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September 17, 2014 – September 20, 2014 all-day
Thirteenth International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa: Rome, Italy @ Pontifical University of the Holy Cross  | Rome | Lazio | Italy
The 13th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa will be focused on In Canticum Canticorum. This exegetical work belongs to the final part of Gregory’s life and can be considered an example of his mature thought and brillant preaching. The colloquium on this work will consist of lectures, workshops, and short papers. While the lectures and workshops will be delivered by invited scholars only, the short papers may be proposed to the organizers by any scholar who would like to submit a paper for potential inclusion in the colloquium. All papers approaching Gregory’s In Canticum from different points of view are welcome, especially those from theological, philosophical, philological or historical perspectives. Each paper should run approximately fifteen minutes and may be submitted by the deadline of May 30, 2014 (English language papers are accepted). All submissions should be sent by email to both Professor Giulio Maspero and Professor Miguel Brugarolas.[...]
September 17, 2014 – September 29, 2014 all-day
Women Urgently Needed to Serve on a Short-term Mission to Albania
Women Urgently Needed to Serve on a Short-term Mission to Albania The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is seeking clergy wives and lay women leaders to serve on a short-term mission team that will plan and lead spiritual retreats for women in Albania. This team will serve from September 17th to the 29th. For more information or to volunteer please visit or contact Pres. Renee Ritsi by phone 1-877-463-6784 x. 141 or by e-mail at    Only two or three volunteers are needed to make this much-needed ministry a reality! For more information:
September 18, 2014 – September 21, 2014 all-day
Coptic Professional Adults Retreat: FL @ St. Steven Christian Retreat Center | Titusville | Florida | United States
The cycle of life is a process that we all travel through. How one travels through these different stages varies from person to person. Yet we should always be joyful for whatever may come onto our path. How can we do this? Where do we get the strength during these cycles? David, the psalmist, tells us, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices” (Psalm 28:7). Throughout the stages of life, there is commonality within certain age groups. Each group needs to be served to their specific needs encountered in life. The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States acknowledges this concept and would like to introduce the Coptic Professional Adults Retreat. The goal of these retreats will be on serving and building the spiritual life of the single youth at age 30 and above[...]
September 21, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
IOCC Orange County, CA. "Mixology Event" @ Andrei's Restaurant | Irvine | California | United States
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September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014 all-day
Diocese of Charleston Deacons Retreat and Clergy Synaxis  In conjunction with the St. Thekla & St. Raphael Pilgrimage.  This retreat is open to all deacons in the Mid-Atlantic Diocese.  The featured speaker is:  Archdeacon David Khoury from St. Nicholas Church in Grand Rapids, MI
September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014 all-day
St. Thekla & St. Raphael Pilgrimage @ Antiochian Village  | Bolivar | Pennsylvania | United States
Registration is open for the Annual St. Thekla & St. Raphael Pilgrimage, with His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic presiding. Lodging for both adults and children is available for the weekend, which is an annual event at the Antiochian Village Conference Center and camp in Bolivar, PA. “Did you know that the Antiochian Village is one of the few places places in the United States where you can visit the grave and shrine of a saint of the Church?” notes Bishop Thomas. Saint Raphael of Brooklyn, the first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated in the United States, reposed in the Lord in 1915 and was later canonized by the Orthodox Church in America in 2000. Appropriately, since St. Raphael is buried on the grounds of Antiochian Village, the pilgrimage includes a Service of Supplication to him. Other activities include small group workshops, a panel discussion with[...]
