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Father Chendorain

Fr. Michael T. Chendorain grew up in Holy Ghost Orthodox Church (Phoenixville, PA) and is the oldest of three children of Mike and Pat Chendorain.  Throughout his youth he was an active member in the parish Jr ACRY, Sunday School Program as well as an altar boy since the age of six.  After his high school graduation he attended Slippery Rock University where he earned a BS in Biology as well as minors in Psychology and Russian.  It was while in college he met his future wife, Pani Melissa, who is from Beaver Falls, PA.

Father Michael served nine years as a staff member at Camp Nazareth in various capacities.  He entered our Christ the Saviour Seminary in Fall of 1999 and graduated in Spring of 2002.  In the summer of 2001, he accompanied +Metropolitan Nicholas as one of the youth members of the Diocese in the first-ever World Youth Symposium in Constantinople.  In August of 2002, he and Pani Melissa were wed in Holy Ghost Church.  Father was ordained a deacon a few weeks later and then ordained a priest on October 20, 2002.

His first parish assignment was to our Deanery Parish in Rockaway.  Over the course of his tenure, the old rectory was refurbished, the parish hall was renovated into a banquet facility, the interior of the church was almost entirely renovated and a new rectory was built after a 30 year struggle.  Father has traveled to New Orleans for Habitat for Humanity with the IOCC groups led by +Fr. Michael Rosco.  He currently serves as the Editor of Daylight in the Church Messenger and is a member of the Diocesan Apostolate for Youth.

Father and Pani have three children; Caeleb (7), Ethan (5) and Claire (2) as well as two dogs, Trinity and Neo.  Pani Melissa is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and works for Kessler Rehab managing three clinics in Parsippany, Morris Plains and Mendham.  They are excited to be joining St. John’s in Perth Amboy and look forward to becoming part of another spiritual family.



Our newly departed servant, the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Michael Rosco, was pastor of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey from 1992 till his passing in May 2013.  A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he attended Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Theology degree in 1972. That same year, he married the former Susan Hreha of Homestead, Pennsylvania and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in his home parish of St. John the Baptist in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Father Michael has served parishes in Stratford, Connecticut; East Chicago, Indiana and Windber, Pennsylvania. He also served as the Administrator of Camp Nazareth in Mercer, Pennsylvania for three years. Father Michael was assigned to St. John’s in Perth Amboy in November of 1992. In addition to his pastoral duties, Father served as both the Dean of the New Jersey Deanery and Dean of the Washington DC Deanery of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese. He was also a member of the Diocesan Consistory and Board of Trustees. Father was editor of The Church Messenger, the official publication of the Diocese.

Since 1997, Father Michael represented His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas on the Study and Planning Commission of the Standing Conference of Orthodox Canonical Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). In 2005, he was appointed as the Diocesan representative to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).

Active in the local community, Father Michael was the Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Perth Amboy during their one-year Gulf Coast Relief Effort, which cared for some 40 families who had relocated to the Central Jersey town after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Father Michael was President of the Perth Amboy Clergy Association. Father Michael is survived by his loving wife, Pani Susan and son, Vladimir.