Παρά τις διαφωνίες μας με την ύπαρξη παράλληλων Ορθόδοξων ιεραποστολών, παραθέτουμε τις ιεραποστολικές δράσεις των Ορθοδόξων Εκκλησιών του Πατριαρχείου Αντιοχείας , του Πατριαρχείου Μόσχας και της αυτόνομης ορθόδοξης εκκλησίας της Αμερικής.
Ouverture d’une mission de l’Église orthodoxe russe hors-frontières aux îles Tonga
Le Royaume du Tonga, dans la partie sud-ouest de l’océan Pacifique, est constitué de 176 îles, et fut découvert par les navigateurs hollandais Willem Schouten et Jacob Le Maire en 1616. L’explorateur anglais James Cook donna à l’archipel le nom de « Fiendly Islands »en 1773. En 1900, l’archipel devint protectorat britannique, tout en bénéficiant d’une autonomie. L’indépendance y fut déclarée en 1970. A la tête de l’archipel se trouve le roi Georges V. La population est constituée de petits groupes d’Européens ainsi que d’originaires des pays voisins d’Océanie, qui ne dépassent pas mille personnes sur chaque île. Toute la population appartient à différentes confessions chrétiennes. Selon les statistiques officielles, les méthodistes représentent 48% de la population totale, les catholiques-romains 16% et les mormons 30%. Il y a encore de petits groupes d’anglicans, d’adventistes et de pentecôtistes.
La capitale Nuku’alofa a été visitée, du 2 au 7 février, par l’archiprêtre Michel Protopopov, avec la bénédiction du métropolite Hilarion, primat de l’Église orthodoxe russe hors-frontières, pour y établir la première mission orthodoxe. Le père Michel a été accompagné par Siluan Vea, Tongien d’origine, qui souhaite que la lumière de l’orthodoxie brille dans son pays. Une grande maison a été louée, où sera installée la chapelle, le centre administratif et des chambres pour les visiteurs. Pour ouvrir la paroisse, le soutien du gouvernement local et des autres confessions, étaient nécessaires et ont été obtenus. Le 4 février, le père Michel a baptisé deux enfants de familles russo-tongiennes, et le dimanche eut lieu la première liturgie, durant laquelle 7 personnes reçurent la communion.
March 07, 2012
ALASKA, US, Kodiak, Fairbanks to host missionary events
Priest Luke Veronis, an Orthodox missionary associated for many years with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, will be a guest lecturer throughout the second week of March 2012 at Saint Herman’s Seminary here. Father Luke is currently pastor of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Webster, MA, and has previously taught missions courses at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY. He also teaches at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA.
As Executive Director of the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity, established in 2010, Father Luke works alongside Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Chancellor, Archpriest Chad Hatfield and Dean, Archpriest John Behr, members of the Institute’s Board of Trustees.
Meanwhile, Priest Maximus Regis Urbanowicz, an OCA missionary who serves at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Washington DC, will speak in the Alaskan interior during a week-long stay in Fairbanks.
Father Maximus is president of “Gospel to All Nations” and has spent 23 years holding evangelistic gatherings across 44 nations, including Russia.
During his stay in Fairbanks, Father Maximus will be hosted by the Orthodox Christian Fellowship that meets weekly on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. He will hold afternoon seminars at 1:00 p.m. on March 16 and 17 at Schaible Auditorium on the UAF campus, and will speak at evening gatherings at 7:30 p.m. at the same location.
Father Maximus also will present retreats for men and women. On Sunday, March 18, he will concelebrate at the 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy at Fairbanks’ Saint Herman Church — “the most northern Orthodox parish in America!”
All of the Fairbanks events are open to the community and members of all faith traditions.
Alaskan Mission Trip
Written by Lisa Bobotas
Breaking through the clouds to see the snow-capped mountains of Juneau, Alaska started this Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) mission trip. There was a team of 9 Orthodox Christian volunteers to help the communities of Juneau and Hoonah, Alaska (both churches are St. Nicholas), along with repairing the Hoonah church building. We ranged in age from 19 to 84, and traveled from Florida, Alabama, Indiana and Illinois.
One team member was on her 11th OCMC mission trip in 12 years. Another member was on her third OCMC trip in three years. For the rest of us, it was our first OCMC trip.
We began our four-day orientation at St. Nicholas in Juneau and then would travel to Hoonah. The orientation was for individual and team preparation, along with culture training about Orthodoxy in Alaska and the indigenous people. The parish priest for both St. Nicholas churches is Fr. Simeon.
As part of the orientation and the team building, we had to prepare a three-minute presentation about ourselves and our orthodoxy. I was unexpectedly nervous and emotional thinking about what I would say. The other team members expressed similar concerns. The Holy Spirit was moving us all to continue to inwardly evaluate ourselves and our mission.
