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Every year, Father Peter Olsen (Rector, Saint Basil’s Church in Watervliet NY) has the honor to offer a benediction and participate in the Annual Maplewood Fireman's/American Legion Memorial Day Parade.  As honorary chaplain of the Maplewood Volunteer Fire Department, he always offers a prayer and a benediction at the installation banquet of the officers of the Fire Department.


This year at the banquet, Tom Kuzler (Commander of Maplewood American Legion Post 1615) awarded Father Peter with Honorary Membership in the Legion.


“The American Legion does not officially recognize honorary memberships, and rightfully so,” said Father Peter, “but our local Maplewood post extended this to me anyway in their love and kindness.  I was very touched.  I don’t love and honor our Veterans any more than any other American should.  I thanked them and told them that I didn’t deserve the honor because I never served, but I gratefully thanked them for their kindness and good wishes.  I asked my son Christopher to stand up and chose the moment to recognize another Olsen who actually did serve, and thanked him publicly for his service.  I am very touched, and I cherish the certificate and their kind recognition.”

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On the Diocesan Calendar


March 22, 2018

 NY State Deanery

 Clergy Lenten Retreat

 and Meeting

Saints Peter & Paul Church

Syracuse NY

10:00 am


March 25, 2018

   The Annunciation to

   the Holy Theotokos


April 1, 2018

Palm Sunday


April 8, 2018



   The Resurrection of

   Our Lord, God, and

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May 17, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Ascension of

Our Lord


May 27, 2018

   Holy Pentecost

The Descent of

the Holy Spirit


August 6, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Transgfiguration of

Our Lord


August 15, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Dormition of

the Theotokos


September 8, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Nativity of

the Theotokos


September 14, 2018

   The Exaltation of the

   Life-Creating Cross


November 21, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Entrance of the

Theotokos into

the Temple


December 25, 2018

  Feast Day of the

  Nativity of Our

  Lord, God, and Savior

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