Byzantine Icon Painting Workshop at St. Demetrios

Experience the unique spiritual world of the Byzantine Era through icon painting.


Icon Painting Workshop

August 27- September 3,  2014
Fort Worth, Texas



During this intensive 7-day course we will concentrate on the traditional painting techniques of Byzantium. The subject of the icon that students will paint is “Mother of God”.
Our goal is for students to understand and learn the artistic practices as well as the philosophy of Orthodox Iconography.  Through the process of demonstrations the stages as well the whole method of painting an icon will be presented.  The students will then put into practice these skills under the guidance of the instructor Theodore Papadopoulos.
The techniques of painting will be taught in a clear and concrete way enabling the students to easily apply what they have learnt once the workshop is completed. Great emphasis is placed on the student acquiring “hands-on”experience, in order to be able to comprehend and put into practice the techniques Byzantine icon painting requires.

This workshop offers students of all levels, from the beginner to the professional, an opportunity to learn and refine their techniques in the sacred art of Byzantine iconography.

Tuition: $670.
The price includes the materials which will be used by the students, (brushes,pigments,boards).
A non-refundable deposit of $150 is required to reserve a place in this workshop.
The balance is due on Aug.  27, 2014.
Location: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Fort Worth, Texas.
Watch the trailer.

About the Instructor

Byzantine Iconography Workshop
Theodoros Papadopoulos was born, raised and presently lives in Larissa, Greece. His artistic studies began when he studied drawing at a local workshop in 1987. His fascination with iconography began when he visited Athos, The Holy Mountain.
His studies compelled him to return to Mt. Athos in order to perfect his technique and understanding in painting Byzantine icons and murals. Studying in Athens also facilitated his artistic progress in this field.
He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts in Greece and the Greek Iconographers Association.
His commissions range from individuals personal icons to painting religious murals in churches in his homeland as well as abroad.
For over 20 years of professional work in iconography, his uncompromising principle is to present work of the highest quality.
For more information visit Theodoros Papadopoulos’ web site.

For enrollment or information

Contact Ms Ruth Marsh
tel: 254-445-3333



Pan-Orthodox Vespers Schedule


(Sundays during Great Lent – 6 p.m.)

March 9 – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Dallas

March 16 – St. Peter’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Ft. Worth

March 23 – Sts. Constantine & Helen Antiochian Orthodox Church, Dallas

March 30 – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ft. Worth

April 6 – St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral, Dallas

A Lenten meal is served after Vespers. 

3 Evening Retreat Feb. 23-25 in McKinney

Download the flyer for details.

NTOM Conference Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in DFW Area

Orthodox Christian Perspectives

The Hidden Joy of Christian Living:

Sharing Christ’s Love with Our Neighbor

January 31, 2014

at St. Peter Orthodox Christian Church, Ft. Worth

Dinner 6:00 p.m., Program 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

February 1, 2014

at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Dallas

Coffee 8:30 a.m., Program 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learn more by reading our Flyer

Bishop Gregory of Nyssa

Primate of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA

Fr. Maximus Cabey

St. Matthew OCA

(Green Bay, WI)

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Bishop Gregory, before becoming a priest and bishop, worked for 20 years as a researcher in the field of cardiology. After taking a mission trip to Alaska, he felt the calling to pursue the priesthood. He received the M.Div. from Holy Cross seminary in 2006 and was ordained a priest in 2007. As an Ierokyrix and a Confessor, he has provided spiritual direction to the clergy and faithful of the metropolis of Atlanta. With an affinity for youth ministry and a skilled administrator he oversaw all the youth programs in the Metropolis of Atlanta. Bishop Gregory was elevated to the episcopate in 2012.

Fr. Maximus, a graduate of St. Vladimir, was ordained to the holy priesthood on the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Cross by Metropolitan Jonah on September 14th 2010. In 2011 Father was appointed the new Rector for St Matthew. In addition to the M. Div., Fr. Maximus has a B.A. in Theology and Mental Health and Human Services from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Fr. Maximus has been involved in pastoral ministry and teaching for the past 23 years.