September 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – September 28, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
COLLEGE AGE RETREAT - September 26-28, 2014 - Grass Lake, Michigan @ Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America | Jackson | Michigan | United States
WHAT: College Age Retreat WHERE: Vatra Romaneasca, Grass Lake, Michigan WHEN: SEPTEMBER 26 – 28, 2014 – arrive Friday evening and depart Sunday early afternoon WHO: College students SPEAKERS: Fr John Konkle and Fr Dan Hoarste Confirm Participation: by September 24, 2014 COST: Free will donation CONTACT: Fr Dan Hoarste, 517-522-4800 or – See more at:
Lecture, "Glass and Arts in the Byzantine Empire":Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland Museum of Art | Cleveland | Ohio | United States
Speaker: Dr. Anastasios Antonaras, archaeologist-museologist at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece.  Dr. Antonaras will give an outline of the history of the Byzantine Empire and the shapes, forms, and uses of glass objects present in Byzantine society will be illustrated. The annual Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture brings nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of art history and archeology to discuss new scholarship, museum exhibitions, and archaeological discoveries. Topics alternate between Ancient Greek and Byzantine art every other year.   The annual Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture brings nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of art history and archeology to discuss new scholarship, museum exhibitions, and archaeological discoveries. Topics alternate between Ancient Greek and Byzantine art every other year.      
September 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 Benefit Concert: Detroit, MI  @ St. Mary the Protectress  Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral  | Southfield | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor a benefit concert to aid needy people in Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine. This is its fourth annual benefit concert. Theme:  “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!”   The program will consist of Orthodox hymnsand songs of worship performed by the Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit conducted by Victoria Kopistiansky, artistic director.  Donations will be collected to aid needy people in the Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and other Orthodox charitable organizations. An afterglow will follow the concert. “This is our opportunity to come together and support this important concert and raise funds for humanitarian aid to those suffering in the Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine,” COCC President Richard Shebib said. Additional Contact: David Adrian, Adrian & Associates.  (248) 322-9226 or (248) 515-4607 cell.
September 30, 2014 – October 3, 2014 all-day
Clergy Synaxis (Retreat): Antiochian Village, PA
Open to all clergy in the Mid-Atlantic Diocese Speaker: His Grace Bishop John (Abdalah) of the New England Diocese Download schedule (PDF) Download registration form (PDF) For more information:
Orthodoxy in America Lecture and Honorary Degree Ceremony: Fordham University, NY  @ Fordham University Church | Rose Hill Campus | New York | United States
Liturgical Humanism: Orthodoxy and the Transformation of Culture Orthodoxy in American Lecture and Conferral of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. The 2014 Orthodoxy in America Lecture was made possible through gifts received from the Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, and members of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center. To register, please visit  
21st Annual Ancient Christianity & Afro-American Conference: Lima, OH @ St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Mission  | Lima | Ohio | United States
Theme: Feed My Sheep When: 10/3/  –  10/5 , 2014  Conference begins on Friday at Noon and ends on Sunday at Noon Who:  SPEAKERS Fr Moses Berry Fr Jerome Sanderson Fr Maximos Cabey Fr Dn Nathaniel Johnson M Katherine Weston Rodney Knott Paul Abernathy Photios Meirthew Turbo Qualls and others What: Brotherhood of St Moses the Black, Ancient Christianity Conference  Where: St Stephen the Protomartyr Orthodox Church, 3560 Shawnee Road, Lima, OH 45806  Schedule: Click here to view schedule Sponsor: Christ the Savior Brotherhood and others For more information:
October 3, 2014 – October 5, 2014 all-day
8th Annual DOWAMA SOYO Basketball Tournament: Oklahoma City, OK  @ St. Elijah Church | Oklahoma City | Oklahoma | United States
The 8th Annual DOWAMA SOYO Basketball Tournament will hosted Friday through Sunday at St. Elijah Church in Oklahoma City . The retreat speaker will be Khouriya Gigi Shadid of St. George Church in Houston, Texas. A flyer and registration forms are attached hereto: 3 attachments More information:
October 3, 2014 – October 4, 2014 all-day
All-Diocesan Celebration-Pilgrimage: Monterey, CA @ Saint Seraphim of Sarov Church | Seaside | California | United States
His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill has announced an All-Diocesan Celebration-Pilgrimage to Saint Seraphim of Sarov Church in Monterey, California.  “This year, 2014, the Local Russian Church celebrates the 700th Anniversary of the birth of the venerable God-bearer Sergius of Radonezh, and the Church Abroad – the 50th Anniversary of the glorification of Holy Righteous John of Krondstadt. This is a jubilee of two intercessors who embody within themselves on the one hand – Russian Orthodox Monasticism; and on the other – sacrificial parish pastorship. For they alone in the history of the Russian Church received the extraordinary titles: Venerable Sergius of Radonezh – “Abbot of the Russian Land,” and the Righteous St. John of Krondtstadt – “Pastor of All-Russia!” I congratulate you dear Co-pastors, brothers, sisters and children with the jubilee of the Venerable Sergius and Holy Righteous John. In part, these jubilees allow us to recollect the lives and teachings[...]
October 3, 2014 – October 5, 2014 all-day
Christ in the Wilderness Retreat
Christ in the Wilderness Program presents a retreat in the wilderness with Fr Athanasius Shaw of Annunciation Parish in Portland. Christ in the Wilderness registration. For more information:
Commemoration:100th anniversary of the death of Stevan Mokranjac: Chicago, IL  @ Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral  | Chicago | Illinois | United States
The Serbian Singing Society Branko Radichevich and the Serbian Singing Federation will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Stevan Mokranjac in two separate events. October 3rd and 4th will consist of a symposium and choral workshop centered on Mokranjac compositions of sacred and secular folk music. A concert will take place at 5pm on Sunday October 5th and will feature a presentation by Prof. Dr. Danica Petrovic, musicologist from Belgrade, an expert in the life and work of Stevan Mokranjac. On the following Sunday the 12th, a three-part event entitled “Osu se nebo zvezdama/The Sky Was Filled with Stars.” There will be a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, followed by a Parastos (memorial service) in the composer’s memory. The S.S.S. Branko Radichevich will host a commemorative banquet featuring a short performance by the choir during the program. The choral workshop and symposium and concert will feature presentations by His Grace[...]
October 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – October 4, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Fr. Sergius, Abbot of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania will lead a retreat entitled “Door to Paradise: Jesus Christ in Ancient Christianity”. For more information:   or    
October 4, 2014 – October 5, 2014 all-day
2014 Pilgrimage Weekend: WV @ Hermitage of the Holy Cross   | Wayne | West Virginia | United States
The 2014 Pilgrimage Weekend will be held on October 4th & 5th. Since the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross falls on a Saturday, the annual pilgrimage will occur a week later and will celebrate the Leavetaking of the Feast on Sunday, October 5th. For more information:
ORTHODOX EDUCATION DAY 2014: “Do Books Still Matter? A Celebration of Orthodox Christian Publications” @ Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary   | Yonkers | New York | United States
St. Vladimir’s Seminary has chosen as its theme for Orthodox Education Day 2014, “Do Books Still Matter? A Celebration of Orthodox Christian Publications.” This year’s traditional open house will be held Saturday, October 4, and will pay tribute to the importance of Orthodox Christian authors, illustrators, and publishing houses throughout the world. The dean of the seminary, The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, author of academic, popular, and spiritual works, will deliver the keynote: “From Scroll to Book to Net: The Web of Knowledge.”  The Seminary’s own publishing house, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (SVS Press), will receive special recognition on reaching its 50th Anniversary and will invite many other Orthodox Christian publishers onto campus to help mark the occasion. The celebration of Divine Liturgy in Three Hierarchs Chapel will begin the day, with antiphonal choirs under the direction of Dr. David Drillock, the seminary’s emeritus Professor of Liturgical Music and author of several SVS Press[...]
