Orthodox Theological Schools/Seminaries in America & Their Role in the Global Missionary Movement
The Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology are sponsoring a missions conference on “Orthodox Theological Schools and Their Role in the Global Missionary Movement.”
Metropolitan John (Pelushi) of Korca, Albania, will offer the keynote address on “Orthodox Missions and the Resurrection of the Church of Albania” at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 17.
The conference continues on Friday, November 18, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dr. Rev. Michael Oleksa, the former dean of St. Herman’s Seminary, noted author and a priest serving native Alaskan villages for the past 40 years, will open the day speaking on “St. Vladimir Seminary Graduates in Missions.” Fr. Luke A. Veronis, director of the Missions Institute, will present on the “Historical Connection of Holy Cross Graduates in Missions.”
Fr. Themi Adamopoulo, an Australian Greek priest who was a former rock ’n’ roll musician whose band played with the Rolling Stones back in the 1960s, will talk about his journey from atheist rocker to a person of faith to becoming a missionary serving the poorest of the poor. He has been serving in Africa for the past 20 years, currently in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Fr. Martin Ritsi, the executive director for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), together with his wife, Presbytera Renee, will offer a presentation on their journey from Holy Cross, to a decade of service in Kenya and Albania, to now serving at the OCMC.
The conference will conclude with a panel discussion among the guest speakers discussing how Orthodox seminaries in theUnited States can better prepare people to serve in the mission field, and how the churches can better support the efforts to proclaim the gospel throughout the world.
The Missions Institute, which is sponsoring the conference, has brought these speakers to the HC/HC campus in Brookline, Mass., as a part of its annual Missions Week. Each speaker will be present on campus November 14-18, preaching each evening in the school chapel, speaking in classes throughout the week, and concluding with the Missions Conference.
For more information, see the flyer: Missions Week Flyer 3