The purpose of the convocation held in Toronto June 27-29 was to bring together the many Orthodox clergy and laity from around the world who are participating in prison ministry or are interested in participating in prison ministry for a time of fellowship, education, encouragement, communal worship and the free exchange of ideas. More information about OCPM at their web site - http://www.ocpm-scoba.org/.
Fr. Monk Cosmas (Shartz) Fr. Cosmas was born at the mid-point of the twentieth century, in 1950. He was raised Methodist and was the son of a minister. Soon after entering college he drifted away from Christianity, seduced by the allurements of secularism and decadence, and spent many years in the spiritual far country. He entered the Greek Orthodox Church in 1996, therefore, as a repentant sinner. He is a tonsured reader. In 2004 he joined the brotherhood of the Monastery of St. John.
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