Thursday, September 10, 2009

Encountering Orthodoxy in Fort Wayne

This evening we were privileged to attend the Basic Class in Orthodoxy held at our church at 7:00 p.m. Our priest, Fr. Anthony, is a very learned and capable teacher. He seems to be very at home in Orthodoxy, having been Orthodox all his life. Plus he's just easy to talk with.

We don't usually get to attend this class. We live an hour away from Fort Wayne, and we can't be driving around on school nights. This night, though, Emily's parents were able to watch the kids. Besides having time together, we were able to enjoy Fr. Anthony's class. Afterward there was some wonderful conversation about things Orthodox (mostly his end), Lutheran (mostly my end), and many other wonderful things.

Normally we only get to attend our catechetical class on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. at the church. Others have begun to sit in on the class; Fr. Anthony has been very welcoming to us and all inquirers. It's been a very good time.

If you live or are visiting the Ft. Wayne area, the saints at St. John Chrysostom would love to welcome you. Here's some of the typical weekly schedule:

+ Matins at 9:00 a.m.
+ Liturgy at 10:15 a.m.

+ Basic Class in Orthodoxy at 7:00 p.m.

+ Catechesis** at 3:00 p.m.
+ Great Vespers at 5:00 p.m.

**Call ahead to confirm Saturday's catechesis. My family is gone at least one weekend per month. We are the only ones in catechesis, so when we're gone, then the class doesn't usually meet. However, that doesn't mean Fr. Anthony wouldn't hold the class if there were inquirers or others interested in it.

Of special note is the upcoming feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. It will be celebrated the evening of Sept. 13 (Sunday) at 6:30 p.m. If this seems odd, to celebrate a feast the evening before, it is because the liturgical day begins with Vespers, not with midnight.

The Church is located at 402 Badiac Dr., NOT ON PUTNAM STREET ANYMORE (the Web site for the congregation hasn't been updated in all places yet by the webmaster). Badiac is off Coldwater, just north of Dupont Rd.


Daniel said...


God bless you. I hope all is well with you and your family.

Fr Daniel Hackney

Benjamin Harju said...

Fr. Daniel,

Thank you. Things are well. Tonight there has been an upheaval over a pet fish that died - the first pet death for my children. Yet this has been a good chance for us to talk about how Jesus defeats death and gives life.

Would you mind if we used a photograph we have of you from your ordination in Sylvania for my upcoming post about the Phelonion?

I hope all is well with you and yours, Fr. Hackney.

Kissing your right hand...