General Information

  • See "The Missionaries" page for links to the other blogs and websites used by the missionaries who are working in the Mayan communities.

Fr. Andrés Girón

  • Lindsey Gruson, "Guatemalan Priest's Daring Crusade," The New York Times, 27 December 1988.

  • Victor Perera. Unfinished Conquest: The Guatemalan Tragedy. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1995. See the index to locate the information on Fr. Andrés, which is spread throughout the book.

  • V. David Schwantes. Guatemala: A Cry from the Heart. Health Initiatives Press, 1990. See the index for information on Fr. Andrés, as well as the full section focused only on him.

  • The above sources provide more in-depth information on Fr. Andrés, but there are many more sources that describe Fr. Andrés in brief paragraphs or just mention his name in passing. He often comes up in connection with land reform movements throughout Latin America. For those who read Spanish, there are many news articles from Guatemalan papers that mention Fr. Andrés both in passing and in depth (e.g., Prensa Libre). To locate all of these smaller bits of information on Fr. Andrés, see the source sections at the bottom of the FAQ page and the History page, or use Google and Google Books to search for occurrences of his name.

The Society of Secular Clerics of Saint Basil

The Society of Secular Clerics (also known as the Basilian Fathers) is the non-canonical Orthodox church body that Fr. Andrés Girón joined before entering the canonical Orthodox Church in 2010. This society appointed Fr. Andrés as their bishop for all of Central America, and Fr. Fernando (now Fr. Mihail) was appointed to be his assistant bishop. 

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Note of Caution:

As you read more about the Mayan Orthodox communities, you will probably notice discrepancies in the various sources, especially when it comes to the number of people and churches. Such discrepancies are inevitable in written accounts (even studied, academic research) as clarity only comes through time, effort, and the cooperation of many people. The FAQ page and History page on this site have been written in an attempt to synthesize the available sources and discern the most accurate information. Nevertheless, the information is still imperfect; more details will come to light as the missionaries and other people continue the ongoing effort to document the past and present of the communities. Please continue to use your own sense of discernment as you read the sources above, balancing a critical eye with a loving heart.