On Tuesday, October 13th, Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki continued on our theme of Expanding the Mission, through telling the story of the founding of the Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA. This leg of the lecture series is focusing on real outreach in the greater community.
With a very engaging powerpoint presentation, Fr. Timothy shared how he began serving in Olyphant, PA while still completing his studies at St. Tikhon’s, and shortly after his graduation in 2005 was sent to this new mission. He chronicled both successful steps and struggles related with beginning a new mission parish that will be of great assistance to seminarians who may find themselves one day in a similar position. Among the strengths he outlined was the very real power of prayer, not only in liturgical worship, but at several critical junctures of the mission’s journey that aided in important steps being taken.
In the course of his presentation he also touched upon the parish’s engagement of the greater community, not only with Christ the Savior Church in Harrisburg that was in part responsible for the new mission getting started, but also in participating in community events. Such participation not only was in support of the greater community, but as very real outreach to those who might be searching for the fullness of the Orthodox Faith.
Fr. Timothy’s presentation was of great interest to seminarians and those gathered, not only as a recent graduate of St. Tikhon’s, but also for the compelling story of mission parish life as an important dimension of healthy church life here in North America today!