BISHOP JOHN, AUXILIARY OF WORCESTER AND NEW ENGLAND
Date of Consecration:
December 11, 2011
Date of Ordination to the Priesthood:
September 19, 2004
Bishop Anthony (Michaels) attended the University of Michigan, where he received his B.A. in Literature, Science and the Arts, having a double major in History and English literature. Following his university degree he attended St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and graduated as a valedictorian of his class. Besides English, he has a reading knowledge of biblical Greek and is currently learning Arabic, at the request of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip.
He taught modern philosophy at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Michigan, before becoming a pastoral assistant and youth director at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for two years. He and fellow seminarian Fr. Patrick Kinder held positions of youth coordinators at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Akron, Ohio, while they toured the country giving concerts and retreats as part of the group KERYGMA. Fr. Anthony also spent two years based in Nashville, Tennessee, at St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Franklin, Tennessee, recording for KERYGMA with Fr. Patrick and Fr. Michael (Alan) Shanbour. Bishop Anthony has lectured extensively in North America, speaking to youth groups and church retreats for various jurisdictions besides his own.
Bishop Anthony was ordained to the priesthood on September 19, 2004, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West St. Paul, Minnesota. He served his home parish for seven months, then lead the faithful of St. John Chrysostom Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Biography from Antiochian Archdiocese of North America