Diocese of Charleston News


Saint Basil the Great Antiochian Mission Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Bishop THOMAS with Father Nicholas Sorenson, Deacon Philip, Fathers Gordon Walker, Gregory MacGregor, and Thomas Zain.

On the weekend of January 12-13, 2008, the Mission of St. Basil the Great, York County, Virginia, hosted numerous guests and clergy along with His Grace, Bishop THOMAS of the Diocese of Charleston and the Mid-Atlantic, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Tidewater Mission, now known as St. Basil the Great. The southeastern portion of Virginia is known locally as the Tidewater Region, or more popularly, as Hampton Roads.

The region has many military bases, and is known as a summertime vacation haven; therefore, over the past twenty years, there have been several failed attempts at starting and sustaining an Antiochian mission that would be pan-orthodox in nature, with an all English Liturgy.

In 1997, approximately five local families planted the seeds of the mission, along with the help of the Very Reverend Fathers Boniface Black, Gordon Walker, and Nicholas Sorensen. The mission now has thirty-six pledging families. St. Basil the Great is located in Poquoson, Virginia, a mere twenty minute drive from historic colonial Williamsburg.

Bishop THOMAS Attends Mortgage Burning at St. Paul Church

During the weekend of February 8 to 10, St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, celebrated the final payment of their mortgage with a mortgage burning ceremony. His Grace, Bishop THOMAS was present with the community and shared with the faithful in the weekend’s festivities.

Congratulations and many years to the parishioners of St. Paul's!

Visit St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Bishop THOMAS Visits Los Angeles

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Bishop THOMAS and Bishop JOSEPH at the Chancery of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Los Angeles. Photos by Dn. George Taweel.

Bishop THOMAS Visits Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Los Angeles

 Following are pictures from Sunday, January 20, 2008: