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Saint John Orthodox Church

The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner. Thou wast shown indeed to be the most honorable of the prophets, for in the waters thou didst baptize him who had been proclaimed. After suffering in behalf of the truth, thou didst proclaim even to those in Hades the God who appeared in the flesh, who takes away the sin of the world and grants us the Great Mercy.

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Welcome to the official website of St. John Orthodox Church of Levittown NY. We intend to make it an educational tool to all who seek to use it. This website can be used for information on our church. We are located on a spacious private property with our own parking lot on 80 Water Lane North in Levittown, NY. Our Sunday Divine Liturgy begins at 10:30 AM. All are welcome.

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Metropolitan Joseph

The Biography of His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH

Metropolitan Joseph

His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the Virgin Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St John of Damascus and al-Assiyeh schools in Damascus and then at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Lebanese University in Beirut and then earned his Master of Theology (M.Th.) with special studies in music and languages from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania in May, 2010.

With the blessing of Patriarch Elias IV of blessed memory, Metropolitan Panteleimon (Rodopoulos) ordained him to be a deacon on December 4, 1976 in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Patriarch Ignatius IV, of blessed memory, ordained him a priest on December 10, 1980 in Damascus, Syria. The priest Joseph served as dean of the Virgin Mary Cathedral in Damascus and as overseer of Holy Cross Church and other parishes in the suburbs of Damascus. He served as superintendent of the secondary school in Damascus from 1980 until 1983. He then went abroad to pastor the Antiochian Orthodox Church in London, England, from 1983 to 1986 and the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cyprus from 1986 until 1991, when he was elected to be a bishop.

Bishop Joseph was consecrated with the title, Bishop of Katana in Syria, and served as Patriarchal Assistant and Secretary of the Holy Synod of Antioch. In 1995, he was sent by Patriarch Ignatius to America. Here, in our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was assigned to the West Coast Chancery by Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory. Bishop Joseph was enthroned at St Nicholas Cathedral in Los Angeles, California by Metropolitan Joseph as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West on September 12, 2004.

On December 11, 2011, at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand in Lebanon, Patriarch Ignatius IV elevated Bishop Joseph to the rank of Archbishop, in honor of his many years of service as a bishop both in our Archdiocese and in the Patriarchate of Antioch.

On July 3, 2014, Archbishop Joseph was elected to become the Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America by the Holy Synod of Antioch.

Metropolitan Joseph's achievements in apostolic ministry over the course of almost 20 years of diakonia (service) as Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles & the West, as well as the locum tenens of the Diocese of Eagle River & the Northwest, form a solid testimony to his spiritual, ethical, and personal leadership qualifications. Over this vast expanse of the western United States and Canada, including Alaska, Metropolitan Joseph has tirelessly and unrelentingly maintained a personal apostolic presence in the more than 60 parishes under his care. His Eminence has maintained a personal culture of contact, by direct phone, with all his clergy. Many of the clergy and laity testify that Sayidna (Master) always remembers and acts on any important issue placed before him. This unique combination of traits, sobriety and blameless familiarity form the bedrock for his personal effectiveness with all.

Based upon his solid spiritual, ascetical, intellectual, and cultural formation and education, His Eminence has effectively established solid and meaningful Annual Clergy Seminars, and deepened the spiritual and educational experience of both clergy and laity at the annual Parish Life Conferences. He has brought in many and diverse Orthodox authors, leaders, and teachers to enrich the clergy and the laity of his two western dioceses. This has served to promote a strong sense of clergy brotherhood, inter-parochial exchanges, and has become the envy of other Orthodox jurisdictions everywhere. Guest speakers and visitors constantly remark that Metropolitan Joseph's clergy are outstanding in their consistent and active involvement in such events. His Eminence has labored intensely to deepen the spiritual life of his clergy, by encouraging frequent confession, personal prayer, continual education, and a heightened sense of the fullness of our Orthodox Christian tradition of interior and ascetical transfiguration in Christ.

His Eminence has demonstrated episcopal hospitality in his way of life and has led the way in cultivating an active pan-Orthodox community in the western United States and Canada. All of the canonical Orthodox hierarchs of the West relate to Metropolitan Joseph in a personal way as an episcopal concelebrant. This episcopal brotherhood has increasingly been reflected in the inter-parochial interaction of the priests and laity of all the parishes, across the western states and provinces.

