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16995OCA: 2013 Church Planting Grant recipients announced

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Oct 3, 2012

      October 2, 2012
      2013 Church Planting Grant recipients announced

      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
      these communities.

      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.”