Mama Maggie

We thank God for His great blessings and mercy upon us.  We are extremely blessed and excited to announce another guest speaker.  On Saturday, September 10, history will be made once more with our key note speaker, Mama Maggie Gobran. Who is Mama Maggie?
Mama Maggie is a very living example of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Mama Gobran has been hailed as “St. Maggie”, the “Mother Theresa of Egypt”, the “Mother of Cairo” and simply as “Mama Maggie.”  Mama Maggie is the lover of God’s poorest, a mother to the motherless and the servant of Christ. Mama Maggie has enormous international recognition as a Nobel Peace Prize candidate and is arguably one of the most accomplished daughters of the Coptic Orthodox Church the world has met.  An opportunity to meet a true servant of Christ often comes once in a lifetime.  If you have a true hunger for righteousness do not let this opportunity pass by.
Join us on Saturday September 10 history will be made as Orthodox Youth from all walks of life come together in our One Lord Jesus Christ in fellowship and love.  Registration is only ten dollars for now.  Don’t talk the change, be the change!

Mama Maggie is a very living example of our Lord Jesus Christ. Mama Gobran has been hailed as “St. Maggie”, the “Mother Theresa of Egypt”, the “Mother of Cairo” and simply as “Mama Maggie.” Mama Maggie is the lover of God’s poorest, a mother to the motherless and the servant of Christ. Mama Maggie has enormous international recognition as a Nobel Peace Prize candidate and is arguably one of the most accomplished daughters of the Coptic Orthodox Church the world has met. An opportunity to meet a true servant of Christ often comes once in a lifetime. If you have a true hunger for righteousness do not let this opportunity pass by.

2 Part Series on Mama Maggie

Part 1: https://youtu.be/5-YlqwHfnnM
Part 2: https://youtu.be/xNzEexj9mqA

His Eminence Metropolitan Savas

Metropolitan Savas (Zembillas) of Pittsburgh is a native of Gary, Indiana, the second of six children of Steve and Stamatia (Georgiades) Zembillas of Kalymnian and Cypriot ancestry. He is a graduate of Andrean High School, Gary, Indiana (1975), Colby College, Waterville, Maine (1979, BA in Philosophy and English Literature) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts (1984, M.Div. with highest honors). He served as the pastoral assistant at Holy Trinity/St. Nicholas in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1985-87 before resuming his academic studies at Oxford University, England, from 1987 until 1994, under the supervision of then Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, researching texts and persons of spiritual significance for the history of early Byzantine monasticism. While at Oxford, he served for two years as the assistant to the director of the St. Theosevia Centre for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and for three years as warden (director) of the House of St. Gregory and St. Macrina, a house of residence for students and a center for retreats and conferences affiliated with the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius.

He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on November 21, 1992, the Feast of the Entry into the Temple of the Theotokos, and on January 8, 1995, to the Holy Priesthood, on both occasions by the then Bishop Iakovos of Chicago, at his home parish of Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Merrillville, Indiana. During a two-year interim between ordinations, he served as Deacon to Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia. Upon his return to the United States, in September 1995, he was appointed as Proistamenos of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite on November 12, 1996, the Feast of St. Gregory Palamas, by the then Bishop Maximos of  Pittsburgh, the locum tenens of the Detroit Diocese, at St. Gregory Palamas Monastery in Hayesville, Ohio. In September 1997, His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon of America assigned Archimandrite Savas to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios in Merrick, Long Island.

In December 1999, the newly-enthroned Archbishop Demetrios of America appointed his former student Savas Chancellor of the Archdiocese, a position he held for ten years.

On December 11, 2001, he was elected an Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Demetrios by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and given the title “Bishop of Troas.”  On February 2, 2002, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the  Temple, he was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy by Archbishop Demetrios of America, Archbishop Iakovos of North and South America, Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia, and several hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod at the Archdiocesan  Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan.

Bishop Savas served as the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America until 2009, when he was named Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Church, Society and Culture. As an active presence on the Internet, he has been in the vanguard of engaging issues of contemporary societal and cultural realities from an Orthodox Christian perspective. He has led numerous Young Adult Pilgrimages and accompanied many Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) “Real Break” teams to Constantinople and the Holy Land. He is the hierarchical representative to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, in which capacity he has accompanied mission teams to Turkana in Kenya and Tanzania. He is also the Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee for Church and Society. He further serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Dogmatic Theology, teaching courses on topics such as “Looking for God in Popular Culture.” He has been an instructor at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Diaconate Program and served on the board of Saint Basil Academy.

On November 3, 2011, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople elected him to succeed the retired Metropolitan Maximos as Metropolitan of Pittsburgh. He was enthroned at Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Pittsburgh on December 8, 2011.

His Eminence was selected to serve on the Great and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the term beginning in March, 2012 and ending in February, 2013.  His tenure on the Synod was marked by numerous trips to Constantinople (nearly once per month), representing His All-Holiness at the Pavlia Conference in Veroia, Greece, and the canonization of St. Nikephoros the Leper (celebrated on Jan 4).

In May, 2013 His Eminence is scheduled to be honored with an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, Colby College in Watertown, ME, which is celebrating its Bicentennial this year.

Learn more about His Eminence Metropolitan Savas by visiting the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh website or by connecting with him on Facebook.

Fr. Vijay Abraham Thomas

Fr. Vijay was born and raised in the New York/New Jersey Area and is the son of Rev. Fr. T. A. Thomas and Mrs. Annamma Thomas. After graduating with his Bachelors in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and working within the field, he enrolled at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Scarsdale, NY. After graduating from St. Vladimir’s Seminary, he continued his study of Liturgy at the Old Theological Seminary in Kottayam, India.

Upon his return, he was given the responsibility of directing the youth ministry for North America. In this role, he sought to collaborate with fellow seminary alumni to strengthen the Pan-Orthodox witness and ministry to the youth.

Fr. Vijay was ordained to Priesthood in 2012 and is happily married to Bincy Alexander Thomas and they were blessed with a daughter, Alexa in 2015. He now serves as the Assistant Vicar of Saints Basilios-Gregorios Orthodox Church in North Plainfield, NJ.

Fr. Matthew Brown

Fr. Matthew Brown is the priest at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Saddle Brook, NJ.

He was born and raised in Michigan, He studied Philosophy & Religion at Spring Arbor University. Fr. Matthew went on to go to seminary at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan, PA. He and his wife, Matushka (Presvytera) Elizabeth have been married for 12 years and they have three children. As of 2016, Fr. Matthew has been a priest for 3 years. He serves as the Chaplain for Montclair State University OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship), and is passionate about working with the youth of our Church.