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Welcome To The Panis' Corner


Welcome to the Panis' Corner,  an online resource of the Priest-wives of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of North America.

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, this site will provide  the most up to date news on the activities of the priest wives of the Diocese.  It will also offer offer  spiritual reflections and helpful resources for the 21st century Orthodox Christian family as it struggles to live the Gospel in a difficult era.

Our Patron Saints

The Patron Saints of our Diocesan Priest Wives is St. Sophia and Her Three Daughters, Faith, Hope and Charity who dwelt in Italy in the reign of Hadrian (117-138). They came from a rich and devout family and their mother Sophia brought them up in the Faith, Hope and Love of the names she had given them. Word of their admirable manner of life reached the Emperor who, hearing they were in Rome, sent soldiers to bring them before him.

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Eternal Memory: Pani Anna Kozar

Friday, October 27, 2017

JJOHNSTOWN, PA - With great sorrow, the Diocesan Chancery announces the falling asleep in the Lord of Pani Anna Kozar, the wife of the late, Very Rev. Protopresbyter Elias Kozar, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary's Orthodox Church of Yonkers, NY. on Friday, October 27th.

Pani Anna was born in New York City, on December 8, 1925, to the late Konstantine and Anna (Herko) Yanoscik and was educated in New York City schools. After graduation, she worked for the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in Manhattan. During the 1980's she worked for Martinelli Publications in Yonkers.

On January 25, 1948, she married Fr. Elias Kozar at St. Nicholas Church in New York City. Fr. Elias was ordained to the holy priesthood on February 1, 1948, and was assigned to St. Mary's Church in Buffallo NY, where the couple lived for three years. In 1951, Father Kozar assumed pastorate at St. Mary's Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in Yonkers, where he and Pani Anna resided until Father Kozar's retirement in 1996. They subsequently moved to Newburgh NY. Read more...

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Spiritual Reflections

The Orthodox Clergy Wife

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What does it mean to have a wonderful title, and no real job description? The position of the wife of a priest is exactly this. The various languages or every Orthodox country have titles of honor for the priest’s wife. Some might literally be translated as ‘priestess’, while some mean ‘wife of the priest’, and in at least one language — Russian — the priest’s wife is ‘mother’ or ‘little mother’. Read more...

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