On Saturday, 11th November 2023, Deacon Andreas Minic was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at the Cathedral of St Andrew Kentish Town in London.
Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain presided during Matins and concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with Metropolitan Kyrillos of Krini and Bishop Iakovos Claudiopolis.
Amongst those concelebrating were Archim. Symeon Augoustakis, Archim. Chrysostomos Tympas, Archim. Ambrosios Vesic, Oeconomos Kristian Akselberg, Presbyter Konstantinos Mamouris, and Archdeacon George Tsourous.
During his homily before the ordination, Fr Andreas reflected on his journey and acknowledged the significant influences in his spiritual life. He expressed gratitude to Archbishop Nikitas for welcoming him into the clergy of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain and for conducting his ordination. He also conveyed his appreciation to his spiritual Father, Metropolitan Kirilos of Krini for providing both academic and spiritual guidance. Fr. Andreas extended thanks to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, highlighting his role as the first among equals and his contributions to maintaining the unity of the Orthodox Church in the face of challenges. Additionally, he thanked his family and friends for their support on this momentous occasion.
In response, Archbishop Nikitas delivered a homily, emphasizing the concept of the Church as one large spiritual family. In his letter prior to the ordination, he remarked that despite our differences and diverse gifts, we contribute to a harmonious symphony within the Church’s life. He invited everyone, particularly the newly ordained, to join in this symphony alongside him and the rest of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.
The ordination was followed by a festive luncheon, generously hosted by Archbishop Nikitas.
Fr Andrew is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He is proficient in several languages, including English, Serbian, Italian, Spanish, and Russian, and has a working knowledge of French and Greek.