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[Ancient Faith Radio; August 23, 2007]
Voiceover: We have a recording today of Frederica
Mathewes-Green addressing the audience at the Parish Life conference that was
recently held at Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Maryland, where Fr. Gregory
Mathewes-Green and Frederica serve. And
she’s reminiscing about their early days of Orthodoxy and how thankful she is
for the welcome they received.
Frederica: It’s amazing to me that Holy Cross is hosting the
Parish Life conference this year. We
started just 14 years ago, a handful of people, 19 people, meeting in rental
space in Catonsville. And that we have gotten to this point where
we can actually host a Parish Life Conference—I’m extraordinarily grateful to
God that we have the capability to do this.
And as my husband is now 60 years old, I’m extraordinarily grateful that
we’ll probably never have to do it again.
[Laughter] Once is enough in a lifetime! If you haven’t done it, you
don’t know how much work it is. I don’t
know how much work it is; I have to give a lot of the credit to someone who
would be an unsung hero otherwise: our brilliantly creative, our brilliant Shamassy,
Ina, who just has an imagination and an ability to accomplish the things that
she imagines that are going to set this Parish Life Conference apart. I’m eager to take part in it.