Metropolitan Joseph has taken care in establishing a strong, clear, and straightforward liturgical guidance for all his parishes. He blessed the use of the internet in publishing the entire text of all the Sunday and festal services of the Church throughout the year. His love for the divine services inspires him to improve the liturgical praxis of all the clergy, through constant interactions and special teachings. In addition, he constantly promotes the spiritual climate of the dioceses under his care with such things as "the thought of the day."

Sayidna Joseph is fluent in English, Arabic and Greek and is conversant in other European languages.

His name day is the second Sunday after Pascha (Joseph of Arimathea).

Biography of Bishop NICHOLAS

Bishop NICHOLASBishop NICHOLAS was born into an Orthodox Christian family (the son of William and Nadia Ozone) in Damascus, Syria in January, 1963. Bishop NICHOLAS attended the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Damascus as a child. He attended the French Lycée Laique elementary and middle school and the Omia High School while growing up in Damascus. Bishop NICHOLAS immigrated to the United States in February, 1981. He earned his B.S. degree in Elec­trical and Computer Engineering with honors from Northeastern University, Boston, MA in June of 1985.  He then went on to receive his Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering at the same school in 1988 and finally he received a specialization certificate in Object Oriented Design, Architecture and Coding in 1995.  After working in his field for almost 20 years, he decided to go to seminary in 2002. Bishop NICHOLAS also lectured on Electrical and Computer engineering topics to Electrical Engineering Bachelor of Science students for many years at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA. He graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with a Master of Divinity, Highest Distinction, in Brookline, MA, in May 2005.  He has also attended many professional engineering conferences and courses and conferences on psychology and human behavior. Bishop NICHOLAS speaks Arabic and English fluently. His second language in Syria was French, which he has used, along with Hebrew, Ancient Greek, New Testament Greek, and Modern Greek, to conduct research on theological subjects.

Bishop NICHOLAS was ordained a deacon on the Feast of St. George, April 23, 2004 by His Eminence, Metropolitan Philip. He was ordained a priest by His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN on January 9, 2005. After graduation from seminary in June 2005, he served as the pastor of St. Philip Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and until the end of 2011.  It was at his parish in Ft. Lauderdale that he was elevated to the dignity of Archimandrite by Metropolitan Philip on February 14, 2010.  Bishop NICHOLAS was nominated by the General Assembly of the 2011 Archdiocese Convention and elected by the Archdiocese Holy Synod on July 27, 2011 as Bishop of Brooklyn and Assistant to the Metropolitan.  Bishop NICHOLAS was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy by His Beatitude Patriarch IGNATIUS IV on December 11, 2011.

Biography of Rev. Fr. Joseph Hazar

Fr. Joseph was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 24, 1983 to Elias and Jeanet Hazar, from Marja'youn Lebanon and Damascus, Syria, respectively. From the very young age of 3 years old, he felt a calling to serve the Lord as a priest.

On Palm Sunday in 2004, Joseph was ordained a Subdeacon by Metropolitan Joseph of blessed memory. In 2006, he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hellenic College (Brookline, MA) and his Master of Divinity in 2011 from St Tikhon Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, PA. After seminary, he spent a year furthering his studies at the Patriarchal seminary of the Balamand in north Lebanon.

Fr. Joseph served as youth director, intern, and pastoral assistant at the Basilica of St Mary (Livonia, MI), St Elijah Church (Oklahoma City), St George Church (Cicero, IL), and St George Church (Fishers, IN). He has also given numerous retreats and lectures throughout the country. He also served in various capacities at various Orthodox camps throughout the country, beginning with 3 summers at the Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA.

In 2014, Joseph married his wife, Jennifer, and in 2016, they welcomed their first child, Juliana. On June 28, 2015, Joseph was ordained to the diaconate, and on June 9, 2016, he was ordained to the holy priesthood, both ordinations by the laying on of hands by His Grace, Bishop ANTHONY of Toledo and the Midwest.

On July 1, 2016, Fr. Joseph was entrusted the care of the flock St John Orthodox Church of Levittown, NY by His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH. Here, Fr. Joseph works closely with the parish family to do the will of God and work towards salvation, which is the only thing that is truly important in this world.



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