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“Even Tears Were Not Enough” Documentary: Wayne, NJ
Sep 30 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

“Even Tears Were Not Enough” is the second documentary by John Righetti and Maria Silvestri. It features scholars and survivors telling the story of the forced deportation of Poland’s Carpatho-Rusyn population by the Polish Communist government in 1947.

The story of the destruction of the community, called Lemkos in Poland, has rarely been told. “Today we can’t event conceive of a state moving tens of thousands of people hundreds of miles away from their home with no notice and the world standing by,” said John Righetti, one of the producers. “But population relocation at the end of World War II was not uncommon. What makes this situation distinct is that the purpose was to dissipate the Lemko Rusyns in a way to absolutely destroy their culture through assimilation.”

Come watch the documentary and discuss it with the producers!

For further information about the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, visit their web site at:


2017 FORCC BANQUET: Conneticut
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
26th ROCMC, 2017 Orthodox Church Musicians’ Conference: Los Angeles, CA
Oct 4 – Oct 8 all-day

God willing, we will all meet at the 26th conference, which will take place at the
Holy Transfiguration Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles,
and at the Four Points Sheraton Los Angeles, Westside.

– Бог даст, все встретимся на 26-м съезде, который состоится при
Спасо-Преображенском соборе в городе Лос-Анджелосе
и в гостинице Four Points Sheraton Los Angeles, Westside.

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43rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference
Oct 5 – Oct 8 all-day
43rd Annual Byzantine Studies Conference @ University of Minnesota | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States

United States Session Title: Views To and From the Wondrous Mountain (Panel 3A) Session Date: Oct 6, 2017 (2:30 PM – 4:35 PM) For more information:

The body of the stylite, ambiguously depicted as both person and object, is an image whose currency intersects Byzantine literature, art, and architecture. It continues to speak to us through the extant Lives and homilies composed about and by these stylites, as well as on clay tokens that were received as blessings by pilgrims. It was even an extension of and subsumed into the monumental architecture surrounding it. This traditional session of papers focuses on one stylite, Symeon the Younger (d. 592), whose legacy had lasting importance in the Byzantine world but whose literary tradition and monastery on the Wondrous Mountain near Antioch have received only preliminary study (van den Ven 1962, Djobadze 1986, Déroche 1996, Kaplan 2002, and Millar 2014). The four papers provide a sharper focus on the saint as well as a panoramic view of the Wondrous Mountain within Byzantine society. They clarify Symeon the Younger as a historical figure by examining the saint’s self-presentation in his sermons and the architectural development of the Wondrous Mountain during his life. They also illuminate ongoing engagement with his cult by prodding the growth of traditions pertaining to the mothers of stylites as well as the reception of the Life of Symeon the Younger in later texts.

Symposium on Creation and Ecology: Brookline MA
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
Symposium on Creation and Ecology: Brookline MA @ Hellenic College Holy Cross  | Brookline | Massachusetts | United States

The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce a “Symposium on Creation and Ecology: Insights from Patristic and Contemporary Christian Sources”.  This symposium is a unique opportunity to hear from our four keynote speakers and panelists about various ways the Patristic Tradition can be in conversation with scientific discoveries, cosmology, and our ecological realities. The symposium will also include more recent contributions of Christian theologians and leaders, including especially the untiring work of His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

This event is open to the public. Please indicate whether you plan to attend by going to the Symposium’s webpage  at to register.  Attendees may purchase lunch in the campus cafeteria. Please indicate whether you plan to have lunch on campus or not when you register.

