I am happy to say that Fr. John is now Fr. John, PhD (actually, he received his PhD two months ago). We are very grateful that our studies in Greece are finally over. Our time there was unforgettable and filled with blessings, but it was not without difficulties – especially regarding Fr. John’s doctorate work. So we are thankful to be back in our homeland (which has its own – though different – difficulties).
Since returning from Greece, Fr. John has been serving the Divine Liturgy on Saturdays in Fredericton (his hometown) at University of New Brunswick’s chapel on campus.
I chanted and my brother served as deacon for quite a few of those Divine Liturgies which was an extra blessing (having my brother with us I mean, not my chanting). We used to go to this little chapel on UNB’s campus for Anglican mass while attending university at St. Thomas (just up the hill). Instead of it feeling strange it actually felt completely normal to be back at the chapel for Orthodox services, the fulfillment of our faith as Anglicans, I guess.
Any day now we’re hoping to head to Newfoundland. (We’re waiting to hear from movers. Please pray for us there have been some complications since one of the two ferries to the island crashed about a month ago). Fr. John will be serving the Mission there as well as doing some work translating and hopefully teaching a course or two of Orthodox Theology. His main focus will be tending to the needs of Holy Lady of Vladimir’s Mission.
So I bid a final farewell to Greece and embrace our homeland as we begin to enter colder months. The last winter we spent in Canada was in 2005. Eight years later I hope we can handle all the snow and ice heading our way – at least I get to enjoy the fall season before six months (or so) of white descends on us!
I will also be starting my Bachelor’s of Social Work this month (classes start on Thursday!). It’s a full-time two-year program. So, life is currently full of lots of changes but hopefully all of which will bear fruit in the long run. I’m going to try my hardest to keep the blog going, but it will definitely be a balancing act in the beginning with relocating to Newfoundland, starting school, and becoming involved in the life of the Mission.