Thursday, May 21, 2009
OCN to Provide Live Coverage of the Dedication of the New Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building
St. Augustine, FL - Several hundred Orthodox Christian faithful from throughout the country and as far away as Albania and Romania will be in St. Augustine this week for the dedication of the new Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administrative Building of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). This new facility will serve as the international missions headquarters for North America’s estimated 1.5 million Orthodox Christians. Events begin with an evening banquet Wednesday, May 20, and continue on Thursday with a Divine Liturgy service at 7:30 a.m. The actual Dedication ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, to be followed by a luncheon.
Both His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania, and His Eminence Demetrios, Archbishop and Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Chairman of SCOBA, together with other hierarchs of SCOBA, will be at the dedication to celebrate this historical moment in Orthodox missions and cooperation, and to lead the gathered Faithful in praying for the continuation of this vital work of the Church.
Also participating are current and former OCMC missionaries who are serving or have served in various worldwide locations; mission team volunteers; members of the OCMC board of directors; benefactors; staff; and other Orthodox clergy and laity.
Coverage of this historic event, including photos, interviews, and a live blog, will be provided by Fr. Chris Metropulos of Orthodox Christian Network (OCN). Logon to www.MyOCN.net on May 21st to share in this monumental expression of Orthodox Christian unity in North America and the continued growth of the Orthodox missions movement.
In response to Christ's final command to "make disciples of all
nations," the OCMC is dedicated to helping the Church realize its
missionary vision. In addition to sending Missionaries and Mission Team
volunteers, the OCMC subsidizes the salaries of over 350 indigenous
clergy in 18 mission countries. It helps train new church leaders by
supporting seven seminaries around the world, and it funds numerous
ministry and philanthropic projects of the Church abroad. In the new
Missionary Training and Administration Building, these programs will be
able to work toward sharing the
Gospel of Christ in more areas around the world in the years to come.