Missions Committee

St. Mary's Cathedral Missions Committee now offers more opportunities to support Orthodox faithful in need throughout the world.

Zipped Sweatshirt

"St. Mary's" Sweatshirts

"St. Mary's" sweatshirts are still on sale in the dining room during coffee hour. Both styles are on display with Adult sizes ($40) (Med-2XL) in the 1/4 zipper style, and Youth sizes ($35) (S-XL), and Adult sizes ($38) (Med-2XL) in the hooded style. Now that our weather has finally turned seasonable, wouldn't it be nice for you or someone you know to bundle up in a warm, stylish, fleece-lined sweatshirt!

Hooded Sweatshirt

Books from Light and Life are available to purchase and order. Books in stock will be delivered the following week for your convenience.
Orders for the sweatshirts and books must be prepaid. Call the church office or stop by the Missions table during Sunday coffee hour!

All proceeds support Orthodox Mission work.

Things are usually started because there is a specific need and it was for that reason St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral started their “Mission Project”. 

In March of 1971, the topic of “Missions” (aid to others) first appeared on the agenda of an “R” Club meeting.    

With the full support of Father Nicholas Gabora, pastor of our parish at the time, the “R” Club embark on it’s first of many “Mission” projects.

On January 14th, 1994, the St. Mary’s “R” Club voted to turn the Missions Project Committee over to the Parish.  This not only increased the number of people able to serve on the committee, but allowed our parish to extend a financial “helping hand” to many more of our Orthodox brothers and sisters in need, not only here in the United States, but throughout the world.

Since it’s beginning, the St. Mary’s Missions Committee has had five different chairmen including Mary Varian who, along with her husband, Protodeacon Peter, is a founding member.

Through your kind and GENEROUS contributions, to the St. Mary’s Mission Fund, the Missions Committee has been able to provide financial support to well over 200 separate Orthodox Mission projects.  Those you see here are just a very few.

Thank you for your support.  For YOU make it possible!

Supported Projects

  • Juneau, Alaska (1971) The first St. Mary’s Cathedral Mission Project:  Replace the furnace in both the church and the parish home.
  • The Diocese of Alaska (2003) for the reprinting of “Faith of our Fathers”. 
  • Kodiak, Alaska (2000-) in support of the students and staff at St. Herman Seminary.
  • Africa (1998-) The OCMC “Support A Mission Priest” program in Africa.
  • (2005) the OCMC “Religious Books for Tanzania” program.
  • San Pedro Sula, Honduras (1998) Collected blankets, clothes, household and personal care items to help those who lost everything in Hurricane Mitch.
  • Guatamala City (2005)The Hogar Rafael Orphanage
  • Russia (1996-) “Religious Books for Russia” Providing Religious Material  throughout Russia.
  • CIS (2001-) “The Institute for Bible Translation” in support of their work translating the Holy Scripture into more than 15 languages.
  • Slovakia (2003-) In support of the church building project in Bardejovand the Seminary in Presov.
  • Georgia (2005) To help “Georgian Charities” with the cost of shipping locally collected clothing and household goods to orphanages and nursing homes.
  • Holy Cross Mission, St. Croix, WI. (1998-2001) In support of their Mission Church, the purchase of a church building and a baptismal font.
  • Pella, Iowa (2002) In support of the Pella Orthodox Orthodox Outreach started by the Klein Family.
  • Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, Rochester, MN (2005) In support of their International Outreach Home.
  • Holy Myrrh-Bearers Orthodox Mission, St. Cloud, MN (2003) To help defray the cost of their needs.
  • St. Demetrius Orthodox Church, Naples, FL (2002) To help in the survival of their mission parish.
  • South Carolina, Sts.Mary and Martha Monastery (2005) To help in the building of their monastery and chapel.
  • Jerusalem, Israel (1999) In support of the external restoration of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary Magdalene
  • Tiajuana, Mexico (1997-) Support of the St. Mary’s Project Mexico Teams and donations to the St. Innocent Orophanage.
  • Romania (2002) OCMC Missionaries to Romania to run the Protection of the Theotokos Infant and Maternal Center.
  • Grabarka, Poland (2005) In support of the Monastery of Sts. Martha and Mary and Bethany Home.
  • Kona, Hawaii (2004) In support of the newly established Hawaiian Mission Church.





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