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The 8th Annual Symposium of Orthodox Spirituality of our Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas will take place at the Laval University, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Pavillon Alphonse Desjardins, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Symposium will be organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies and the Ecumenical Center of Montreal. This year the Symposium will have the theme: “Gospel, Christian Faith and Institutions - past, present, future”. For more information: http://symposiumroaa.wix.com/index
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
WOMEN’S LENTEN RETREAT: Dallas, TX @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church | Dallas | Texas | United States
St. Barbara Ladies Philoptochos Society presents: “Forgiveness, Transforming Wounds into Wisdom”. Event Speaker: Cynthia Kostas: Masters of Theological Studies, Holy Cross School of Theology. Lecturer in Orthodox and denominational Churches throughout the United States. Leads the non-profit Photophoros, a Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver. For more information: http://ntom.org/news/march-21-womens-lenten-retreat/
Diocesan Lenten Teen Retreat: Garrison, NY @ St. Basil Academy   | Garrison | New York | United States
The Annual Diocesan Lenten Teen Retreat for students in grades 7-12 will take place  Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY. The Academy has beautiful grounds, dormitory style rooms, a lovely chapel, and an indoor basketball court. Under the guidance and direction of Bishop Michael, participants will focus on “The Mystery of Prayer” centered around learning and discussing various ways prayer is used both within the life of the church and within personal life. Participants will also enjoy fellowship, education, and spiritual enrichment with one another. There is no charge to participate in this three-day retreat. Adult participants are encouraged to attend and serve as chaperones. read more > REGISTRATION >         For more information: http://nynjoca.org/
Mar 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Ukrainian Pysanka Workshop: New Jersey @ Ukrainian Cultural Center  | Franklin Township | New Jersey | United States
During the period of Lent preceding Pascha, or Easter, Ukrainians write pysanky, or decorate eggs, using ancient symbols to imbue the egg with magical powers and ward away evil spirits. Join us at the Center to continue this age-old tradition as we get ready to welcome spring. The workshop is open to adults and children 12 and older. Materials are included in registration fee, but you will need to bring 3 or 4 eggs (raw or blown), paper towels, and a #2 pencil.
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) Lenten Vespers: Westland, MI @  St. John Climacus, at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church | Westland | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will hold its fourth in its series of Vespers services on the five Sundays of Orthodox Great Lent. The service will be conducted by members of the Clergy Brotherhood of St. John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit. The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit will sing the responses during the service. The homilist will be the Rev. Stratton Dorozenski, pastor of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Troy. The remaining service in the series will be held March 29, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, at the Descent of the Holy Ghost Romanian Orthodox Church, 31500 Ryan Road, Warren. Members of the public are invited to attend the services.
Mar 24 – Mar 25 all-day
LENTEN PILGRIMAGE: Ocala, FL @ Panagia Vlahernon Greek Orthodox Monastery | Williston | Florida | United States
In celebration of the Annuciation feastday our Saint Mark family is planning an overnight lenten pilgrimage to the Ocala monastery. Time is running out, so make sure to RSVP asap. For more information: www.saintmarkboca.net/  
18th Annual Women’s Lenten Retreat: San Francisco, CA @ St. John the Baptist Cathedral   | San Francisco | California | United States
Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America invites you to their 18th Annual Women’s Lenten Retreat. Theme: “Opening the Door of our Heart to the Theotokos: Meeting her and Letting her into our Lives” Speaker: Protinica Victoria Trbuhovich For more information: http://westsrbdio.org/images/Christian_Education/KSS_Lenten_Retreat_Flyer__Registration_Form.pdf
Mar 27 – Mar 29 all-day
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 Theme: Be Yourself   For all Jr. & Sr. GOYAns in Grades 7 – 12. Registration Forms available at www.saintdemetrios.com  For more information: https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/e2b413a8001/5e825bec-26cc-4bfd-9e19-8f5e43e62533.pdf
2015 Midwest SOYO Spring Delegates Meeting: Cicero, IL @ St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church | Cicero | Illinois | United States
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For more information: http://registration.antiochianvillage.org/Registration/Welcome.aspx?e=4701EB0A94657222D1AE87622DBF96A6
Diocesan Antiochian Women’s Retreat in Southern California @ Camp St. Nicholas  | Frazier Park | California | United States
Retreat Speaker:  V. Rev. John Finley Theme: “Delight Thou in the Robe of my Soul: Entering into Holy Week” Flyer, Schedule and Scholarship Form For more information:   http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/news_150113_3.html
Retreats at St. John’s Monastery: Platina, CA @ Orthodox Monastery of St. John of San Francisco | Manton | California | United States
Theme: “The Way to Union with Christ Through Watchfulness and Prayer” Speaker: Fr. Damascene (St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, CA) OPEN RETREAT For more information: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/77e3a74917a6de51c5657fbba/files/retreats_flyer.pdf
13th Annual UOL Lenten Retreat: Bethlehem, PA @ St. Francis Center For Renewal | Bethlehem | Pennsylvania | United States
“Let My Prayer Arise” Lenten Retreat. The Retreat will focus on prayer. Learn more about our faith! Get rejuvenated during Great Lent! Meet fellow Orthodox Christians. Open to Adults and Adolescents. Speakers include:Fr. Bazyl Zawierucha, and Fr. Anthony Perkins For more information: http://www.uol.orthodoxws.com/news.html
Diocesan Youth Retreat: Phoenixville, PA @ Holy Ghost Orthodox Church | Phoenixville | Pennsylvania | United States
Theme: “Vice vs. Virtue” Speaker: Fr. William George For more information:  http://www.acrod.org/assets/files/PDFS/Events/2015%20Lenten%20Retreats/2015%20EASTERN%20LENTEN%20RETREAT-FINAL%20VERSION.pdf    or http://www.acrod.org/assets/files/PDFS/Events/2015%20Lenten%20Retreats/LentenREtreatPosterLetter-Final-2.pdf
Huffington Ecumenical Institute Symposium: Los Angeles, CA @ Loyola Marymount University ,Ahmanson Auditorium (UH 1000) | Los Angeles | California | United States
Theme: “Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue After Vatican II: Examining the Issues” Speakers: Monsignor Paul McPartlan (School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America) & Deacon Paul Gavrilyuk (Aquinas Professor of Philosophy and Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN) One of the most significant teachings promulgated by the council fathers was Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism. This teaching honored the venerable traditions of the Eastern Churches and expressed hope for the reunion of East and West. The recent meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew has reinvigorated hope for unity between the churches. For more information: http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/ecumenical/futureevents/orthodox-catholicdialogueaftervaticanii/
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day
LENTEN RETREAT: Bethlehem, PA @ St. Francis Center for Renewal  | Bethlehem | Pennsylvania | United States
  Theme:  “Let my prayer arise”.  Focusing on prayer. Sponsored by:  The Ukrainian Orthodox League. Open to Adults and Adolescents. Speakers include: Fr. Bazyl Zawierucha, Fr. Anthony Perkins, Retreat is one full day including all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information: http://uocofusa.org/files/PDF%20files_news/2015/2015-UOL-Lenten-Retreat-Bethlehem.pdf
 Theme: “What does it mean to carry your Cross?” & “Where do we Find Christ? – a Reflection on Athos” Speaker: Fr. Samuel Sherry & Fr. Jonathan Bannon, respectively For more information: http://www.acrod.org/assets/files/PDFS/Events/2015%20Lenten%20Retreats/WesternLenten%20Retreat%202015.pdf      or       http://www.acrod.org/assets/files/PDFS/Events/2015%20Lenten%20Retreats/LentenREtreatPosterLetter-Final-2.pdf
Theme: “Confronting & Controlling our Thoughts” Speaker: Bishop Gregory For more information: http://www.acrod.org/assets/files/PDFS/Events/2015%20Lenten%20Retreats/2015%20EASTERN%20LENTEN%20RETREAT-FINAL%20VERSION.pdf     or http://www.acrod.org/assets/files/PDFS/Events/2015%20Lenten%20Retreats/LentenREtreatPosterLetter-Final-2.pdf
Theme: “What Would our Lord do? – Living a Christ-like Life” Speaker: Protodeacon Gregory Benc For more information: http://www.acrod.org/assets/files/PDFS/Events/2015%20Lenten%20Retreats/2015%20EASTERN%20LENTEN%20RETREAT-FINAL%20VERSION.pdf     or http://www.acrod.org/assets/files/PDFS/Events/2015%20Lenten%20Retreats/LentenREtreatPosterLetter-Final-2.pdf
Theme: “The Bible: An Orthodox Perspective” Speaker: Fr. Silviu N. Bunta The Orthodox Churches of Greater Flint Assumption (Greek) 2245 Baldwin Road  Grand Blanc, MI 48439  810-771-4611 St. George (Antiochian) 5191 Lennon Road  Flint, MI 48507  810-732-0720 St. Mary Magdalene (OCA) 2439 South Long Lake Road  Fenton, MI 48430  810-750-1701 St. Nicholas (OCA) 2143 South Center Road  Burton, MI 48519  810-744-0070 Great Vespers (Confessions before after Vespers),Light Lenten Meal (free will offering), Presentation followed by Q & A   For more information: http://saintnicholasburton.org/files/Lenten-Talk-2015.pdf)
8th Annual Pan-Orthodox Lenten Retreat: San Francisco, CA @ Holy Virgin Cathedral “Joy of All Who Sorrow” Russian Orthodox Church | San Francisco | California | United States
The 8th annual pan-Orthodox lenten retreat at Holy Virgin Cathedral “Joy of All Who Sorrow” with speakers Priest Stephen Freeman and Nun Theoktisti Theme: “The Life in Christ: A Fount of Joy” Speakers: Fr. Stephen Freeman & Nun Theoktisti For more information: http://www.lentenretreatsf.org/
IOCC – Syrian Relief Dinner & Prayer Service: Pittsburgh, PA @ Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States
For more information: https://9586.thankyou4caring.org/pages/pittsburgh-syria-relief-dinner-3-29-15
The Professor John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series: Hartford, CT @ St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Hartford | Connecticut | United States
Theme: “Hymn of Cassiane: New Life in Christ Through Repentance” Speaker: Fr. J. Sergius Halvorsen, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Homelitics, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary) For more information: http://www.stgeorgecathedral.org/lectureseries.html
Council of Orthodox Christian Churches  Lenten Vespers: Warren, MI @ Descent of the Holy Ghost Romanian  Orthodox Church | Warren | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will hold the fifth and final service in its series of Vespers services on the five Sundays of Orthodox Great Lent, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt. The service will be conducted by members of the Clergy Brotherhood of St. John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit. The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit will sing the responses during the service. The homilist will be the Very Rev. John Fenton, Holy Incarnation Antiochian Orthodox Church, Lincoln Park. Members of the public are invited to attend the service. For further information,  http://www.coccdetroit.com.      
