The Very Rev. George Breyan

The Very Rev. George Breyan, 78, a retired priest of the Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, September 14, 2009.

Father George was stricken while on his way to Saint Andrew Church here, where he was attached, for services for the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

A native of Bayonne, NJ, Father George was a graduate of Bayonne Junior College and Rutgers University. He completed late vocation studies at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He also served with the US Navy for four years.

After his ordination, Father George served parishes in Manville, NJ; Hollywood, FL; Lakewood, OH; Marblehead, OH; and Detroit, MI. He retired from active ministry in 1999, having helped to establish a mission parish in Iverness, FL. In retirement, he assisted at Saint Andrew Church, New Port Richey, FL.

Father George, together with his wife of 51 years, the former Natalie Kiryluk, daughter of the late Very Rev. Theodosius and Eugenia Kiryluk, were very active in the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians of America. He also served as secretary of the Greater Cleveland Pan-Orthodox Clergy Association and as a VFW chaplain.

Father George is survived by his wife, Natalie, to whom heartfelt condolences are extended. He is also survived by two nephews, Mark Kiryluk and family and Thomas Kiryluk, and one sister Olga.

Funeral arrangements have been finalized by Father George’s family and the Rev. Pavel Yurin, rector of Saint Andrew Church, 4633 Glissade Drive, New Port Richey, FL, at which all services will be held.

Visitation with be held on Thursday, September 17, at 5:00 p.m. The Funeral Service for a Priest will follow at 6:00 p.m.

The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, September 18, at 9:30 a.m.

Interment will take place at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Cemetery, South Canaan, PA.

May Father George’s memory be eternal.