PALM SUNDAY COMES ALIVE IN AGUACATE

  Palm Sunday was a new and very moving experience for me among the Mayan faithful. Of course, the church was packed as usual, but they raise the celebration to a new level with their love of processions and the enormous sizes of the palm crosses, which they wave joyously to the … [Read more...]

MEDICAL MISSION UPDATE- GUATEMALA

As the debate rages on in the US  over medical insurance, poor people in countries like Guatemala can only dream that one day they might have some kind of medical coverage or even a doctor to see them. The scale of the crisis in the highlands of Guatemala where we have our clinic is not so much … [Read more...]

CATHEDRALS OF THE POOR IN GUATEMALA

The experience of worshipping with the indigenous people in their small churches made of baked mud and clay or wooden planks defies description. These are the cathedrals of the poor, every bit as magnificent as the hallowed shrines of Orthodoxy in the great centers of the world. What a great mystery … [Read more...]

OCMC INAUGURATES CLINIC OUTREACH

After one year of planning, building, equipping and hectic last-minute preparations, the Father Andres Giron Clinic in Aguacate, Guatemala began operations on August 20, 2015. It was staffed by a dedicated team of nine 0CMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Center) health professionals. It had been a year … [Read more...]

MEMORIA ETERNA! MAYAN ORTHODOX REMEMBER THEIR FOUNDER

"A righteous man shall be in everlasting remembrance..." according to the Psalmist David (Ps. 111:6, OSB). One year after the falling asleep of +Fr. Andres Giron (2/16/14), these words seem to ring true, especially for the many thousands of Mayan Orthodox Christians who still hold him in such high … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE IN GUATEMALA: THE OTHER CRISIS

As I follow the tragic news of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and now in the United States, I cannot help but wonder what would happen if such an outbreak occurred in Guatemala. The effects of such an epidemic would be overwhelming and calamitous, to say the least. Healthcare, such as it is, for … [Read more...]

CUBAN MISSION: Church Growth in a Land of Forced Frugality

  As is often done in the movies, we are offering a "prequel" with this blogpost.  On December 5 - 10, 2012, we, along with Fr. Andres Giron of Guatemala, were invited to join the combined pilgrimage of church Archons and Philoptochos members to Havana, Cuba.   This was an opportunity to … [Read more...]