News & Updates

Tuesday
Jul152014

ACM 2013 Christmas Newsletter

Dear Friends of Annapolis Pan-Orthodox College Ministry (ACM):

Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory to Him forever!  I pray that this newsletter finds you healthy and well, full of the light of this holy season of preparation for the Nativity of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I have much to report to you on our shared ministry to the college students of Annapolis!  I say “shared” because your prayers and financial support of this ministry are a vital and indispensible participation in this ministry that is helping form these young men and women in the knowledge and love of Christ at St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy. 

There is perhaps no greater time of formation in a person’s life than those four years of college where boys and girls enter and leave young men and women.  College is truly a ‘testing ground’: no parents to make them say their prayers and participate in the life of the Church, and college life is full of many temptations, as well as a growing secularism.  ACM is here only by God’s grace and your participation to encourage, challenge, provide Christian fellowship, teaching, discipleship, and the Sacramental life that these students and midshipmen need. 

Because of your support, I can be on campus in the middle of the day to pray the Sixth Hour at the Naval Academy, hear confessions, meet for coffee with a midshipman or St. John’s student in between classes, hold special services on campus—just as we did last week: the Nativity Paraklesis at St. John’s, a beautiful preparatory service for the Advent season, and the strengthening Akathist to St. Nicholas on his Feast Day, 6 December, at the Naval Academy.

We started something new this Fall at St. John’s College: our weekly “Applied Orthodox Theology Discussion.”  Every week a new topic of import for our Christian lives was discussed, the topics chosen by the participants.  This was also a great opportunity to invite others from campus to join us.  Our visitors included a Sikh student and others new to Orthodox Christianity. 

I want to thank you for valuing the difference for Christ that this ministry is making in the lives of the Orthodox students at St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy.  I also want to use this opportunity to ask for your prayers:

As you know, three years ago we started Holy Archangels Orthodox Mission to better minister to the students and midshipmen of Annapolis.  While we meet just two miles from the Academy, we are looking for worship space for our church within walking distance of both campuses. 

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Tuesday
Jul152014

ACM 2013 Summer Newsletter

Dear Friends and Faithful Supporters of Annapolis Pan-Orthodox College Ministry (ACM):

The Need for ACM has Never been Greater

Glory to Jesus Christ!  The need for ACM has never been greater: Our culture continues its godless, secular trajectory, leading our college students into greater confusion.  Many are formed by the culture and not by the Church. 

ACM brings the timeless, changeless truth of Christ and His Church to the college students on their campuses—St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy.  ACM is present to help the students and midshipmen of these two venerable and historic colleges to use their four years of formation to grow in their knowledge and love of Christ and not be conformed to the culture.  ACM helps others to come to Christ and His Church, so that, they may not be, “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine… in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting…” (Eph. 4:14).  ACM provides the refuge of the Church in the midst of the confusion of the culture.

Some two dozen have come to Christ and the holy Orthodox Faith through ACM since its 2004 inception.  This Fall marks our ninth year sharing the love of Christ and the Orthodox Faith with them.  For those already strong in their faith, ACM provides a place to continue to grow and invite friends to experience the divine worship and teaching that Christ first entrusted to His disciples.  For those struggling, ACM provides a safe harbor to learn God’s love and purpose for their lives and experience sacramental healing.

Ministry this Summer at the USNA

This summer has been full of ministry opportunities at the U.S. N.A.  Our ministry to the incoming class of plebes (freshmen) started June 30 and continues through August 15, the Feast of the Holy Dormition.  In addition to offering Sunday services, Fr. Robert is with the plebes every Friday night for prayers, fellowship, and a teaching on one of the ‘military’ Saints: inspiring luminaries and lovers of Christ  like St. Alexander Nevsky, St. Stephen the Great, St. Tamar, King of Georgia, St. George the Great Martyr.  It’s a chance to instill in the plebes the truth that a good leader is a godly leader, as they can witness in the lives of these and other Saints, who also served in the military and glorified God with their lives. In August, the two Great Feasts of the Transfiguration and the Dormition will be served at the Academy so that the plebes and any midshipmen serving this summer, won’t miss out.  Our Mission, Holy Archangels, an outreach that came out of ACM, will join us for the services. 

