Connecticut Pan-Orthodox Outreach: Father & Matushka Aleandro Minister to Turkana People of Kenya

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Source: Pravolavie This summer, Father Vladimir and Matushka Suzanne Aleandro of Christ the Savior Church in Southbury, Connecticut, will head back to Kenya for their fourth mission trip with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). Father says he and Matushka’s work with the people of Turkana has deepened their faith and expanded their horizons. “I grew up in an Italian household,” explains Father Vladimir. “My grandmother couldn’t read or write, but she could pray and I grew up … [Read more...]

A Hierarchal Reflection: Smaller Parishes Need More Outreach in Order to Grow

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Source: Greek Orthodox Observer Looking across our vast nation, we can say that our Orthodox Church has seen incremental growth, especially in the developing urban areas. On the other hand, we realize that some of the smaller parishes of our Archdiocese are either not growing or are losing numbers of parishioners. For example, the once-thriving Holy Trinity parish in Grand Island, Nebraska, is no longer in existence. While it is an exception, unfortunately, Holy Trinity is not unique. In … [Read more...]

Unalaska Cathedral Vandalized

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Source: Orthodox Church in America UNALASKA, AK [OCA] Graffiti sprayed on the historic Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral here in late April 2012 has “sparked outrage,” reported the Alaska Dispatch. While the words “Dutch” and “Duncha,” written in a childish scrawl in gray spray paint, were quickly removed, the painful emotions among parishioners and other local residents lingers. “I was very upset and hurt,” Vince Tutiakoff, parish committee president, told Dispatch … [Read more...]

Holy Eparchial Synod Convenes Spring Meeting

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America concluded its regularly scheduled spring meetings and issued the following communiqué: ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE HOLY EPARCHIAL SYNOD The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Holy Archdiocese of America convened its regular spring meeting on April 25 and 26, 2012 at the Synodal chamber of the Holy Archdiocese in New York, with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presiding and … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary “Popular Patristic Series” now linked to Bible Study Resources

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVS Press News] The Popular Patristics Series [PPS] published by Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press recently gained the attention of Logos Research Systems, Inc., the world’s largest developer of Bible software — a surprising but highly welcomed overture for the seminary’s academic press. PPS provides accurate and annotated translations of the Church Fathers and other early Christian writings, and Logos typically partners with publishers to … [Read more...]

New Dean at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Rev. Anastasios Gounaris

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios announced the appointment of the Rev. Anastasios Gounaris, a very capable and outstanding clergyman of the Holy Archdiocese of America, as Dean of our Holy Trinity Cathedral. Father Anastasios, who will assume his new assignment as of June 1, has faithfully served the Archdiocese as a priest for almost 30 years, the past 21 years at Holy Trinity in Indianapolis. In the official letter to the Board … [Read more...]

Christians of the Holy Land on “60 Minutes” [VIDEO]

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Source: CBS News (CBS News) The exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population, Bob Simon reports. Why are they leaving? For some, life in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become too difficult. The following script is from "Christians of the Holy Land" which aired on April 22, 2012. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Harry Radliffe, producer. Christianity may have … [Read more...]

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops: Year in Review

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Source: Greek Orthodox Observer In today’s secular society, which is often filled with meaningless rhetoric, it is encouraging to report that the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America is progressing toward its stated goals. Recent achievements include the Assembly’s official incorporation on Oct. 18, 2011 as the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America (ACOB). (It was formerly known as the “Episcopal Assembly” of North and Central … [Read more...]

Why Orthodox Hierarchs Should Not Get Involved With Politics

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On at least three occasions in recent years, hierarchs of various Orthodox Churches in the United States have publicly involved themselves in political discourse: first, in 2008 the California Orthodox Bishops issued a statement on Proposition 8 [i]; second, since 2009 Metropolitan Jonah of the Orthodox Church in America has officially participated in the annual March for Life in Washington DC [ii]; and third, in 2012 the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops published a statement of … [Read more...]

Archdiocese and IOCC Need More Help to Sustain Greek Relief Efforts

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Source: The National Herald | John G. Rangos, Sr. To the Editor: Current economic conditions in Greece have turned into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. I anticipated this several months before the situation hit its saturation point, which is why I urged International Orthodox Christian Charities to study and assess the problem ahead of time. I’m extremely proud of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and its executive director, Dean Triantafilou, for all their fine work … [Read more...]