As reported on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America on April 3, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, and Priest John Parker, chairman of the OCA Department of Evangelization, visited Mexico during the first week of April to ascertain ways the department might further assist His Grace, Bishop Alejo in expanding ongoing evangelization efforts throughout the country.
Upon their return on April 6, Father John shared his impressions and offered insights into evangelization and missionary efforts in “the greatest missionary land in the OCA” in a monograph titled “The Fields are Ripe for the Harvest.” In it, he reflects on the endless opportunities that are presenting themselves to proclaim the Gospel across Mexico.
“The Fields are Ripe” is now available in PDF format, while an expanded photo gallery of their visit may be viewed here.
The Diocese of Mexico, which formally celebrated its 40th Anniversary in January 2012, maintains communities and missions in a number of towns and villages – some of them in very remote areas – in addition to the cathedral in the nation’s capital. The Department of Evangelization hopes to work more closely with His Grace, Bishop Alejo of Mexico City, and the Diocese, and will discern ways to accomplish this based on information gathered during the visit.