Theodore Jurewicz

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Fr. Theodore Jurewicz (Russian: Феодор Юревич; 1953, Erie, Pennsylvania) is a Polish-American Orthodox old-rite priest and artist specializing in painting Byzantine icons and frescoes. Father Jurewicz is also an archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and serves the parish of the Nativity of the Lord in Erie, Pennsylvania.[1]

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Fr. Theodore was born Frank Jurewicz in 1949 into a Roman Catholic family in Erie, Pennsylvania.

As a child he attended church assiduously and often visited the Old Believer parish of the Nativity of Christ in Erie. From these visits he developed a deep interest in the Orthodox Church, and, while still a teenager, converted to Orthodoxy and joined the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

He married and attended the Holy Trinity Seminary as a married Seminarian.

In January, 1974 Theodore Jurewicz was ordained priest.

Fr. Jurewicz is held to be one of the most renowned icon painters in North America today,[2] and has painted about a dozen Eastern Orthodox churches across North America. He was a student of the late Archimandrite Cyprian, founder of the Russian school of iconography outside of Russia.[3]

One of his more famous works was his commission to paint the entire church at New Gračanica Monastery in Third Lake, Illinois, a faithful replica of the original Gračanica monastery in Kosovo, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an endangered example of medieval monuments. Done over the span of three years, it is painted in a Byzantine style and features richly colored designs and religious scenes covering the walls, vaults, pillars and dome of the church. The frescoes are painted in acrylics on dry plaster.[4]

Fr. Theodore has also mastered the art of Coptic Orthodox iconography. His Coptic iconography can be seen at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Toledo, Ohio.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woerl, Michael. "Book Review: A History of the Orthodox Church in America (1917-1934)". Orthodox Christian Information Centre. Retrieved 26 December 2009. "Father Theodore Jurewicz is a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, serving the parish of the Nativity of the Lord in Erie, Pennsylvania." 
  2. ^ "As of June 2009, our Fresco Fund is currently at $18,163.80". St George Serbian Orthodox Church (Hermitage, PA). Retrieved 26 December 2009. "We are very fortunate to have as our neighbor, the world-renown iconographer, Fr. Theodore Jurewicz, archpriest to the Church of the Nativity Russian Orthodox Church in Erie. Only one hour away is one of the greatest Orthodox painters of our time!" 
  3. ^ "Our Iconostasis". Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church (Baltimore, USA). Retrieved 26 December 2009. "Father Theodore Jurewicz was the student of the late Archimandrite Cyprian, founder of the Russian school of iconography outside of Russia. From his teacher Father Theodore acquired the ancient Russian style of iconography, which adorns the iconostasis of the church of Transfiguration." 
  4. ^ "New Gracanica Monastery: The Frescoes". New Gracanica Monastery (Third Lake, IL). Retrieved 26 December 2009. "In 1995, the fresco project began. Fr. Theodore Jurewicz was commissioned to paint the entire church. The project took three years. Fr. Theodore, one of the most profound and celebrated iconographers in America today, came in stretches of three weeks to a month to do the work. The style is Byzantine and the richly colored designs and religious scenes that cover the walls, vaults, pillars and dome of the church are imbued with bright colors. ... The frescoes painted by Fr. Theodore and other contemporary iconographers are done in acrylics on dry plaster." 
  5. ^ http://www.stgeorgetoledo.com/Home.html

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