Oct. 30 Lecture: Christian Tradition in a “Postmodern World”

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 7pm


Archpriest John Erickson

Former Dean and Professor

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Location of Public Address:

St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral

4208 Wycliff, Dallas, Texas 75219 (530 ) 921 1567

About The Presenter:

Fr. John H. Erickson is thePeter N. Gramowich Professor of Church History, Emeritus, and former Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood NY, where he taught from 1973 until his retirement to Tucson, Arizona, in 2009.


His publications include The Challenge of Our Past: Essays in Orthodox Church History and Canon Law; The Quest for Unity: Orthodox and Catholics in Dialogue; Orthodox Christians in America: A Brief History; as well as over sixty published articles and book chapters.


Since retiring, Fr. John has kept busy with speaking engagements and with serving assignments throughout the Southwest. As needed, he also gives a 14-unit online course in church history as part of the Diaconal Vocations Program of the Orthodox Church in America.


A Brief Summary of the Evening Presentation:

Cultural historians, social theorists, philosophers, literary critics and many others refer to our world today as “postmodern.” They do so to call attention to a cultural shift that is as far-reaching as it is profound. Much of what the “modern world” took for granted is now being called into question. Suspect, among other things, is the metanarrative, the big story, the “totalizing narrative schema” that claims to present transcendent and universal truth. In this new cultural context, what place is there for the “big story” offered by historic Christianity? What word of hope does Christian Tradition have to offer men and women today, who are skeptical about the claims and promises of the past and at the same time anxious about the future?


A Second Opportunity:

In addition another presentation — a bit less public however — carrying a provocative title, will be offered by Fr. Erickson on Wednesday, October 30 at approximately 12 noon: “Does Christian Marriage Have a Future?” Here Fr. John will explore aspects of marriage that challenge Orthodox Christians each day. Members of the Church are certainly invited, but will be asked to leave afterwards for an informal Q & A between Fr. John and visiting clergy. This talk will be held at the Cathedral as well.

IOCC Fundraising Dinner, October 20, 2013 in Dallas

Please join me at the annual International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC, fundraiser dinner on Sunday, October 20th, held this year at:

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

13555 Hillcrest Road

Dallas, Texas 75240

For more information, download the Flyer.

This is not a religious event, nor a political one, but an effort for a worthy cause, with high level impact. About 92 cents of every dollar donated to IOCC goes to the actual charitable effort, making IOCC one of the most efficient charities in the USA, much more efficient than many of the more well-known charities. IOCC has been involved in international relief efforts in such places as Syria, Ethiopia, Serbia, Russia, amongst other places in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

IOCC is fortunate such that out of every $1 donated, $7 (not a typo) is generated toward relief efforts, due to existing grant and philanthropic relationships.

We are also trying to set up a silent auction. If you have valuable memorabilia that you wish to donate, please contact me.

If you wish to sponsor a dinner table, or partially underwrite the event, please contact me. Sponsors will be given recognition at the dinner.

If you have ideas for best practices on how to make this event even more successful than last year, please contact Michael Petridis.

We expect our first committee meeting on Wednesday evening, 7pm, October 2nd, at Holy Trinity. Come join us!

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Why not donate $1 to make $7?

Please pass the word.

“The Theotokos as Model for Our Lives” Retreat at The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery

Invites you to a Fundraising Retreat in Dallas to benefit the building the new
Retreat Center
 with guest Speaker Dr. Eugenia Constantinou (Presvytera Jeannie)
Full of Grace
The Theotokos as Model for Our Lives:
A Historical, Theological and Iconographic Journey.

With Dr. Eugenia Constantinou
University of San Diego
What do we REALLY know about the Theotokos? Perhaps we imagine her as simple and submissive? Could she have been ardent or assertive?  Was she always passive and accepting or might she have been a perfectionist?  Considering the difference between daily life in first century Palestine and daily life in 21st century America, how can the Theotokos possibly serve as a spiritual example for modern men and women? Is she a realistic role model or an unattainable ideal?


