Dear friends,We are Saint Andrew Romanian Orthodox Church, a community in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area that wants to express its orthodox christian spirituality and ethos in a unique way. The founding idea of our community is to build an authentic Romanian Church here in Potomac, MD.
The spiritual leader and founder of our project was Father Gheorghe Calciu Dumitreasa. Father Calciu was an inspirational man due to his fierce opposition to the Communist Regime in Romania (1948-1989), guilty of loving his country and standing up for his faith, freedom of speech and basic human rights. After being imprisoned in many Communist prisons for 21 years, he was given asylum by the United States government and was brought to the USA. We, the people of Saint Andrew, had the privilege of knowing him and having him as our spiritual leader in the United States for over 17 years (1989-2006).
The project of building an authentic Romanian Orthodox Church here in Potomac, MD will be finished by the end of 2016, by installing a smaller church which eventually will be transformed in a Cultural Center for our community. Due to the deep influence Father Calciu had on our community, the center will be dedicated to his memory and will be called “Father George Calciu Dumitreasa Center”.
This Center is the first decisive step towards the much desired future church building. The Center will be a symbol and witness of our Orthodox Christian Faith and, at the same time, a perpetual bond between our Lord Jesus Christ, Father Calciu, His servant, and the faithful guided by him.
With deep gratitude to God and through the prayers of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called, the patron saint of our Church, we announce that we have received all necessary approvals to begin construction of “Father George Calciu Dumitreasa” Center! We invite you to participate in the Fundraising Campaign “In Memoriam …” by which we hope to raise the $ 200,000 needed to complete this project.
Please join our project by your spiritual and financial support. Any donation given to the church will be a much needed step towards the realization of this blessed project!
Thank you and may God bless you!