500 Attend 2009 Festival of Orthodoxy

February 28, 2009

Approximately 500 people at different venues had the opportunity to hear the 2009 Festival of Orthodoxy guest speakers: Fr. Peter Gillquist, Director of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Archdiocese and Project Director of The Orthodox Study Bible: The New Testament; Fr. Eugen Pentiuc,Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and one of the editors-in-chief of The Orthodox Study Bible: The Old Testament (2008); and Fr. Justin, Librarian of the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Sinai. All three spoke at Holy Trinity on Saturday, February 7. CDs of the speeches will be available in about four weeks through the NTOM website (www.ntom.org).
During the week, our guest speakers presented at the Dallas Theological Seminary, SMU, and the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. On Sunday, Fr. Peter visited Sts. Constantine and Helen AOC, Fr. Eugen was at Holy Trinity, and Fr. Justin at St. Seraphim Cathedral.During Saturday’s session, Fr. Peter and Fr. Eugen signed books they have authored. Fr. Justin brought icon prints of two famous icons found at the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Sinai. Deacon George Bithos was also in attendance and had planned to have copies of his book for sale. Unfortunately, the books were not delivered on time. However, Saint Methodios of Constantinople: His Life and Works will soon be available at our Bookstore. The Festival of Orthodoxy is meant to be an outreach to non-Orthodox as well as Orthodox and is held every other year. Next year, NTOM will present the biennial Retreat which is held for the Orthodox faithful. Each event is planned by representatives of the area Orthodox Churches of the different jurisdictions. Responsibilities are shared by the members of the planning committee. Holy Trinity has been the host church for many of the events because of the size of our Church and Community Center. The NTOM Steering Committee representatives from Holy Trinity are Diane Pappas, co-chair; Frs. Christopher Constantinides and Fr. Conan Gill, Clergy Advisors representing the Greek Orthodox jurisdiction; Presv. Alexandra Poulos, corresponding secretary; John Sallas, John Lucas and Terry Hebert, committee members.

Other jurisdictions represented are the Orthodox Church of America, the Antiochian Orthodox Church, and the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia. Eighteen Churches and Mission Churches are currently involved in NTOM; the number is growing. The next NTOM General meeting will be held on May 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Maximus the Confessor OCA, Denton. Anyone interested in learning more about NTOM is welcome to attend. For more information, check the website or email Presvytera Alexandra: presvyalex@verizon.net.

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