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His Grace John (Abdalah) (SVOTS ’78)

I am a relatively new bishop, having served happily as a pastor for 33 years before being elevated to the episcopacy. I still have the honor of glimpsing into the intimate dynamic between people and God, as they approach me with pastoral issues—perhaps even more deeply, in my new role—and I regard this as a…

Valerie Yova: Orthodox Music Ministry

I was raised in a parish in the Romanian Episcopate (OCA), a child of first generation Americans of Romanian parentage. I sang in the choir from early on (my father was the choir director until he became a deacon), taught music at our Vatra summer camp from the time I was 16 years old, majored in…

St. John the Compassionate Mission (Toronto, ON)

St. John the Compassionate Mission (Toronto, ON) Fr. Roberto Ubertino “Orthodoxy does not need more professors, but confessors.” -Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos St. John the Compassionate Mission was founded in 1986 among the poor and the marginalized of downtown Toronto and is an apostolate of the Carpatho-Russian diocese. The Mission has had, and has, a…

Anna DuMoulin: Artist and Iconographer

I grew up steeped in art and in Orthodoxy as a daughter of a well-known iconographer. It didn’t take long for me to combine the two most important elements in my life! After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from an up-and-coming art school in New Hampshire, I began the long and often challenging process…