Washington Orthodox Clergy Association

In one of the clergy education program that I am attending, the leader asked where do clergy go for moral and spiritual support. We have that in the Orthodox and it is very helpful. The Washington Orthodox Clergy Association is one of the many tools that we do have.

I took public transportation to get to the meeting.  I left home around 08:00 and arrived at the New Carrollton Metro just before 10:00.  From there I took the orange line to Balston and then the 2A bus to the closest stop to the church.  It was cold and it was not fun waiting for the bus.  The driver was really good. 

When I alighted the bus, I had a walk of about ten minutes.  I knew exactly where to go since I did this last year also.  The ten-minute walk felt like three minutes.  The scenery was just wonderful.  Everybody whom I passed was very friendly.

At the meeting Fr. John Vitko presided since our president was not present.  We first talked about the Sunday of Orthodoxy service coming up in a few weeks.  It was nice hearing that friends of mine are taking the lead for the music.  Unfortunately I will not be at the service.  Getting to and from the service might be an issue.

Fr. John told us about an opening for a chaplain.  It was really good news.  We also had reports of various parishes.

After the meeting we went to a local hospital where we had a prayer service for the wife of one of the priest who was dying.  What a blessing it was for me to be a part of this.  I just can not begin to explain.

After the service we returned to the church where another priest invited me into his home for a visit.  It was wonderful meeting his wife and children.  I'm also arranging with him to purchase double oraria since he is going to the country of Georgia soon. 

After our visit, he took me to the subway where I went to a high school alumni meeting.  On the way I had a wonderful conversation with Denise.  Another alumnus gave me a ride to Union Station where I took the MARC train back to Baltimore.

Taking MARC train to and from Washington DC has been wonderful.  Except during rush hours, it would be faster to drive if I had a car, but the train is considerably more economical.  I definitely have mixed feelings on BaltimoreLink, but getting to and from Washington DC is much easier now.  The PK line is only three blocks from my house and it is frequent service and it takes me directly to or from the West Baltimore MARC station.  But if I'm having mobility issues, I would need to leave an hour earlier just to get to the bus stops and train platform.
 

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New Carrollton MARC station

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classroom at the church

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scenery from the Metro

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Ballston Metro station

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last top on the bus

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Previous trip I got directions here.

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St. Mary Church

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Tree trimmer

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Outside the hospital

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Pentagon City Metro

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