DEACON CHRISTOPHER ROCKNAGE ORDAINED PRIEST
McKeesport, PA - Deacon Christopher Rocknage was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan of Eastern America at his home parish of St. Sava in McKeesport, PA on August 22, before a packed church and numerous family, friends, kumovi, future parishioners from Lebanon, PA and visiting clergy.
Fr. Christopher, 30, is the son of Prota Stevo and Protinica JoAnn Rocknage of McKeesport. He was born in Steubenville, OH where he was baptized by Prota Vasilije Sokolovic, who was present for the ordination. He lived with his family for a time in Midland, PA and at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York, where his father studied, before they settled in McKeesport.
Fr. Christopher graduated with a BA in Psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2003, and received his Masters of Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 2008. He became a pastoral assistant and choir director at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Alhambra, CA, where he met his future wife Andreja Balach, daughter of Prota Ilija and Protinica Carole Balach of Seattle, WA. They are expecting their first child.
Following the ordination and a wonderful reception given in their honor by the St. Sava parish, Fr. and Popadija Rocknage took up their new parish responsibilities at Holy Resurrection Church in Lebanon, PA.
May God grant them many blessed years of fruitful service to His Church and people!