A “Bridge” to Help Orthodox Missions in Mexico
St. George’s Orthodox Church is located in Pharr, Texas, just miles from the
Rio Grande. There are several border bridges in the area. Cross any bridge
mid-way and one is in Mexico! Due to its proximity with the border, St. George’
s is also a good “bridge” to our Orthodox Christian family in Mexico. On a
recent mission trip to Mexico City, St. George’s Pastor, Fr. Antonio Perdomo and
his teen daughters were present when OCA Archbishop DMITRI, Exarch Bishop of
Mexico, made his annual Theophany-season pastoral visit to Mexico City’s “
Catedral de la Ascension del Señor.” Fr. Perdomo also visited with many of the
local Orthodox Clergy and had the opportunity to tour several of the Orthodox
missions in the region. One thing became apparent during these visits: most
of the mission churches in Mexico are in great need of Orthodox icons.
After returning to Texas, Fr. Perdomo decided to act as “bridge” for getting
icons which are no longer needed from Orthodox Churches in the USA to
missions which need them in Mexico. “Many churches receive new icons or remodel or
rebuild and have extras just sitting in storage,” Fr. Perdomo said, “I would
like to facilitate getting some of these to churches which need them in Mexico.
” In particular, Fr. Perdomo would like to receive non-western-type icons
which are 8”X10” or larger, either mounted or un-mounted, that would be
suitable for use in an Orthodox chapel or mission church. “The Mexican missions
have ready access to more Roman Catholic type church art, but do not have the
same access to true Orthodox, Byzantine or Russian style iconographic art,” Fr.
Perdomo said, “It is the presence of Orthodox icons which make a Church, no
matter how small, look and “feel” like an Orthodox Parish.”
If you or your Parish would like to help build a “bridge” with Orthodox
Mexican Missions, please ship any icons or any other unused liturgical items to:
Fr. Antonio Perdomo: 520 W. Rosemary Avenue: Pharr, TX 78577. If you have
any questions or suggestions, contact Fr. Perdomo by phone at 956-781-6114 or
by email at: padreantoniop@...
St. George-the-Great-Martyr Orthodox Church
P.O. Box 667
Pharr, TX 78577-0667
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