Demetra Velisarios Jaquet, M. Div, D.Min.
Dee has sung in her church choir since she was thirteen and is currently the chanter at St. Catherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado. She edits and compiles Byzantine music in English for liturgical use. Her other parish activities have included teaching church school, offering adult education classes, and conducting Bible study, as well as preaching and leading retreats and workshops.
For eight years, Dee has been the Orthodox representative to the Colorado Council of Churches, the Capitol Hill United Ministers, and the Denver Area Interfaith Alliance. She was also a member of the Diocese Family Ministries Task Force in the diocese of Denver (GOA). She has also presented talks to various groups in the Denver area.
Dee has founded and been active in several Orthodox groups. She established Orthodox People Together, a grass-roots network of Orthodox Christians dedicated to united witness in North America across jurisdictional and geographic boundaries; the Rocky Mountain Orthodox Christian Fellowship, a local pan-Orthodox lay group; the Orthodox Christian Outreach Center (OCOC), a joint effort of fourteen Denver-area churches that provide food and clothing to the needy in inner-city Denver. More recently, she organized Women's Orthodox Ministries and Education Network (WOMEN), an international grass-roots network to support the ministry of Orthodox women to Christ and His Church. She also runs Macrina Publications, a mail-order catalogue of resources by, for, and about Orthodox women.
Dee is a member of several professional organizations, including the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion (OCMPR); the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; the American Academy of Religion; the American Clinical Pastoral Education; and the College of Chaplains. In addition to holding certificates in Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, and in Orthodox Studies from Holy Cross Seminary, Dee has a Master's in Divinity from the Iliff School in Denver.
"I see St. Nina as one of two products of the WOMEN's network, providing a print and electronic forum for consistent, open, and in-depth dialogue," says Dee. "WOMEN's second product is the promotion of conferences to achieve these same goals. I do it personally because, as National Coordinator for OPT for eight years, I repeatedly heard stories of isolation, frustration, and pain at the invisibility of women's contributions to the Church, and the need of women in Orthodox ministry for input from peers. Our goals are to promote and improve the service of women to the Church by providing encouragement and a sense of sisterhood for women in Orthodox ministry, to share resources and information, and to enhance the spiritual lives of ourselves and our communities."
Dee is also a wife and the mother of two teenagers. She works full-time as a hospice chaplain for PorterCare Hospice, Denver. Prior to her chaplaincy, Dee operated, along with an Orthodox priest, a pastoral counseling practice that offered counseling and spiritual direction, as well as consultation services for clergy. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Religious Studies Department, School for Professional Studies, Regis University, Denver.
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