Converted priest discusses move to Eastern Orthodoxy


February 03, 1994|By Reported by Frank P. L. Somerville

Archpriest Peter E. Gillquist, a former evangelical Protestant leader of Campus Crusade for Christ who converted to Eastern TC Orthodoxy, will speak at services Saturday night and Sunday morning marking the first anniversary of the founding of the Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Mission in Catonsville.

Father Gillquist, head of missions and evangelism for the Antiochian Orthodox Church in America, recently met in England with a group of Anglican priests and lay people considering a move to Orthodoxy.

More than half of the clergy of the Antiochian Archdiocese in the United States had been Protestants and many were Episcopalians, he said.

Until 1987, Father Gillquist was a Baptist. A year ago, he assisted the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, and six families in St. Peter's congregation who joined the Antiochian Orthodox Church and form the Holy Cross Mission.

Father Mathewes-Green, now known as Father Gregory, said the original six families at Holy Cross have grown to 30 families.

They meet and hold services in the ReVisions Inc. Building, a former school of St. Mark's Roman Catholic Parish, at 20 Winters Lane in Catonsville.

Father Gillquist will take part in a Vespers service there at 7 p.m. Saturday and then lecture on "Journey to Orthodoxy: Finding the New Testament Church."

He will answer questions and be available for discussions afterward about his decision to become an Orthodox priest.

He will preach at the 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy service on Sunday and speak again at an anniversary brunch after that service.

For more information and to make reservations for the brunch, call 945-3938.

Host to children:

Students of the Religious School of Beth Am Synagogue at 2501 Eutaw Place will help entertain a group of homeless children Sunday with a program of arts and crafts, games, a magic show, refreshments and a concert by the Mount Royal String Orchestra.

The 16 members of the orchestra are children between the ages of 8 and 11 living in the Bolton Hill and Reservoir Hill areas. They are under the direction of Jane Cromwell and Kenneth Whitley.

The guests of the synagogue's school will be homeless children cared for at the Ark and Corner House Shelter of Episcopal Social Ministries while adult family members seek jobs, housing and welfare assistance.

Coordinators of the interfaith program at Beth Am are Lee Carlin and Maggi Gaines.

Information: 523-2446.

Chaplains remembered:

The Rev. Robert E. Albright, Roman Catholic campus minister at Towson State University, will address the Civitan Club of Baltimore tomorrow at the Johns Hopkins Club.

The noon lunch program will honor four Army chaplains lost in the North Atlantic on Feb. 3, 1943.

Survivors of the sinking of the torpedoed troop ship Dorchester, a converted Chesapeake Bay steamer, said the four chaplains -- a Jew, a Catholic and two Protestants -- gave their life jackets to others and joined hands in prayer before drowning with two-thirds of the approximately 900 men aboard.

The chaplains were Rabbi Alexander Goode of Washington; the Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister from Cambridge, Vt.; the Rev. Clark V. Poling of the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, N.Y.; and the Rev. John P. Washington of St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church in Arlington, N.J.

Father Albright's subject is "What Are Jews and Christians Saying to One Another in Baltimore?"

Anyone interested in attending tomorrow's lunch or learning about other Civitan programs should call Dolores Thommen at 433-3753.

Jewish law:

Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg will speak on "The Changing Reputation of the Talmud in the Modern Era" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave.

During the convocation, a new translation of Israeli Supreme Court Justice Menachem Elon's "Jewish Law: History, Sources, Principles" will be presented to Judge Howard S. Chasanow of the Maryland Court of Appeals.

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