the cross before him, he asked the executioner to crucify him upside-down, because he felt himself to be unworthy to die in the same way as his Lord. And so this great servant of the greatest Master went to his rest and received a crown of eternal glory.
Because our Patron Saint is the Holy Apostle Peter alone, our Patronal Feast is celebrated on January 16, with the commemoration of the chains with which Peter was shackled by the lawless Herod and which, when an angel appeared to him in prison, fell from him. (Acts 12:7). The faithful kept these chains, both in memory of the great Apostle and also because of their healing power, for many of the sick were healed by touching them (as with the towel of the Apostle Paul: Acts 19:12). The Patriarch of Jerusalem, St. Juvenal, made a gift of these chains to the Empress Eudocia, the exiled wife of the Emperor Theodosius the Younger. She divided them in half, sending one half to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople and the other to her daughter, the Empress Eudoxia, wife of Valentian of Rome. This Eudoxia built the Church of St. Peter and placed these chains in it, together with those in which Peter was shackled before his death under the Emperor Nero.
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Sunday Orthros & Divine Liturgy 8:30AM-11:30AM / 2200 N Orange Grove Ave. Pomona, CA 91767
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