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Source: The Orthodox Church in America CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] On Saturday, November 3, 2012, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor and Temporary Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America, forwarded two letters—one from the Holy Synod of Bishops, a second from His Grace, Bishop Matthias—to members of the Diocesan Council and all rectors and priests-in-charge, who were asked to read or post them in all parishes following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 4. The text of the letter of the Holy Synod may be accessed here. The text of the letter of Bishop…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Very Rev. Thomas Zain, Archbishop Justinian, Met. Hilarion, Met. Philip, Bishop Nicholas View Photo Gallery His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP received His Eminence, Metropolitan HILARION, the Chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all Russia on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Accompanying Metropolitan HILARION was His Eminence, Archbishop JUSTINIAN, the Patriarchal Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the United States as well as clergy and a reporter. His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS and Archpriest Thomas Zain also attended the meeting. After welcoming Metropolitan HILARION, the hierarchs exchanged ideas…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Thursday, October 25, 2012, the Preconciliar Commission issued answers to 21 questions that have recently been asked with regard to the 17th All-American Council. The Council will convene on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH. While not exhaustive, the responses will assist in preparing for the Council. Additional questions not addressed may be submitted to the Preconciliar Commission at info@oca.org. The questions and responses may be accessed in PDF format.

Source: St. Sergius Institute of Orthodox Theology / Volos Academy for Theological Studies As it is well known, in recent years efforts have been intensified by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other Orthodox Churches to overcome obstacles and to convene the Great Orthodox Synod. While it is still an open question whether the Great Pan-Orthodox Council, awaited and planned for more than fifty years, will finally be organized in the near future or later, an exceptional conference on the themes likely to be debated at this Council will take place at the St Sergius Institute, Paris, on 18-20 October 2012. Organized…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Holy Synod of Bishops met in plenary and closed sessions at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here October 9-11, 2012. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the following decisions were made by the members of the Holy Synod during their gathering, which was chaired by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See. The Holy Synod was briefed on the progress of various Synodal Commissions. In response to several clergy cases, it was noted that they cannot be…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens, will chair the fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America here October 9-11, 2012. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the members of the Holy Synod will consider a number of current issues and review plans for the 17th All-American Council, slated to convene at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Protodeacon Peter Danilchick will build upon the discussion he facilitated at the recent meeting of the…

Source:  Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] As reported on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America, an update on progress in implementing the Strategic Plan adopted by delegates to the 16th All-American Council was presented at the fall session of the Metropolitan Council here during the last week of September 2012. In his presentation to the Metropolitan Council, Priest John Vitko likened the strategic planning goals to “seeds that are beginning to germinate.” Of the eight identified goals, four are being piloted at the local level, three at the central Church level, and one at both…

Source:  Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Members of the Metropolitan Council and the Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held their fall session at the Chancery here Tuesday through Thursday, September 25-27, 2012. The meeting was chaired by His Grace, Bishop Michael as the Administrator of the OCA. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the following were among the highlights of the meeting. On Monday, September 24, the Finance Committee, which prepared the 2013 budget which must include a proportionate reduction in the the assessments as mandated at the 16th All-American Council,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The fall session of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel at the OCA Chancery here on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, Administrator of the OCA, will chair the meeting. Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops will also be in attendance. On Monday, September 24, Finance Committee and Post Council Committee members met. Archpriest Theodore Boback (Dean of Military Chaplains) and Archpriest Joseph Gallick (assistant Dean…

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