Several Orthodox Christian chaplains will be celebrating Holy Week and Pascha services for military personnel abroad and stateside this year.
According to Archpriest Jerome Cwiklinski, Archpriest Peter Dubinin, Army Orthodox Chaplain (OCA), is currently serving in Kuwait, while Priest Eugene Lahue, Air Force Orthodox Chaplain (OCA), will arrive during Holy Week in Afghanistan, where he will be deployed through October. Priest David Hostetler, Navy Orthodox Chaplain with Marines (GOARCH), also will be in Afghanistan for approximately 30 days, beginning during Holy Week.
Priest David Alexander, Navy Orthodox Chaplain with Marines (Antiochian) is stationed on Okinawa and serves the Orthodox Chapel community at Camp Foster, while Priest Matthew Streett, Air Force Orthodox Chaplain (GOARCH) is stationed in Ramstein, Germany, where he serves the Orthodox Chapel.
“Please pass the word to your loved ones and parishioners serving our country overseas,” Father Jerome recommends. “If they are stateside, many of our bases also have Orthodox chapels with a full array of Holy Week and Pascha services to accommodate their schedules. Please also check the listing of military Chaplains on the OCA web site for locations and contact information. If travel needs to occur for access to services, the ability of these priests to be of service to Orthodox service members begins with a request through their respective (non-Orthodox) unit Chaplains.”
May God bless and protect our chaplains and military personnel during these most holy days, as they celebrate the glorious resurrection of Our Lord.