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Photo Tribute to Fr Lawrence Barriger

The + Very Rev. Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger reposed in the Lord on Oct 2, 2021 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia.

Born on March 2, 1953 in Binghamton, NY, he was the son of the late Robert and Josephine (Specik) Barriger. He graduated in 1976 from Christ the Saviour Seminary with the Bachelor of Theology Degree; he also
held a B.A. Degree in Classical Languages from St. Peters College, and a Masters Degree in Religious Education from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Fr. Lawrence was ordained to the Priesthood on August 28, 1976 by Bishop John R. Martin and served parishes in Manville, NJ, Wilpen, PA, Latrobe, PA and St. Michael Church in Freeland, PA from 1987 until his retirement in 2020.

He was a prolific writer and author of several books including “Good Victory”, “Glory to Jesus Christ”,
and “Insights into the Orthodox Faith”.

Father Barriger held numerous positions in the Diocese during the course of his priesthood including that of Vice-Chancellor, Member of the Bishop’s Consistory and Diocesan Board of Trustees, Professor at Christ the Saviour Seminary, Dean of the Scranton Deanery, and Associate Editor of "The Church Messenger". Fr. Lawrence also served the Late +Metropolitan Nicholas in the role of "Theologian to the Bishop."

Fr. Lawrence also taught Latin at the MMI Preparatory School in Freeland, PA for many years.

Fr. Lawrence is survived by his beloved wife Pani Linda, daughters Lisa Roscos and Laura Waskovich, sister Mary Bachofsky and grandchildren Aidan and Logan (Waskovich).

Fr. Lawrence was without question a gifted and devoted priest who served our God-Saved Diocese with all of his heart and soul for more than 45 years. When asked recently what his greatest joy in the priesthood was, he replied, it was serving in the role as Spiritual Father to the many souls entrusted to his care. He spent many hours in the later years of his priesthood as his physical health declined, hearing confessions and counselling his spiritual children, not as a accuser, but as a fellow struggler on the pathway to the Kingdom. His strong faith in the Lord and deep devotion to the Mother of God, sustained him as he struggled with various health challenges for many years. Like the righteous Job, he never lost faith, no matter what challenges he faced. In Fr Lawrence's lifetime of service in the earthly vineyard and in his passage to the green pastures of Eternal Life, we witnessed the power of God at work. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
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Fr. Lawrence Barriger offered words of advice and counsel to his brother priests.
Fr Lawrence Barriger carryies the Plaschanitsa in the Holy Friday Vespers Procession (St Michael Church, Freeland, PA)
Cutting the cake together once again
Pani Linda presented with beautiful flowers by her grandchildren, Aiden and Logan
Father Lawrence and Father Ken with Pani Linda and Pani Mickie
Father Lawrence and Pani Linda on the Occasion of 40 Years of Marriage and Ordination to the Priesthood
Newly elected Diocesan Board of Trustees with His Grace Bishop Gregory.
Sobor 2016 Tue Mtg
Sobor 2016 Mon Ltrgy
Fr. Lawrence Barriger and Fr. Jonathan Tobias lead Deacon Daniel around the altar.
Fr. Daniel and Fr. Lawrence Barriger
"Bless him, reverend Master!" Subdeacon Daniel is led by his pastor Fr. Lawrence Barriger and host pastor Fr. Robert Teklinsky to His Grace, Bishop Gregory.
Fr. Lawrence Barriger welcomes Bishop Gregory on the occasion of St. Michael's Diamond Jubilee.
His Grace, Bishop Gregory presided over Great Vespers which was celebrated by Very Rev. Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger, the Pastor of St. Michael's Church . Fr. Lawrence was assisted by Protodeacon Theodore Worobey and visiting clergy.
Fr. Lawrence Barriger reads the Prayers of Light.
Bishop Gregory with Fr. Lawrence Barriger, Protodeacon Theodore Worobey and guest clergy.
Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger offered the main banquet address on the history of the Diocese.
Fr. Lawrence Barriger read the greetings of Archbishop Demetrios of America
Pocono Deanery - Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger preaches the homily at the conclusion of Holy Friday Vespers at St. Michael's Church in Freeland, PA
Very Rev. Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger, Vice-Chancellor, reads the Prayer at the Ambon at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy.
Tuesday Morning's Liturgy was presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, and con-celebrated by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger, Vice Chancellor and the diocesan deans.
Following dinner on Monday night, the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger, Vice-Chancellor gave an informative power-point presentation on the Davinci Code and the Pseudo Gospel of Judas.
The second presentation took place after breakfast on Monday and was entitled " Discerning the Face of Christ: Understanding Allegory and Typology and their use in preaching." This lecture was prepared by The Very Rev. Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger. It was delivered by the Very Rev. Jonathan Tobias. Fr. Jonathan also spoke on Tuesday on the topic "Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening": Preaching in the Orthodox Church today."
Diocesan Youth offer flowers to Bishop Gregory.
Participants of the 2010 Clergy Convocation.
The Election of Board of Trustees members was the last order of business.
Board of Trustees member Joseph Parimucha signs the oath of office document.