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Welcome to the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of Wichita is led by His Grace Bishop Basil and includes more than 50 churches and missions in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.


Fr. Patrick Henre Ordained to Holy Priesthood

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

AXIOS! Father Patrick Henre of St. Basil the Great Church in Kansas City, KS was ordained to the holy priesthood at his home parish of St. Basil the Great on Sunday, September 13th, 2015, and is assigned to the pastorate at the Church of St. John the Theologian in Rapid City, SD, effective October 1st. He will serve his 'Week of Liturgies' at St Basil Church beginning with that for the Elevation of the Cross.

9th Annual DOWAMA SOYO Basketball Tournament

The 9th Annual DOWAMA SOYO Basketball Tournament will hosted Friday through Sunday, October 2-4, 2015 at St. Elijah Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Seminarian Alex Mackoul will be the retreat speaker. A flyer and registration forms are attached hereto.

$35 per person- includes t-shirt, meals, and snacks, **DOES NOT INCLUDE HOTEL** $50 Team Registration

Please Return forms by September 26th, 2015 to: St. Elijah Orthodox Church Attn: Erin Ghata, 15000 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK

A Veteran’s Journey of Faith: The Life of Archdeacon Basil Rives

The following article inaugurates a new series on In "Antiochian Profiles," we will feature some of the many eminent Christians of past and present who have found a spiritual home in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. This story, written by Michael Price and published by the Conciliar Press (now Ancient Faith Publishing) magazine AGAIN in 2004, describes the remarkable life of the newly reposed Archdeacon Basil Rives of Santa Fe, NM.

Deacon Basil Rives of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a man of many names. He began his life under the name of Harold, “although for some reason I was always called Bill as a child, even though that is nowhere in my name,” he said. Other monikers include Hal and Slim. Nowadays, his fellow parishioners know him affectionately as Fr. Basil.

Like many veterans, no matter from which war, his military experiences have affected and solidified his spiritual beliefs.

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