I’m curious-what’s the status of that new Christian Orthodox church in Hillsboro. Is it still is holding regular services? If so, what is the schedule and who is the priest?


Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, 116 N. Washington, began offering divine liturgy services May 26. Weekly full services are now scheduled at 10 a.m., Saturdays, and four to five priests from around Kansas rotate officiating and offering communion at that time. They are Father Michael Shanbour of St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Mission in Topeka, Father Paul O’Callaghan of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita, Father Christopher Halwey of St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church in Wichita, and Father John Mack in charge the Orthodox Student Union in Lawrence.

Sunday worship begins with church school at 9 a.m. followed by a Typika service, beginning at 10:30 a.m., which is led by John Baize of Hillsboro.

“And so that is the service that he can do himself,” said Cindy Baize, his wife. “Until John becomes our priest, he can’t do divine liturgy.”

Cindy said the decision to ordain John as a priest will be made when the metropolitan from New York and the bishop in Wichita decide he’s ready. On Monday, Aug. 5, Baize will be ordained a sub deacon at 7 p.m. during a special service at the church. Refreshments will be served following the service. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, a divine liturgy is scheduled at 10 a.m. to celebrate Holy Transfiguration, which is the patron of the church.

“Come and see-all visitors are welcome to join us,” Cindy said.

For more information, call 947-3194.

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