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FINDING PARADISE IN THE MISSION FIELD

August 17, 2017 Featured
“Arise, O God, judge the earth…” chanted on Holy Saturday to the delight of the faithful.

Mayan Orthodox Church – June – July – August 2017 What is the happiness that God calls us to?  Can we find paradise on earth?  Serving now as I do in the fertile mission field of Guatemala, I often experience privileged moments of spiritual joy in the humblest of settings.  My first such mission epiphany […]

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ORTHODOX SEMINARY OF ST. ANDREW BEGINS WORK IN GUATEMALA

August 10, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru  – 10/8/17 A new seminary program has begun training eager candidates in Guatemala, where the Orthodox Church is rapidly growing, missionary to Guatemala and Mexico Jesse Brandow writes on his Facebook page. The program aims to educate leaders of all types in the Church, whether clerical or lay, and features instruction on-site and via Skype. “Today […]

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Songs of the Divine Liturgy in Spanish : Himnos de la Divina Liturgia en Español

October 20, 2016 Featured News
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The Mayan Orthodox Church – October 2016 The Orthodox Church continues to grow in Guatemala, and one of the areas of progress is chuch music. A beautiful youth choir has formed at the Church of the Annunciation in Aguacate, Guatemala, where the people now sing the entire Divine Liturgy. There also is an excellent choir […]

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CATHEDRALS OF THE POOR IN GUATEMALA

July 11, 2016 Featured News
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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 […]

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ORTHODOXY IN IXCAN: A STORY OF RESILIENT FAITH

May 11, 2016 Featured News
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. […]

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“You are bread”: Jesse Brandow – Missionary to Guatemala

January 5, 2016 Featured News
Standing with a parish community in Todos Santos, Guatemala

January 2016-Jesse Brandow (SVOTS 2013) “Remember: you are bread.” During my time at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Fr. Chad Hatfield closed a lenten reflection with this exhortation. I only understood his words after seminary when I experienced the hunger of the crowds that surround Christ. As an SVS alumnus, I work in Guatemala where thousands of […]

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ARCHBISHOP BLESSES AGUACATE MAYAN ORTHODOX CLINIC AMIDST NATIONAL HEALTHCARE CRISIS

November 19, 2015 Featured News

The Mayan Orthodox Church – November 2015 On November 8, Archbishop Athenagoras arrived in Aguacate, Guatemala to bless the newly completed Father Andres Giron medical/dental clinic, his gift to the long-suffering Mayan people of that region. Why is this outreach so important to them? Why were the faithful so happy to receive this blessing? With […]

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OCMC – You Are Needed as Part of a Mission Team in 2016!

October 17, 2015 Featured News
Orthodox Mission Team opportunities for 2016 are now available! You service is needed! Please apply today and help lead youth camps, teach the Faith, minister to women, restore a church, or offer healthcare in a world longing for the love of Christ.

Orthodox Christian Mission Center – October 2015 Visit OCMC Website here: 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, […]

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OCMC INAUGURATES CLINIC OUTREACH IN GUATEMALA

September 30, 2015 Featured News
Village woman seekong treatment for her child

The Mayan Orthodox Church – September  2015 After one year of planning, building, equipping and hectic last-minute preparations, the Father Andres Giron Clinic in Aguacate, Guatemala began operations on August 20, 2015. It was staffed by a dedicated team of nine 0CMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center) health professionals. It had been a year fraught with […]

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Fr. Fernando to succeed Fr. Andrés as the leader of the Mayan Orthodox Church

February 28, 2015 Featured News

  Mayan Orthodox Church – 28/2/15 Dear friends and family, I hope you’re staying warm! My sympathies to everyone in New England as you trudge through a winter apocalypse! This month will be news-oriented with updates about Guatemala and about myself. There’s a lot to share! Guatemala News Last November, priests from Guatemala met with […]

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Mission Updates from the Mayan Orthodox Church in Guatemala

February 11, 2015 Featured News
Six couples are united in Christ  through the sacrament of marriage

  Father John Chakos – February 2015 Things have been busy, to say the least, since our recent arrival in Guatemala. There were 6 of us in our group: Fr. John and myself, Bob Kirschner – project director of our new clinic, Dr. Willie Manteris – a dentist and partner in the building of our clinic, […]

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Thousands of Roman Catholics Continue to Join Syriac Orthodox Church in Guatemala

