jump to navigation

New SGOMA Podcast Episode availible on Ancient Faith Radio February 5, 2011

Posted by stgeorgeoma in Armed Forces, Armed Services, Eastern Orthodox, Memorial, Military, Networking, News, Orthodox, Podcast, Religion, Religious, SGOMA News, Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
1 comment so far

View Podcast PageReflections of a USAF Orthodox Chaplain – Part 1

February 02, 2011 Length: 17:55

In this episode of SGOMA’s Podcast series “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” Father Stephan Close reflects on his time as an active duty Orthodox Chaplain serving in the United States Air Force. Fr. Stephan reflects on the many military members that he came across during his most recent assignment at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

To listen to Fr. Stephan’s podcast please go to: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/frontlines/reflections_of_a_usaf_orthodox_chaplain_part_1

Advertisements

Nativity & Epiphany Services in Afghanistan December 4, 2010

Posted by stgeorgeoma in Armed Forces, Armed Services, Eastern Orthodox, Memorial, Military, Networking, News, Orthodox, Religion, Religious, Saints, SGOMA News, Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
add a comment

Attention Orthodox service members in Afghanistan, their loved ones, friends, and supporters!

Orthodox Chaplains, Fr. Jerome Cwiklinski and Fr. Christopher Moody will be provide Nativity and Epiphany services at various locations in Afghanistan.  Please pass the word, so that anyone in need of the Orthodox sacraments and desirous to observe these feasts, may make arrangements through their unit chaplains.  Orthodox personnel may request to be visited at their site, or request to travel to another site where these services will be offered.

Start asking your unit Chaplain about Orthodox services.  Fr. Jerome himself plans to go around twice, once for each of the Feasts, and on other days to make the Liturgy and Sacraments available, and just to have fellowship with fellow Orthodox service members.  He would be honored to provide services on days other than Sunday.

Father Jerome can be contacted anytime at the following:

C. J. CWIKLINSKI
CAPT, CHC, USN
I MEF/MARCENT Chaplain
(760) 725-9032/9821 (Office)
365-9032/9821 (DSN)
carl.cwiklinski@usmc.mil or carl.cwiklinski@usmc.smil.mil

First Orthodox Liturgy in Canadian Forces in 50 years November 30, 2010

Posted by stgeorgeoma in Armed Forces, Armed Services, Eastern Orthodox, Memorial, Military, Networking, News, Orthodox, Religion, Religious, Saints, SGOMA News, Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
1 comment so far

On Saturday, 6 November 2010, CFB/ASU Wainwright’s Chapel was the site of the first (in over 50 years) Orthodox Divine Liturgy to be conducted by an active duty regular force Canadian Forces Chaplain who is an Orthodox Priest. Captain (Father) Charles Baxter, one of the Base Chaplains at CFB/ASU Wainwright, served the Divine Liturgy with the assistance of Father John Lipinsky and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada’s (UOCC) Bonnyville Alberta District’s faithful and choir. Following the Divine Liturgy, a brief Memorial Service was held to honour the fallen service members who gave their lives in defence of Canada.

Captain Baxter is the first Orthodox Canadian Forces Chaplain to serve in Her Majesty’s Canadian Forces since the conclusion of the Second World War. “We make a proud beginning this day,” Captain Baxter said at the conclusion of services, “by praying for all of our service members and their families who serve both in Canada and around the world. We do this today with prayers for them. We also pray for the souls of  the honoured dead. My prayer is that God will continue to bless my ministry in Wainwright and to be able to witness and serve for all of our brother and sister CF members and families who are Orthodox Christians.”

Padre Baxter began his military service with Basic Officer Training at CFB Borden in September 2009. After a rigorous and challenging course that ended with graduation in mid-December, he was posted to CFB/ASU Wainwright where he serves as one of the Base Chaplains.

On the Sundays when he is not serving in the CFB Wainwright Chapel, Padre Baxter assists the nearby UOCC parish communities in St. Paul, Bonnyville, Camrose and elsewhere in Alberta. Padre Baxter is also assisting the UOCC’s ongoing rural parish projects. This includes locating prairie Orthodox church buildings that are not on the diocesean registy. Many of these buildings have not been used for services for many years. Some may, with the support and help of local communities and families, remain in good repair. Padre Baxter works with his eparchial Bishop in Edmonton in support of the church’s effort to locate and to reach out to these forgotten prairie churches.

The Canadian Forces Chaplains (also known as “Padres”) come from a wide variety of faith traditions and backgrounds from all across the country. All major Christian denominations now have active duty full-time regular force Chaplains to meet their spiritual needs. The chaplain exercises a specialized ministry within the Canadian Forces, aimed at promoting religious, spiritual, moral and ethical values, and providing spiritual care and nurture to military members and their families. The Chaplain functions both as a specialist staff officer and as a religious leader.  The Chaplain advises the commander and other staff on matters of spirituality, ethics, morale and religious accommodation.

As a staff officer, the Chaplain functions as a specialist advisor and has direct access to the commander. The Chaplain is responsible to the commander for planning and implementing religious support programs and ministry activities within the commander’s area of responsibility.

Canadian Forces Chaplains perform religious rites and ceremonies, such as The Divine Liturgy and other services for Orthodox service members, and administers sacraments and ordinances in accordance with the traditions of their own faith tradition. In so far as it is possible, the Chaplain offers appropriate spiritual support and care to all soldiers and their families, regardless of their religious faith expression. If a chaplain is unable to personally provide specific religious support, the chaplain will seek to have such support provided by another chaplain, or where possible, by appropriate civilian religious leaders.

Father Charles Baxter can be reached at the following:

Rev. Charles Baxter (UOCC)
Captain (CF)
Office: (780) 842-1363 x1252
charles.baxter@forces.gc.ca
Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit Wainwright
Bldg. 196 Chapel
Denwood AB Canada T0B 1B0

Happy Anniversary! SGOMA turns 1! October 20, 2010

Posted by stgeorgeoma in Armed Forces, Armed Services, Eastern Orthodox, Memorial, Military, Networking, News, Orthodox, Religion, Religious, Saints, SGOMA News, Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
add a comment

October 20th, 2010 – Feast Day of Saint Artemius/1st anniversary of the Saint George Orthodox Military Association (SGOMA).

One year ago today, an idea was born to find ways to support our Eastern Orthodox Christians serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

What started out as a letter writing campaign to try to get an Orthodox Chapel on Fort Bliss, one of the largest Army Bases in the U.S., turned out to develop into a Pan-Orthodox organization of active duty & reserve military, dependents, retirees, veterans and their families, all with the same goal, to advance the cause of our Orthodox men and women serving our country at home and overseas.

In the past year…

Our Facebook page went from 2 members to over 1,360 people. Our webpage has received over 100,000 hits, with visitors from all around the globe.

With the help and generosity of Ancient Faith Radio the Association has a regular podcast series called “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines” available for download any time at: http://www.ancient faith.com

Our Orthodox Chaplains have done an outstanding job in helping us with the Podcasts and supplying us with liturgical information, Chaplain and Chapel updates, all in order to help our Orthodox brothers and sisters in the U.S. Armed Forces.

SGOMA has sent out over 25 Orthodox Survival Packages to our Orthodox service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Through the great generosity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese SGOMA has been able to send out over 40 “Orthodox New Testament & Psalms” to our service members in the USA and around the world.

As we enter into our second year, SGOMA will continue to work towards serving our Orthodox Troops and find new opportunities to reach out to them and let them know they are loved, cared about, prayed for and remembered by the members of our association throughout the year.

SGOMA is working with USFallen.org in order to more accurately recognize and honor those Eastern Orthodox Christians who have given their lives in defense of our country. We will continue to expand, honor, pray for, and remember all of our fallen Orthodox service members throughout the year, in special panikhidas, and during Divine Liturgies.

SGOMA is continuing work on developing a home catechetical program and providing resources for Orthodox Home Schooling.

We are continuing to reach out to our Orthodox Troops, their families and our Orthodox Chaplains to bring you more interesting and educational Podcasts on our Ancient Faith series “Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines.”

We are very grateful for all the wonderful people who have donated to the Saint George Orthodox Military Association over the past year. Through your generosity we have been able to do the things that we have for our troops. We are still in need of more donations to continue the work that we have begun. If you would like donate to SGOMA please feel free to contact us via email at: StGeorgeOMA@gmail.com or mail your donations to us at: SGOMA, 2521 N. Main St., Unit 1, #198, Las Cruces, NM 88001. All your donations are tax detectable.

As always, we are open to ideas and suggestions on how we can better serve our Orthodox service members, their dependents, as well as our retirees and veterans. If you have any ideas please contact us and let us know.

We are excited to continue serving our Orthodox Service Members as we enter our second year. We ask for your continued prayers for our Association, but more importantly for our Airmen, Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Coast Guardsmen who so proudly and vigilantly protect our country every day. Our never-ending gratitude goes out to them!

