Orthodox Christian Mission Center’s Blog

July 23, 2008

OCMC News

39th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress

“Gather My People to My Home” is the theme of the 39th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. In his opening remarks, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America stated, “The theme of the Congress calls us in no uncertain terms to reach out, to move out and start gathering the souls who look for a spiritual home, for a living community and ultimately for a communion with God.” According to attendee Kenneth Kidd, OCMC Annual Gifts Officer, those attending the Congress have opened their hearts to this message as it applies both to the Church here in America and to the Church’s participation in International Missions.

OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi facilitated a workshop on enlivening the local parish through participation in International Missions. Also on the panel: Fr. Paul Paris of Minneappolis, MN, Fr. Steve Tsichlis of Irvine, CA, Fr. Luke Veronis of Webster, MA, and Fr. Alexander Veronis of Lancaster, PA. These priests spoke from experience about the benefits of participation in International Missions.

Rev. Alexander Veronis to receive Distinguished Ministry Award at Clergy-Laity Congress

On July 11th, Rev. Alexander Veronis received the Distinguished Ministry Award from the Hellenic College and Holy Cross Alumni Association at the 39th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress in Washington, D.C., this July. This award is given every two years to an alumnus with an outstanding ministry. Fr. Alexander is being honored for his 40 years as a pioneer in Orthodox Christian Missions. Fr. Alexander began the Missions Program of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North & South America in 1967. This eventually evolved into the present Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) under SCOBA. He served as the first OCMC Board President and continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the OCMC Board as President Emeritus.

New Agape/SAMP Coordinator at Orthodox Christian Mission Center

Ted Theodorou took over as OCMC’s Agape/SAMP Coordinator this month. Kenneth Kidd will continue to provide oversite for these programs in his role as Annual Gifts Officer. Ted grew up in Tucson, AZ, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Classical Studies from the University of Arizona. He then went on to attend Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where he sat on the Missions committee for two years. Growing up, Ted was involved with his local Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapter, where he developed a greater appreciation for his Orthodox faith. In 2005, Ted joined a mission team to Guatemala. He has since participated on Real Break teams to New Orleans and Alaska and OCMC Mission Teams to Ghana and Uganda. Through this work, he felt called to serve the Church in the area of International Missions.

Ted can be reached by email at ted@ocmc.org or by phone at (904) 829- 5132.

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