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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ORTHODOXY IN THE GUATEMALAN HIGHLANDS: A LIGHT SHINES BRIGHTLY

Juanita leads the choir in Aguacate

Father John Chakos Mayan Orthodox Community - July 2014 On the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul, in the humble and unspoiled village of Aguacate, we celebrated one of the most moving liturgies of my stay in Guatemala. For the first time in the Altiplano, I had the joy of experiencing uninterrupted worship from “Blessed ...

POLI NA SAFARI by Alexandra Chakos

Presbytera Alexandra arrives at her job site and home for the next 40 days

Poli Na Safari - Mayan Orthodox Community - July 2014 “Poli na safari” is a Swahili phrase meaning, I’m sorry for your travel. It is intended to show sympathy for the hardship one often faces while negotiating the difficult African terrain. Having traveled those rocky, pitted, unpaved roads, I understand the need for such a phrase. ...

Listen to “Mayan Orthodoxy,” a Recorded Lecture

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 has ...

Mayan Orthodoxy topic of presentation at SVOTS – May 18

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 as part ...

Introducing Mayan Orthodoxy

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 descendants of ...