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[[Protopresbyter]] '''Alexander Warnecke''' ([[June 2]], 1923 – [[July 1]], 2001) was a member of the [[clergy]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]].  He is noted for his support of [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]], and for his role in the formation of both [[Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home (Staten Island, New York)|Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home]] and [[St. Andrew's Camp and Chapel (Jewell, New York)|St. Andrew's Camp]].
== Titles and Positions==
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* [[Protopresbyter]]
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== Titles and Positions==
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* Protopresbyter
 
* Chancellor Emeritus of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of New York and New Jersey
 
* Chancellor Emeritus of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of New York and New Jersey
* Assistant Chaplain at [[Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]]
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* Assistant Chaplain at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
* Rector of [[Saints Peter and Paul Church (Syracuse, New York)]]
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* Rector of [[Ss. Peter and Paul Church (Syracuse, New York)]]
* Founder of [[St. Andrew's Camp and Chapel (Jewell, New York)]]
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* Founder of St. Andrew's Camp and Chapel (Jewell, New York)
 
* Member of Diocesan Council
 
* Member of Diocesan Council
 
* Member of Metropolitan Council
 
* Member of Metropolitan Council
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* Dean of the New York State Deanery
 
* Dean of the New York State Deanery
 
* Member of the Board of Trustees of the [[Orthodox Christian Education Commission]]
 
* Member of the Board of Trustees of the [[Orthodox Christian Education Commission]]
* Founder [[Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home (Staten Island, New York)]]
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* Founder Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home (Staten Island, New York)
 
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== Life and Works Within The Church ==  
 
== Life and Works Within The Church ==  
 
 
==== Birth and Military ====
 
==== Birth and Military ====
 
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Born June 2, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the son of Alexander and Anna (Horne) Warnecke, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after completing his secondary education. During his military service, he taught Russian at Camp Ritchie (presently Camp Davis), MD. He also served overseas in the Adjutant General Department, and, in the late stages of World War II, served as military interpreter in Berlin with the Intelligence Department of the Office of Military Government for Germany.
Born June 2, 1923 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the son of Alexander and Anna [Horne] Warnecke, he enlisted in the US Air Force after completing his secondary education. During his military service, he taught Russian at Camp Ritchie [presently Camp Davis], MD. He also served overseas in the Adjutant General Department and, in the late stages of World War II, he served as military interpreter in Berlin with the Intelligence Department of the Office of Military Government for Germany.
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==== Early Theological Life ====
 
==== Early Theological Life ====
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After receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1946, he enrolled at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological [[Seminary]] and Columbia University in New York City. In addition to his studies, he was instrumental in organizing an [[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] chapter at Columbia and served as the campus group's first president. In September 1948, he married the former Pauline Stepanovna Shafran of Olyphant, PA.
  
After receiving an honorable discharge in 1946, he enrolled at [[Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary]] and Columbia University in New York City. In addition to his studies, he was instrumental in organizing an Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Columbia and served as the campus group's first president. In September 1948, he married the former Pauline Stepanovna Shafran of Olyphant, PA.
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A 1950 graduate of St. Vladimir's Seminary, he was [[ordination|ordained]] to the [[deacon|diaconate]] by His Eminence, [[Metropolitan]] [[Ireney (Bekish) of New York|Ireney (Bekish)]], on [[July 7]], 1950, and to the [[priest]]hood by His Grace, [[Bishop]] [[John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco|John (Shahovskoy) of Brooklyn]] on [[July 28]] of the same year. After his ordination, he continued his ministry at the seminary where, among other duties, he served as assistant chaplain. He also helped to initiate the first English-language community at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, New York, NY.
 
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A 1950 graduate of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, he was ordained to the [[deacon|diaconate]] by His Eminence, Metropolitan [[Ireney (Bekish) of New York|Ireney (Bekish)]], on [[July 7]], 1950 and to the [[priest]]hood by His Grace, Bishop [[John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco|John (Shahovskoy) of Brooklyn]] on [[July 28]] of the same year. After his ordination, he continued his ministry at the seminary where, among other duties, he served as assistant chaplain. He also helped to initiate the first English-language community at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, New York, NY.
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==== Above and Beyond Parish Duties ====
 
==== Above and Beyond Parish Duties ====
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In July 1951, Fr. Warnecke was assigned as the rector of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Syracuse, NY, which was to be his only parish assignment. Through his leadership, the parish prospered and grew, and the church was restored and redecorated by noted [[iconographer]], Pimen Sofronov. He also served Saint Michael's Church, Syracuse. Through his efforts, property on Lake Oneida was acquired and developed as the home of St. Andrew's Camp, which has offered summer programs for children and teens for four decades. He helped serve or establish other parishes in Syracuse, Cortland, and Rochester, NY.
  
