Ruling Bishop, Diocese of Eastern America and New York
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad – Synod of Bishops
Bishop Joseph (Hrebinka)
Father Andrew Frick
Members of the Parish Council
Subdeacon John Herbst
matushka Ksenia Frick
Our Founder and Spiritual Father
The Most Reverend Joseph, born Igor Hrebinka, was born on July 6, 1932. After coming to America, he received his BA at Syracuse University. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Theology degree at the Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY. Later in life, he also received a Masters degree in Mathematics at State University at Oneonta, another one from State University at Albany, and another BA in Computer Sciences at the College of Technology in New York City, NY.
Bishop Joseph was ordained by Metropolitan Philaret into the diaconate in 1967 and priesthood in 1969. He served for 33 years as the rector of the Church of St. John of Kronstadt in Utica, NY, where he helped to build the new church and greatly enrich the parish life. He also served as the Senior Vice-President of the St. John of Kronstadt Fund for almost 25 years. From his Utica parish, Bishop Joseph also helped serve at the Church of St. Nicholas in Springfield, MA, for almost 3 years. Bishop Joseph was a teacher of mathematics and computer science for many years in New York State. After retiring, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area to live with his son.
At the Vth All-Diaspora Council, held in Nanuet, NY, on November 18-21, the newly-formed ROCA Synod of Bishops elected to elevate then Fr. Igor to the office of Vicar Bishop of Washington, D.C. He was tonsured on November 20, 2008, and made a bishop on November 20, 2008.
Though now retired his wisdom and experience continue to benefit parishioners and visitors alike.