Twenty Six Children Baptized into the Mayan Orthodox Church in Guatemala

Jesse Brandow: Missionary to Guatemala and Mexico - 23/1/2019 As part of the ongoing missionary works, 26 new kids were baptized into the Mayan Orthodox Chruch in Guatemala. 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 ...

THE NEW FACE OF MAYAN CHRISTIANITY

Fireworks and shouts of joy greet the Archbishop

The Mayan Orthodox Church - Father John Chakos - 25/4/15 Christianity among the Mayan Indians is undergoing a dramatic change in places like Guatemala and Southern Mexico. This shifting of religious identity is part of a larger trend that is enveloping much of Latin America. According to the Pew Research Center report, published in November of 2014, “historical ...

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

  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 Metropolitan Athenagoras in Mexico City ...

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, ...

Mission Updates from the Mayan Orthodox Church in Guatemala

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, Dave Sevick ...

THE MIDWIVES OF AGUACATE : BIRTHING A VILLAGE

The Midwives of Aguacate and OWOC project director Robert Kirschner

The Mayan Orthodox Church - December 2014 As we approach the glorious celebration of our Lord’s Nativity in the cave of Bethlehem, the thought occurred to me that there might have been a midwife present to assist with the delivery of Jesus. Although the Holy Scriptures remain silent about this, the Orthodox Church’s iconographic depiction of ...

IT TAKES A VILLAGE : AGUACATE BUILDS ITS OWN CLINIC

The men carry 5 gallon buckets of cement up the makeshift ramp

December 2014 - The Mayan Orthodox Church The old African proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child” could also refer to other communal endeavors such as building a clinic. We found this to be the case in Aguacate, Guatemala, after a recent visit (Nov. 16th) to see for ourselves how the project was ...

The Church Mourns but not without Hope

Fr. Mihail introduces the Orthodox Calendar Book to the catechists

Mayan Orthodox Church, Guatemala - Father John Chakos - October 2014 After the loss of its dynamic and visionary leader- Fr. Andres Giron- the Guatemalan clergy and faithful entered into a difficult period of mourning and readjustment. In every parish that we visited, there was sadness, but no loss of hope. On the contrary, a strong desire ...

MEDICAL MISSION TO AGUACATE BEGINS

Dr. Manteris extracts decayed teeth from a young child as mother looks on

Mayan Orthodox Church - October 2014 While construction for the medical/dental clinic in the Mayan village of Aguacate was underway, a dental team headed by Dr. Willie Manteris, and including his daughter Nikki and Robert Kirschner arrived on August 10th. Their plan was to offer fluoride treatment, dental screening and treatment of the most serious types ...