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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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2017 Annual Meeting: Orthodoxy and Politics: Scarsdale, NY
Oct 26 – Oct 28 all-day
2017 Annual Meeting: Orthodoxy and Politics: Scarsdale, NY @ St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary | Yonkers | New York | United States

Papers are welcome that consider biblical, patristic, later Byzantine, modern and contemporary angles on the topic. Our speaker this year for the Florovsky Lecture will be Very Rev. Dr. John Erickson of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. The lecture will be delivered the evening of Friday, October 27 and is open to the public. Register online now   

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The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe: Cambridge, MA
Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day
The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe: Cambridge, MA @ Harvard University - Barker Center | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States

It is often observed that “Byzantium,” as a state and culture distinct from the Roman Empire, was an invention of Renaissance and early modern scholarship. From the historical corpus of Hieronymus Wolf to the lexical work of Charles Du Cange, the achievements of early modern scholars are familiar landmarks in the story of Byzantine studies’ emergence as a discipline. Yet key questions about this early modern “invention” of Byzantium remain understudied. What did “Byzantine” mean—as a term, a concept, and a category—to early modern scholars and their audiences? Where and how did European intellectuals acquire texts and objects that we would now define as “Byzantine”? How did contemporary political, religious, and cultural currents shape their engagements with Byzantine materials? And how does the historical context of Byzantium’s emergence continue to influence Byzantine studies today?

“The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe” addresses these questions and others over two days of lectures and panels. This conference brings together a range of senior scholars, early career researchers, and advanced graduate students from across disciplines—including early modernists, medievalists, Byzantinists, and scholars of history, art, and literature—to evaluate the study of Byzantium in early modern Europe, and explore new approaches to this burgeoning field of research.

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Holy Nativity Annual Fall Conference: Langley, BC
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day
Holy Nativity Annual Fall Conference: Langley, BC @ Holy Nativity Orthodox Church  | Langley | British Columbia | Canada

A Feeling for Beauty: The Aesthetic Ground of Orthodox Ethics

We are excited to welcome Dr. Timothy Patitsas, from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, as our speaker for this event. Dr. Patitsas will be speaking on his recent writing on ethical living in the Orthodox tradition, titled “A Feeling for Beauty.” Three sessions will be interspersed with vespers and matins services at Holy Nativity.

First Session: A Feeling for Beauty: The Aesthetic Ground of Orthodox Ethics
Second Session: Eros, Agape, and the Mystery of the Twofold Anointing
Third Session: Shame and Sacrifice: The Practical Goals of Orthodox Soul Therapy

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Childcare and dietary substitutions may be available, email us

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Our Life in Christ 2017 – Overnight Virtual Youth Retreat: Midwest USA
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 10:00 am

His Grace, Bishop Paul will lead a discussion with pre-teens and teens during the first-ever diocesan on-line youth retreat. Youth in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in this event being hosted at four parishes in Ohio, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota.

“With such a large diocese, it’s not financially possible to bring our youth together in one place as often as we’d like,” explained Priest Benjamin Tucci, Diocesan Youth Director. “His Grace has encouraged us to find new ways to connect with our young people, including the creative use of technology. So we’re happy to host the first-ever virtual event bringing our pre-teens and teens together with Bishop Paul for an evening video chat via teleconference.”

The overnight retreat will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time, and at 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. ET), Bishop Paul will lead participants in prayer and then speak to the youth about leading a “Life in Christ.”

Bishop Paul encourages as many youth as possible to join him for conversation and a virtual event to understand the importance of keeping Christ at the center of our lives. “With so many challenges in today’s world, I want this virtual gathering to be an opportunity for our teens and young people to speak with me about their concerns and interests, and for them to know that I am praying for each of them,” said Bishop Paul.

Bishop Paul to host first-ever Virtual Youth Retreat“After His Grace speaks with the youth, participants at each of the four host locations will explore the topics off-line and come up with their own ideas and ways to lead a life in Christ,” Father Benjamin added. “They will then rejoin His Grace later that same evening to share with him their thoughts and ideas for how they can keep Christ at the heart of their personal lives.”

Host parishes for the retreat include Saint Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH; Saint Luke Church, Palos Hills, IL; Holy Trinity Church, Overland Park, KS; and Saint Mary Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN.

Youth interested in attending should register before October 15 at Once registered, youth will receive information about this unique event and suggestions for what to bring for the overnight retreat.


Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) 30th Annual Conference: Chicago, IL
Oct 28 – Oct 29 all-day

His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest will be among the speakers at the 30th Annual Conference of Orthodox Christian Laity [OCL] on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Bishop Paul will update participants on the work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.

Other speakers include Father Frank Marangos, Former Dean of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity, New York, NY; Former National Director of Religious Education and Executive Director of Communications for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; CEO and Founder of OINOS Educational Consulting; and Managing Director of O’Mara Ferguson, who will speak on “Finding Our Voice: Orthodox Leadership for the 21st Century.” Father Hans Jacobse, Pastor of Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Mission, Ft. Myers-Naples, FL, Editor of the Orthodoxy Today web site, and Director of the American Orthodox Institute, a research and educational organization concerned with cultural and moral issues of the day, will speak on “The Challenge of Secularism in the Local Parish.” “Religious Pluralism, Fundamentalism and Contested Identities in North American Orthodox Christian Religious Life: The Case of the Greek Orthodox Church in America” will be the topic of a lecture by Dr. Frances Kostarelos, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, Governors State University, Chicago, who has written on issues related to religion and served as a consultant for the Greek Archdiocese.

Accommodations are being provided by the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. Detailed information and registration forms are available on-line. For more information:

APC 2017 National Clergy Retreat: Leesburg, VA
Oct 31 – Nov 3 all-day
APC 2017 National Clergy Retreat: Leesburg, VA @  Lansdowne Resort  | Leesburg | Virginia | United States

The biennial National Clergy Retreat is one of the most important ways the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council (APC) fulfills that vision and mission through refreshing, renewing and recharging the clergy of the Archdiocese of America, and through them the Church, ministries and families they serve and love. For details and to register visit


Surprising Saints at the Museum of Russian Icons: Clinton, MA
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm
Surprising Saints at the Museum of Russian Icons: Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States

“Surprising Saints” discovery.  Discover the many lesser-known saints included in folk icons, calendar icons, and in the borders of larger icons at :

OCAMPR 2017 Annual Conference: Somerset, NJ
Nov 2 – Nov 4 all-day
OCAMPR 2017 Annual Conference: Somerset, NJ @ Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cultural Center | Franklin Township | New Jersey | United States

2017 Conference: “Resiliency: Body, Mind and Spirit”

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Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) National Conference: Boston, MA
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day
Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC) National Conference: Boston, MA @ Taj Hotel Boston  | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

HAWC is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nationwide network whose mission is to identify and harness the tremendous talents of Hellenic American Women. HAWC encourages awareness of public policy issues and promotes women who wish to play leadership roles in their communities, the nation and their professional fields of endeavor. HAWC sponsors regional conferences, lectures, debates and seminars by prominent scholars, government officials, and experts on various issues of interest to its membership.

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Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum Gala: Portland, OR
Nov 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum Gala: Portland, OR @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Portland | Oregon | United States

Dinner and Auction Benefit for the Museum

5:00 PM: View “Celebrate The first decade” EXHIBIT, Wine Reception & Silent Auction
6:30 PM: Dinner & Live auction followed by Greek music & DANCING
Saint Sava NYC Annual Fundraising Gala
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saint Sava NYC Annual Fundraising Gala @ New York | New York | United States

Come help to restore the lovely church and the community of Saint Sava in New York City by joining us for our annual fundraising gala. Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime historic project, for your sake and the sake of your posterity.

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Fr Zacharias Zacharou of St John the Baptist in Essex Celebrates the Divine Liturgy and Speaks at St Demetrios in Seattle
Nov 5 all-day
Fr Zacharias Zacharou of St John the Baptist in Essex Celebrates the Divine Liturgy and Speaks at St Demetrios in Seattle @ St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church | Seattle | Washington | United States

St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, WA (FB) presents: This is a rare opportunity to hear someone who was a disciple of Elder Sophrony.  He is a monk of the Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist in Essex, England.

Pilgrimage to Holy Land
Nov 5 – Nov 15 all-day
Pilgrimage to Holy Land @ Holy Land | Israel
Come make your plans to join the Ukrainian Orthodox Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with His Eminence Metropolitan Antony.
Iconography Workshop: Goldendale, WA
Nov 6 – Nov 10 all-day
Iconographer: Deacon Matthew Garrett
Location: Maryhill Museum of Art

For pre-registration and deposit payment please contact: Louise Palermo

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Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat: Burlingame, CA
Nov 9 @ 10:09 pm – Nov 10 @ 11:09 pm
Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat: Burlingame, CA @ Mercy Center  Burlingame | Burlingame | California | United States

A Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat is an important gathering which brings the Orthodox clergy on the West Coast together in brotherly love and energizes them in their ministry of service to God and His faithful people entrusted to their pastoral care.

The event has been organized with the blessings of the Hierarchs of the California Orthodox jurisdictions of California: Metropolitan Gerasimos (Greek), Metropolitan Joseph (Antiochian), Archbishop Kyrill (ROCOR), Bishop Maxim (Serbian), and Archbishop Benjamin (OCA).

We are honored to have Bishop Irenei of Sacramento and Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonidis presenting on these important topics at this event.  We hope that you will join us in discussing these important topics that transcend our jurisdictions so that we may all explore and learn together.

The St. Sebastian Orthodox Press, a Ministry of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is honored to be assisting with the logistics related to this event. For more information:

Annual Metropolis of Boston Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians Conference
Nov 10 – Nov 12 all-day
Annual Metropolis of Boston Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians Conference @ Varied | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Host Parish:
Annunciation Cathedral of New England
514 Parker Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02120
Rev. Fr. Demetrios E. Tonias, Ph.D., Cathedral Dean
“A Choral Setting in Greek and English of the Divine Liturgy for the Greek Orthodox Church” by Constantine Limberakis, Archon Primikirios
Conference Music will be available for purchase at all Conference Rehearsals.
*Please note that this choral setting of the Divine Liturgy uses the English Translation that has been newly approved by the Holy Eparchial Synod. For this year’s Conference we will be chanting mostly in English.

Conference Area Music Rehearsals:
August 13, 2017, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Annunciation Church, 7 Harris Street, Newburyport, MA
Boat cruise hosted by the Annunciation Church to follow at 6:00 pm
Check the Calendar often for dates
Additional 2017 Conference Area Music Rehearsals will be scheduled in the coming months
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Guest Conductor: Constantine Limberakis, Archon Primikirios – Annunciation Cathedral, Boston, MA
Guest Organist: Roberto Poli – Annunciation Catherdral, Boston, MA
Youth Choir Guest Conductor: TBA

Since Boston is central to the Federation, most participants will be able to commute to the Conference. Rather than reserving a block of rooms at Boston room rates in November, members of the Federation have graciously offered to open their homes to out-of-town guests. If you are coming to the conference and need somewhere to stay, please contact Cindy Rodolakis at or by phone at 413-575-8269.

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SJB-Bi-Annual Fall Women’s Away Retreat: Canby,OR
Nov 10 – Nov 12 all-day

Theme: “St Innocent of Alaska and The Way of the Cross”

Guest Speaker: Fr. Paul Moses Jaroslaw

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Vocations Retreat: South Canaan, PA
Nov 10 – Nov 11 all-day
Vocations Retreat: South Canaan, PA @ Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary | Waymart | Pennsylvania | United States

Saint Tikhon’s Seminary will host its annual Vocations Retreat.  The theme will be “Humility and Obedience in Saint John Chrysostom.”

In addition to a number of presentations and talks, participants will be able to attend services and classes and talk with current seminarians.

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Third Annual Antiochan Women’s Autumn Retreat: Arlington, WA
Nov 11 all-day

Theme: “The Voice in My Head: Developing a Christian Conscience”.

Guest Lecturer: Fr. Josiah Trenham

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New St. Sebastian Orthodox Press BOOK CLUB in L.A.
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a book club that meets every two months. Please RSVP if you wish to commit to join.  For more information:

Sinatra, Chocolate and Wine to Benefit Camp Agape in Seattle
Nov 12 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sinatra, Chocolate and Wine to Benefit Camp Agape in Seattle @ Herban Feast | Seattle | Washington | United States

Seattle Chocolate and Wine Ball for Camp Agape NW sponsored by the St. Catherine Philoptochos of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle.  Supporting children with cancer and their families:


Early Career Research Fellowships 2018, University of Cambridge Deadline Information
Nov 13 all-day
Early Career Research Fellowships 2018, University of Cambridge Deadline Information

This year six colleges invite applications for eleven Early Career Research Fellowships which will normally be tenable for three years from 1 October 2018.

