2010 Annual MGOCSM Thanksgiving One Day Conference Recap
The end of November is a special time for Americans. It is a time families get together to celebrate a time of thanksgiving as well as the beginning of the Christmas season. For the MGOCSM of our diocese, it has another significance – a time of reconnecting with God and His Church.
This year our annual conference was held on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Staten Island, NY. Youth from all over our diocese came to enjoy and experience the worship, study, and service of the MGOCSM. We were blessed to have our discussion lead by two great speakers, Rev. Dn. Sujit Thomas and Rev. Dn. James Cheriyan. Both speakers tackled the problem of disunity among Christianity, while explaining the unity that the faithful of the Orthodox Church experience within the Liturgy.
Along with our distinguished speakers, we were blessed by the presence of many local priests, deacons, and seminarians. But we were most grateful for the number of youth that attended the conference. Over 250 youth from all over the diocese attended the conference. It was amazing to see the church over-flowing with youth eager to hear our speakers talk about God and the Church. One of the senior parish volunteers commented, “I never knew our Church had this many active youth in America.”
More important than the numbers was the overall impact that the conference had on our youth. We pray that our MGOCSM can continue to effectively minister to the youth of our ever-growing Church.
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