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Welcome to the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of Wichita is led by His Grace Bishop Basil and includes more than 50 churches and missions in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.


St. Timon Sunday 2015

His Grace Bishop Basil writes:

The Feast of St. Timon, patron saint of the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran, is Tuesday, July 28th. On the preceding Sunday, July 26th, 2015, the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America will observe "St. Timon Sunday" when DOWAMA parishes and missions pray for and highlight the history, ministries and needs of our Sister Diocese of Bosra-Hauran shepherded by His Eminence Metropolitan Saba. However, if you will be remaining in Boston for the concluding Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 26th you may keep "St. Timon Sunday" on the previous Sunday, July 19th. The text of my letter to the Diocese (PDF) about this observance is attached hereto. Immediately following your community's observance of St. Timon Sunday, please direct your parish treasurer to send one parish check for the total amount collected (payable to"DOWAMA FSJD Account" and earmarked "Bosra-Hauran") to the coordinator of The Hauran Connection Dn. James Kallail - 502 South Creekside - Derby, KS 67037. Questions? Contact Deacon James at

May 22nd,2015

Beloved and Christ-loving priests, deacons, monastics and lay folk of DOWAMA:

I embrace and greet you with a holy kiss in the Name of the Lord Christ.

In the Biblical account of the feast of Pentecost (Acts 2) we read of people from a multitude of nations who heard for the very first time and "everyone in his own language" (2:6) the proclamation by the Holy Apostles of the Good News. Among those people were "Arabians" (2:11) which meant people from Rome's frontier province of Arabia Petraea (the area of modern Syria south of Damascus, the Nabataean kingdom in modern Jordan, the Sinai peninsula and the northwestern tip of modern Saudi Arabia).

Icon Painting and Water Gilding Workshops in Denver, CO

St. Mark Church in Denver, CO will be hosting Icon Painting and Water Gilding workshops on June 15th-20th and June 22nd-23rd, 2015 under the direction of iconographer Theodore Papadopoulos of Larissa, Greece. For enrollment or information contact Mr. J.P. Andrews at 303-729-1855 or

Register for 2015 DOWAMA Bible Bowl

Khouriya Gigi Shadid writes:

Dear Fathers and Youth Workers, Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen! It is that time again to register your teen and/or adult teams for this year's Bible Bowl, hosted by St. Elias of Arvada, CO. This year's study text is Our Father Among the Saints, Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn: Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America. If you have a team, please fill out the attached form (one per team) and e-mail it back to me by the 31st of May at

The Bible Bowl will take place on Thursday, June 11th from 7:30-9:30 and the winning teen team will have "first dibs" to represent DOWAMA at the national Bible Bowl in Boston this July.

Thanks so much for all of your hard work preparing our youth for this special Bible Bowl commemorating the 100th year of St. Raphael's falling asleep in the Lord. Looking forward to seeing you in Colorado, God willing.

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