Namedropper, 8/23/18

August 23, 2018

Priest retires

The Very Rev. Benjamin J. Worlinsky will celebrated his 51st anniversary of ordination to the priesthood alongside of his retirement this weekend.

A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy honoring Worlinsky will be celebrated on Saturday by his Eminence, Archbishop Daniel and possibly His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Antony, from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.

Worlinsky was born in Swoyersville in 1941. He entered SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh for four years and pursued his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University along with studying at the seminary.

He completed his theological studies and was ordained June 4, 1967, at the Byzantine Cathedral in Passaic, New Jersey, by the Most Rev. Bishop Stephen Kocisko.

Worlinsky served at parishes in New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York before he returned to the area to serve at St. John’s in Scranton from 1973 to 1979 and finally to St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Blakely for the past 38 years.

Worlinsky and his wife, Beverly, were married on Nov. 30, 1979, at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Scranton by Proto-Presbyter Nestor Kowal. They have four children: Beverly, and husband, Stephen Hallett; Patricia, Benjamin C. and wife, Katie;and Charles and wife, Brianna; and three grandchildren: Maggie, Larry and Meilani.

A banquet dinner will follow the Divine Liturgy at Genetti’s Manor in Dickson City.

Super students

Local students who enrolled in the University of Scranton’s University of Success program when in eighth grade have graduated from the program and are moving onto post-secondary schools or enlisting in the military.

Students include Nestor Ayala of Scranton High School and Jennifer Bach, Vincent Gigliotti and Anthony Voglino of Carbondale Area High School, all plan to attend Pennsylvania State University; Noemi Carreto, Ximena Jimenez and Jenna O’Malley of Scranton High School, Jacob McDonnell of Wyoming Valley West Senior High School, Erika Olivares of North Pocono High School and Kerilyn Pon of Riverside High School, all plan to attend the University of Scranton; Laxmi Dahal of Scranton High School plans to attend Wilkes University; Izabell Hearst of Meyers Junior Senior High School plans to attend the University of the Sciences; Navruz Kadyrov of Scranton High School plans to enroll in freight training classes in Jacksonville, Florida; Taahairah Muhammad of West Scranton High School plans to attend Clarion University; Kaiona Nelson of Scranton High School plans to attend Keystone College; Marissa Mae Tripus of North Pocono High School plans to attend Millersville University; Delgis Isabel Belliard of Wallenpaupack Area High School plans to attend the University of Albany; Sergio Benavides of Scranton High School plans to enlist in the Navy; and Kadyn Brown of West Scranton High School plans to attend Lackawanna College.

The multiyear, precollege program is designed for high school students to develop the skills needed to successfully gain acceptance to college, according to the university. The program offers enrichment courses in study skills, SAT prep, public speaking, math, science, art and cultural activities, as well as financial aid and wellness seminars. University of Success is free of charge to participants and is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants. Donors include AT&T, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Dime Bank, Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank, Kuehner Family Foundation, MetLife Foundation,

Overlook Estate Foundation, Peoples Security

Bank and Trust, Prudential Foundation, Scranton

Area Community Foundation, Waste Management, Weis Markets and Wells Fargo.

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