51st Archdiocese Convention Kicks Off in Houston

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The city of Houston, and Fr. James Shadid and the parish of St. George Orthodox Christian Church, are hosting the Antiochian Archdiocese Convention this week at the Hilton Americas hotel. The largest legislative body of the Archdiocese, the General Assembly meets in convention biennially. In addition to the business meetings, liturgical celebrations, exhibits, youth activities, and department meetings  are central to each … [Read more...]

The First Greek Orthodox Bishop Consecrated in America

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Source: Orthodox Observer Originally published in the June 2013 issue on page 26 under the heading "Church History." by William H. Samonides, Ph.D  As the Church in America grew, the need for hierarchs to oversee the ever-increasing number of parishes became more acute. Hierarchs of the Church had visited the United States since 1892, but most returned to Greece after only a brief stay. Before the arrival of Archbishop Athenagoras in 1931, only one hierarch, Bishop Alexander, … [Read more...]

Correcting a Canonical Anomaly

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Source: Ancient Faith Radio One Bishop per city or region is what the canons call for. Yet, here in North America we have multiple Bishops in one location. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops are working to correct that and today we speak with Proto-Deacon Peter Danilchick who is the liaison for the Canonical Regional Planning Committee. Learn about the importance of this task and how long it will take to get it done. For more information on this issue, we refer to you our … [Read more...]

Moving Ahead in Unity

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Pentecost  2013 As we take leave of the Paschal Liturgical Cycle of Lent through Pentecost,  I want to take this opportunity to reflect upon a book I re-read during this period:  Christ in Our Midst by Father Theodore Stylianopoulos.  The book was written in 1980, and I was familiar with it when I was putting together the Chapter on “Spiritual Renewal” in the OCL publication “Project for Orthodox Renewal”.  You can read this work online on our website. The discussion and insights … [Read more...]

Church Leadership Should Modify its Policies

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos, Special to The National Herald The preservation of small Greek Orthodox parishes, and their ability to continue to exist in the United States, is very serious matter which should concern all of us as members of both the Church and the Greek American Community. Some of our small parishes have already gone down on a withering path. Among them are parishes which flourished in the past, especially during the early decades after their … [Read more...]

Two Tennessee Orthodox Churches of Different Jurisdictions Unite

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Source: Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church The following is the statement made by Fr. Stephen Mathewes to the parish on Sunday, June 9th: To my most beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, Christ is risen! Holy Resurrection has had a long history. A convoluted one, shall we say. For 15 years, faithful and tremendously dedicated people have labored in this humble little vineyard to make it a true Orthodox community—a part of the great worldwide Church. There have been many struggles, … [Read more...]

His All-Holiness Bartholomew receives Patriarch John of Antioch

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (right) with His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, meeting at the Phanar.

Οn Saturday, June 1, 2013, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, together with members of the Holy and Sacred Synod and other Hierarchy of the Ecumenical Throne, welcomed His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch to the Phanar. Patriarch John of Antioch was making his first stop in his Irenic Visitations following his election last December. Patriarch John and his entourage were received in a spirit of warm fraternal love and honor. The members of the delegation from the Church … [Read more...]

OCA Treasurer’s report for first quarter of 2013 available

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The report of Ms. Melanie Ringa, Treasurer of the Orthodox Church in America, for the quarter ending March 31, 2013 is now available on-line. In her introductory notes, Ms. Ringa noted that “the operating budget that was passed last fall was a deficit budget,” adding that “several additional expenses were added at the spring Metropolitan Council meeting held in February [2013].” While the budgeted operating deficit for Q1-2013 was … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon, Holy Synod members meet with Metropolitan Jonah

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - A brief statement with regard to the retirement of His Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah was issued by the Office of Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, on Monday, May 27, 2013. The text of the statement reads as follows. “At the invitation of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, His Eminence, Metropolitan Jonah met with a number of members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America … [Read more...]

OCA Lesser Synod members receive updates from OCA officers

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Members of the Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America received updates from the Church’s officers during their meeting at the Chancery here May 21-22, 2013. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, “the purpose of the meeting was to continue the work of the Holy Synod between sessions, address critical concerns, and plan for upcoming meetings.” The meeting was chaired by His Beatitude, Metropolitan … [Read more...]