Saint George Orthodox Military Association….we are “Supporting our Eastern Orthodox Christians serving in the U.S. Armed Forces”

State of Orthodoxy in the U.S. Armed Forces October 8, 2010

Posted by stgeorgeoma in Armed Forces, Armed Services, Eastern Orthodox, Memorial, Military, Networking, News, Orthodox, Religion, Religious, Saints, SGOMA News, Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
add a comment

Russia’s Orthodox Church priests to appear in Russian Army and Navy September 19, 2010

Posted by stgeorgeoma in Armed Forces, Armed Services, Eastern Orthodox, Military, News, Orthodox, Religion, Religious, SGOMA News.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
add a comment

An interesting short news blurb about our Orthodox Brothers in the Russian Military:

From: PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKI, September 19 (RIA Novosti)

Russia’s Orthodox Church priests will soon appear in the Russian army and navy to serve as military chaplains as Russian servicemen especially need spiritual support, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said on Sunday.

“By decision of the Russian president, the institution of military clergy is beginning to develop in Russia. So far we are making the first steps… But since a legal foundation has been laid, I hope that priests will soon appear in the army and the navy,” Patriarch Kirill said.

The patriarch met on Sunday with the personnel of the 16th squadron of Pacific Fleet submarines in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.

According to the patriarch, servicemen need spiritual support.

“This is because risks linked with military service are so great that they cannot be compensated by any material benefits,” he said.

According to the Russian defense ministry, two thirds of the country’s servicemen consider themselves religious. Some 83% of them are Orthodox Christians, about 8% are Muslims, and 9% represent other confessions.

The Dangers of being a Military Chaplain September 2, 2010

Posted by stgeorgeoma in Armed Forces, Armed Services, Eastern Orthodox, Memorial, Military, Networking, News, Orthodox, Religion, Religious, SGOMA News, Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
3 comments

Although the following story isn’t about an Orthodox Military Chaplain, it brings to the forefront what all Chaplains, including our Orthodox Military Chaplains, deal with while on deployment. Our Orthodox Military Chaplains do a lot of traveling when they are deployed or TDY in combat areas to find our Orthodox Troops in the various locations spread throughout the region. Our Chaplains spend endless hours in convoyes and flights to get to their destinations.

We will have one of our own Orthodox Chaplains, Father Jerome Cwiklinski, CPT, USN, going TDY to Qatar and Afghanistan during most of the month of September. He is traveling around to visit our Orthodox Troops, hold Divine Liturgies and ensure those wishing can receive the Holy Mysteries of the Orthodox Church. Please keep Father Jerome, our Orthodox Chaplains, and all the Chaplains in the Military in your prayers, for they unselfishly put themselves in harm’s way to minister to our Troops!

 

Army chaplain dies in Afghanistan bomb blast

Chaplain Dale Goetz

An Army chaplain who grew up in Hood River has become the 124th service member with strong ties to Oregon to die in combat.

Chaplain (Capt.) Dale Allen Goetz, 43, died Monday in a roadside bomb attack in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan less than a month after he deployed. Four other soldiers also based at Fort Carson, Colo. also died.

According to published reports by the Army, the Hood River News and Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Wisconsin, Goetz spent most of his childhood in Hood River and was a 1986 graduate of Horizon Christian School. He graduated from the Maranatha in Watertown, Wis. in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible studies.

Goetz completed his Master of Divinity degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis in 2000. He was pastor of a church in White, S.D., until beginning his work toward chaplaincy. Goetz joined the Army in 2000. He was a member of the Chaplain Corps.

According to reports, the Goetz family had been transferred to Colorado in January after serving three years in Okinawa, Japan. Goetz was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division based at Fort Carson.

Goetz had also served 11 months in Iraq in 2004-2005.

 The News reported that the family was told by an Army casualty assistance officer that Goetz died after getting out of his vehicle to help soldiers in another Humvee hit by a first IED.

His mother, Hope Goetz, who lives in Elizabeth, Colo., was traveling to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to meet her son’s body.

Goetz is survived by his wife, Christina, who also graduated from Maranatha in 1995, and children, Landon, 10, Caleb, 8, and Joel, 1 year. A funeral service will be held in Colorado Springs with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.

Former U.S.N. Chaplain reposes in the Lord July 27, 2010

Posted by stgeorgeoma in Armed Forces, Armed Services, Eastern Orthodox, Memorial, Military, Networking, News, Orthodox, Religion, Religious, SGOMA News, Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
add a comment

Former U.S.N. Chaplain, the Very Rev. Fr. Matthew B. MacKay fell asleep in the Lord on July 26, 2010, in Houston, TX. Fr. Mathew served as a Chaplain at/on: Naval Military Chaplain, Norfolk, VA. USS John F. Kennedy, 1992-1993; Iwakuni, Japan. USMC Air Base Chapel, 1989-1992.

Fr. Mathew also served in the USMC, at Camp Pendleton, CA.  as a 1st Lt., in the Artillery, 1979-1983

Fr. Mathew was also a Graduate of the Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina).

Please keep his family and friends in your prayers. You can find out more information about Fr. Mathew by going to his parishes web-page Click Here

SGOMA will post more information as it becomes available.

Memory Eternal!