Bishop Alexander of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) will ordain Deacon Joel Wilson to the Holy Priesthood Sunday, Dec. 8, in Springfield, Mo.
The newly ordained Father Joel will then serve as the priest in charge of the Orthodox mission recently established in Rolla.
The mission, formerly named "St. John the Wonderworker," has now officially been given the name "Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Christian Mission" by Bishop Alexander.
The ordination of Deacon Joel will take place at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, 4200 S. Holiday Ave. Springfield, Mo., during the church's Sunday Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m.
The mission community invites everyone in the Rolla area to come and experience this event.
For further details, including special hotel rates for the weekend, visit www.orthodoxyinrolla.org or call the mission at 573-458-9138.