In July 1951, Father Warnecke was assigned Rector of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Syracuse, NY, which was to be his only parish assignment. Through his leadership the parish prospered and grew, and the church was restored and redecorated by noted iconographer, Pimen Sofronov. He also served Saint Michael's Church, Syracuse. Through his efforts, property on Lake Oneida was acquired and developed as the home of Saint Andrew's Camp, which has offered summer programs for children and teens for four decades. He helped serve or establish other parishes in Syracuse, Cortland, and Rochester, NY.
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In addition to his parish duties, Fr. Warnecke served on the Diocesan and Metropolitan Councils and as Group Leader for the Orthodox Church in the America Pension Plan and Group Term Life Insurance Program, President of the Alumni Federation of the Orthodox Catholic Seminaries, Dean of the New York State Deanery, and bookstore manager and member of the Board of Trustees of the [[Orthodox Christian Education Commission]], a pan-Orthodox agency under the auspices of the [[Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas]]. In 1961 he was appointed Chancellor of the [[Diocese of New York and New Jersey (OCA)|Diocese of New York and New Jersey]].
 
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In addition to his parish duties, Father Warnecke served on the Diocesan and Metropolitan Councils and as Group Leader for the Orthodox Church in America Pension Plan and Group Term Life Insurance Program, President of the Alumni Federation of the Orthodox Catholic Seminaries, Dean of the New York State Deanery, and bookstore manager and member of the Board of Trustees of the Orthodox Christian Education Commission, a pan-Orthodox agency under the auspices of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas. In 1961 he was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.
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In 1961, Father Warnecke saw the need to provide Saint Vladimir's Seminary, which had rented space in New York City for over two decades, with its own campus. He was impressed by a property in Crestwood, NY, which featured several buildings. Believing the property to be ideal, he urged seminary and Church officials to purchase it immediately, but they hesitated. Fearing a lost opportunity, he purchased the property himself, planning to turn it over to the seminary or to use it as the site of an Orthodox adult home. Subsequently, the property became -- and remains -- the site of Saint Vladimir's Seminary. For many years, he served as a member of the seminary's Financial Committee, chairman of its Building and Grounds Committee, and Corporate Secretary of the school's Board of Trustees. In the 1970s, Father Warnecke's dream to establish an adult home became a reality with the establishment of Saints Cosmas and Damian Adult Home, Staten Island, NY, which he continued to serve as President and executive Director.
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Father Warnecke received many awards in recognition of his dedicated labors and ministry, including the [[jewelled cross]]. In 2000, he was elevated to the rank of Protopresbyter.
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In 1961, Fr. Warnecke saw the need to provide St. Vladimir's Seminary, which had rented space in New York City for over two decades, with its own campus. He was impressed by a property in Crestwood, NY, which featured several buildings. Believing the property to be ideal, he urged seminary and Church officials to purchase it immediately, but they hesitated. Fearing a lost opportunity, he purchased the property himself, planning to turn it over to the seminary or to use it as the site of an Orthodox adult home. Subsequently, the property became—and remains—the site of St. Vladimir's Seminary. For many years, he served as a member of the seminary's Financial Committee, chairman of its Building and Grounds Committee, and corporate secretary of the school's Board of Trustees. In the 1970s, Fr. Warnecke's dream to establish an adult home became a reality with the establishment of Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home, Staten Island, NY, which he continued to serve as president and executive director.
  
Father Warnecke was well known for the pastoral and material assistance he freely offered, especially to those in need. His generosity was felt by countless parishioners, seminarians, clergy, and the poor and needy. After the fall of communism in Eastern and Central Europe, he sponsored and hosted many children from abroad to attend Saint Andrew's Camp, providing them with what was literally the experience of a lifetime.
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Fr. Warnecke received many awards in recognition of his dedicated labors and ministry, including the [[jewelled cross]]. In 2000, he was elevated to the rank of ''protopresbyter''.
  
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Fr. Warnecke was well-known for the pastoral and material assistance he freely offered, especially to those in need. His generosity was felt by countless parishioners, seminarians, clergy, and the poor and needy. After the fall of [[communism]] in Eastern and Central Europe, he sponsored and hosted many children from abroad to attend St. Andrew's Camp, providing them with what was literally the experience of a lifetime.
  
[[Protopresbyter]] Alexander Warnecke, 78, died at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2001, the feast day of [[Saints Cosmas and Damian]]
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Protopresbyter Alexander Warnecke, 78, died at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, [[July 1]], 2001, the [[feast day]] of Ss. [[Cosmas and Damian]]
  
In addition to his wife Pauline, Father Warnecke is survived by two daughters, Daria and Argyra, and several grandchildren.
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In addition to his wife Pauline, Fr. Warnecke is survived by two daughters, Daria and Argyra, and several grandchildren.
  
 
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[[Category:Clergy]]

Revision as of 16:25, November 30, 2005

Protopresbyter Alexander Warnecke (June 2, 1923 – July 1, 2001) was a member of the clergy of the Orthodox Church in America. He is noted for his support of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and for his role in the formation of both Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home and St. Andrew's Camp.

Contents

Titles and Positions

  • Protopresbyter
  • Chancellor Emeritus of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of New York and New Jersey
  • Assistant Chaplain at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • Rector of Ss. Peter and Paul Church (Syracuse, New York)
  • Founder of St. Andrew's Camp and Chapel (Jewell, New York)
  • Member of Diocesan Council
  • Member of Metropolitan Council
  • Group Leader for the Orthodox Church in America Pension Plan and Group Term Life Insurance Program
  • President of the Alumni Federation of the Orthodox Catholic Seminaries
  • Dean of the New York State Deanery
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Orthodox Christian Education Commission
  • Founder Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home (Staten Island, New York)

Life and Works Within The Church

Birth and Military

Born June 2, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the son of Alexander and Anna (Horne) Warnecke, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after completing his secondary education. During his military service, he taught Russian at Camp Ritchie (presently Camp Davis), MD. He also served overseas in the Adjutant General Department, and, in the late stages of World War II, served as military interpreter in Berlin with the Intelligence Department of the Office of Military Government for Germany.

Early Theological Life

After receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1946, he enrolled at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and Columbia University in New York City. In addition to his studies, he was instrumental in organizing an Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapter at Columbia and served as the campus group's first president. In September 1948, he married the former Pauline Stepanovna Shafran of Olyphant, PA.

A 1950 graduate of St. Vladimir's Seminary, he was ordained to the diaconate by His Eminence, Metropolitan Ireney (Bekish), on July 7, 1950, and to the priesthood by His Grace, Bishop John (Shahovskoy) of Brooklyn on July 28 of the same year. After his ordination, he continued his ministry at the seminary where, among other duties, he served as assistant chaplain. He also helped to initiate the first English-language community at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, New York, NY.

Above and Beyond Parish Duties

In July 1951, Fr. Warnecke was assigned as the rector of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Syracuse, NY, which was to be his only parish assignment. Through his leadership, the parish prospered and grew, and the church was restored and redecorated by noted iconographer, Pimen Sofronov. He also served Saint Michael's Church, Syracuse. Through his efforts, property on Lake Oneida was acquired and developed as the home of St. Andrew's Camp, which has offered summer programs for children and teens for four decades. He helped serve or establish other parishes in Syracuse, Cortland, and Rochester, NY.

In addition to his parish duties, Fr. Warnecke served on the Diocesan and Metropolitan Councils and as Group Leader for the Orthodox Church in the America Pension Plan and Group Term Life Insurance Program, President of the Alumni Federation of the Orthodox Catholic Seminaries, Dean of the New York State Deanery, and bookstore manager and member of the Board of Trustees of the Orthodox Christian Education Commission, a pan-Orthodox agency under the auspices of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas. In 1961 he was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.

In 1961, Fr. Warnecke saw the need to provide St. Vladimir's Seminary, which had rented space in New York City for over two decades, with its own campus. He was impressed by a property in Crestwood, NY, which featured several buildings. Believing the property to be ideal, he urged seminary and Church officials to purchase it immediately, but they hesitated. Fearing a lost opportunity, he purchased the property himself, planning to turn it over to the seminary or to use it as the site of an Orthodox adult home. Subsequently, the property became—and remains—the site of St. Vladimir's Seminary. For many years, he served as a member of the seminary's Financial Committee, chairman of its Building and Grounds Committee, and corporate secretary of the school's Board of Trustees. In the 1970s, Fr. Warnecke's dream to establish an adult home became a reality with the establishment of Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home, Staten Island, NY, which he continued to serve as president and executive director.

Fr. Warnecke received many awards in recognition of his dedicated labors and ministry, including the jewelled cross. In 2000, he was elevated to the rank of protopresbyter.

Fr. Warnecke was well-known for the pastoral and material assistance he freely offered, especially to those in need. His generosity was felt by countless parishioners, seminarians, clergy, and the poor and needy. After the fall of communism in Eastern and Central Europe, he sponsored and hosted many children from abroad to attend St. Andrew's Camp, providing them with what was literally the experience of a lifetime.

Protopresbyter Alexander Warnecke, 78, died at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2001, the feast day of Ss. Cosmas and Damian

In addition to his wife Pauline, Fr. Warnecke is survived by two daughters, Daria and Argyra, and several grandchildren.

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