Learn to chant the hymns of the church. Sessions meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. For more information: http://www.stparaskevi.org/assets/files/E%20Newsletter%20February%202015.pdf
A Brief Introduction to Ethiopian Music: Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States
Ethnomusicologist Danny Mekonnen guides an exploration of traditional and modern Ethiopian musical styles through audio, visual, and live demonstrations. Open to general audiences, as well as musicians of all ability, the program will cover Ethiopian history and Ethiopian musical styles, including vocal, folk, modern, jazz, brass band, and pop, with listening examples. There will be an emphasis on development of style, deep listening to recorded examples, and introduction to Ethiopian pentatonic scales. In addition to modern and pop styles, the program will also touch on traditional and folkloric tunes, giving a sense of the wide variety of repertoire, while focusing on famous innovators of Ethiopian music and well-known ‘canonic’ tunes. For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/visit/what-s-happening/events-calendar/a-brief-introduction-to-ethiopian-music/?eID=22801  
FILM: "Ethiopia: Keepers of the Lost Ark": Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States
Ethiopia is the oldest nation in Africa, with a fascinating history extending back thousands of years.  It was one of the earliest Christian nations, and developed a unique form of Orthodoxy with roots in the Coptic traditions of Egypt, along with ancient and lasting links to Judaism from the time of King Solomon. Photojournalist David Adams comes to Ethiopia to seek the origins of an ancient legend that the fabled Ark of the Covenant – the golden vessel in which reside the tablets bearing the Ten Commandments — has been hidden in Ethiopia for nearly 3,000 years.  The Ark is sacred to both Jews and Christians; but to Ethiopians, its presence in their country, and the incredible story of how it got there, is central to their faith. 60 minute film followed by discussion; in English; suitable for ages 13 and up For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/visit/what-s-happening/events-calendar/film-ethiopia-keepers-of-the-lost-ark/?eID=22741
Apr 17 – Apr 18 all-day
Sinai Icon Conference: Princton, NJ @ Princeton University, 101 McCormick Hall | Princeton | New Jersey | United States
The icons at the Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai will be the focus of a two-day conference, “A New Look: Sinai and Its Icons in Light of the Digitization of the Weitzmann Archive,” that is being organized by the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. The annual Weitzmann Lecture will be given on the evening of Friday, April 17, by Professor Robin Cormack, Courtauld Institute of Art, emeritus. For more information: http://www.princeton.edu/visualresources/sinai-and-its-icons/
2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies: Brookline, MA @ Hellenic College Holy Cross, Archbishop Iakovos Library Reading Room | Brookline | Massachusetts | United States
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College will host the 2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies April 18, 2015. We welcome graduate students studying in any field related to Byzantine studies to the Hellenic College Holy Cross campus to engage in a lively exchange of ideas and to share and broaden their research interests in a collegial and intellectually rigorous environment. A lunchtime roundtable, Byzantium in the Public Sphere, will convene leading figures in Byzantine studies who are using traditional and digital means to build a broader audience for the field inside and outside the academy. Roundtable participants includeDr. Bill Caraher, Associate Professor of History, University of North Dakota, Dr. Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr. Eurydice Georgantelli, Marie Curie Senior Research[...]
SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: "Bright Saturday" Celebration: NY @ St. Andrew's Camp | Cleveland | New York | United States
Visit our camp! Enjoy our camp! Learn about our camp! The clergy and faithful of the diocese are invited to a “Bright Saturday” celebration at Saint Andrew’s Camp. The day will begin with the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Michael. Following the Liturgy, a Paschal Buffet will be served and participants will have an opportunity to tour and learn more about the camp. Overnight accommodations are available for Friday and Saturday nights (reservation required). Contact the camp for further information and let them know if you will be able to participate in this special day! event flyer >         camp website >             SaintAndrewsCamp.org  For more information:   http://nynjoca.org/