New Events & Resources in Spanish-Language Orthodoxy

Note: This post was originally located on the author's seminary blog and is now reposted here on Mayan Orthodoxy for background info.



Over the past year or so, this blog has given lots of overage to the explosive growth of Orthodoxy in Guatemala. With that growth comes the possibility that Orthodox Christianity will blossom not only in Guatemala but also throughout Latin America, and among Spanish speakers living in the United States. There are a number of new events and resources that are, little by little, helping to make that continuing growth a reality.

Very recently, the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) launched a Spanish-language version of its flagship internet radio program "Come Receive the Light." Each episode of the new Spanish-language version, called "Vengan a Recibir la Luz," will feature talks by Fr. David Wooten and Fr. Aristidis Arizi, will include hymns and Scripture readings in Spanish, and will also feature a sermon by Fr. Michael Marcantoni. Father David Wooten is a former Spanish teacher who now serves a parish in Miami that is entirely Spanish-speaking. The Rev. Aristidis Arizi also serves in Miami and spent most of his youth in Panama. The Rev. Michael Marcantoni is originally from Puerto Rico and currently serves in Raleigh, North Carolina. Working together, they will help to increase the online resources for Spanish speakers, which already include many resources by Fr. Antonio Perdomo, such as his two podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio: Glorificando a Dios Diariamente and Toda Gloria a Dios. More information on the launch of "Vengan a Recibir la Luz" can be found here.

This coming May, the Antiochian Orthodox cathedral in Los Angeles will sponsor a short retreat for Orthodox Spanish Speakers to help them grow in knowledge of their faith. St. Nicholas Cathedral in Los Angeles has a long history of Spanish-language ministry, and every Spring/early summer they sponsor a Spanish-language retreat on a different topic within Orthodox Christianity. More information is forthcoming.

This coming July, a small mission team will be formed to minister to native Aztec Orthodox in San Esteban, Mexico. The inspiration for the mission team comes from a recent exploratory trip that occurred in the region in January of 2013 (more info here). This summer's small mission team will be composed of people who are fluent or near-fluent in Spanish (essential for this region of Mexico), and will aim to present the Orthodox Christian faith in a teaching capacity. For more information, please contact Fr. Ted Pisarchuck.

Finally, OCMC is sponsoring a short-term mission team to Guatemala for this coming summer. OCMC has sponsored a Guatemala team for many years, sending short-term missionaries to the Orthodox orphanage in Guatemala City, but this is the first time that the team will instead be traveling to the Mayan communities in the highlands of Guatemala. The team will work in the same communities that I visited last summer and featured in this blog. More info is available here.

I pray that more events and resources will continue to spring up to meet the need for Spanish-language Orthodox ministry, both in Latin America itself and right here in the United States.