MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH [DOM Communications] – On the evening of October 12, Archpriest Father Emilian D. Hutnyan from St. Andrew Church in Maple Heights, Ohio was awarded the 2021 Maple Heights Citizen of the Year Award by Mayor Annette M. Blackwell. Mayor Blackwell has stated several times that when she is in need of something, she can call Father Emilian and he always answers.
In 2020, Fr. Emilian celebrated his 30 anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood. He was awarded the proclamation at the State of the City meeting for being a valued and selfless dedicated resident of Maple Heights, Ohio. “Because of his diplomatic and prudent judgement he has been called on by the Mayor and the city administration to assist in conflict resolution. He has also offered his own money for a reward to residents who were instrumental in saving a young mother and daughters life,” shared a parishioner of St. Andrew Church.
Fr. Emilian regularly engages with city offering the hall at no cost to the Mayor, Council Members, Department Heads for community meetings, Easter Fest, Community Shred Days, and the Mobile Farmers Market. The Farmers Market takes place once a month at St. Andrews; “Fr. Emilian is the first one there to open the doors and assist with the distribution of food.”
Giving special attention to the youth in his area is not unusual for Father. He is also known for offering weekly prayers for the Mayor, Police and Fire Departments, and First Responders.
Many years to Fr. Emilian, his family, and his parish community