Loss of a priest

Below is a news piece that appeared on the local TV News (here). I heard about the passing away of Fr. Janko earlier today but I was away. In fact, I had an annual Parastos for my own father who passed away ten years ago.  I’m not sure of the exact details. I think he was on his way from the parish house to the church when he had either a stroke or heart attack. He fell and got up and fell again and must have fallen on the cement sidewalk. Not sure if any of these details are fully accurate. It is, nonetheless, a sad day for us in the Eastern Diocese, the Cleveland Deanery in particular.

May God grant Fr. Janko memory eternal!

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church is mourning the loss of its priest

A parishioner found Reverend Janko Rajlich’s body near the church Saturday afternoon.

It appears he died of natural causes, and police say foul play does NOT appear to be a factor.

“He had some health issues and, he was found this morning, closer to noon, and we’re just investigating at this point right now to make sure there is nothing further to it, ” said Det. Sgt. Daryl Martin with the Youngstown Police Department.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church is located on Youngstown’s West Side.


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