Women’s Guild of Greater Cleveland 55th Anniversary Celebration
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come celebrate with the the Eastern Orthodox Women’s Guild of Greater Cleveland Ohio as they celebrete its 55th Anniversary. For more information:

24th Annual Conference of St. Moses the Black: Princeton, New Jersey
Oct 6 – Oct 8 all-day
24th Annual Conference of St. Moses the Black: Princeton, New Jersey @ Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow Church | Princeton | New Jersey | United States

Theme: “Closer to Christ, Closer to Each Other”

We are honored to have as our keynote speaker this year His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey.  Other speakers will include: Fr. Moses Berry, Fr. Jerome Sanderson, Mother Katherine, Fr. Alexii Altschul

The full schedule and speaker list is still being developed. Check back at:

Pan-Orthodox Conference on Male and Female Diaconate: Irvine, CA
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day
Pan-Orthodox Conference on Male and Female Diaconate: Irvine, CA @ St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church | Irvine | California | United States


This conference will examine the theology, history, and purpose of the diaconate, both male and female. It will include four sessions: the present state of the diaconate; ways men and women are engaged in diaconal service today; the current challenges and future possibilities of the diaconate; and the opportunities to engage with both clergy and faithful on rejuvenation of the male and female diaconate for the building up of the body of Christ.

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Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day

His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch has given us his blessing to conduct a conference on ecology in his honour. A SACRAMENTAL APPROACH TO ECOLOGY will be a pan-religious gathering. While organised and sponsored by the Monastery, one session will be hosted by and at TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY in Langley, B.C. The dates of the event are 6-7 October. On the 6th, the Monastery will host a round table discussion, MC’d by Steve Bynum, the producer of Worldview on the American National Public Radio system. On the 7th, the session will be at T.W.U. Further information and details will be published in the first week of September.

The Seventh Annual Benefit of the Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
The Seventh Annual Benefit of the Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit @ St. Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral | Detroit | Michigan | United States

The theme for this year’s Benefit is  “Come Let Us Worship”.  The concert program will consist of hymns and liturgical songs from different Orthodox Christian traditions.

The choir is composed of more than 40 volunteer singers from several Orthodox Christian parishes in southeastern Michigan. It is directed by Victoria Kopistiansky, choir director at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Detroit.

Sponsored by the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC), in partnership with Cass Community Social Services, the concert will support charitable endeavors provided across the region by the respective organizations.  This concert will open the COCC’s 60th anniversary year.


Fall Lecture Series at St. Tikhon’s Seminary: South Canaan, PA
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 9:00 pm
Fall Lecture Series at St. Tikhon's Seminary: South Canaan, PA @ St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary | Pennsylvania | United States

This year’s series is focused on “Back to Basics“.  The series will run on Tuesday evenings:  October 10, 17, 24, and 31, beginning at 7pm in the seminary refectory.  You can download a flyer to post here.

Veneration of Relic of St. Spyridon: Chicago, IL
Oct 11 – Oct 15 all-day
Veneration of Relic of St. Spyridon: Chicago, IL @ Saint Spyridon Hellenic Orthodox Church | Palos Heights | Illinois | United States

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, Locum Tenens of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, the holy relic of the right hand of Saint Spyridon of Trimythous will be available for veneration, in honor of the parish’s 100th anniversary. His Eminence, Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu, Paxoi, and the Diapontia Islands will head the delegation accompanying the relic.

The public is invited to attend the various services that will be celebrated in conjunction with the visit of the relic.

Veneration of the holy relic will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11 with the reception of the relic and the celebration of Vigil.

On Thursday and Friday, October 12-13, veneration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Paraklesis to Saint Spyridon will be celebrated both mornings at 11:00 a.m., while Vigil will be celebrated both evenings at 7:00 p.m. Veneration will end at 11:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 14, veneration also will begin at 7:30 a.m. Orthros and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m., while Great Vespers will begin at 7:00 p.m. Veneration will conclude at 11:00 p.m.

On Sunday, October 15, Orthros and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. Veneration will conclude at 1:00 p.m.

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Revisiting Manos – A Tribute Concert to Manos Hadjidakis: Boston, MA
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

October 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Manos Hadjidakis was one of the most important Greek composers of the 20th century. Internationally acclaimed, he won an Academy Award for best original song for the title song for the film Never on Sunday. Much of his music comprises songs whose lyrics come from the verses of the greatest Greek poets of the century, including Nobel laureates Odysseus Elytis and Giorgos Seferis. All arrangements are original and are designed to bring out the subtleties, beauty, and idiosyncrasies of the… Find out more at

Oct 12 2017 – Jan 28 2018 all-day
MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES: Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States

MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection.  Curated by Anna Winestein

This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.

The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.

Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.

Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. Click here for Anna’s full biography.

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Salt Lake City: Wine and Chef’s Tastings Benefit for IOCC
Oct 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lecture, Death and the Fate of the Soul in Byzantium: Theologies, Liturgies, Images – Cambridge, MA
Oct 12 @ 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Lecture, Death and the Fate of the Soul in Byzantium: Theologies, Liturgies, Images -  Cambridge, MA @ Harvard Faculty Club  | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States

Vasileios Marinis investigates what the Byzantines believe happened to the soul after death and until the final resurrection and Last Judgment using liturgical, theological, literary, and material evidence. For more information:

MFA Remix: Mediterranean Spaces in Boston
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
MFA Remix: Mediterranean Spaces in Boston @  Boston Museum of Fine Art, Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Center  | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

The Mediterranean region is rich, complex, and culturally prolific. Participants will embark on an interactive exploration of the MFA’s collection of Mediterranean art, enhanced by the music that once enlivened the original spaces, sung by the Psaltikon Ensemble. Lana Sloutsky, adjunct instructor,  Spyridon Antonopolous,  honorary research fellow, City University London and Director of Psaltikon.

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Pittsburgh: All in Good Taste Dark Rum & Cigar Tasting to Benefit IOCC
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
30th Midwest Clergy Wives’ Retreat: Rives Junction, MI
Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day

The gathering affords clergy wives from all jurisdictions an opportunity to grow in their faith, meet one another in fellowship, worship with the monastic community, and learn from the guest speaker.

The theme of this year’s retreat, “Truth in Our Inward Parts,” will be developed by Presvytera Juliana Honeycutt. A licensed and National Board Certified mental health professional who holds her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, she specializes in women’s issues, especially related to holistic health and life in the Church. Since 2007 she’s offered small groups, workshops, and lectures for churches, therapists, and clergy throughout the country. In addition to her psychotherapy training, she has seven year’s experience as a fitness director/personal trainer. She approaches health and healing through a holistic lens of spirit, mind, and body and with her seminary training from Reformed Theological Seminary, she offers a deep quality of spiritual care integrated with knowledge of the clinical sciences. Also, she is part of a planning committee for the Clergy-Couple Care Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. She and her husband currently live in Muskegon, MI, where her husband is the priest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. They will be relocating this summer to Bloomfield Hills, MI, where her husband will be the priest at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church.


33rd Annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar: Euclid, OH
Oct 13 – Oct 14 all-day

“Overshadowed by the Spirit: Saints Known and Unknown” –

*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 – At St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Orthodox Church, 678 Richmond Road, Richmond Heights, Ohio 44143

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Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR): Villanova, PA
Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day


A Sacrifice of Praise: Liturgy, Prayer, and Hymnody at the Center of Faith and Life,  featuring Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Brown University and Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame

Villanova University has enjoyed a national reputation through its Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR) for over thirty years. Finding its natural niche and center in philosophy and theology, but extending from there to embrace a wide variety of disciplines in the field, the PMR has established a tradition of scholarship and collegiality complementary to, rather than in competition with, the larger conferences such as Kalamazoo, the Oxford Patristics Conference, or the Medieval Academy.

The conference has met a need in the academic community for working space. According to founding director Thomas Losoncy, the conference was always intended to be a place where scholars come to roll up their sleeves, to work through new ideas, to experiment and push the envelope in their various fields. The PMR’s legacy is archived in a long-running series of published proceedings, from the early 1970s through the 1990s, testimony to its consistent success.  For more information:

Hellenic College Holy Cross Open House: Brookline, MA
Oct 14 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Hellenic College Holy Cross Open House: Brookline, MA @  Hellenic College Holy Cross | Brookline | Massachusetts | United States

Join us for the HCHC Fall Open House! Get an exclusive look at our Orthodox Christian college and graduate school of theology, located just minutes from downtown Boston. Tour the campus, attend a mini-class, meet with faculty and staff, and have lunch with members of the Hellenic College Holy Cross community. Please register by Friday, October 6, 2017, at   Travel reimbursement is available. Please call us to inquire.

