Planting Grants Awarded to Parishes of Alum, and Former Employee
2 October 2012 • Off–Campus Event • Virginia Nieuwsma
Two priests with connections to St. Vladimir's Seminary recently received 2013 Church Planting Grants from the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Former Annual Gifts Officer The Rev. Jason Foster, priest of Holy Nativity of the Lord Mission, Shreveport, LA, Diocese of the South, received a second-year grant for his mission parish, as did alumnus The Rev. Dr. Joshua Lollar, priest of St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church, Lawrence, KS, Diocese of the Midwest.
Father Jason's parish is currently meeting at a community center for Divine Liturgy, and on Wednesday evenings Fr. Jason and Mtka. Ashley host the faithful in their home, for Vespers, Bible study, and dinner.
Founded in September 2002, Fr. Joshua's parish has a current attendance of some 50 faithful, who meet on the second floor of the Ecumenical Campus Ministries Building at the University of Kansas. Father Joshua also serves on the faculty of the Midwest Diocese Catechist & Diaconal Vocation Program, where he teaches Church History, Dogmatic Theology, and Spirituality.
"Each of these missions received a substantial grant—$20,000 for the second year—matched by the missions, in order to support the full-time ministry and missionary work of their priests," said Alumnus Fr. John Parker, who chairs the Department of Evangelization of the OCA.
"Because of limited funding, the grants were more highly competitive than usual," Fr. John added. The OCA received applications from missions across the U.S. and Canada, from the South, the Midwest, Alaska, Washington, and New York.