DETROIT, MI [DOM Communications] – At the end of last year, the Mother Maria of Paris Charitable Ministry (MMCM) began a “monthly matching gift challenge” of $1,000 to support Orthodox ministries in Midwest America. This matching challenge would run for five months providing assistance of $2,000 to five different Orthodox ministries.
The first of the grants from MMCM was awarded to Orthodox Detroit Outreach, a ministry of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral, Detroit, MI. $2,500 was distributed to help fund a creative arts area for local children of families who are supported by their ministry. This generous sum was provided through the effort of the MMCM and donors from around the country.
“We are grateful to God for the success of the recent fundraiser that the Mother Maria of Paris Ministry [that] our Midwest Diocese conducted,” said Archpriest Paul Albert, the spiritual director of Orthodox Detroit Outreach and pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral. “Your generous gift of $2,500.00 will help towards the development of our creative arts room where outreach ministries will further grow in the future. Your gift will help us acquire some of the important components for our new area.”
Priest Jonathan Lincoln, director of the diocese’s charitable arm, was encouraged by this initial effort and looks forward to the continued assistance of these programs. “This ministry is only possible through the generosity of our donors. Both the Diocese of the Midwest and her faithful can do a lot of good in the Midwest when we target such worthy goals as the needs of others.” Father Jonathan also mentioned the importance of people participating in future projects.
The Mother Maria of Paris Charitable Ministry is the charitable initiative of the Diocese of the Midwest – Orthodox Church in America. Through fund raising, gifts-in-kind, and volunteerism, the ministry supports organizations and ministries that provide for the basic needs of the poor, needy, and under-served.