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Holy New Martyr Theodore of Tobolsk ☦1937

An icon St. Theodore, glorified and healed

St. Theodore was shot by the Soviet Communists for receiving people seeking advice and comfort. But officially . . .

“Theodore was arrested based on a document submitted by the chairman of the Tobolsk city council that stated: ‘Ivanov is a religious fanatic… who is preparing for an armed uprising against the Soviet authorities…'”


St. Theodore of Tobolsk: A Martyr with Physical Handicaps, by Anastasia Koskello 

“In early 1938, a major campaign for the “withdrawal” of physically handicapped inmates from prisons and camps began. There is evidence that 1,160 physically handicapped inmates of prisons in Moscow and the Moscow region alone were shot dead in February-March, 1938. Physically handicapped prisoners were shot, first of all, because they could not be accepted in the camps due to their inability to work, as well as because there was not enough room for newly-arrested people. Could it really be that this was how Communist fascism freed Soviet society from ‘extra mouths’?

St. Theodore of Tobolsk was canonized by decree of the Holy Synod on October 7, 2002, following a proposal by the Tobolsk Diocese.

In 2007, a church was consecrated in honor of the Holy Martyr Theodore of Tobolsk in a worker’s village on the 723 kilometer point of the ‘Urengoy-Surgut-Chelyabinsk’ gas pipeline in the Khanty-Mansiysk Diocese.”

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Advertisements A Discussion regarding Clergy in wheelchairs

President Franklin Roosevelt, Ruthie Bie, and Fala

An Orthodox Christian  who has a disability asks, 

Our Orthodox church is full of understanding . But do you ever see priest in a wheelchair ? Or a bishop, or a deacon, or a reader? What happens when a priest cannot stand on his legs, but he is fully functional with hands? Can that priest serve ? I am asking because I study Orthodox theology, and have a handicap. One more question what happens with  a priest who is in a car accident and becomes confined to a wheelchair? Is he still a priest? A handicapped person is not an ill person.

Read the replies on the webpage below:

Priests in wheelchairs

Saint Genesius of Rome †303

St. Genesius of Rome

Artist Richard Moore and the icon of St. Genesius

August 25 is the Feast day of St. Genesius of Rome.

Saint Genesius of Rome is counted an intercessor for persons with epilepsy. He was an actor, who sought to portray Christian baptism as a farce, in a derogatory fashion. But on the day of his performance, he became sick, and,  fearing death, expressed a desire to become a Christian. The show proceeded, with Emperor Diocletian and his retinue present. As the theatrical “baptism” proceeded, performed with mocking intent and received with much jeering laughter, St. Genesius, after having received the pouring of the water on his head, proclaimed with great earnestness his renunciation of idols and his faith in Christ- in truth! He exhorted all, including Diocletian, to do the same.  Diocletian, realizing the sincerity of St. Genesius’ words, ordered him to be beaten publicly and   imprisoned. And he was to be tortured daily until he renounced Christ. But St. Genesius continued his bold confession of faith to his jailers, and  Diocletian eventually ordered that he be beheaded. In this way St. Genesius was martyred for Christ in Rome in the year 303 A.D.

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Al-Kafaat: Sara, Ayman, Marwa

The story of a child and two young people, a man and a woman, who are developing their abilities at the Al-Kafaat Foundation in the country of Lebanon.  To access: Al-Kafaat: Sara, Ayman, Marwa

A more detailed version of Sara’s story and others can be found on Page 33-35 of the June 2011 edition of The Word Magazine, which is published by the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America:  Al-Kafaat: Giving People with Special Needs the Ability to Live, by Andrew Dalack 

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The Al-Kafaat catering school prepared the world’s largest Tabbouleh dish and earned a new entry in the Guinness book world records

Myriam Shwayri on the Al-Kafaat Foundation

Al-Kafaat means “abilities;” people with disabilities also have abilities, and this is the focus of this Lebanese ministry. It is a ministry that is strongly supported by the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

The following article is the text of a presentation given by Myriam N. Shwayri, daughter of the founder of Al-Kafaat Foundation in the country of Lebanon, during the 48th Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Convention in Montreal, Canada, on July 26, 2007. To access the presentation, click on:

The Al-Kafaàt Foundation | Orthodox Church

Also, hear an in-depth interview with Myriam on The Arabic Hour:

The website of Al-Kafaat:  The Al-Kafaàt Foundation


St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia †1579



St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia is known to be an intercessor for the mentally ill and demon possessed. His life and informative details of his Feast on Cephalonia on August 16th, as well as the Feast of the Restitution of his relics on October 20th, can be found here:

Full of Grace and Truth: St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia

The following post brings out more details of his gift of healing the demon possessed. Eight reports of miracles which occurred at the Monastery of St. Gerasimos are also related:

Mystagogy: St. Gerasimos of Keffalonia and the Demon Possessed

And here is a short video (2 minutes) which captures a portion of His Feast on Cephalonia in August 16th:

You Tube: The Holy Relic of Saint Gerasimos – Kefalonia (Greece)

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A Personal Weblog & Resource Page from a Person with ACC (Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum)

Update: I received a comment which stated that Joseph Galbraith is a con artitst. So be careful.

This person, Joseph Galbraith, who has not only ACC, but also ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), is highly articulate, an excellent writer. In his blog posts he weaves together personal experiences of persons with ACC and ASD (mostly his own) with in-depth facts about these conditions. Those of us who do not have these conditions, whether or not we know someone with ACC and ASD, can begin to understand people who do have them by means of his posts.

To access:

A Boy with a Hole in his Head 

Also: An insightful personal blog post from a parent of a three and a half year old daughter with ACC:

Benji Unspun 


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