Fr. Michael Ibrahim was born in 1962, in Damascus, Syria. Graduated from Damascus university in the year 1984, got a bachelor degree in English literature. Immigrated to the USA in the 1989. Worked as a salesman for five years then opened my own restaurant (King of Shish Kabob), operating as chef/owner for 16 years. During those years, I studied theology through the House of Studies, graduated in the year 2006 then got a master degree in Applied Theology , the following year. Served as a Deacon at St. George church in Little Falls, NJ for 6 years. Then, ordained to the Holy priesthood in the year 2012. Served, and still serving, as an assistant priest in the same church till I was appointed as an assistant priest at St. Anthony church in October 2016.
came to St. Anthony's in 1967. Father Joseph has faithfully guided our parish for over 40 years. Father Joseph, who holds a Doctorate Degree in Theology (Th.D), has been a professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA from 1977 to 1984 and St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, NY from 1978 to 1992. He has written and edited eleven books on Orthodox Theology and many articles in various publications. He currently is the Director of the Department for Theological and Pastoral Education in our Archdiocese and National Chaplain of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch. He is also Director of the Antiochian House of Studies and St. Stephen's Course of Studies in Orthodox Theology. Father Joe is married to Khouriyee Valerie Allen and has 2 sons, Joseph and Philip, who have grown up at St. Anthonys and have families of their own. He and Valerie are proud grandparents.
was born and raised in Merrick, New York, attended Brookline Seminary and later studied at Rizarios Divinity School in Athens, Greece; upon returning to the US, he served as a youth advisor and Greek school teacher in Detroit, Minneapolis and New Rochelle. At one point, Dn. Peter decided to leave church life and trained as a chiropractor, receiving his degree from Columbia School of Chiropractic, and opened a practice in Teaneck, NJ in 1972. Having been a long time member of St. Anthony as a member of the choir and other organizations, he was called back to the spiritual life and ordained a deacon here in 1998 by Metropolitan Philip. Today, he is both a chiropractor and deacon at St. Anthony, as well as being the administrator of St. Stephens House of Studies, under the direction of Father Joe. He resides in Hackensack, NJ.
Stratos is a graduate of Fordham University with a BA in Byzantine Studies and
Music History/Composition. He holds an MA in Eastern Christian Theology from the John XXII
Institute/Maryknoll School of Theology. His education included study with
Frs. John Meyendorff, Stanley Harakas, Robert Taft, SJ, George Maloney, SJ, and
Archbishop Joseph Raya. Stratos continues his education by studying the ancient art
of Byzantine Psaltic Music.
Stratos studied voice with Donna Jeanne Schütz and has participated in choral and conducting masters classes with Robert Paige, Mallory Thompson and Robert Shaw. He has performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of composer John Leavitt.
Stratos lectures and has been published in the areas of Orthodox Theology, choral technique and Byzantine Church History. He has taught high school choral music and has conducted select regional choirs. Stratos is presently the Operations Manager of Corby Associates, Inc., a specialized construction company. He also teaches Byzantine Musicology in the Antiochian House of Studies/Saint Stephen’s Course
Stratos has been the choir director and head chanter of Saint Anthony’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Bergenfield, NJ for the past 20 years. He is a sub-Deacon, the president of the Fellowship Chapter, preaches monthly and is involved with both the parishes’ music and outreach/education ministries. He, the chanters and church choir have recorded a CD entitled, "With an Open Heart: Sounds of Worship at St. Anthony Orthodox Church, Bergenfield, NJ".
Stratos lives in Harrington Park, NJ with his wife Suzanne and two children, Christopher and Kathryn.
Nick Nagorny is a graduate of Saint Vladimir Seminary where here studied under Frs. Alexander Schmemman and John Meyendorff. Nick contributed to the book "Vested in Grace" a study of priesthood and marriage in the Orthodox Church. On a monthly basis Nick gives an instructive sermon at Saint Anthony on faith. Nick is especially pleased with our new parish library with over a thousand books. He and his wife Debbie have a daughter who attends St. Anthony's Church School.
Nike was a teacher at the Church School prior to becoming the Director in 1999. She has a BA from Douglass College, Rutgers University, majoring in political science and sociology, as well as a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. She has been a parishioner since 1984, along with her husband Jim and their two children, now grown. She works part time with a corporate communications company and is involved in many outside activities in addition to the church.