OCMC News – OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi Meets with the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew

OCMC News – OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi Meets with the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew


by Alex Goodwin (Posted 1/7/2016)

On Friday, December 11th, 2015, following a lunch hosted at the Patriarchate, OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi had a private meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew.

Fr. Martin, on behalf of the Mission Center’s board, staff, missionaries, volunteers, and supporters thanked the Ecumenical Patriarch for his support, encouragement, and prayers for OCMC’s mission ministries around the world. His All-Holiness expressed his appreciation for the Mission Center’s work over the years, noting that it has been a substantial effort.

Following a brief overview of OCMC’s 30-year history, Fr. Martin shared recent developments in the countries where OCMC is actively involved in sharing the Orthodox Faith. He detailed the significant resources that are being applied to these efforts. Fr. Martin underscored the harmonious pan-Orthodox nature of the mission work being undertaken and its importance in witnessing to the Gospel.

With deep pastoral care and concern, the Ecumenical Patriarch encouraged the OCMC to see what more it could do for the many struggling missions around the world that have been affected by the global financial crisis.

On Saturday, December 12th, Fr. Martin was invited to attend the celebration of the Liturgy at St. Spyridon the Wonderworker on Halki on the Saint’s Feast Day. As His All-Holiness addressed the faithful, he again expressed his gratitude for all that the OCMC does.

The Orthodox Christian Mission Center prays for the continued strength of His All-Holiness Bartholomew and thanks the Ecumenical Patriarch for his continuous prayers and support.

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Alex Goodwin

Alex Goodwin serves as the Communications Director at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in St. Augustine, Florida, where he lives with his wife and two children. Alex has participated on multiple mission teams to Africa. His duties at the Mission Center include broadening awareness of, and participation in, Orthodox missions among the faithful of North America.