Nominations Solicited For Church School Teacher of The Year Award
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- His Grace, Bishop Gregory has issued an appeal to diocesan parishes to assist the National ACRY in submitting nominations for their Annual Church School Teacher of the Year Award. The following is the text of His Grace's communique:
April 8, 2013
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Dear Very Reverend Protopresbyters and Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers and
During a recent meeting with the officers of the National
Senior ACRY, I was pleased to learn that each year the ACRY recognizes an
exemplary Church School Teacher at its annual Convention by awarding the Church
School Teacher of the Year Award.
Having myself served as a middle and high school level
Church School Teacher for over twenty years, I know well the challenges our
teachers experience instructing our youth in the Orthodox Faith. Many exercise their teaching ministry under
less than optimal conditions in an increasingly difficult era in Church life
where religious education is often relegated to the bottom of a family’s list of
priorities. Despite all this, they do so
with grace and determination and love for our precious youth who are not the
future of the Church but full members of the Church of today.
I bring this matter to your attention because the ACRY is
seeking nominations of worthy candidates for this Church School Teacher of the
Year Award from our Diocesan parishes.
Please be aware that this award is open to any Church School Teacher in
the Diocese whether or not a member of the ACRY.
A copy of the award nomination form
which clearly lists the award criteria and submission guidelines may be downloaded here. If you have an ACRY chapter in your parish
please assist them in discerning if a member of your parish’s Church School
teaching staff is deserving of this award.
If your parish does not have an ACRY chapter, I ask that the parish
priest personally undertake this evaluation process.
The completed nomination form is to be returned to the
National President, Mrs. Amy Coffman by May 15, 2013 at the following address:
West Chester, PA 19382
With appreciation for your assistance in highlighting this
important ministry and assuring you of my prayers, I remain,
Working in His Vineyard,
+Bishop Gregory of Nyssa