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2015 Festivals to Commemorate Anniversary of St. Raphael's Repose
The 2015 Oratorical Conference theme for the Antiochian Archdiocese has been announced as the “100th Anniversary of the Falling Asleep of Saint Raphael.” Bishop Raphael (Hawaweeny), much beloved by the American Syrian community he served during the early years of Orthodoxy on the North American continent, reposed in 1915 and was canonized in 2000 as St. Raphael of Brooklyn. This year’s Creative Arts, Bible Bowl, and Oratorical Festivals held across the U.S. and Canada will feature his life and legacy. For more information:
FOCUS (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve) – Meal at the Park, Annaheim, CA @ Maxwell Park in Annaheim, CA
We need people each week to come serve meals.  Please join Orthodox Christians from around Southern California as we serve those most in need in our community. The Center is providing the meal. Saturdays at the Park. For more information:
Online Orthodox Studies- St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary
  St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will be offering four public courses, comprising an online and a residential component. Offerings include three pastoral theology courses and one liturgical music course, taught by experts in their fields. Instructors: “The Therapeutic Encounter,” by Dr. Daniel Hinshaw; “The Parish and Prison Ministry,” by Fr. Nicholas Solak and Fr. Stephen Powley; “Stewardship in American Orthodoxy,” by Fr. Robert Holet; and “The Music and Faith of Arvo Pärt,” with Dr. Peter Bouteneff. For more information:
August 2015 Conference Call for Papers!
The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA) exists to advance the study of Mary, the Mother of Christ, in Christian biblical and spiritual perspectives, and in the light of such study, to promote ecumenical interchange and prayer. Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.
Jan 22 – Jan 24 all-day
The 2015 Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth Worker Conference, is themed : “Walking Alongside our Youth”.  The Conference, now in its 13th year, exists to bring all Orthodox Christians doing youth ministry at any level and in any form together for several days to further their education, foster brotherhood, and provide fellowship.  Each year a different jurisdiction of the Orthodox Churches in the United States hosts the Conference, with the input and direction provided by the Orthodox Christian Camp Association and national Church Youth Department directors. Keynote Addresses will be offered by The Rev. Dr. Bogdan Bucur, associate professor of  Theology at Duquesne University, and Dr. Stefanie Yazge, professor of Theology at St. Vincent College.  A series of workshops focusing on youth ministry as it relates to youth workers and camp staff, daily services, and fellowship, will be available to enable attendees to get to know each other better. Registration is available[...]
Center for Byzantine Material Arts Retreat @ Trinity House Café  | Leesburg | Virginia | United States
Theme: “The Orthodox Path to Contemplation” Speakers: Metropolitan Jonah & Frederica Matthews-Green For more information:
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day
Archimandrite Daniel’s Episcopal Consecration will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, California, on Friday, January 23, 2015 and Saturday, January 24, 2025. The canonical election will take place at 6:00 p.m. of Friday, January 23 and will be followed by Great Vespers. A reception will take place in the cathedral hall following Vespers. The Divine Liturgy of Consecration of Archimandrite Daniel as Bishop of Santa Rosa and Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West, will be celebrated on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The concelebrating Hierarchs, Priests and Deacons appointed for the service, will arrive and be vested at 9:00 a.m. The Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, will be greeted upon his arrival at the Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. A banquet in honor of the newly consecrated Bishop of Santa[...]
Metropolis Presvyteres Retreat:Dunlop, CA @ St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center  | Dunlap | California | United States
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St. Herman Conference: Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This year’s St. Herman Conference will be held in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion and His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal the Kursk-Root Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God will arrive accompanied by His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. Many thought provoking lectures and workshops are planned. The hierarchal services will be magnificent and sung by the Youth Choir.  The conference will be hosted at the Marriott Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto.  The conference will take place in the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. For more information:
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day
Study Weekend 2015: England @ Orthodox Parish of St John the Baptist & St Alban the Protomartyr c/o St. Christopher’s Church  | Luton | United Kingdom
The Orthodox Fellowship of St. John the Baptist  Study Weekend Theme is “THE MOTHER OF GOD IN THE BIBLE”. “The All-Holy Virgin Mary’s life in texts and images: The Biblical basis for her role as the ‘Living Temple of God’” presented by Dr Mary Cunningham “St Silouan the Athonite on the Mother of God”, presented by Hieromonk Melchisedec, Monastery of St John the Baptist “‘His Mother said to the Servants, “Do whatever he tells you’”, Understanding Bible Verses”, presented by Father Ioan Nazarcu For more information:
Jan 24 – Jan 31 all-day
Slavyanka Concert Schedule: CA
Slavyanka is the name that the early Russian settlers in California gave to the river that is today known as the Russian River. The Slavyanka Male Chorus was formed in 1979 by several former members of the Yale Russian Chorus. Membership has varied from fifteen to thirty men, all with other primary occupations ranging from business and the trades to law, science and medicine. The chorus toured the former Soviet Union in 1986, 1989 and 1999, where it performed for historically its largest and most appreciative audiences. The Slavyanka Russian Chorus regularly presents a cappella concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area and California. The repertoire is drawn mostly from Russian sources: Orthodox liturgical, Russian and other Slavic folk and composed music. It includes compositions by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and a host of less well-known purveyors of the Slavic soul in song. For more information:
Pastoral Challanges in Marriage Conference: Santa Ana, CA @ Doubletree Hotel   | Santa Ana | California | United States
2015 Pastoral Challenges in Marriage Conference–Oneness: Protecting & Growing the Blessed Communion Theme: “Oneness: Protecting & Growing the Blessed Communion” For more information:
Pastoral Challenges in Marriage Conference: Irvine, CA
Topic: ” Oneness in Marriage: Growing and Protecting the Blessed Communion”. The  Conference is s ponsored by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, San Francisco Metropolis. For more details visit:  or
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 31 @ 2:30 pm
Conference on Falling Asleep in the Lord: TX @ Varied
Falling Asleep in the Lord: An Orthodox Perspective on Dying, Death and Grief Please download the flyer for more information.
32nd Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture - Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary @ Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building | Yonkers | New York | United States
His Grace Nicholas (Ozone), auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn for the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA), will be the guest speaker for the 32nd Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture. Bishop Nicholas will be speaking on “The Life and Ministry of  St. Raphael of Brooklyn.” In 2015 the Antiochian Archdiocese will mark the 100th anniversary of the beloved saint’s repose with a year-long series of events commemorating the milestone. For more information:
Northwest Regional Conference of Philoptochos: Seattle, WA @ St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church | Seattle | Washington | United States
Northwest Regional Conference Theme: Building Stronger Families in Today’s World” Men, women, middle and high school age youth welcome.  Lunch provided, and childcare provided upon request.
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lecture and Practicum followed by Vespers. For more information:
Museum of Russian Icons: Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States
The exhibition illustrates the Christian traditions of the East African nation, Ethiopia. It features 60 small scale icons triptychs, larger icons and illuminated manuscripts. There will also be several cast- brass hand-held processional/benediction crosses with intricate designs for the Museum’s own collection as well as some small pendant/pectoral crosses worn by priest as part of their sacred vestments. The Museum has a small collection of icons and stone carved triptych which will be on display. The dates of the icons and objects range from the 16th century to the present. Ethiopian iconography is closely related to the simplified Coptic version of Late Antique and Byzantine Christian art. It is typified by stylized, graphically bold figures with large, almond-shaped, eyes. Colors are usually bright and vivid. The majority of paintings are religious in nature, often decorating church walls and bibles. From the 16th century, Roman Catholic church art and European art[...]
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2015 DOWAMA Clergy Brotherhood Retreat: KS @ Spiritual Life Center  | Bel Aire | Kansas | United States
Speakers: Sam Noble, Matthew Namee & Fr. Christopher Morris DOWAMA’S 43rd Annual Clergy Brotherhood Retreat will be held at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas during the Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, Tuesday-Friday, February 3rd-6th, 2015. Since February 27th, 2015 will mark the centenary of the repose of the patron saint of our Clergy Brotherhood St. Raphael of Brooklyn, DOWAMA will inaugurate the centennial year at the Clergy Brotherhood Retreat, which will focus on St. Raphael’s life, ministry and legacy. The featured guest speaker will be Samuel Noble, well known for his blog “Notes on Arab Orthodoxy” and the newly published book he co-authored with Alexander Treiger The Orthodox Church in the Arab World 700-1700: An Anthology of Sources. Mr Noble, who has done extensive research on St. Raphael and translated all of the saint’s handwritten homilies from Arabic into English, received his B.A.[...]
