This Week in Orthodoxy – February 28, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy – February 28, 2014


Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church.

Segment 1: News from around the Globe

Headline: Political Upheaval in Ukraine
Our top story this week. In recent days, Ukraine has dominated headlines around the world. The situation is still uncertain, but it looks likely that a new government will come to power, even though many questions remain about the country’s political and economic future.

Clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church have played a significant role in recent events. Pictures of Orthodox priests and monks helping injured people, praying for peace, and providing spiritual comfort to those in grief after the death of friends or relatives have circulated on social media and in major publications.

We’ll be keeping our eye on the situation in Ukraine in the coming weeks.

Headline: Ordination of Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska
Our next story. The Orthodox Church in America, or OCA, ordained a new bishop for its diocese of Alaska on February 21. The diocese, which had been without a hierarch for several years, extends over a vast expanse of mainly rural land in Alaska and includes many native peoples who have been Orthodox for centuries.

40 priests and deacons joined the ordaining hierarchs for the ordination of Bishop David at St. Innocent Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska.

Headline: The Falling Asleep of Fr Andres Giron
On the morning of Sunday, February 16, two days after his 67th birthday, Fr Andres Giron, the pioneering leader of the Orthodox Church in Guatemala, passed away after a long battle with diabetes.

Fr Giron began his public career as a Catholic priest and quickly became known as a defender of the rights of impoverished native tribes of Mayan heritage.

He eventually left the Catholic Church and organized a church of native peoples, which he ultimately led to a mass conversion to Orthodoxy under the omophorion of His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras, a hierarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

These new Orthodox Christians number at least 400,000 people, with 338 churches and chapels, making it one of the largest religious conversions in recent history.

Headline: Boston Byzantine Music Festival
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology held a two-day festival earlier this week, dedicated to the sacred and secular music of the Byzantine tradition.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir and the acclaimed musical ensemble En Chordais from Thessaloniki were the featured performers.

Segment 2: Coming Up

Applications are due February 28 for scholarships to the Ionian Village Summer Camp, a popular ministry of the Greek Archdiocese in which students travel across Greece, venerate the relics of the Saints, walk the footsteps of the Apostles, and visit significant sites of Greek history and culture. Find out more about the scholarships at

Segment 3: News from OCN

In the coming week, our prayers will be with Fr Chris Metropulos, who will be leading an OCN-sponsored trip to the Holy Land. Check out our website for photos, audio interview, and blog posts.

That’s it for “This Week in Orthodoxy.” Let us know if you enjoyed watching. See you next week!


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Seraphim Danckaert

Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.