The V. Rev. Father Anthony G. Yazge (“Fr. Anthony”) was assigned as then pastor of St. George Orthodox Church beginning August 1, 20205. He is widowed and has three adult children. Fr Anthony grew up in St George Orthodox Church in Washington, DC and then SS Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Potomac, MD. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Special Education. Upon graduation, Fr Anthony was a Special Education teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland and then worked in the business world before attending seminary.
While attending St Vladimir’s Seminary, Fr Anthony was ordained to the diaconate in July 1987 and the priesthood by Bishop Antoun on January 24, 1988. Upon graduating from seminary, Fr Anthony served as the pastor of St George Orthodox Church in Terre Haute, IN (1988-2006) and then as the Camp Director of the Antiochian Village Camp (2006-2020). While assigned to the Antiochian Village, Fr Anthony served as the Chairman of the Department of Camping, Chairman of the Department of Young Adult Ministry, as the Antiochian Archdiocese representative on the Board of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and as the Dean of the Western Pennsylvania Deanery. He also has served as the SOYO Priest in Charge of the Special Olympics Camp, as the NAC Teen SOYO and Midwest Teen SOYO Spiritual Advisor for many years.
Bishop Anthony was born Richard Anthony Michaels on the feast day of St. Anthony the Great (January 17, 1956) to parents Anthony and Gertrude Michaels and was baptized at St. Symeon the Stylite (also St. Simon the Zealot is commemorated) Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Ironwood, Michigan. Rick was raised with his sister, Joanne, and brother, Craig. The Orthodox church in Ironwood is pan-Orthodox and, therefore, included all ethnic Orthodox communities in the city. Bishop Anthony’s father is Lebanese and his mother is Serbian. As a teen-ager, he was active in all varsity athletics at Ironwood High School, including his role as the starting quarterback of his football team.
Bishop Anthony 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… Read More…
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