Archimandrite Sevastianos Skordallos Elected Bishop of Zela

Bishop-elect Sevastianos (GOA photo)

NEW YORK – The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople elected unanimously today the Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Very Reverend Archimandrite Sevastianos Skordallos Bishop of Zela. He was chosen from a list of three candidates whose names were submitted to the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate by the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The newly elected bishop will … [Read more...]

Editorial: 20th Anniversary of Patriarch Bartholomew’s Enthronement

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Source: The National Herald | By Peter Marudas Like his predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during his twenty year tenure has had to confront two fundamental challenges: the survival of the Patriarchate in a generally hostile Turkish environment, and his relations with the other independent Orthodox Churches including the administration of his own flock dispersed in Western Europe, parts of Greece, North and South America, and Australia. His All Holiness has certainly made progress … [Read more...]

16th OCA All-American Minutes, Powerpoint Presentations Now Posted

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 16th OCA All-American Minutes, Powerpoint Presentations Now Posted … [Read more...]

Isaiah Censors Church Archons

Members of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Salt Lake City, UT wait to enter the Church hall for a parish general assembly meeting. Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver did not allow certain “excommunicated” members to participate on Nov. 20.

Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukes BOSTON, MA – Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver “excommunicated” Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a member of Leadership 100, as well as the father of a professor of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Isaiah placed them “outside of the Church.” He did not allow them to participate in the Holy Trinity Salt Lake Utah General Assembly on November 20. The general assembly voted 60% to 40% against Isaiah’s wish of Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Abp. Nathaniel Popp “The Servant of All”


Polycarp Books “I believed, and so I spoke.” (2 Cor. 4:13) Recently, we received and included into the Heritage Center collection the book, “The Servant of All - Archbishop Nathaniel Popp: Thirty Years of Leadership, 1980-2010,” edited by Ian G. Pac-Urar, Polycarp Books, 2011, 388 pages. The book includes an “Editor’s Note” and a “Foreword” by the Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of all America, Jonah, and five Appendices. The book includes articles, letters and addresses … [Read more...]

Which is the Oldest Church?


Note: This is a historical response to the recent declaration of Pope Benedict XVI who, in reference to his document “Dominus Iesus” written when he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stated that Christian denominations were not true churches but merely ecclesial communities. Pope Benedict referred to the Orthodox churches as having “many elements of sanctification and of truth” but were “wounded” because they did not recognize the primacy of the Pope. By V … [Read more...]

Police Officers to be on Hand for Greek Orthodox Vote

Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune | By Rosemary Winters A rift in the Salt Lake Valley’s Greek Orthodox community could be further ruptured or mended as members gather Sunday to debate the governance of their church. For the first time in two years, according to court documents, the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake is holding a general assembly, a democratic meeting that allows members in “good standing” to vote. The special meeting has prompted dueling mailings, rumors of a protest … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion Receives Honorary Doctorate and Describes Upcoming “Holy and Great Council”

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

On 2 November 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), visited the St. Petersburg Theological Academy with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Ladoga. Metropolitan Hilarion met with the members of the Academic Board, faculty and students of the Academy. Attending the meeting were Archbishop Ionafan of … [Read more...]

Sex-abuse Case Against Manitoba Archbishop Seraphim Storheim on Hold

Archbishop Seraphim (Storheim)

WINNIPEG — A high-ranking former orthodox archbishop, who has pleaded not guilty, must wait until the new year to learn if he'll go to trial on historical Manitoba sex abuse charges. Seraphim Storheim appeared in a Winnipeg courtroom this week for the start of his preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed. A court-ordered ban prevents specific details from being published. Defence lawyer Jeff Gindin told the Winnipeg Free Press the … [Read more...]

Vice President Joe Biden visits Archbishop Demetrios of America at the Headquarters of the GOA

Vice President Joe Biden with Archbishop Demetrios (photo © Dimitrios Panagos/GOA)

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese NEW YORK – Vice President Joe Biden visited today Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America at the headquarters of the Archdiocese in Manhattan. The two discussed the matter of religious freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other issues of mutual interest regarding security and peace in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Headquarters 8-10 East 79th St. New … [Read more...]