Greetings from the end of the semester at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Last time we wrote, Daphne, Peter and I were settling in after our move here from Canada. Now we’ve been in New England for over three months.
Peter holds St Nicholas’ staff
My midterms went well, and with your prayers I’m on my way to a strong finish for the semester. My parish assignment— St George Orthodox Church in Norwood, MA— is treating us like family. I help with religious education, and preached my second homily this past Sunday. Classes were cancelled on Tuesday for a campus-wide celebration of St Nicholas Day. Peter, along with other children of students, especially enjoyed a visit from St Nicholas that afternoon. Continue reading
Furaha na amani!
This greeting, common in the Orthodox Church in Tanzania, comes from the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans (15:13):
Mount Peter and Mount Paul
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we seek this God-given hope through the joy and peace of faith, we remember the Holy Apostle Paul especially now in the days following the feasts of the Holy Apostles.
Since our son Peter was born, we have celebrated every feast of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul in the Nicola Valley of the British Columbia interior. The feast falls just before Canada Day on July first, which we mark there with Daphne’s parents at a lakeside campground. It was also our third time to attend Divine Liturgy in the shadows of Mount Peter and Mount Paul at the lovely, hospitable Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints in nearby Kamloops, BC. Continue reading
Kristo amefufuka! Christ is risen!
Just after Pascha 2010, I arrived in Tanzania as a brand-new Missionary with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. My job assignment seemed clear: learn Swahili, work at the Church office in Mwanza, help with OCMC Teams and Archdiocese youth programs.
By God’s mercy, with your prayers and loving support, I did these things. But I found myself deeply underqualified for other assignments and expectations. Within months, I realized that I desperately lacked a solid theological education. Six years have passed, and now we’re off to seminary!
Springtime is bright here in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Trees are in bloom and strawberries are in. A lush and brilliant summer awaits. Peter is now three years old, and Daphne has been working in Home Health as a Registered Nurse for over two years. Our time near Daphne’s family, and with Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, BC has been richly blessed. Continue reading
Greetings once again from Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Pacific winter is upon us- damp, dark and chilly. I’m looking forward to next year, where I suspect New England may be much colder but should also have a bit more sunshine.
We are all doing well. Daphne continues her work as a Registered Nurse for Home Health, helping patients live at home with support from the local health authority. Peter is growing and thriving. He particularly loves jumping in puddles with his dinosaur boots. When you ask how old he is, he declares “Two!” with authority. Peter’s schedule- swimming, music class, playdates, adventures in the park no matter the weather- keeps me busy enough, but I’ve also started teaching two very different classes.