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Chaplaincy After the Chaplaincy - 11/09/15


“Some military installations are hours away from the nearest Orthodox parish – others are close to a parish but may have policies that void any such convenience,” said Archpriest Jerome Cwiklinski, a retired chaplain who continues to minister to US military personnel.  “Marine Corps Recruit Depot [MCRD], close to the heart of San Diego, is within five miles of parishes of almost every jurisdiction.  This is where half of all Marines go through basic training.  Because recruits are never permitted to leave the base, those parishes might as well be on the moon!”

And, continued Father Jerome, “Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center [MCAGCC] Twenty-nine Palms, in the Mojave Desert, IS the moon as far as many are concerned.

“It’s two hours from the nearest Orthodox parish, and its service school students are forbidden to own or operate motor vehicles,” he adds.

In the absence of assigned Orthodox Christian chaplains, Father Jerome and his wife, Matushka Wendy, provide an Orthodox presence on Sundays at MCRD and one Saturday per month at MCAGCC.

2016 OCMC Mission Teams Needed - 10/20/15

Around the world there are adults and children longing to learn more about the Faith. There are women who want to offer their time and talents to the Church, but need guidance on how best to serve. There are people desperate for healthcare. In 2016, Orthodox Mission Teams from the OCMC will do these things and more. Your service on one of these teams is needed!

Mission teams will be serving in seven countries this year including Alaska (USA), Albania, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. Dates and descriptions for upcoming mission teams are as follows:

3/19/2016 to 3/27/2016 - Albania: Work with Albanian youth leaders to host a conference for young adults from throughout Albania.

3/26/2016 to 4/2/2016 - Mexico: Offer youth and adult catechism to educate and encourage the faithful in the remote villages of San Esteban and Pisaflores.

Orthodox/Navigator Summer Mission 2016 in Serbia - 10/17/15

In the aftermath of generations of communism, the Orthodox Church in Serbia continues to grow, but faces the obstacles of outside non-Orthodox Christians coming into the country to proselytize Orthodox Christians away from their Mother Church. The Orthodox/Navigator Summer Mission aims to combat that by taking dedicated Orthodox Christians from outside to Serbia to witness to the Orthodox Faith and give support to our Orthodox brothers and sisters.

Sincere Orthodox faithful visiting from other ethnic communities and traditions are eagerly embraced and can quickly engage with people in deep, life-changing spiritual relationships. This is particularly true among Serbian teens and college-age people who, by far, are the most difficult to reach by the Church.


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