ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
Orthodox Church in America
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Introduction to the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors (DDB)

At the Archdiocesan Assembly Meeting in November 2013, the assembly approved the establishment of an Archdiocesan Benevolent Benefactor Fund to support charitable activities and ministries throughout the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.  Click here to read the proposal adopted at the assembly meeting.  In addition, a committee was established to oversee the activities of the benefactor fund.  The committee consists of two clergy, two laity, and two ex-officio members with oversight and guidance provided by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.  The two clergy are Father John Parsells (Christ the Savior, Berlin, MD) and Father Mark Koczak (St. Mark Orthodox Church, New Castle, DE).  The two laity are Noel Brackett (Holy Archangels Orthodox Church, Annapolis, MD) and Yuriy Dzambasow (St. Andrew Orthodox Church, Baltimore, MD).  The two ex-officio members are Father John Vitko (Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.) and Michael Hydock (Treasurer of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.).

Purpose and Values

The DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS of the ARCHDIOCESE OF WASHINGTON, D.C. helps the Archdiocese expand Orthodox witness in the Greater Washington, D.C. area within and beyond our existing parishes and missions. We identify, bring awareness to and support – spiritually, physically and financially -- those activities, projects and ministries requiring substantial and significant need within our Archdiocese. We then work diligently with our parishes, communities and partners to plan activities (e.g., planting of new missions; sponsoring of local conferences and retreats; participation in local charitable outreach activities; financial relief efforts within the Archdiocese) and obtain the resources necessary to fulfill those needs.

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Donations to the Archdiocese of Washington's Diocesan Benefactor Fund may be made via check or online.

To make a donation via check, please make your check out to the "Archdiocese of Washington" and use the following address:

Archdiocese of Washington
7124 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20817-4770

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About the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of the Washington, D.C. is part of the Orthodox Church in America, which is the local presence of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church established by Jesus Christ and faithfully transmitted through her Scriptures, worship and prayer life, and through the teachings of the Holy Fathers.

The Orthodox Faith maintains unbroken continuity with the Apostolic Faith; embraces all languages, cultures, and races; and calls all to "come and see." Please join us in worship and fellowship.

The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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