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Biography of The Very Rev. Dr. David Hester

Father David, pastor of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre, PA, has been a pastor since 2000. Before that he served for ten years at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He earned a doctoral degree in Oriental Ecclesiastical Studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, Italy. His Licentiate thesis was on St. Diadichos of Photiki, and his Doctoral dissertation was on the Monastic Spirituality of the Italo-Greek Monks from the 9th to the 12th century.