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Most Rev. David William Worley
Patriarch Emeritus, The American Orthodox Catholic Church – Propheta Jurisdiction
Deceased: 2 January 2012 Birthday: 20 September 1944

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Biographical Info

Reverend David W. Worley, 67, of Laurel Terrace, passed away early Monday morning, January 2, 2012 at Massena Memorial Hospital.

Father Worley was born September 20, 1944 in Norfolk, the son of the late Earl Everett and Marion E. Ferris Worley. He attended Norfolk Grade School and graduated from Norwood-Norfolk Central School. After graduation he entered Holy Resurrection Theological School in the Bronx, later entering New York Theological Seminary and EOCC Seminary where he earned his Bachelor’s and Doctorate in Canon Law with the American Orthodox Catholic Church. He was ordained a Bishop of the church in 1972 at St. Leonard’s Cathedral. He served the Church at the Holy Resurrection Seminary for 18 ½ years until marrying his wife, Marlyn Carol Maryhugh in Lowville on December 6, 1986. Father Werley truly enjoyed celebrating the liturgy and reading about his Orthodox faith. He also enjoyed watching football and was a member of the Massena Senior Citizens.

Rev. Worley is survived by five step-children, Debra Waite, William Reynolds, Tammy Delong, Beverly Johnson, and Elizabeth Reynolds, all of Black River; many step grandchildren; two sisters, Ann E. Ash and companion, Scott Young of Massena and Patricia and Harold “Mickey” Thompson of New Bremen; and a brother, James and Judy Werley of Carthage.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marlyn on December 5, 2008; two brothers, Earl Jr. and Arthur; and a sister, Joan Bush.

Friends may call Friday 9:30 -10:30 a.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Metropolitan General Archbishop Alexander Williams, celebrating. Burial will be Petrie Corners Cemetery, Lowville.

Ordinations:

  • Deacon, 1970, by Bishop Anthony Everhart.
  • Priest, September 1971 by Bishop Anthony Everhart.
  • Bishop, 18 November 1972, by Bishop Gabre Mikael Kristos, Bishop Francis Joseph Ryan, Bishop James Burns and Bishop Anthony Everhart.
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