December 6, 2011
November 18, 2011
OCMC Missionary Floyd Frantz to Speak in Colorado Springs, CO
Holy Theophany Orthodox Church
2770 North Chestnut St
Colorado Springs, Colorado
OCMC Missionary Mr. Floyd Frantz will be at Holy Theophany Orthodox Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado on 11/19/2011. Please contact Fr. Anthony Karbo by phone at 719-473-9238 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October 25, 2011
OCMC Missionary Floyd Frantz to Speak in Gillette, WY
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
122 South Gillette Ave
OCMC Missionary Mr. Floyd Frantz will be at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Gillette, Wyoming on 11/03/2011. Please contact Fr. James Thayer by phone at 307-682-2328 or by e-mail at email@example.com for more information.
October 21, 2011
PARMA, OH – Led by Board President Fr. George Liacopulos, Board Members from across the country recently gathered for the annual Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) Fall Board Meeting. With the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine, Fr. John Nakonachny, Fr. Michael Hontaruk, Fr. Dn. Ihor Mahlay, and the faithful of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, OH, this was the second board meeting for His Grace Bishop Savas who serves as a liaison between OCMC and the newly formed Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.
During the meeting, the many accomplishments of OCMC missionaries serving in Albania, Moldova, Romania, and Tanzania were reviewed. Stories of the Church’s rapid expansion among the Turkana of Northern Kenya were shared as well as potential opportunities that exist for sharing the Faith in Mongolia.
OCMC ministries are increasingly working to welcome non-Christian peoples into the Body of Christ. This focus has been a driving force behind the Mission Center’s recent strategic planning process. The work that has been done thus far on the strategic plan was approved by the board. The new strategic plan is aimed at emphasizing the importance of bringing people to the Faith, establishing church communities in parts of the world where they may not yet exist, and helping these communities to mature into self-sustaining, self-governing, and self-propagating parishes.
On Tuesday, October 11th, a reception was held at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Rocky River, OH. This event, organized by Fr. Dn. Ihor and Fr. James Doukas, was held to broaden awareness of, and support for, Orthodox missions and the work of the OCMC. During the banquet Mission Team Member to Alaska Alexis Steffas, OCMC Board Member John Colis and his wife Carrie who recently served in Tanzania, and OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi shared their experiences from the mission field and highlighted the importance of missions in the world. The evening’s festivities ended with some closing remarks from His Grace Bishop Savas who, following his recent trip with OCMC to Kenya, underscored the profound impact that missions can have in the lives of others.
The next OCMC Board Meeting will be held in May 2012 at Mission Center headquarters in St. Augustine, FL.
September 26, 2011
Hear About the 2011 Tanzania Teaching Mission Team
50 Goddard Ave
2011 Tanzania Teaching Team Member Jordan Zanetis will be speaking at the Holy Cross Missions Meeting at the Archbishop Iakovos Classroom Building, Room 110 in Brookline, Massachusetts on 09/27/2011. Please contact Jordan Zanetis by phone at 615-668-4054 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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On December 30th, with the blessing of Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All of Africa, Metropolitan George of Zimbabwe conducted three hundred and twenty-seven baptisms for catechumens in the parish of St. Nektarios in Harare. The majority of the converts were youth and young adults who had completed a catechism class over the past 12 months. Those who assisted His Eminence at the baptismal service were Protopresbyter George Saganis from Athens, and the African priests Fr. Raphel Ganda and Fr. Augustine Moketsi (supported by the SAMP Program of the OCMC) and the newly-ordained Deacon Demetrios Nyandebvu.
Zimbabwe, located just north of South Africa, has a population of 12 million people and is endowed with many natural resources. It has gone through many economic and social changes in the last three decades as it establishes its independence. In the last fifteen years the Orthodox Church has been active in bringing the Light of Christ to this country. Missionary centers are active meeting places for all age groups, offering catechism and the fullness of the liturgical life. In fall of 2009, the first OCMC Teaching Team traveled to Zimbabwe to offer catechetical lessons and offer a sign of love and solidarity to the faithful.
His Eminence George was elected as the Metropolitan of Zimbabwe on October 27, 2004; he has developed three mission centers and a vibrant outreach into the communities, encouraging the growth that has happened in the last few years.