Archimandrite Hilary [Madison], 76, a member of the brotherhood of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, South Canaan, PA, fell asleep in the Lord early on the morning of Sunday, August 14, 2005, at Mid-Valley Hospital here.
Born in South Bend, IN, in 1929, he entered St. Benedict’s Roman Catholic Abbey, Benet Lake, WI, in 1948. After his conversion to Orthodoxy in June 1954, he was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood by the late Bishop Bogdan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America. In 1958, he was received into the Metropolia and took up residence at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery. He was tonsured to monastic orders by the late Metropolitan Leonty in March of the following year.
Father Hilary served a number of parishes, including Saint John the Baptist Church, Mayfield, PA; Holy Trinity Church, Springfield, VT; Saint John the Baptist Church, Dallas, TX; Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA; Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago; and Holy Trinity Church, Kansas City, KS.
For a brief period he served at Saint John the Theologian Retreat Center, Hiram, OH.
In 1981, he was attached to the Midwest Diocesan Center. He also served as priest-in-charge of Saint Matthew Mission, Green Bay, WI. In 1988, he was elevated to the rank of archimandrite.
Father Hilary also served briefly as chancellor of the Diocese of the Midwest from 1992 until 1993, when he was priest-in-charge at Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, CA. Upon his retirement from active service, he returned to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery in 1996.
Funeral services will be held at the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in the monastery church at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17.
Interment will follow in the monastery cemetery.
May Father Hilary’s memory be eternal!