V. Rev. Archpriest John Prokopiuk, Rector
On April 19, 1986, Father John Prokopiuk with Matushka Ludmila and their young daughter Anna arrived in Jackson. Fr. John had been appointed the permanent pastor to the St. Mary’s Parish by His Eminence Archbishop PETER of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Parishioners greeted Father John and Matushka very warmly and the Prokopiuk family settled into their Parish home. With the arrival of Father John as Rector of St. Mary’s Church, parish life was greatly revived. Church services were celebrated regularly as well as the many other services that contribute to Church life: weddings, baptisms, and funerals. Under Father John’s direction and spiritual guidance, the Parish was able to complete the recently undertaken renovation project.