Bishop Thomas - An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox Christians
June 10, 2011 Length: 11:39His Grace, Bishop Thomas, is Bishop of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic for the Antiochian Archdiocese. His paper was delivered by Fr. Andrew Damick, Pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA.
"I want to thank you for your ministry. I have been listening to AFR for several years now, but it means more to me this year than ever. I am working in the Middle East as part of a multinational peacekeeping force, but I am the only Orthodox Christian on camp. The priests and ministers available to me are Catholic and Protestant. While good men, they can't offer me the Sacraments or church experience I need. When I am most lonely and homesick, I can boot up my laptop and log in to AFR, and my whole outlook is changed in an instant. Being able to hear the words and sounds of my faith, especially here, means more to me than you can ever know. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And God bless you all!"