Lodge News

Lodge 254 September News

September 10, 2019

Paul West Elevated to Diaconate
On Sunday, May 19, Bishop Kurt Burnett ordained Paul West to the diaconate. The event took place at St. Michael Eparchial Cathedral in Passaic, NJ.

Friends, family and clergy were in attendance to congratulate Paul. A celebratory dinner followed. Lodge 254 president, Elias Zareva presented Paul with a gift to mark the occasion. Paul is a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough, NJ where Father James Badeaux is the pastor. St. Mary is the home parish of Lodge 254.

Lodge 254 Scholarship Winner for 2019
Ethan Dietzman, a member of St. Mary Church, was the recipient of the 2019 Lodge 254 Scholarship for high school seniors. The presentation was made by lodge President Elias Zareva and Father James Badeaux, pastor.

Ethan is graduating Bridgewater Raritan High School and will be attending Rutgers University where he plans on studying cell biology and neuroscience.

In the past 4 years, Ethan has served as the president of the St. Mary Byzanteens, an assistant teacher in the St. Marys’ ECF program, a camp counselor at St. Marys’ Vacation Bible School Camp and a worker at the annual Tricky Tray fund raiser.

A reception for family and friends followed sponsored by GCU Lodge 254.

A special thank you to Ms. Margaret Pavol, chairperson for the scholarship program.

St. Mary Slavic Dinner
Every month, September 2018 thru June 2019, Lodge 254 members held an all you can eat dinner to raise funds in support of the Church.

An authentic East European menu featuring holubky, pirohy, kielbasa & sauerkraut, cabbage & noodles and much more were served buffet style. The volunteers were proud to serve 150–250 dinners each month.

People traveled from all over the area to enjoy the specialties—reminiscent of grandmother’s kitchen.