Feb 3 – Feb 5 all-day
Annual Mission Deanery Retreat: OR @ Annunciation Orthodox Church on  | Milwaukie | Oregon | United States
Theme: “What is your mission?” Speaker: Fr. John Reeves Schedule: The retreat begins on Tuesday the 3rd at Noon with a Deli Buffet and Opening Moleben at 3:30 pm, and ends on Thursday the 5th mid-afternoon. For more information:
In collaboration with The Axion Estin Foundation, St. Vladimir’s Seminary is offering another exceptional continuing education extension course on Byzantine Chant spring semester, under the expert instruction of Eleftherios Eleftheriadis. Mr. Eleftheriadis is Axion Estin Foundation’s inaugural Artist in Residence, and is highly regarded as the Protopsaltis of St. Nicholas Shrine Church in Flushing, NY. He previously served on the faculty of the Music School of Thessaloniki, Greece. The course is open to seminarians and the general public, and will be held Tuesday evenings, beginning February 3, 2015, on the seminary campus.
Theme: “Great and Holy Pascha” For more information:
A Symposium in Honor of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia: England @ Madingley Hall  | Cambridge | England | United Kingdom
Theme: “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth” This conference is being held in honour of Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia who in September 2014 celebrates his eightieth birthday. He has been Chairman of the Friends of Mount Athos since the society’s foundation in 1990 and its President since 2000. Variously referred to as ‘the voice of Orthodoxy in the West’, ‘the closest approximation to an Athonite elder outside Athos’, and ‘the leading theologian in the Orthodox Church today’, Bishop Kallistos stands for many different things for many different people, but for every one of us he is a very special person. In its silver jubilee year the society calls on its members to join together in saluting the contribution of its internationally renowned leader and to listen to a series of presentations by his former students, colleagues, and friends. For more information:
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 8 @ 12:30 pm
Retreat at St. John of San Francisco Monastery @ Monastery of St. John | Manton | California | United States
The Church in her wisdom has assigned each of the seasons of the year a period of fasting and re-orienting the soul to the “one thing needful” and of the Fasts the richest is undoubtedly that of Great Lent – the period before the feast of Pascha. Presenter: Fr. James Jorgenson, “The Emergence of the Liturgical Cycle and the Development of Lent and Holy Week” Join us as Fr. James guides us in looking more closely at the beauty and depth of the mind of the Church in the her services during this period known as the “springtime of the soul”.  This is an open retreat. To register or for more information, please check the monstery webpage. More information:
St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary's Mission Choir Visit: Ambridge, PA @ Holy Ghost Orthodox Church   | Ambridge | Pennsylvania | United States
The St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary’s Mission Choir will join Holy Ghost Orthodox Church in Ambridge, Pa to celebrate Vespers and the Divine Liturgy.  Following Liturgy on Sunday, refreshments will be served and the members of Mission Choir will introduce themselves and have the opportunity to meet with parishioners. Additional details will follow. For more information:
Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute Conference: Riverside, CA @ St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church   | Riverside | California | United States
Theme: “The City a Desert: Living the Life of the Desert in the Midst of the World” This fourth suite of regional February symposia will address the way that “the city may become a desert” — that is, a fruitful place for life-changing, deep spirtiuality and the Life in Christ. As always, our symposia bring together leading Orthodox lecturers (see this year’s speakers for Riverside and for San Francisco), celebration of the Divine Services, panel discussions, opportunities for fellowship and many other dimensions that make these weekends important and prayerful events. Open to all: Participation in this symposium is open to everyone, of every background. For more information:
Speaker: Presbytera, Dr. Jeannie Constantinou For more information:
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Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, will be giving a Lecture for Metropolitan Nikitas (Lulias) of Dardanellia to the students of Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI). The PAOI is a member school of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, CA. For more information:   FForor more information: