October 2, 2012
2013 Church Planting Grant recipients announced
SYOSSET, NY [OCA]
The Department of Evangelization recently released the names of missions
slated to receive Church Planting Grants in 2013.
Two missions will receive grants for a second year, while two additional
missions will receive first-time assistance. The Diocese of Mexico also
will receive a special grant.
Receiving second-year grants are the Nativity of the Lord Mission,
Shreveport, LA, in the Diocese of the South, and Saint Nicholas of Myra
Church, Lawrence, KS, in the Diocese of the Midwest. Priests Jason
Foster and Joshua Lollar respectively serve as priests-in-charge of
First-year grants have been awarded to Holy Archangels Church,
Annapolis, MD, in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, where Priest Robert
Miclean is priest-in-charge, and Holy Apostles Church, Lansing, NY,
served by Priest James Worthington, priest-in-charge.
“Each of these missions receives a substantial grant—$24,000.00 for the
first year and $20,000.00 for the second year—matched by the missions,
in order to support the full-time ministry and missionary work of their
priests,” said Priest John Parker, who chairs the Department of
The Diocese of Mexico received a $15,000.00 grant.
“The religious landscape of Mexico is dissimilar to that of the USA,”
said Father John. “The grant will support the construction of a Missions
Center/Missionary Homebase for evangelistic work which is done in rather
remote villages. Specifically, a residence with space for meetings and
guests is to be constructed in San Esteban, which can accommodate the
priest who serves the region, as well as visiting teams of missionaries
who may come to assist with catechism and practical projects.
“Because of limited funding, the grants were more highly competitive
than usual, though thanks is due to the Holy Synod, as recommended by
the Metropolitan Council, to allow for additional funds for this year’s
recipients,” Father John added. “Without such additional funds, one of
the two first-year grants would not have been fully possible.”
Applications were received from missions from across the OCA, including
Canada, the South, the Midwest, Alaska, Washington, and New York.
“Please pray for these missions and missionary efforts, including those
who were not able to be funded,” Father John concluded. “Pray for
missions to be established, and for our current parishes to thrive.”