St. Mary Church

Proclaiming and Practicing the Ancient Christian Faith Chambersburg, PA
St. Mary Church

Who We Are

Through communal worship, personal prayer, study, and service, parishioners of St. Mary Church seek to make known the transforming power of the Gospel as embodied in the ancient and apostolic Orthodox Christian Faith. We are a diverse community called by God to gather in Chambersburg but reaching much farther in inviting people of all backgrounds to worship the Triune God. Together we come to the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit, experiencing the healing and restoration of salvation. Bearing witness to the Kingdom of God already present among us and yet to come, we strive to grow especially through participation in our shared sacramental and liturgical life. We affirm that Christ is in our midst and seek to make his presence known through self-sacrificial service to one another within our parish community and in the larger community in which we live.

About Us

Vibe
Traditional Liturgy

Programs
Community Service, Adult Education, Food Pantry

Music
Chanting

Denomination
Orthodox (AOCANA)

Size
Small

Language
English

Founded
1995

Plan Your Visit

Services

Contact

Address
2063 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA 17202-3329

Phone
(717) 267-1387

Website

Directions
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Our Services

What are services like?
We celebrate the ancient services of the Orthodox Church in the English language, with congregational participation.

What is the community like?
We are a diverse community, representing a range of ethnic groups and all age groups.

What if I'm not a Christian?
All are welcome to visit us!

Leadership View all

Father Theodore Pulcini

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Fr. Theodore Pulcini was educated in the public schools of Aliquippa, PA, graduating from high school in 1972. He attended Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, graduating in 1976 with a B.A. (scl) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. During the 1976-77 academic year, he traveled in Europe and the Middle East as a Harvard-Sheldon Fellow, studying various Eastern Christian communities abroad. He then moved on to the University of Notre Dame to do an M.A. in Scripture, which he completed in 1979. He returned to the Boston area to do further study in theology and patristics at Holy Cross Orthodox School of Theology and at Harvard Divinity School, being awarded a Th.M. from the latter school in 1982. He earned a D.Min. (in individual counseling and catechetics) from the Catholic University of America in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. Fr. Pulcini taught briefly at St. Vladimir=s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, before returning to Pennsylvania to assume a professorial position in religion at Dickinson College in Carlisle. His teaching responsibilities focus on the examination of Biblical texts in their historical, social, and comparative contexts. He also specializes in Islam, early Christianity, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. His research interests include the relations between Islam and Christianity, both past and present, and the dynamics of minority religious communities in the American context. He initiated and serves as director of the Dickinson Summer Program in Jerusalem. Fr. Pulcini was ordained to the diaconate on 4 December 1983 and to the priesthood on 29 April 1984. Both ordinations took place at St. George Orthodox Church of Boston, with Bishop Antoun (Khouri) ordaining. Since his ordination, he has served the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese as interim pastor of St. George Church of Cleveland, OH, as assistant pastor of St. Luke Church of Garden Grove, CA, and as pastor of St. George Church of Lowell, MA. While completing his Ph.D. studies, he served at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church in New Castle, PA. Since assuming his position at Dickinson, he has served as pastor of St. Mary Orthodox Church in Chambersburg. His book Exegesis as Polemical Discourse: Ibn Hazm on Jewish and Christian Scriptures was published by Scholars Press in 1998. He has also published in the Journal: Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, St. Vladimir=s Theological Quarterly, the Journal of American Ethnic History, Commonweal, New Theology Review, In Communion, and elsewhere.

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