Saint Andrew House here will be the site of the first Orthodox Church in America Mission School April 20-24, 2015.
Funding for the event was made possible through a bequest to the OCA for use in the areas of mission and evangelism.
“A focus group met several months ago to consider the best way to use the bequest,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary and Mission School facilitator. “After reviewing 19 different proposals, task force members selected three options, which were submitted to the members of the Holy Synod, who in turn selected sponsoring an annual school in various regions to teach the theory and practice of missions and evangelism to clergy and lay leaders. The proposal also was supported by members of the Metropolitan Council.” [See related story.]
Twenty-six participants—13 clergy and 13 lay leaders—representing every OCA diocese will participate. It had been decided that the bishops would select two participants from their respective dioceses to participate in the school.
In addition to Father Eric, instructors include Archpriests Chad Hatfield, Daniel Kovalak, John Pierce, John Reeves, David Rucker, and Steven Voytovich; Priests Timothy Hojnicki and John Parker; and others. His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael will lead roundtable discussions.
The Mission School will feature a comprehensive introduction to a wide variety of disciplines, including the Theology of Mission and Evangelism, Building Community, Stewardship and Finance, Catechism and Education Programs, Revitalization Efforts, and practical hand-on exercises culminating in the development of specific action plans.
“The Mission School is intended to have a ‘multiplier effect,’” Father Eric noted. “It is hoped that participants will take all that they have learned throughout the week and share it with others in their respective dioceses and regions.”
The community of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary extends a cordial invitation to all to attend the 111th Annual Pilgrimage over Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25, 2015.
“It is always a blessing to welcome hierarchs, clergy and faithful from the Orthodox Church in America, other Orthodox jurisdictions and guests from near and far,” said Archimandrite Sergius, the Monastery’s Abbot.
The Pilgrimage will officially open on Friday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m. with the greeting of the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Icon of the Mother of God and the celebration of a Molieben, followed by Vespers and Matins, in the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk. The icon will be available for veneration throughout the Pilgrimage.
Saint Tikhon’s Monastery is the oldest Orthodox Christian monastic community in North America.
In related news, Saint Tikhon’s Seminary will hold its 73nd annual Commencement on Saturday, May 23. The day will open with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. and continue with graduation ceremonies at 1:00 p.m.
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
July 2015 marks the first time the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] will be holding its annual national convention—the 89th in the organization’s history—in conjunction with the Orthodox Church in America’s All-American Council.
The convention will be held in Atlanta July 18-20, 2015, while the 18th All-American Council will open July 20 and run through July 24.
The FOCA’s activities will begin on Saturday, July 18, with the President’s Golf Outing at the Stone Mountain Golf Club, located in Stone Mountain National Park near downtown Atlanta. The cost is $75.00 per participant, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart and entrance fee to the park.
Two tours—CNN and Coca-Cola—are also scheduled for Saturday. The FOCA Board of Trustees will meet at the hotel at 3:00 p.m. Attendees are invited to attend Saturday evening Vespers at Atlanta’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 6:00 p.m., with the convention open house slated to begin at 8:00 p.m.
On Sunday, July 19, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon will preside at the Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. At 6:00 p.m. that evening, the convention banquet and dance will be held.
A 90-minute Peachtree Trolley Tour of Atlanta proper will be offered on Monday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m., with convention sessions scheduled for 1:00 p.m.