HCHC Missions Week and Annual Missions Lecture
Father Nicholas Andruchow, Associate Director of Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage, will present his work with families in the developing world in a series of talks October 27-31 at Hellenic College Holy Cross (HCHC), Brookline, MA.
Father Nicholas, accompanied by his wife HCHC alumna Pres. Merilynn, will reflect on the changes they have witnessed in the boys at the orphanage and share the stories of the local families whose lives have been transformed by the homes built by Project Mexico.
They will also speak to the transformation occurring in the missionaries and interns themselves. They will discuss the work of the hundreds of volunteers who participate in the Project each summer. They will challenge listeners to understand how missionary work in the developing world is not just an option for the few – it is a universal calling for all of the faithful.
Father Nicholas will deliver the annual EFOM Missions Lecture at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 30, entitled, “Changing the World: Transformation through Missions with Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage as a Model.” The lecture will be held in the Library Reading Room on the HCHC campus and is open to the public.
As a featured portion of HCHC’s Missions Week, Fr. Nicholas and Pres. Merilynn will speak each night in the chapel. They will also offer classes and meet with small groups throughout the week.
“Our Lord Jesus calls us to become beacons of hope and light to the world around us,” says Fr. Nicholas. “During our week at Hellenic College Holy Cross, I want to reflect on the light that is within us, and wrestle with how we can allow that light of Christ to shine brightly for others to see. This can lead to lasting change in the world.”
Before undertaking missionary work, Fr. Nicholas served for two years in the Dominican Republic in the Peace Corps. There he helped found 12 businesses for women’s groups as a consultant. He then worked with Project Mexico for three years, establishing a pig farm and teaching entrepreneurial skills to the boys in the orphanage. Following graduation from St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Fr. Nicholas and Pres. Merilynn spent nine years leading the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Mission Church in Flagstaff, AZ. Since 2011, the Andruchows have continued their work at St. Innocent Orphanage and Project Mexico.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Rev. Luke A. Veronis
Director, Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity