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

John G. Rangos, Sr.

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...]

Former Cathedral Priest joined O’Meara Ferguson Whelan & Conway

Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos

Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukos NEW YORK – Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos, former presiding priest of the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral of New York, has joined the O’Meara Ferguson Whelan & Conway Company in the fundraising wing, according to the company’s website. Marangos appears without the cleric’s regalia but instead with suit and tie. No mention is made that he is or he has been a Greek Orthodox priest, but he is simply identified as “Dr. Frank Marangos.” Marangos … [Read more...]

Memory Eternal! Rev Fr Deacon John Zarras – OCL Board Member

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It is with a sense of sadness and celebration that I convey to you that OCL’s loyal advisory board member and my friend and advisor Deacon John Zarras has Fallen Asleep in the Lord - Sunday April 1 about 1:30 pm. Deacon John was a passionate supporter of the mission of Orthodox Christian Laity. He was a visionary planner for Orthodox Christian Unity. He joined the OCL movement formally as an advisory board member in 2000 and helped us plan the 16th Annual Meeting: “The Orthodox Christian … [Read more...]

Memory Eternal! Rev Fr Deacon John Zarras – OCL Board Member

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It is with a sense of sadness and celebration that I convey to you that OCL’s loyal advisory board member and my friend and advisor Deacon John Zarras has Fallen Asleep in the Lord - Sunday April 1 about 1:30 pm. Deacon John was a passionate supporter of the mission of Orthodox Christian Laity. He was a visionary planner for Orthodox Christian Unity. He joined the OCL movement formally as an advisory board member in 2000 and helped us plan the 16th Annual Meeting: “The Orthodox Christian … [Read more...]

Rite of Consecration of Holy Chrism begins at St. Tikhon’s Monastery

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah celebrated the preparatory rites for the Consecration of Holy Chrism on the morning of Great and Holy Monday, April 9, 2012, at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery here. The Rite will conclude with the actual consecration of the sacred oil during the Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great on Great and Holy Thursday, April 12. The blessing of the ingredients took place before the celebration of … [Read more...]

Five Facts About the Orthodox Church in the United States

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops | Alexei Krindatch Assembly of Bishops Research Coordinator Alexei Krindatch has released a new 40-page report titled, Five Interesting Facts About Orthodox Church Geography and Demography in the United States. The report includes the following sections: Orthodox Church Membership in America Orthodox Church Geography in America Orthodox Church Attendance in America Ethnic Culture in American Orthodox Churches Orthodox Monastic … [Read more...]

Deconstructing the ‘Internal Contradiction’ in the GOA

Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse

Source: American Orthodox Institute Blog The following essay was written in response to this question by a reader of the American Orthodox Institute Observer Question: The GOA has never addressed the moral and social underpinnings of the problems facing Greece. Is the GOA so captive to the fantasy narrative of the Greek Community in America that it is unable to engage on these issues? Athens burns but the party at the Ritz Carlton in Florida (Leadership 100) goes on. How do you … [Read more...]

Journalists from China Visited the Trinity-Sergius Lavra

Holy Trinity - St. Sergius Lavra, Russia

Source: DECR Communications English translation by Katherine Ilachinski On March 16, 2012, a group of journalists accredited in Russia, the People's Republic of China media ("Xinhua" news agency, China Central Television, China Radio International, China's news agency, newspaper "People's Daily", "Guangming Daily", "Economic Daily", "Wen Wei Po") visited the Trinity-Sergius Lavra . The trip was organized by the Russian-Chinese Business Council and the Department for External Church … [Read more...]