Featured Mission: St. Mary of Egypt + Greenwood, Indiana
Saint Mary of Egypt Mission is located in Greenwood, Indiana, a city south of Indianapolis. The mission is supported by our offerings and the prayers and assistance of our sister church, St. George of Indianapolis and the guidance of their pastor, the V. Rev. Fr. Nabil Hanna. Our pastor is the V. Rev. Fr. Athanasius Wilson, formerly of All Saints Orthodox Church in Bloomington, Indiana. We are presently worshiping in a rented facility at the Knights of Columbus in Greenwood.
The Saint Mary of Egypt mission began on April 22nd, 2007 with seven souls. Since the early nineteen-seventies, when Fr. Athanasius was a member of St. George, he had always dreamed of an Orthodox parish on the south side of Indianapolis. All of the area's five other parishes were on the north side of Indianapolis. After his retirement the Lord afforded Fr. Athanasius the opportunity, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Mark, to begin a mission there. There has never been an Orthodox parish in this area, and the opportunities for witness to the Holy Faith are unlimited.
After less than two years in existence the mission now has eighteen souls. Due to the rental expense, at the present time we are only able to meet for the Divine Liturgy celebration on Sundays. We were able last year to celebrate the full Lenten season and are looking forward to doing it again. One of our members made a bier to carry the epitaphios in procession during the lamentations service and another member built a cross that we were able to bow before in reverence on Holy Thursday. Our first Pascha together was an experience that we will always remember. Our choir was so inspiring as they led us in songs of praise during Holy Week. No matter how large or small, the Lord is with us, and especially when our hearts cry out “He is risen.”
It is such a joy to meet after the liturgy for coffee and sweets, to visit with one another and to share our dreams and hopes for the mission’s future. We have seen, more than once, the hand of the Lord guiding, comforting and supporting our endeavors to glorify his name.
St. Mary's meets for Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday at Greenwood Knights of Columbus, 695 Pushville Rd., Greenwood, IN 46143 (click here for map and driving directions). For more information or to contact St. Mary's, please visit the mission's web site: http://stmaryegypt.org.