St. Mark Church Accessible

Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

St. Mark Church

Founded 1974

Diocese: Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

Deanery: Philadelphia Deanery

Address

452 Durham Rd
Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 18940-9633

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

http://www.stmarksoca.org

Parish Contacts

Rev. Raymond Martin Browne
Rector
Home: 215-860-9640
V. Rev. Michael Sekela
Retired, Attached
Home: 540-841-3202
Protodn. Gregory Moser
Attached
1612 Franklynn Dr
Furlong, PA 18925
Home: 215-794-8980

Lay Leadership

Mr. Sergei Arhipov
Choir Director
Matushka Martha Moser
Choir Director
Mrs. Daria Cortese
Choir Director
Matushka Heidi Browne
Activities Coordinator
Ms. Larissa Ravetto
Pre-teen Church School Coordinator
Rev. Raymond M. Browne
Teen Church School Coordinator

Directions

From I-95
Exit I-95 at the Newtown exit.  Take PA Rt 332 west.  Follow the Newtown By-pass until it meets Rt 413 north.  Following signs for Rt 413 north, exit the by-pass still following signs for Rt 413 northon your left.  St Mark’s Church is located approximately 3 miles after leaving the by-pass on the right hand side of the road immediately after passing Stoopville Rd.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Exit the Turnpike at the Rt 1 Philadelphia exit (27).  Go north on PA Rt 1 to 413 north.  Following the signs for Rt 413 north, continue on to the Newtown By-pass.  St Mark’s Church is located approximately 3 miles after leaving the by-pass on Rt 413, on the right side of the road, immediately after passing Stoopville Rd.

From PA Rt 202
Follow PA Rt 202 East to PA Rt 413 south at Buckingham.  Follow Rt 413 south past Rt 232 for about 3 miles.  St Mark’s will be on the left.

Schedule of Services

All services are in English.

6:00 PM Vespers or Vigil.
Saturday Evening

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Morning

7:00 PM Vespers or Vigil (5:00 PM if on Sunday Evening).
Eves of Great Feasts

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

During Great Lent, evening services are at 7:00 PM and morning services are at 9:00 AM.  A full schedule of Lenten services wuill be held including the Canon of Repentance to be held at 5:30 PM before the Great Vespers and Confessions each Saturday of Lent.
Great Lent

Education Schedule
Adult Education

Orthodoxy in the Public Square - Living our faith in civil society
3rd Monday

Science and Faith Discussion Group: For professionals and the curious, how Orthodox Christianity addresses issues raised in contemporary science
4th Tuesday

Bible Study
Wednesday mornings

Orthodoxy 101 for Inquirers scheduled as needed

Church School after Divine Liturgy
Sunday Morning

Parish Background

St Mark’s Church was founded on November 15, 1972 by a small group of people who had in mind a parish open to Orthodox believers of all national backgrounds.  The first meetings and services were held at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Doylestown, PA.  In the earliest years some of the worship was held in parishoner’s homes.  His Eminence, Archbishop KIPRIAN confirmed the name of the new mission as St Mark’s Church (the Apostle and Evangelist) on November 2, 1974.

In July 1973 the Very Rev. Vladimir S Borichevsky was appointed to serve the parish, and the Liturgies came to be celebrated in Old Historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Buckingham, PA.  Fr Borichevsky continued to serve the parish until he was appointed Dean of Faculty of St. Tikhon’s Seminary in 1977.

Fr John Kowalczyk served St Mark’s from 1977 to 1979.  He was succeeded by the reappointment of Fr Vladimir, who remained until 1986.  On June 1, 1986, Fr Stephen Karaffa was assigned to the parish.  Under Fr Stephen’s term the parish acquired its own property, some five acres of wooded land with a home in Wrightstown, PA (the present location).  The grounds were cleared for a church edifice and parking area.  Construction began in August, 1988, and on October 14, the new building was consecrated by His Grace, Bishop HERMAN.

In September of 1992, Very Rev. Theodore Heckman, was assigned to St Mark’s.  He served until the fall of 2012, and since December of 2012, the current priest at St. Mark’s is Rev. Raymond Martin Browne.