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Source: Virtueonline The Time Is Now by Fr. Victor E. Novak Special to Virtueonline ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH For the first millennium of Christianity there was only one Church. Denominationalism as we know it today did not exist. The Church was one. No matter where a Christian lived, whether in Jerusalem, Antioch, Asia Minor, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, Ireland, Russia, Africa, or anywhere else, everyone belonged to the same Church and believed the same thing. The Church was known as the “Catholic” Church, and we find that word in use to describe the Church as early as AD…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America The Assembly of Bishops has released minutes from its most recent meeting (Assembly III), held in Chicago from September 10-12, 2012. Though the final minutes will not be approved until the next meeting of the Assembly, scheduled for the Fall of 2013, the Assembly presents these as summary minutes. Some of the chief concerns of the last meeting, as reflected in the minutes, were: the creation of a budget, the completion of the By-Laws, a review of the work of the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning, and the drafting…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] At their January 28, 2013 meeting, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America established the Department of Continuing Education to provide for the ongoing development of clergy and lay leaders. This action came in response to decisions made at the 16th All-American Council with regard to the Strategic Plan. Simultaneously, the Holy Synod mandated an annual 20-hour continuing education requirement for all priests and deacons. The Department was charged with carrying out this mandate primarily through the Continuing Clergy Development (CCD) program. “CCD offerings will…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The independent audit of the Orthodox Church in America’s financial records for the year ending December 31, 2011 has been completed. The report of the auditors, Lambrides, Lamos, Taylor LLP, is now available in PDF format on the OCA web site. “For the second consecutive year the OCA has been issued an unqualified or ‘clean’ audit opinion,” said Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer. “The unqualified opinion is the best type of report an auditee can receive from the external auditor.” “The financial results for 2011 show total revenues of $3,351,622.00 and total operating…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America On Tuesday and Wednesday, January 22 and 23, the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America convened for its annual face-to-face meeting. This year’s meeting was hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America (ROCOR) at his Holy Virgin Cathedral – Joy of All Who Sorrow in San Francisco, CA (http://sfsobor.com/). Present at the meeting were the Assembly’s Secretary Bishop Basil of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America (AOCA), Bishop Maxim of the Diocese of Western America (SOC), Bishop…

Source: Orthodox Church in America WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America met in conjunction with the Enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon at Saint Nicholas Cathedral here January 26-27, 2013. elected His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New York and New Jersey to serve as Secretary of the Holy Synod. established the composition of the Lesser Synod of Bishops, which will include Metropolitan Tikhon; Bishop Michael, Secretary; His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate; and His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West. heard the…

Source: MYSTAGOGY The following essay was recently written by His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos in response to a scandal that has been occurring in his Metropolis which also recently brought him to break communion from one of his local monasteries, the well-known Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration in Nafpaktos. Yet it still provides an excellent template to distinguish generally what healthy and sick monasticism is according to Orthodox tradition. By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou Monasticism is the glory of the Church, and the monks, as taught by St. Gregory of Nyssa, are the crown of the…

Source: Ekklesia By agency reporter “It is impossible to speak exclusively for the unity of the church and be indifferent about the unity of humankind,” said Dr Petros Vassiliadis, at an academic gathering held in his honour in Thessaloniki, Greece. Vassiliadis, a Greek Orthodox theologian and formerly a representative of the Church of Greece on the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission for World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), called for a broader understanding of ecumenical dialogue. The symposium was entitled ‘Ecumenical dialogue in the 21st century: Realities, challenges and perspectives’. It was organised in Vassiliadis’ honour by the theology department…

There are nearly two hundred Orthodox women in North America who have received graduate degrees in Orthodox theology, primarily from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology or St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. A number of these Orthodox women, committed to Christ and to His Gospel, have come together to form SAINT CATHERINE’S VISION. Blessed by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), this group came together in reunion held at Antiochian in November of 2005. Founded in a discipline of love, seeking the discernment of the Holy Spirit, Saint Catherine’s Vision strives to explore, study, and…

Mission The Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies serves and supports the Orthodox Church by fostering theological education, scholarship, worship and prayer. Promoting the acquisition of higher learning and scholarship in the context of traditional Orthodox life, practice and thought, it offers a venue for foundational and higher study in theological, historical, liturgical and practical areas of Orthodox Christianity. Goals and Aims The Institute, as a new venture of the Orthodox Church in North America, will be a centre for higher learning in Orthodox Christianity, fostering and supporting the life of the Church and its mission in the…

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