A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GUATEMALAN PRIEST

Dec 13, 2018 — Father John Chakos


     What’s it like to be an itinerant priest in Guatemalan, visiting your many parishes on a bi-monthly basis? With so much to do and so little time for hearing confessions, performing weddings and baptisms and celebrating the Divine Liturgy, there is both a sense of “great joy and great sorrow,” to quote that […]

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WITH THE FAITH OF ANGELS A CHURCH IS BUILT

Apr 29, 2018 — Father John Chakos


Solomon, I have outdone thee,” were the words spoken by Justinian the Great in the 6th century as he beheld the awe-inspiring beauty of his newly rebuilt cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God- St. Sophia in Constantinople. Since that time, Orthodox Christian churches have endeavored to replicate elements of that same classical design. Usually […]

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THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS IN GUATEMALA

Apr 9, 2018 — Father John Chakos


From the Saturday of Lazarus to the celebration of Pascha, we walked in Jesus’ footsteps in and through the humble village of Aguacate. Through our Orthodox Holy Week rituals the Mayan faithful felt the power of Christ’s passion, transforming the familiar ground upon which they walked into their own Holy Land. Seen through the long […]

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TOUCHING HEAVEN IN GUAXACANA

Feb 11, 2018 — Father John Chakos


One of the joys in visiting a parish in Guatemala is the warm welcome given to the visiting clergy. Such was the case upon our arrival at the village of Guaxacana (wa-sha-ca-na) on January 28th. Not only was the Orthodox community celebrating the 14th  anniversary of its founding, but also the installation of the church’s […]

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MIRACLE IN THE JUNGLE: A FAITH REBORN, A VISION FULFILLED

Dec 11, 2017 — Father John Chakos


On May 28, 2012, Fr. Andres Giron and I made an historic visit to the humble village of Los Angeles in the region of Ixcan. It would be the first time that Fr. Andres would meet with them on their spiritual journey to the Orthodox Church. To celebrate this special occasion, some of the village […]

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NEW VIDEO UPDATE ON CLINIC

Dec 9, 2017 — Father John Chakos


Archbishop Athenagoras of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico, motivated by his pastoral concern and deep love for the Mayan people, initiated the construction of the FATHER ANDRES GIRON CLINIC in the remote village of Aguacate, Guatemala. Now after two years of compassionate medical outreach offered by teams of volunteer medical professionals and charitable foundations, […]

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