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2021 virtual team in Nigeria

A New Kind of Enthusiasm in Nigeria

2021 virtual mission team in Nigeria

April 10th and April 11th were historic days in the life of the Orthodox Church in Nigeria when 45 Nigerian clergy and youth leaders gathered at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary parish in Nanka, and connected remotely from different regions, to participate in a virtual retreat with a five-member...

Nigeria virtual women's team

First Virtual Mission Teams to Nigeria and Nyeri, Kenya!

“I am still reflecting on this virtual mission trip to Nigeria!” remarks team member Anna Kurian. “It was such a lovely experience. I will definitely be thinking about all of them for a long while. How beautiful to see people who are living their faith halfway across the world.”

Nigeria and Nyeri...

Fr. Martin Ritsi in Kenya

New Missionaries Being Trained

Guatemala and Mexico are the destinations for the newest missionaries attending OCMC’s New Candidate Orientation this week. Normally conducted at the Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building in St. Augustine, Florida, the seven new missionaries...

St. Innocent, Apostle to America

St. Innocent, Apostle to America

Commemoration Dates: October 6th & March 31st

John Veniaminov was born on August 26, 1797 in a rural village of the Irkutsk province in Russia. His father was a church server and taught John to read the Epistle at a very young age. When he was six years old, he was orphaned.

At the age of ten...

Home of Hope virtual team

Caring for Kids - Caring for Creation

“It was such a joy to hear the children laugh, sing, dance, and enjoy the playground and nature,” remarked OCMC Missionary Anastasia Pamela Barksdale while reflecting on the new playground at the Orthodox Children’s Home of Hope in Albania. The new equipment was made possible by generous donors in...

Annunciation of the Theotokos

Annunciation of the Theotokos

Annunciation of the Theotokos

On March 25th we celebrate the great feast of the Annunciation. It is the day that God announced, through the Archangel Gabriel, and the cooperation of a young Jewish virgin girl, His plan of our salvation – our freedom from Satan and sin. We cannot just celebrate the Annunciation and keep it to...

St. Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland

St. Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland

Parades, wearing of the green, shamrocks, celebrations - which one of these is a true event in the life of St. Patrick? The humble bishop who helped establish Christianity in the country now known as Ireland would be surprised, and perhaps saddened, by some of the “traditions” associated with his...

Virtual team to Colombia

Continuing to Teach the Sacraments in Colombia

“Yesterday was a spectacular day, simply spectacular.  Your lessons were well understood and the people who attended were happy,” noted Fr. Rafael Padilla, when asked to reflect on the Virtual Team that gathered individuals from the village of Cereté, along with others that connected remotely on...

Kenyan priest holding the Gospel as the faithful venerate

Advancing the Gospel from Nigeria to Kenya

On opposite ends of the vast African continent, Nigeria and Kenya are extending an invitation to you, right now. His Eminence Alexander (Nigeria) and His Grace Neofitos (Nyeri and Mt. Kenya) are asking you to help them advance the Gospel in their communities. Are you ready to make a difference...

St Ansgar icon

St. Ansgar, Apostle of the North and Enlightener of Denmark and Sweden

Today, the church commemorates St. Ansgar, Apostle of the North and Enlightener of Denmark and Sweden!

St. Ansgar was born to nobility in France in 801. According to “Vita Ansgarii” (“Life of Ansgar”), written by St. Rimbert, he was pious from a young age, experiencing spiritual revelations that...

Family in Colombia

Sharing the Good News in Colombia and throughout the World!

We must “share the True Faith with every person who seeks the Church that preaches God’s love,” proclaims Fr. Rafael Padilla, the priest for a growing Orthodox parish in Cereté, Colombia, where there are over 100 catechumens. 

In 2019, immediately after the very successful first OCMC Mission Team...

The Candelario family, the Sarigianis family, and Elaine Piniat

Meet Our Missionaries Preparing for Deployment Overseas

Josef and Euphrosini Candelario, Elaine Piniat, and Steve and Theophani Sarigianis have a lot in common. Not only are they all preparing for OCMC missionary service, but they are doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Missionaries are responsible for raising support partners who make their service...

