CATHEDRALS OF THE POOR IN GUATEMALA

The Mayan Orthodox Church - June-July 2016 The experience of worshipping with the indigenous people in their small churches made of baked mud and clay or wooden planks defies description. These are the cathedrals of the poor, every bit as magnificent as the hallowed shrines of Orthodoxy in the great centers of the world. What a ...

ORTHODOXY IN IXCAN: A STORY OF RESILIENT FAITH

Inside view of temporary church

The Mayan Orthodox Church - April- May 2016-  Father John Chakos Up until the late fifties, the sparsely populated jungle area of Ixcan in western Guatemala was thought to be worthless by the government. In an effort to populate the region for the benefit of the indigenous tribes, a program of land reform was initiated. ...

A LEGACY OF SERVICE REMEMBERED AND RENEWED – Fr. Andres Giron

Fr. Andres presents his beloved flock to Archbishop Athenagoras

  Mayan Orthodox Church - February 2015 As commemorations of the one year memorial of Fr. Andres Giron continued throughout the villages, the question arises- what made the priestly ministry of this man so compelling to thousands of Mayan people? In an interview, Fr. Andres explained: “I became involved with them twenty-five years ago through land reform, ...

MEMORIA ETERNA – MAYAN ORTHODOX REMEMBER THEIR FOUNDER

  The Mayan Orthodox Church - 28/2/15 “A righteous man shall be in everlasting remembrance…” according to the Psalmist David (Ps. 111:6, OSB). One year after the falling asleep of +Fr. Andres Giron (2/16/14), these words seem to ring true, especially for the many thousands of Mayan Orthodox Christians who still hold him in such high esteem. For ...