On Friday July 12/25, 2014 His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America, accompanied by Hieromonk Maximus and Archdeacon Agathangelus traveled to Bogotá, Columbia in order to receive Fr. Félix Piñeros and his family and the faithful with him. Fr. Félix and Presbytera Clara/Fotini have a small but nice house chapel in the third floor of their house, dedicated to St. Nectarios of Aegina.
They served Matins on Saturday morning, and arranged the altar with antimension and chrism. It turns out that the relic in the antimension is of St. Fotini, Presbytera’s patron saint. On Saturday evening they served full Vespers. On Sunday morning Metropolitan Demetrius served Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with Frs. Félix and Maximus. Fr. Agathangelus chanted assisted by Presbytera Clara/Fotini. The clergy answered questions about chanting, liturgics, and various practical things relating to Church life. We departed early Monday morning. Fr. Félix is a retired lawyer who also studied for eight years in a Roman Catholic seminary. He has written a number of books in Spanish about Orthodoxy. He is looking into finding a larger building so the mission can grow.
Jonesboro is a town located near the Eastern border of Arkansas, with a population of approximately 60,000. From a human standpoint, it’s not the most likely candidate for a traditional Orthodox mission, but for an Orthodox Christian who orders his priorities around Christ and His Church, it makes perfect sense. Read more...
2021 St. Xenia Camp
Greetings St. Xenia Camp family,
As previously announced, through the intercessions of St. Xenia, the prayers of so many of you, and with the blessing of Metropolitan Demetrius, St. Xenia Camp 2021 will return to Forest Acres in Fryeburg, Maine August 15-21! Given the continued impact of COVID-19, camp this year may yet be somewhat different from the past Forest Acres experiences. We are sharing this information ahead of registration so that all families can make an informed decision on whether they feel comfortable sending their camper(s) this year. [Read more...]
Q. In considering becoming part of the GOC in America, I am getting warnings from various circles that the attitude of GOC people is that of being “walled off,” “arrogant,” “judgmental,” and “in your face” toward those not in the Genuine Orthodox Church, with accusations such as “World Orthodox” priests are “not even Christians” and the like. Could you give me your personal, realistic assessment of this dynamic and possibly refer me to an official statement on how GOC members should and do relate to and communicate with those in “World Orthodoxy”? Read more...