Diocese of Eastern PA establishes Nanticoke Relief Fund

The Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America has established the “Saint John the Baptist in Nanticoke Relief Fund” out of concern for the long-term needs of Priest Adam Sexton, Matushka Angie, and their eight children and the faithful of their parish.  As widely reported on oca.org, the Sextons were left homeless after a fire gutted the rectory on Sunday morning, March 4, 2012.

During the visit of His Grace, Bishop Tikhon to the parish on Wednesday, March 7, Father Adam expressed his personal gratefulness for the outpouring of love and concern from everyone and noted that the immediate needs of the family were being very adequately met by the generosity of those near and far.

Donations to this fund may be sent to the Diocesan Center, 144 Saint Tikhon’s Road, Waymart, PA, 18472, where they will be directed to the specific areas of need in consultation with Father Adam and the members of Saint John’s parish council.  A dedicated checking account has been established.  Checks may be made payable to the “Saint John the Baptist in Nanticoke Relief Fund.”

Bishop Tikhon expresses his thanks for all the prayers and support for the Sextons and the faithful of Saint John’s parish the Baptist Church received from across the Orthodox Church in America.  He asks for ongoing prayers for Father Adam, Matushka Angie and their children, as well as for the members of Saint John’s.  He especially encourages the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania to be generous in their support of this cause and has requested that a special collection be taken in all diocesan parishes on Sunday, March 18, the Sunday of the Cross.