As we presented our stories, there were tears and laughs. Despite the common thread of Orthodoxy, the lifetime of patterns weaved by each of us look so different. Some were filled with straight lines, others in circles and others were zig zags. Nevertheless, here we all sat together with one common goal.
We were blessed to meet Richard and Nora Dauenhauer. They have jointly written eight books, four of which are about the Tlinget, one of the five major groupings of Alaska’s indigenous people, also called Alaska Natives.
Nora is a Tlinget and spoke to us in her native language. Hoonah is primarily Tlinget, and thus, part of our orientation is to educate us on their culture.
The history and wealth of knowledge that Richard and Nora gave us was impressive and valuable.
Nora also authored two books of poems. Richard also authored a book of poems and brought us copies, which he autographed. Before they left, Richard and Nora chanted «Christ is Risen» in Tlinget. We have attached the audio here.
GunalchÈesh (Thank you).
Ho Ho (You’re welcome).
Sunday’s Divine Liturgy at St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church in Juneau and the Missionary Blessing Service was overwhelming. I do not feel worthy of the prayers on our team’s behalf. The church was filled to capacity. We also met Fr. Eugene, Presbytera and their beautiful daughter. Fr. Eugene assists at St. Nicholas in Juneau and is the full-time chaplain for the United States Coast Guard. As Chaplain, Fr. Eugene covers all personnel in the water services provided by the U.S. military.
Archdiocese News – Antiochian orthodoxy in Philippine
In 2007, the leaders of two separate religious groups in The Philippines contacted His Eminence Paul in Sydney, requesting to join the Orthodox Church.
Many long and fruitful discussions were held between His Eminence and the two leaders, which culminated with His Eminence inviting them to Sydney for further face-to-face discussions. They arrived in May 2007, where they stayed as guests of His Eminence for three weeks. The teachings of the groups were considered and they also learnt about Orthodoxy. At the end of the 3 weeks both leaders stood up and declared: “we accept what the Orthodox Church accepts and refuse what She refuses”. His Eminence answered them “welcome home”, the phrase with which Archbishop Philip welcomed the converts.
In December 2011, one of our Orthodox priests in Manila called His Eminence to report he had been in contact with three different groups and some individual leaders who have all come to the conclusion that they would like to join the Orthodox Church. The Archdiocese began communications with these groups. We have learnt that the larger group, consisting of some seven thousand families, knows much about orthodoxy and their leaders were very proud to call themselves orthodox with a small “o”.
On Saturday, 28th of January, His Eminence travelled to the Philippines to visit his parishes and to meet with the new groups. On Tuesday, 31st of January, His Eminence and 7 clergymen of the two larger groups met and discussed their teachings over three full days. At the conclusion of this meeting His Eminence welcomed them to the Antiochian Orthodox Church and promised to bring some of their clergy to Sydney for training and ordination, to be followed by a trip to the Philippines by His Eminence to train and ordain the other leaders.
The two groups are known by the following names:
1- The Apostolic Catholic Church (7000 families)
2- The Missionary Society of St. Paul (2000 families)
3- A Minister with ( 100 families)
4- A “Bishop” with (1000 families)
5- A Leader with large group of social workers who work with the homeless and poor.
During his visit to The Philippines, His Eminence and three of the new ministers who are already involved as hospital chaplains visited a government hospital that serves 250 poor children and requested that the directors assign one of our clergymen as a chaplain, a request to which they agreed. The managers of the hospital discussed with His Eminence the possibility of arranging some donations of very needed medicines and equipments. His Eminence promised to discuss the request with the Board of Trustees members and to form a doctors committee to try to satisfy some of the needs
The following day His Eminence and his team visited a school of a thousand students where the administrator agreed to our request of assigning one of our clergymen as school chaplain. An E-mail was received informing the Hierarch that religious services have begun and the consulting office has been opened in the school.
On Saturday, 4th of February, His Eminence visited another of the new churches, where hundreds of believers were waiting for him. The children and the youth presented a well-planned show, followed by the choir recital. His Eminence spent hours discussing the future of their group and their future worship with us.
His Eminence will bring up the topic of assistance to The Philippines to the attention of the Board of Trustees members (St. Nicholas Melbourne, February 17-19). He is encouraging any faithful to participate in a very Christian endeavour by helping the mission of our Archdiocese.
“If you give a drink of water to a thirsty person, in my name, to me you have given it”.
“The work is plentiful, but the workers are few, we will ask the Lord of the field to send workers to His Field”.
Metropolitan Archbishop Paul
Primate of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines
The Orthodox Mission in Philippines
On February 2nd, our Orthodox Community and our Orthodox Monastery in Masbate, Philippines celebrated the feast of Saint Tryphon, patron saint of the farmers.
Fr.George after the Divine Liturgy blessed the animals and the vehicles of the Monastery of the Birth of the Theotokos as well as the animals and the vehicles of the faithful of the Orthodox Community.
Mother Theodoti distributed new Notebooks to schoolchildren and food to poor families.