Sister Martha Has a New Name!
CAPT Chevalier Keith H. Larson, GCTJ, GMTJ
Chairman, Raymond Davis Foundation

"Who is Mother Maria?” you ask? Well, she is our old friend, Sister Martha. In the Orthodox Church, you do not take your final vows as a nun until you have been a Sister for 12-20 years. Sr. Martha took her final vows this spring and received the new name of Mother Maria (or Mary). Her school in Bethany is located reputedly on the spot where Mary and Martha met Jesus to tell him that their brother Lazarus was dead – so both names have special meaning to her. Most of us who have known her as “Sister Martha” for so many years have had great difficulty with the name change. During her May trip to the United States she ended up being greeted and introduced alternatively as “Sister Martha,” “Mother Maria,” “Sister Maria” and “Mother Martha.” She handled it all with grace and her wonderful smile and characteristic good humor, adding “I can’t remember who I am myself these days.”

The Russian Orthodox School for Girls in Bethany was the Focus of Charitable Giving in Milwaukee
CAPT Chevalier Keith H. Larson, GCTJ, GMTJ
Chairman, Raymond Davis Foundation

Because Mother Maria was our guest at the Grand Convent & Investiture in Milwaukee, upon the recommendation of the Grand Aumonier, our Order’s Executive Committee voted to make the Russian Orthodox School for Girls in Bethany the focus of charitable giving collected in Milwaukee. The funds collected at the Order of Merit Luncheon, the Jerusalem Mite on Saturday and the collection on Sunday morning at the ecumenical worship service, and the Live Auction that took place at the Grand Banquet were all donated to this school. To this was added some private funds that were donated to the Raymond Davis Templar Foundation for her, plus an additional $5,050 that was raised for the Orthodox School by the three Southern California Priories (the Priories of the Christian Soldier, Our Savior and the Christian Shield) at an early May luncheon held for her in Long Beach, CA hosted by the Priory of the Christian Soldier. Through all of these efforts by GPUSA, we raised $57,000 for the Russian Orthodox School for Girls in Bethany and all of those funds have already been delivered to Mother Maria and the Orthodox School in Bethany.

And the best news is, it’s not too late: You can add to this total by sending your contribution to the GEN Raymond Davis Templar Foundation and specifying Mother Maria and the Russian Orthodox School for Girls in Bethany as the beneficiary of your generosity. Contact Chairman Keith Larson for details.


September 2019
Regular publication of SMOTJ GPUSA

In This Issue

  Updates from the Grand Prior

  SMOTJ Scholarship Drive

  Priory Projects

  Grand Convent 2020

  Sister Martha Has a New Name!

  RMDs and You!

  ICRD Templar Update

  Priory News

  GPUSA Calendar

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