An Evening to Benefit IOCC: Weston, MA
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Arabic-speaking Christians and the Bible: Cambridge, MA
Oct 16 @ 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Arabic-speaking Christians and the Bible: Cambridge, MA @ Harvard Faculty Club | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States

Jack Tannous discusses the status of Arabic as a Christian language.

Arabic is commonly seen as the language of Islam, and the Qur’an has long been viewed as the first book to have ever been written in Arabic. But there were Arabic-speaking Christians long before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, and for much of the medieval period, the Middle East was a largely Christian region. In this lecture, I will discuss the status of Arabic as a Christian language, focusing especially on the question of the Bible in Arabic. Was there a pre-Islamic translation of the Bible into Arabic?

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Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan (OCW) Panel Discussion: Livonia, MI
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan (OCW) will sponsor a panel discussion on “Orthodox Parenting”. Sharon Gomulka of Holy Transfiguration will be the moderator. This panel discussion will be of particular interest to parents, grandparents, godparents,church school staff and church youth workers.

The panel discussion is open to all members of the public. Refreshments will be served.


16th Annual Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference: Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 17 – Oct 21 all-day

Conference Theme: Industry and Our Immigrant Ancestors

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Oct 19 – Dec 31 all-day
TWELVE FAIRY TALE PLATES Exhibit: Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States

This mini-exhibit showcases a series of twelve decorative plates designed and crafted by accomplished artists from Palekh, and Kholui, to Fedoskino. Each plate illustrates a different Russian fairytale. The myths and legends of Russia are provide a window into a fascinating and diverse culture. Generously donated by Robert Laroucque in 2017:

Hafli for IOCC Syrian Relief: Phoenix, AZ
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
His Beatitude Patriarch John to Visit the United States, Activity Schedule
Oct 21 – Oct 31 all-day

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, is pleased to announce the visit of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, to the United States on October 21–31, 2017. (View the full schedule.)

The purpose of the visit is to meet with the leadership of the United Nations as well as members of the current administration of the United States to: 1) promote a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, 2) highlight the current humanitarian crisis, and 3) discuss the future of Christians in Syria and the Middle East. His Beatitude will also be an honored guest at the “In Defense of Christians” Summit in Washington, D.C., from October 24–26. The Summit is titled “American Leadership and Securing the Future of Christians in the Middle East.”

His Beatitude has grown increasingly concerned over the last six years as the situation in Syria has worsened. One of the key goals of his visit is to ensure that American and international decision makers understand that the Antiochian Patriarchate represents a strong network of Christian churches in Syria and the Middle East, and that this is a constituency which is committed to peace.

Make your plans now to join His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, as well as His Eminence and Beatitude, Patriarch Bechara Peter Cardinal Rai of the Maronite Church, for a festive luncheon celebrating their historic visits to New York on Sunday afternoon, October 29, 2017. Proceeds will support the victims and relief efforts of the ongoing war in Syria. Sponsorships are available.

That morning at 11:00 a.m., Patriarch John will celebrate the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of  His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese, and other hierarchs, clergy and faithful, will join him. Orthros will begin at 9:45 a.m.

A special rate has been secured at the Marriott New York Brooklyn Bridge for out-of-town guests. Space is limited, so please do not delay:Space is limited, so please do not delay: make your reservations here today!

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Chicago Synergy 2017 Annual Symposium
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Chicago Synergy 2017 Annual Symposium @  Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church | Cicero | Illinois | United States

 Dr. Jeannie Constantinou will be the keynote speaker at Synergy’s 2017 annual Symposium.

The symposium theme is “Search the Scriptures.”  Dr. Constantinou will offer practical advice for reading the Bible with confidence and Patristic advice for reading the Bible as Sacrament. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and Harvard Divinity School, Dr. Constantinou is the author of two books and numerous articles and hosts a popular podcast, “Search the Scriptures,” on Ancient Faith Radio.

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