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OCMC News - Fr. Stephanos Ritsi Ordained in Albania!

by Niko Birbilis (Posted 6/10/2019)

OCMC News - Fr. Stephanos Ritsi Ordained in Albania!
Axios! Congratulations to OCMC Missionary Fr. Stephanos Ritsi who was ordained to the priesthood on June, 2019, in Albania by His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios.

He is worthy! I Denje! Axios!

This past Sunday, June 9, 2019, Deacon Stephanos Ritsi was ordained to the Holy Priesthood. He was ordained by His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios in the Resurrection of Christ Cathedral in Tirana, Albania. This marked a major step in Father Stephanos's journey and ministry as a missionary.

After growing up in the mission field, Fr. Stephanos has continued to be deeply involved in missions throughout his life. He discerned his calling to long-term missionary service after participating on a short-term mission team to Kenya. At that point, he applied to the Holy Cross School of Theology and graduated with both his Master's of Divinity and Certificate in Missions and Ecumenism.

Fr. Stephanos met his wife Alexandria there at the seminary. The two of them graduated in 2012 and set out to serve in Albania together in 2013.

Since then, the couple has worked diligently to support the Church in Albania. Fr. Stephanos has served as the first deacon at the Cathedral in Tirana, taught missiology at the Resurrection of Christ Seminary in Durres, and helped in the office of the Archbishop - all while pursing doctoral studies in Thessaloniki, Greece. Presbytera Alexandria teaches English at Logos University and the Protagonist School, leads a group within the Spiritual Journey Catechism program at the Protagonist School, works as one of the Church’s official photographers, and also hosts a regular radio show on Radio Ngjallja.

Between the two of them, Fr. Stephanos and Pres. Alexandria have an incredible amount of talent, and they've been doing a lot of great work for the Church in Albania. We are excited to celebrate Fr. Stephanos’s ordination with them, and we look forward to all the good work they will continue to do!

Please keep Fr. Stephanos, Pres. Alexandria, and their family in your prayers. To stay up-to-date with their news or donate to support them, visit the link below:

https://www.ocmc.org/about/view_missionary.aspx?MissionaryId=26

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God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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