Dcn. Mark O’Dell
Deacon Mark O’Dell was chrismated into the Orthodox faith in 1995. He assumed responsibility for Holy Cross’ Outreach Ministries shortly after being ordained to the diaconate in 2002. He also serves as the church treasurer.
From the FAthers
“Prayer without almsgiving is unfruitful, without that all things are unclean and unprofitable. the better part of virtue is destroyed. 'He that loveth not his brother,' it is said, 'knoweth not God.' And how do you love him, when you do not even impart to him of those poor worthless things?”
—St. John Chrysostom
Mission & Overview
‘For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (Matthew 25:35-36)
The mission of Holy Cross’ Outreach Ministries is to provide parishioners of all ages with opportunities to learn to help others, reflect the love of Christ in our dealings with others in our community and strive to make outreach a part of our daily lives. Holy Cross’ Outreach Ministry will extend to those in our local community, the broader metropolitan Baltimore community and to those in need throughout the world.
Under the guidance of Fr. Gregory, the Holy Cross Outreach Ministry seeks to develop a diverse set of opportunities for parishioners to practice their faith toward others in our community. You can participate in the following four types of ministry opportunities to those outside our parish either in a local, metropolitan or world-wide context:
As a part of your participation in the lives of each other and of the Archdiocese, you can provide monetary and in-kind gifts to support individuals and project initiatives.
In recognition of the unique gifts of time and talents that God has given to each of us, you can share your talents through the gift of work, thereby helping to support others who cannot support themselves.
A popular saying among Orthodox today is, ‘We fall alone, but we are saved together.’ As Orthodox Christians, we are members of the Body of Christ and, as such, we are called to be in relationships with one another. Our outreach efforts enable us to live this truth by providing various opportunities for you to develop relationships that exhibit Christ’s love with those you serve outside our parish.
As outreach and ministry is the responsibility of all Christians, Holy Cross’ Outreach Ministry seeks to provide you with the chance to exercise leadership in developing, initiating and leading outreach ministry projects. If you see a need that Holy Cross is not currently addressing or believe that a need could be addressed more fruitfully, please contact Deacon Mark O’Dell.