Archbishop Anastasios of Albania

From Coexistence to “Communion of Persons”

“You discover yourself essentially when you offer yourself,” writes His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios (Yannoulatos) of Albania in his book, Mission in Christ’s Way. Moved by these simple and powerful words, Elaine Piniat began her journey to become a long-term missionary. This act of discovery and...

Hank Hanegraaff and James Ssengunda

Connecting Uganda and the US

Anna Rozes, of Jacksonville, FL, was overcome with emotion and tears of joy when she learned of the impact her presentation had on youth in northern Uganda. She felt called to connect with the youth in Uganda after hearing a sermon given by OCMC Executive Director, Fr. Martin Ritsi, at her home...

OCMC Interviews: Meet Anastasia Pamela Barksdale!

OCMC Interviews: Meet Anastasia Pamela Barksdale!

Join us for the sixth episode of our OCMC Interviews series on January 25 at 6pm EST!

In this episode, we interview Anastasia Pamela Barksdale, a missionary in Albania. Join us for a fascinating and inspiring conversation about the work of the Orthodox Church worldwide.

As always, if you join...

Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak and Jason Sterling

New Finance Director & Missionary Recruitment Officer Join OCMC

After a nationwide search, OCMC is pleased to announce the filling of two critical positions at the Mission Center in St. Augustine, Florida: Jason Sterling as Finance Director and Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak as Missionary Recruitment Officer. “To be able to add to our OCMC team two people of the...

Archbishop Anastasios and the children's choir on Christmas, 2019

Christmas in the Mission Field

Christians around the world gather to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ with some traditions that are foreign to us, and others that are surprisingly familiar. OCMC Missionaries to Albania, Fr. Stephanos and Presbytera Alexandria Ritsi, along with their two children love the wonderful...

2019 Colombia mission team

Help Colombians Find the True Faith!

In Colombia, where Orthodoxy is mainly unknown, a parish community of 300 faithful in the town of Cereté has sprung up and is flourishing. Fr. Rafael Padilla, the parish priest, wants to “share the True Faith with every person who seeks the Church that preaches God’s love.” With the blessings of His...

Uganda virtual team participants

Uganda Youth Leaders Strengthened by OCMC Virtual Event

Overjoyed by the success of a two-day virtual event attended by over 20 youth leaders in his diocese, His Grace Bishop Silvester of Gulu and Eastern Uganda remarked, “We are grateful for all your initiative for our Orthodox Church’s growth and development. We are humbled by this experience.” He went...

Fr. Jerome, Fr. Robert, and participants in the retreat in Ghana

Historic Ghana Clergy Stewardship Retreat

Over a period of three days, from Nov. 19-21, history was made in Ghana when eleven local clergy gathered at the Archdiocese center in the capital city of Accra to participate in a virtual retreat on Stewardship conducted by OCMC team members in the United States. His Eminence Metropolitan Petros of...

OCMC Interviews: Meet the Chakos Family

OCMC Interviews: Meet Father John and Presbytera Alexandra Chakos!

Join us for the fifth episode of our OCMC Interviews series on November 30 at 8pm EST!

In this episode, we will interview Fr. John and Pres. Alexandra Chakos, a missionary couple with decades of experience in the mission field. Join us for a fascinating and inspiring conversation about the work...

SAMP Month

We Tripled Our SAMP Month Goal!

We designated this past October as Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) Month and asked our social media and online followers to help us raise $3,600 for the benefit of mission priests. You and our online community not only enabled us to meet our goal, but through your incredible generosity, we raised...

The late Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh

Metropolitan Maximos and the Indonesian Mission

Metropolitan Maximos of blessed memory was a strong supporter of missions, especially in Indonesia.

When the first inquiries into Orthodoxy began in the mid-eighties, a young convert to the Church maintained an active correspondence with a group of young men in his country. It was Maximos who...