St. George's Patronal Feast

It is almost always a pleasure to serve at the celebration of a parish feast day.  Not only do we worship together, but then we break bread together.  These meetings have been a wonderful opportunity for me to interact with my fellow clergy from Washington DC.

I had a very interesting trip to the church.  On the MARC train I met Doug Krug, a resultant.  He was wearing a jacket with the emblem of the Maryland Chief of Police on it.  I told him about my application to become a chaplain with the Baltimore City Police Department.  We gave me an autographed copy of his book The Missing Piece in Leadership.  He was in town for a chief of police conference.

By the way, the car on the MARC train on which I rode was new.  This is my second time riding in one of the new cars and I really like them.  I just wish that they had electrical outlets for our laptops.

When I arrived in Bethesda, I heard a man and woman talking and it was not in English.  I was going to ask them what language they were using when I began to recognize some of the words.  It was French.  So when they finished, I talked with her in French.  I was surprised at how well I did.  She also made sure that I got off the bus at the right stop.  The driver was from South America so I said "gratias" to him and he appreciated that.

On the way home Demaris and her two children sat in the same row with me on the MARC train.  They were a lovely family.  I slept most of the way home.

We met today at St. George's in Bethesda. Twelve priests and one deacon con-celebrated the feast day liturgy. We were joined by another priest and deacons, then another six priests were able to join us for lunch. As usual, the lamb was magnificent!

Conversation following lunch covered a number of subjects: 

Fr. Jerry Sudick encouraged us to consider a large ad in the Washington Post next year before Pascha with greetings and contact information for all the area parishes. 

Fr. Steve Zorzos reiterated his invitation to the services for the consecration of St. Sophia (Saturday, May 9, 3pm reception of relics, Vespers at 4pm). 

Fr. Costas Pavlakos mentioned the OCMC dinner at St. Katherine's on Sunday afternoon, following Vespers at 5pm. He also told us about a group of nine leaving soon for a mission trip to Cuba. 

Fr. Cosmin Antonescu reported on efforts with Montgomery County to allow St. Andrew's to return to their property on River Rd. He also mentioned a new movie (in Romanian) on the life of Fr. George Calciu; efforts are underway to make the film available here with English subtitles. Fr. Cosmin is also working on programming for Montgomery County public access TV. 

Fr. Victor Potapov said that St. John the Baptist Cathedral has purchased the house next to the church and are now renovating it for the school and meeting rooms. They have also begun to stream their services live on the internet.

Fr. Milton Gianulis has officially retired from the Navy and is moving to Williamsburg where he is serving St. Dimitrios Church. This may have been his last meeting with us, so we wish him good luck and every blessing in his new work.

There was discussion about formally inviting Oriental Orthodox clergy to join us for our meetings. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and we have recently witnessed many new marytrdoms within the Coptic and Ethiopian communities.
We welcomed Deacon Michael Jeweler and his wife. They have recently moved to the area to be near their children. Dn. Michael has been assigned to St. Katherine's in Falls Church.

There were also a number of announcements:

There will be an Orthodox presence at the March for Marriage, this Saturday on the Mall. More information here After the fact:  Deacon Michael attended and his report is on another page.

A website for our brotherhood has been started:  http://dcorthodox.org/

The Spring Festival for St. George's in Bethesda will be the first weekend in May.

A Romanian Festival will be hosted by St. Andrew's, May 15, on the River Rd property.

Please keep Fr. George Rados in your prayers, as he recovers from pneumonia. Also pray for Fr. Stanley Voyiaziakis, who will be having surgery on May 4th.

Our next clergy council meeting will be at St. Herman of Alaska Church in Stafford, VA at noon on Tuesday, May 19th (details and directions to follow).

 

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Fr Milton and Fr. Stanley

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Fr. Stanley and I both were in the Civil Air Patrol.

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Fr. Victor

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Fr. Demetrios, clergy association president

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Fathers Victor, Costas, and Demetrios

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