Part 1 – Life or Legend? Theology or Piety? What do we really know about the Theotokos and why don’t we know more? How important was the Theotokos in the early Church and why?

Part 2 – Extraordinary Exemplar: A reflection on the life of the Theotokos through the iconography of the Church. Spectacular icons will illustrate her life and help us gain new insights into how she can be a paradigm for us to follow.

When:   Friday, March 08, 2013
Time:     6:PM – 8:30 pm
Where:  Bent Tree Country Club
              5201 Westgrove Dr
              Dallas, TX 75248-2044

Cost $30 per person for Dinner
(Family Tables are available)
Reservations are needed and are due by Monday March 4th, so Reserve your seats now.

Submit Payment via check or money order by mail to:

Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ Monastery
P.O.Box 426
Kemp, TX 75143

You may also get payment to Reader Daniel Rudder with St. Seraphim Cathedral. For more information please visit the Monastery Website or call the Monastery at 903-498-4474 or Reader Daniel at 469-556-6179.

Click Here to download information.

Sister Barbara+

Mother Barbara

March 11-13 Retreat in McKinney, TX

Three-Evening Retreat

March 11-13, 2013       Monday ~ Wednesday


Download the Flyer

Part 1: From His Birth to the Crossing of the Red Sea

A Patristic journey into the wealth of spiritual nourishment for our 21st Century lives, hidden beneath the historical account of his life

Keynote Speaker:

Fr Demetrios Carellas

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, TX

Nightly Schedule:

5:30 PM Vespers in Church.

Light meal to follow in Church hall

7:00 to 8:30 PM Presentation in Lecture hall

across the street, with Q & A and Fellowship

Everything is FREE, but please RSVP!

For planning purposes, please RSVP with names and/or #’s of people

attending to Priest Seraphim Holland

(phone/text/email – or 972.658.5433)

by Saturday, March 9th

If you do not RSVP, come anyway!

Our church hall will be available at all times to you.

Conference in Dallas Feb. 22-23: Orthodox Christian Perspectives

To register for the conference, sign up here.

You can also download an NTOM Poster 8.5×11 Flyer or an 11×17 Flyer.

“How to talk with your children and grandchildren about God”

“I am a representative of Christ to all the children in my life.”

From The One Thing Needful: Meditation for the Busy Orthodox Woman
by Colette D. Jonopoulos, Light and Life Publishing


Friday February 22, 2013

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

St. Barbara OCA

5201 Alta Mesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76133


6:00 pm     Opening

6:45 pm     Welcome and opening prayer

“Indoctrination in the public schools and how it conflicts with our Orthodox Faith” by Fr. Daniel Keller

“Sharing the Gospel with Our College Students” by Fr. Nick Hadzellis

“Talking to God about our children before we talk with our children about God” by Fr. Justin Frederick


Saturday February 23, 2013

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Holy Trinity GOC

13555 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75240

8:30 am      Registration and Coffee hour

9:00 am      Welcome and opening prayer

“The Conflict That Never Was – How Science and Christianity Can Live Together In Harmony” by Fr. Vasile Tudora

“Teaching children about keeping their faith in the context of being a minority religion in America” by Deacon Clint Sharpley

“Talking to God about our children before we talk with our children about God” by Fr. Justin Frederick


“As we pray, so we believe, so we pray.”

From Giver of Life, the Holy Spirit in Orthodox Tradition,
by Fr. John W. Oliver, Paraclete Press

These events are free to all. Children are especially welcome but we have no child care available.

Pan-Orthodox Sunday Vespers, 6 pm

Please join us for pan-Orthodox vespers!

  • March 24 – Holy Trinity GOC, Dallas
  • March 31 – St. Peter AOC, Ft. Worth
  • April 7 – St. John the Baptist GOC, Euless
  • April 14 – St. Demetrios GOC, Ft. Worth
  • April 21 – St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral OCA, Dallas

You may find the addresses of these parishes here.

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