Two bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will be in Denton at the end of July to join the members of St. Maximus the Confessor Orthodox Church in celebrating their 10 year Anniversary. Metropolitan Jonah, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, and Bishop Nikon of Boston, the current overseer of the Diocese of Dallas and the South, will be here to participate in a number of activities that are scheduled for July 29 through 31. *Chantus Maximus*, St. Maximus’ male choir, will present a concert of Orthodox music Friday evening, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. at Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home located at 1304 Bernard Street in Denton. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door for this event and all proceeds will go toward the construction of a new church on Oak Street.
St. Maximus was founded as a mission of St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas with the blessing of Archbishop Dmitri, now retired, in July 2001. Ten adult members and three children began meeting in the chapel at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church before moving into the current historic building on W. Oak St. in January 2002. Since then, the building has been through several renovations, and work is ongoing to accommodate the growing number of parishioners. From the second Divine Liturgy in August 2001, where 8 people were present, to June 2011, where the average was over 90 in attendance, the community at St. Maximus continues to grow.
St. Maximus the Confessor Orthodox Church is located at 2026 West Oak Street in Denton. Fr. Justin Frederick can be reached at (940) 565-6753. For more information, or a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, visit http://www.stmaximus.org.