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Tuesday
Jul152014

ACM 2013 Lenten Newsletter

Dear faithful friends of Annapolis Pan-Orthodox College Ministry:

We have so much to be thankful for: This ministry, started in 2004, has been blessed to keep going and growing.  Holy Archangels Orthodox Mission has emerged out of the desire of the college students for local worship and a place to bring their friends and classmates seeking the truth of Christ.  Weekly services and pastoral counseling and mentoring are offered students at St. John’s College and the midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy and for the first time, we have engaged in outreach efforts at Anne Arundel Community College. 

Among the many who have journeyed to the Orthodox Faith in Christ through the ministry, begun their journey through the ministry, or were strengthened in Christ through the ministry there are family men and women, now parents, seminarians, teachers and educators, and many others making a difference for Christ and His Church in this country and even overseas. 

Serving the students during the day-time hours, in the midst of the week, in the evening, meeting with them individually takes time that only a full-time missionary chaplain could afford.  Your faithful monthly support makes this outreach to the students possible.

This Lent I have been offering the students a weekly teaching on the LORD’S PRAYER at our Presanctified Liturgies served at the St. John’s Boathouse, which is an opportunity for them to invite their friends.  The midshipmen too are invited and encouraged to attend—the Boathouse is just across the street from the Academy. 

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Tuesday
Jul152014

ACM 2012 Christmas Newsletter

Christ is born!  Glorify Him!  What a blessing to write to you, our faithful ACM supporters, during this holy season of preparation for our Lord God and Savior’s Nativity.  We have so much to thank God for!  I invite you to take a look below at the many happenings and blessings God has given us as He continues to work through this ministry to build up His Church, strengthen those already Orthodox, and bring others to the knowledge and love of Him.

Second Patronal Feast, Baptism, Interview on Ancient Faith Radio…

The mission, Holy Archangels, which the students of ACM helped found in 2011, just celebrated its second Patronal Feast on November 8.  Fr. John Parker, Director of the OCA’s office on Evangelism and Mission, encouraged the students and faithful in their missionary work in Annapolis.  Coinciding with the Feast, I baptized our three-month-old son, James (Iacob) Robert Miclean.  Several alumni from the ministry came to celebrate with us.  Coinciding with his visit, Fr. John Parker interviewed me for Ancient Faith Radio.  The podcast is a great way to introduce friends to ACM and be encouraged yourself about the ministry you support and pray for.  You can listen to the podcast by typing this address into your browser’s address bar: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/lordsendme/annapolis_college_ministry

Special Services and Outreach…

Among the many special services and gatherings in this Fall semester were our Advent Paraklesis at St. John’s College, the Akathist to St. Nicholas at the USNA, and an outreach effort at St. John’s called, “Orthodoxy and Tea.”  Six students who had never been to any of our ACM events before came to ask questions about the Orthodox Faith.

In addition to individual meetings at AACC (Anne Arundel Community College), our second larger outreach took place in October just before we moved the mission’s rectory to Annapolis.  We’re still unpacking as the demands of the ministry (and our baby and toddler) continue apace.  We’re so thankful to be closer to the students and the three campuses I serve as chaplain.  It’s made it much easier to use our home for ministry.

Apropos, twenty students, neighbors, and others came to join us for the rectory house blessing on 5 December, which we used as an outreach to the neighborhood and the students at St. John’s and AACC. 

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Monday
Sep172012

ACM August 2012 Newsletter

Holy Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ
 
On the Mountain You were Transfigured, O Christ God,
And Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it;
So that when they would behold You crucified,
They would understand that Your suffering was voluntary,
And would proclaim to the world,
That You are truly the Radiance of the Father!—Kontakion of the Feast

Eight Years of Annapolis Pan-Orthodox College Ministry( ACM).  

For eight years, ACM has been strengthening and discipling those already Orthodox and leading seekers to refuge from the false winds of doctrine that our culture puts forward to new life through communion with Jesus Christ and His holy Church.  Thank you for keeping ACM going and growing!

College is a critical time for ‘finding one’s way’ in life. 

It’s vital that we’re here for the students of this area to know Christ and His Church.  There is tremendous confusion out there today among those of college age, even among many calling themselves Christians.  What do I believe?  What is Truth?  What is God’s will for me?  These are some of the big questions that many young people ponder in college.  ACM is present on the campuses of Annapolis week in, week out, to minister to the students “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3), the timeless Truth that is Jesus Christ and His revelation to us through His Church.

To read more about the new outreach at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), 2012 Graduation and more, click here!