UPDATE: A different version of the Western American Diocese’s press release on Eugene priest

Author: Melanie Jula Sakoda
Date Published: 10/21/2016
Publication: Pokrov.org
Two links in “A different version of the Western American Diocese’s press release on Eugene priest,” published on October 18, 2016, no longer contain the version of the letter from the Western American Diocese which said that Father Daniel James Mackay was on an involuntary leave of absence.
It was expected that Saint John the Wonderworker’s website would eventually delete that version of the letter, which is why Pokrov.org included a link to a screen shot of the letter taken on October 15, 2016, which previously could be found on the Wayback Machine. The disappearance of the link on the Internet Archive was unanticipated.
Pokrov.org regrets any confusion this may have caused our readers. A PDF file of the original letter can still be found here, and was originally published on our site on October 16, 2016.


Pokrov.org received an email with a link to a press release on the website of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America on the charges pending against Father Daniel James Mackay. The priest worked at Saint John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church in Eugene, Oregon, until his arrest on October 12th.

The press release on the diocesan website was different from the one appearing on the website of the Eugene parish, which was published on our site earlier, in one important respect.

The statement on the diocesan website said that “While the criminal proceedings are pending and until the conclusion of ecclesiastical proceedings, Father Daniel will be suspended from all pastoral duties to which he was assigned.”


The release on the parish website said only, “While the charges are pending, Father Daniel who was the parish priest at St. John the Wonderworker Serbian Orthodox Church in Eugene, Oregon, has since October 12, 2016, voluntarily taken leave from all priestly ministry duties to which he was assigned.”



Our page on Mackay now includes copies of both statements, with the origins clarified.