Early Career Research Fellowships are open to graduates, women and men, of any university who have recently or are about to complete their doctorates. Candidates would normally be expected to have completed no more that 5 years full time equivalent post-doctoral research. Research Fellowships will not normally be awarded to people who have held comparable post-doctoral positions.

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Applications must be received online by 5.00pm on Monday, 13th November 2017. References must be received online no later than 5.00pm on Monday, 20th November 2017. Please note that the application deadline has been extended and that incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Please make sure that your application and your referees’ reports reach us before the closing date.

Celebrating 40 Years of Service! The St. Herman House FOCUS Cleveland
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Celebrating 40 Years of Service! The St. Herman House FOCUS Cleveland @ St. George Orthodox Church | Cleveland | Ohio | United States

The St. Herman House FOCUS Cleveland Presents: An Evening with Frederica Mathewes-Green on the topic, “Whatever Happened to the U.S. Male? The Homeless Man in a World of Negative Messages.”

The St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland is an Orthodox Christian house of hospitality.  We are a non-profit, 501c3, charitable organization committed to serving the homeless and needy poor of Ohio City and Inner City Cleveland in a spirit of love and hospitality. We have been in operation since September of 1977. St. Herman’s is solely owned and operated by FOCUS North America which conducts outreach centers and programs in 30 cities around the country.

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The Liturgy of St. James: History, Theology, and Current Practice (Limited Enrollment):Brookline, MA
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm
The Liturgy of St. James: History, Theology, and Current Practice (Limited Enrollment):Brookline, MA @ Hellenic College Holy Cross Building: Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room | Brookline | Massachusetts | United States

The Liturgy of St. James (JAS) is often celebrated as an ancient liturgy, understood to be more ancient than the Liturgy of St. Basil or the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. It is even seen as the mother text of all liturgies. How JAS is celebrated today is often colored by the above presuppositions. The object of this seminar is to examine the accuracy of these claims by placing JAS in its proper milieu, the liturgical tradition of Jerusalem. We will look into the historical context, textual and manuscript traditions, anaphoral structures, theological articulations, and modern liturgical celebrations of JAS. These considerations will allow the participants to become familiar with JAS and to place JAS in its proper liturgical and historical context.

Language prerequisite: One year (two semesters) of biblical Greek or the equivalent.
This is a two-day seminar. It will meet on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 12:00–2:00 pm and again on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 12:00–2:00 pm. Students are expected to attend both meetings.

Seating is limited to 12 students. The seminar is open to Hellenic College juniors and seniors in the Religious Studies program and Holy Cross students. All participants must meet the language requirement. Registration is required. A group of pre-assigned readings will be circulated at least one week prior to the workshop. Participants are expected to complete the readings before the workshop.

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Nativity Fast Retreat: Fitchberg, WI
Nov 17 – Nov 19 all-day
Nativity Fast Retreat: Fitchberg, WI @ Saint Ignatius Orthodox Christian Church | Fitchburg | Wisconsin | United States

Theme: “The Birth of Beauty in the Universe: Reflections on the Incarnation of Christ”
Speaker: Khouria Krista West
Saint Ignatius Orthodox Christian Church
Madison, Wisconsin

Please register by emailing the church.  For more information:

85th Memorial Holodomor Commemoration: NY
Nov 18 all-day
85th Memorial Holodomor Commemoration: NY @ St. George Ukranian Catholic Church  | New York | New York | United States

November 7: Washington DC Memorial Observance and Briefing to Congress

Nov. 18: Memorial Service to be held at 2:00 PM, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Avenue, New York City, NY

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COCC Third Annual Christmas Concert: Southfield, MI
Nov 18 @ 12:49 am – 1:49 am
COCC Third Annual Christmas Concert: Southfield, MI

The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor its third annual “Christ is Born! Glorify Him! A Detroit Orthodox Christmas Concert”.

The first part of the concert will feature Nativity hymns and carols from Greece, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and other lands sung by selected choirs from local Orthodox churches, including St. Mary the Protectress; St. George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield; and St. Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Detroit. An oratorio-style narration will connect the performances in the concert.

The second part will feature English-language hymns sung by the participating choristers with members of the Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit and a sing-a-long of popular carols. An afterglow reception will follow.

The public is invited to attend the concert