In 2012, Fr. Christopher Allen returned to San Antonio from service as the Orthodox Navy chaplain on Okinawa together with his wife, Nonna, and their sons Peter and Andrew. With Archbishop Peter's blessing, they began San Antonio's ROCOR mission under the heavenly patronage of Sts. Joachim and Anna. From our beginnings in a borrowed classroom in a local Catholic church, to the last five years in a rented suite in a small business park, with God's help and the faithful stewardship of a small but vibrant congregation, we are close to completing the construction of our new temple. While 2020 has been a difficult year for many reasons, the COVID-19 pandemic not least of them, we give thanks and glory to God that even in such a year He has allowed the construction of this church where we will continue to glorify His Name and proclaim the Holy Orthodox faith here in south Texas. We ask for your holy prayers as we strive to complete this project, and join with you in prayer for the mercy of God, that He strengthen us all in the year to come.
To share our joy, a few photos are included, briefly showing the phases of work which began in May, 2020. When finished, the church will be white with a blue roof and doors in honor of the Theotokos and her holy parents.
Through the dedication and generosity of our faithful members and many other friends and donors, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox, we are close to completion of this project. However, some costs have increased and some were unanticipated, and our cash margin is very narrow. We humbly appeal to your generosity to participate in this holy work through a gift in any amount. A total of approximately $25,000 will ensure we will be able to open our doors, God willing, at the end of January--the end of our current lease. We continue to seek support from other sources, as well. If you would like to make a contribution to a particular item (e.g., concrete walkway, kitchen cabinetry, etc.), please contact Fr. Christopher.
May God bless you all and keep you safe as we prepare to welcome our Lord at his Holy Nativity.
Archpriest Christopher Allen