Fr Taras Miles Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Ordination
Bishop Richard traveled west to Belfield where he presided at Fr. Tares Miles' 40th anniversary of ordination Liturgy, Monday, June 14 in the afternoon at St Demetrius Church in Fairfield.
Deacon Leonard Kordonowy served. Concelebrating with the bishop and Father Miles were priests of the Diocese of Bismarck. Bishop Richard preached. Later in the day friends and parishioners of Father Miles enjoyed a festal dinner at St. Bernard's Parish Center in Belfield. Joining in the meal were priests of the Diocese of Bismarck, Pastor Roger Dieterle of the Belfield Lutheran Church and members of the Lutheran congregation.
On Saturday, June 26. Father Miles celebrated his priestly jubilee with his family and friends at Christ the King Parish in Lombard, Illinois. Concele-brating with Father Miles were Fr. Franklin Dvorak, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha, Nebraska, a seminary classmate of Fr. Miles; Fr. Christopher Kuhn, CSC., a classmate at the University of Notre Dame, and Fr. Peter Jarosz, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Lombard, Illinois. Deacon Frank Lillig, a friend of Fr Miles since kindergarten, preached. Dinner followed at Christ the King Parish Life Center.
Fr Michael Taras Miles was ordained to the Holy Priesthood for the Diocese of Baker, Oregon, on March 21. 1970 by Archbishop (later Cardinal) Luigi Raimondi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, at Christ the King Parish in Columbus, Ohio. He did his seminary studies at the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, Illinois, and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. Fr. Miles served in the Diocese of Baker for 27 years. In 1972 he was permitted to become bi-ritual. He helped out at the Ruthenian Mission in Portland, Oregon on Sunday evenings for a number of years. He also attended the Sheptytsky Institute Summer Intensive at Mt. Tabor Monastery in Redwood Valley, California, for eight summers in the 1990's. Fr. Miles was mentored by the late Fr. (later Bishop) Vladimir L. (Tarasevitch), OSB and Fr. Chrysostom Tarasevitch, OSB, monks of St Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois.
In December, 2000, Fr. Miles was assigned to the Ukrainian parishes in Belfield, North Dakota and in 2003 officially transferred to the Eparchy of St. Nicholas.