Featured Mission: Cape Girardeau Mission + Cape Girardeau, Missouri
The Cape Girardeau Orthodox Mission is a new eastern-rite mission of the North American Antiochian Archdiocese, under the direction of Bishop MARK in the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest. The endeavor to establish a mission in southern Missouri began in the spring of 2008 when Father Steven Salaris of All Saint of North America began developing contacts.
The effort took a big step forward in June 2008 when Jim Mackoul (now Deacon) began traveling to Cape Girardeau to investigate the possibility. Contacts were made with several Orthodox Christians living in the surrounding area. It was easy to see that there was high level of interest among the faithful. We hit the ground running. By early July 2008 we offered daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings. By late July, we had found a location in which we could hold services and began scheduling Great Vespers, Orthros, and Divine Liturgy. The mission consists of American, Syrian, Greek, and Bulgarian Orthodox. Everyone is welcome, inquirers and non-Orthodox alike. We’re here to serve. With God’s help we’ve planted our little mission. By the grace of God, we’ll nurture it and make it grow. By spring of 2009, we hope to make the next step and move into a semi-permanent location near the downtown in Cape Girardeau, somewhere close to the university.
We have two Divine Liturgies a month, which are typically the first and third Sundays of the month. At the present, the Mission is renting a banquet facility in the Drury Lodge located near the intersection of Highway 55 and Williams Street. It’s easy to get to. Click here for directions. Great Vespers begins at 5:00 on Saturday evening. Orthros begins at 8:45 on Sunday morning, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00, and then coffee hour and refreshments afterwards. Click here to view our monthly schedule of services.
Fr. Daniel Morton is attached at All Saints of North America and serves the mission. He and Presbytera Laura converted to Orthodoxy about 17 years ago. Prior to that, they had been in the Evangelical wing of the Protestant world nearly as long. They’ve been married for 28 years now and have 2 children. Their daughter, Abigail, and her husband, Greg, are newly married. Their son, Jesse, is in the US Army. Soon, he will begin his training to become an Officer.
For more information on the mission, please call Fr. Daniel at (314) 993-3115 or you can reach him by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.