Former pastor, Reverend Michael J. Mondik, fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Rev. Mondik served as pastor at both St. Michael’s, Pittston (1987 to 1996) and St. Nicholas, Swoyersville (1980 to 1987).
Rev. Mondik’s legacy at both parishes included achieving his vision of creating church interiors reflective of our ancestral heritage, both Carpatho-Rusyn (Ruthenian) and Byzantine. He initiated the installation of the icon screens, first at St. Nicholas parish, and then at St. Michaels. At St. Michael’s, Rev. Mondik’s goal of restoring an authentic appearance progressed even further with the addition of magnificent icons to the ceilings and walls of the church, as well as a candelabra. [See Virtual Tour, Iconostasis, and History on this website]. All the restorations were made possible through generous, sacrificial donations, and with the active support of the time and talent of the parishioners of both parish families during his leadership and service as pastor. In remembrance of Rev. Mondik, we express both our gratitude for his service to our church families, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends.
An article was published in the 2016 January/February newsletter of the Eparchy of Phoenix, where Rev. Mondik was in retirement following his last pastorate: Jan/Feb 2016 Newsletter Eparchy of Phoenix
Eternal Memory! Vicnaja pamjat!