October 27, 2014 Featured News
Mor Titus  &  Mor Yacoub Edward

Ann Marai Husser (OCP Delegate of North & South America) OCP News Service – 27/10/14 More photos here: Visit the Guatemalan Archdiocese website here: Also visit the Mayan Eastern Orthodox Church here:  Guatemala City: Large numbers of Roman Catholics are joining the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East in the country. It is […]

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Listen to “Mayan Orthodoxy,” a Recorded Lecture

July 18, 2014 Featured News

Jesse Brandow- The Mayan Orthodox Community  June – July 2014 On May 18th, I delivered a public lecture at St. Vladimir’s Seminary on the growth of Mayan Orthodoxy in Guatemala. The lecture focused on the rich, volcanic soil of Guatemala as the key to understanding the history and culture of the country. The fertile soil […]

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MANY VOICES, ONE FLOCK: Church Music in Guatemala

June 26, 2014 Featured News

Father John Chakos –  June 2014 – Mayan Orthodoxy On the day of Pentecost many foreign languages were ecstatically uttered by the apostles, but instead of dividing the multitude in attendance, it united them in a bond of love. Such was the experience of the five member OCMC catechetical team that came to teach the […]

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MEDICAL MISSION: UNMERCENARIES NEEDED

June 26, 2014 Featured News
Robert Kirschner of Surgicorps with village child

Mayan Orthdooxy – June 2014 On May 29th, Robert Kirschner representing Surgicorps, Maxwell Dotson the CEO of the newly formed NGO- One World, One Community- and I traveled to the remote village of Aguacate, Guatemala, located a short distance below the southern border of Mexico. Our purpose was to explore the possibility of building a […]

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Mayan Orthodoxy topic of presentation at SVOTS – May 18

May 7, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Jesse Brandow, a 2013 alumnus of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here and long-term missionary candidate to Guatemala, will deliver a free public presentation, “Mayan Orthodoxy: Explosion of Faith,” in the seminary’s Bashir Auditorium of the Metropolitan Leonity Education Building on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Brandow, who first traveled to Guatemala […]

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Introducing Mayan Orthodoxy

April 16, 2014 Featured News

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico – April 2014 Visit website here: Who are the Mayan Orthodox? The Mayan Orthodox are a group of several thousand Guatemalans and Mexicans who came into the Orthodox Church in 2010 under the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico. They are called “Mayan” Orthodox because the majority of the converts are […]

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The Explosive growth of Orthodox Christianity in Guatemala

May 21, 2013 Featured News

21/5/13 Father David and Matushka Rozanne Rucker have been mission specialists for many years with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), which has missionaries around the world under the umbrella of the Assembly of Bishops. Guatemala has seen an explosive growth of Orthodox Christianity among thousands of indigenous Mayans, so now the Ruckers will be […]

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Mor Yacoub Edward Consecrated Archbishop of Guatemala to foster 800000 Roman Catholic converts to Syriac Orthodox Church

March 9, 2013 Featured News

9/3/13 Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East Beirut: Mor Yacoub Edward Consecrated as New Archbishop of Patriarchal Vicariate of Guatemala. His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas consecrated Very Rev. Rabban Edward as the Archbishop of Patriarchal Vicariate of Guatemala in the name “MOR YACOUB” on 06th March 2013 at the Monastery […]

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Hear about the 500,000-member Orthodox Church in Guatemala!

October 23, 2012 Featured News

23/10/2012 St. Vladimir’s Seminary Did you know that there are 338 Orthodox churches in Guatemala, with 500,000 faithful and catechumens? Did you know that a former UN Ambassador is now a priest in that community? Did you know that hundreds of Latin Americans continue to leave the Roman Catholic Church on a daily basis, seeking […]

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Mission Team Helps Guatemalan Orphanage Relocate to Higher Ground

June 13, 2012 Featured News
SVOTS Mission Team to Guatemala(from left) Claudia Bazil, Alumnus Ian Jones, Dn. Andre Paez, Mother Ines of the Hogar, Fr. Chad Hatfield, Alumnus Fr. David Wooten, Mary Roth, and Seminarian Scott Miller (Photo: Fr. David Wooten)

13/6/2012 [SVOTS Communications/Yonkers, NY] From May 31– June 7, 2012 a mission team from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, led by Chancellor/CEO Archpriest Chad Hatfield, visited Guatemala to lend much-needed hands to Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage. The team assisted in moving the orphanage from “Zone 1,” a crime-ridden and dangerous area of Guatemala City, to […]

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