Richmond church ordination reflects burgeoning membership

The once-fledgling and predominantly Russian parish of St. Alexander Nevsky Church has grown, and is quickly becoming 'a church for all of us.' by Betty Adams Toddlers, babes-in-arms, and other young children populating the church yard and inside St. Alexander Nevsky Church showed just how rapidly the parish family of the Russian Orthodox congregation has grown. Inside the sanctuary Sunday was another sign: the ordination of the Rev. Nathan Williams to the priesthood, the ordination of Joseph Kimball to the deaconate and the investiture of two tonsured Readers, Patrick Kimball and Matthew O’Donnell. Tonsured Reader is a first step … [Read more...]

Dormition in Sargodha, Pakistan

by Matushka Sophia Lubna Joseph This Feast has become a very popular tradition in the parish of St. Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, Pakistan for last 3 years! With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, on Sunday August 27, 2017, the solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. On this feast with the blessings of Vladyka Hilarion ruling bishop of Pakistan, Father Joseph and parishioners of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, cordially invited Father Paul, Graduate from Tomsk Theological Seminary, and a … [Read more...]

Nicaragua: An Orthodox Mission on the “Black River”

Construction continues on Holy Transfiguration Church in Nicaragua’s Orthodox mission. The church is located in the region of Río Negro ("Black River"), 35 miles from Managua, the nation’s capital. Divine services there are performed by Hieromonk Marcos (Cantillano). It is currently the only Orthodox parish in Nicaragua under the omophorion of ROCOR. Its core parishioners, roughly 20 people, are local Orthodox Nicaraguans. The land on which the church is being built was donated by members of Fr. Marcos’ family, who are local to the area. Fr. Marcos himself converted to Orthodoxy from the Roman Catholic Church, a result of his search for a … [Read more...]

A New Era in Evangelism and Outreach

“What are we doing about outreach to the Black community?" From the OCA Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Saturday, July 1, 2017, saw an historic event in the life of the Diocese of New York – New Jersey: the ordination of Subdeacon Samuel Davis, of Somerset, NJ, to the Holy Diaconate. While diaconal ordinations are not necessarily historic, Deacon Samuel is the first – ever – African-American to be ordained to this office in the history of the Diocese, and he is leading the planting and development of St. Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission in New Brunswick, NJ, an inner-city mission working on reaching inner-city Blacks and Hispanics. The … [Read more...]