Answer: A Mission!
The Dillon Montana Orthodox Mission had its first Divine Liturgy Bright Saturday April 2010 served by Fr Russell Radoicich Pastor of the historic and beautifully frescoed Holy Trinity in Butte, Montana. The mission is the impetus of two faithful the rest are inquirers. They are currently having Vespers on Friday and Liturgy on Saturday once every 3 months with an inquirers class monthly. Bishop Maxim has already visited Dillon once and taught an Inquirers class. Fr Russell is a very devoted Priest reaching out to several small groups of Orthodox Christians including the Helena and Kalispell missions and the Deerlodge mens prison which are located in far flung locations in this immense state. He is often accompanied by a reader and a few people from Butte to help sing the responses. The Mission is small and could probably use assistance though they were too polite to ask.
Their first Presanctified Liturgy will be celebrated in Dillon on Friday April 1st at 6 pm, on the UMW campus, upstairs in the Swysgood Technology Center. “Come join us! Inquiry classes or worship services are held every month.”
The contact persons for this mission are:
John Xanthopoulos at (406) 660-0558, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toni Sullivan at (406) 865-0081, email@example.com
When asked, “what do the missions need?” Fr Russell did say; “the Dillon parish, is in need of, Everything! They are especially in need of 4 large Icons for the portable Iconostasis.” (I am sure they can use Analogions, Service books, robes, etc… ed.) The Kalispell satellite also “has nothing but faith, desire, joy and ambition” (not a bad start-ed.). They will soon have their own portable Iconostasis made by Holy Trinity in Butte so they wont have to share Dillons. They also need 4 large Icons to start, and everything else! Helena’s mission St Moses the Strong is further along and has a catechumenate. Paraphasing Fr Russell, he said he would welcome anyone who would like to help, its not just work, it is fun and joyous helping a mission. For anyone who would like to help in anyway please contact Fr Russell; firstname.lastname@example.org