Welcome to the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, part of the Self-Ruled 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.
Beloved and Christ-loving Clergy, Monastics and Laity of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America:
I embrace and greet you with a holy kiss in the Name of the Resurrected Theanthropos Jesus Christ, and, together with you and Orthodox Christians throughout the world, I joyfully proclaim that Christ is risen! Al-masih qaam! Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Христос Воскресе! Hristos a înviat! Cristo ha resucitado!
On this radiant Feast of feasts I share with you, my dearly beloved spiritual children, the following soul-profiting words of our Father among the Saints, Gregory the Great, known as the Dialogist (+604), which are excerpted from his homily on the Gospel pericope proclaimed before the closed doors of our holy temples in the earliest moments of Pascha morning (Mark 16:1-8):
We have heard how, according to the Evangelist Mark, Mary Magdalene, and the other holy women who had followed the Lord, came to the sepulchre, bringing sweet spices. For Him whom they had loved in life, they would also serve in death, and that with all care and tenderness. But in this there is indicated something which is to be done by all of us who are member of the holy Church. If we, who believe in Him that was dead, and is alive again, do come, seeking the Lord, and bearing with us the perfume of good works, and the sweet fragrance of holiness, then do we come, as it were to His sepulchre, bearing spices which are sweet indeed.
Wishing you and your families a glorious Paschal season perfumed with the sweet fragrance of good works and holiness, looking forward to being with you all at our Diocesan Family Reunion in San Antonio this June 11st - 14th, and assuring you of my continued love, prayers and blessings, I remain
Your Father in the Risen Christ,
Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America
His Grace Bishop Basil writes:
Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires and all Argentina, Patriarchal Vicar for our Archdiocese of North America, will visit the Diocese of Wichita on Bright Wednesday, April 23rd, the patronal feast day of our Diocesan Cathedral of St. George in Wichita, Kansas. The main purpose of His Eminence's visit is to get to know our Diocese by meeting and chatting with many folks from throughout DOWAMA, therefore all DOWAMA clergy and laity are cordially invited to be present at the Cathedral for his visit. His Eminence also plans to bless our newly-acquired St. Silouan Monastery House (named for his own patron saint) on that occasion. Details about that visit will be added as they become available.
- BRIGHT TUESDAY evening: Paschal Office at 6:15PM, Paschal Vespers at 6:30PM, followed by an hors d'oeuvre reception
- BRIGHT WEDNESDAY morning: Paschal Orthros at 9:00AM, Paschal Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM followed by a light breakfast buffet
All priests and deacons are invited to concelebrate at the divine services (WHITE vestments, please).
To be good hosts for you, we ask that you inform us of the approximate number who will be coming from your community with an RSVP before Great and Holy Thursday (April 17th) either to the Cathedral Office (email@example.com) or Gayle Malone (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
His Grace Bishop Basil writes:
MEMORY ETERNAL. Dorothy Eklund, mother of Fr. Theodore Eklund of St. Vincent Church in Omaha, Nebraska, fell asleep in Christ on April 2, 2014 at the age of 79. Mrs. Eklund, a member of St. Mark Church in Denver, Colorado, is also survived by her husband John.
May she be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life.