Archimandrite Nicholas [Iuhos], formerly Rector of Saint John the Baptist Church, Passaic, NJ, began his duties as Dean of the Orthodox Church in America’s Representation Church of Saint Catherine the Great Martyr here during the second week of June 2001.
Father Nicholas replaces Protopresbyter Daniel Hubiak, who has served as the Representative of the OCA to the Moscow Patriarchate since 1992 and Dean of Saint Catherine’s Church since 1994.
In recognition of his diligent labor on behalf of the Church during his tenure as Dean of Saint Catherine’s, Father Hubiak was awarded the Order of Saint Sergius, Second Class, on June 11, 2001 by His Holiness, Patriarch Aleksy II of Moscow. The Patriarch presented the award, one of the highest in the Orthodox Church of Russia, to Father Hubiak at the Patriarchal Residence at Moscow’s Saint Daniel Monastery. Among those present for the award ceremony were His Eminence, Archbishop Herman of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, Temporary Administrator of the Orthodox Church in America; Protopresbyter Robert Kondratick, OCA Chancellor; and the Very Rev. Joseph Fester, OCA Development Director.
Following his arrival in Moscow in January 1992, Father Hubiak organized the mission of the OCA Representation Church in a chapel at Saint Daniel Monastery. In 1994, the historic Church of Saint Catherine on Bolshaya Ordynka Street was made available to the OCA. Under Father Hubiak’s direction the church, which had been used for secular purposes during the communist era, was restored, together with an auxiliary building, which provides offices and meeting rooms. In 1999, Patriarch Aleksy, together with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, consecrated the church and blessed its new iconostasis.
In addition to his duties at Saint Catherine’s, Father Hubiak, together with his wife Evdokia, organized and conducted a variety of ministries. They were especially involved in assisting in the distribution of humanitarian aid in Moscow and throughout Russia.