October 5, 2014 – October 11, 2014 all-day
 Basic and Advanced Iconography Workshop: MN @ St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral  | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States
St. Mary’s Cathedral will host a combined basic/advanced iconography workshop, for iconography students from across the country. Fr. Mefodii, Master Iconographer of the Prosopon School (, will teach the week-long class. For more information:
Celebration of the 700th anniversary of the Birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh: Cleveland, OH @ Cathedral of St. Sergius | Cleveland | Ohio | United States
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, the All-Diaspora celebration of the 700th anniversary of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. For more informaiton:
23rd Russian Orthodox Church Musicians' Conference: Santa Rosa, CA @ Sts. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church  | Santa Rosa | California | United States
Fundamentals of Musicianship for the Church Choir and its Conductor The Russian Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference is an international event that brings together choir members and conductors to explore the wealth and beauty of Russian Orthodox Church music. Participants gain practical and theoretical knowledge and experience through lectures, workshops and rehearsals which culminate in festive services. This year will mark the 23rd ROCM Conference, which will be held in beautiful Santa Rosa, California and hosted by the Sts. Peter and Paul parish. The 2004 Conference was also held in Santa Rosa, and was a great success. View details » For more information:  
Commemorating the earliest days of Greek Orthodoxy in America and Celebrating 150 years of Holy Trinity Cathedral For more information:
October 10, 2014 – October 13, 2014 all-day
2014 Lead Program Conference: Titusville, FL @ St. Steven Retreat Center | Titusville | Florida | United States
In order to prepare the leaders of today and tomorrow, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern U.S. has established The LEAD Program (Leadership Education And Development). The mission of this program is to equip leaders to face the challenges of the future at church, at home and at work using Christ and His disciples as examples with the ultimate goal of furthering the Kingdom of God. Just as Christ said to His disciples, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17), so we must also follow Him and make the leaders of tomorrow by learning practical leadership principles today. My vision is that through this program we can put these Biblical principles of leadership into action and light the way for a new generation of passionate Christian leaders that will impact our society and ultimately edify the Body of Christ. “Let your light so shine before men, that[...]
October 10, 2014 – October 13, 2014 all-day
Ministry Pilgrimage
college  Community
Outreach  Consistory
Projects  Workshops
faith  Faith,
Fun For more information:  or
Student Conference on 700th Anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh’s Birth: Jordonville, NY @  Holy Trinity Seminary
  “The Brightest Luminary of the Russian Land:” the 700th Anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh’s Birth  Holy Trinity Seminary will host a student conference .The keynote address, the topic of which will be announced at a later date, will be delivered on Friday evening the by Archpriest Paul Velikanov of Moscow Theological Academy. For more information:
 Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Singing Seminar: OR @ The Church of the Annunciation | Milwaukie | Oregon | United States
Dear Church Musicians, You all are invited to join us for the the interactive, full-day seminar/workshop, that will focus on the actualization of music in Orthodox Christian worship so as to “enable a comprehensive and elevated liturgical experience through insightful and skilled leadership and participation.” Topics will include vocal technique, choral leadership, musical and liturgical structural analysis, and learning to distinguish between meaningful imperative and sacred music cliché. You can see the schedule/registration form here: OR: Facebook:  “Pacific Northwest Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Singing Seminar”
October 12, 2014 all-day
Swim for Hope 2014: San Diego, CA
SAFRA Swim for Hope. 5 Clubs 1 Heart. Swim for Hope 2014 is back again this year! Join us in making a difference by simply swimming at any one of the 5 SAFRA Clubs. Every lap you swim will have $1 donated to our beneficiaries so you can help others while getting in shape with the national swimmers. Round up all your friends and family and be part of this worthy cause! For more information click on the links:
October 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – October 18, 2014 @ 5:30 pm
2nd Annual Eastern Christianity Symposium: Ft. Wayne, IN
Theme:  “Image and Holiness” Saint Nicholas Church of  Ft. Wayne, IN  and the University of Saint Francis will cosponsor their second annual symposium. Friday, October 17, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and Saturday, October 18, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM @ University of Saint Francis North Campus Auditorium “One of the best known elements of the Eastern Orthodox tradition is our iconography,” said Saint Nicholas’ Rector, Archpriest Andrew Jarmus. “We are going to discuss the Church’s theology of the icon with an added dimension. As we learn about the basic principles of Eastern Christian iconography, we are also going to consider what these teachings imply about our day-to-day lives as Christians. What is the ‘take home lesson’ in our theology of the icon?” Speakers:  Orthodox Christian author Priest Oliver Herbel, Priest-in-Charge of Holy Resurrection Mission, Fargo, ND, and noted iconographer Priest Nazari Polataiko, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in[...]
October 18, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
2014 Chicago Synergy Annual Symposium @ Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral | Chicago | Illinois | United States