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Source: Basilica.ro by Aurelian Iftimiu On the forefeast of Saint John Chrysostom, November 12, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel inaugurated the Consilium House of the National Cathedral’s Chapel. BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — Following the blessing service, His Beatitude referred to the way the new building will be used by the priests and believers. He said that given its capacity, agape meals will be held inside. Also, that it may serve as a place of gathering for the Chapel’s volunteers, as well as for those who work on the National Cathedral’s construction site. Consilium House. Photo: Basilica.ro In his speech, the Patriarch said that…

Source: Basilica.ro by Iulian Dumitraşcu His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan of the British Isles and Ireland has established a new men’s cenobitic brotherhood within the Antiochian Patriarchate. The Brotherhood of the Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul has been blessed to inhabit the Monastery of St Antony and St Cuthbert, reports The Brotherhood of the Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul is the name given to the community of monks who live at the monastery. Any Orthodox Christian man, over the age of 18 years, may arrange to stay with us. Unlike in Western monasticism, monasteries in the Orthodox Church follow a single basic…

BROOKLINE, MA [OCF Communications] Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, recently announced that $200.00 need-based scholarships for College Conference Midwest 2018 have been made available through the generosity of two donors. The registration cost for College Conference Midwest is $325.00 per person. The $200.00 scholarship would lower the cost of registration to $125.00 for selected applicants. Registration includes food, lodging, fellowship activities, and engaging keynote addresses and workshop sessions. Scholarship applications may be submitted online. OCF’s College Conference Midwest will be held from December 27-30,…

INDIANAPOLIS, IN [Lilly Endowment/OCA] Orthodox Christian clergy and the parishes they serve may wish to take advantage of grant awards being offered through the Lilly Endowment’s Clergy Renewal Programs for 2019. Through its religion grant making, the Lilly Endowment seeks to deepen and enrich the lives of American Christians largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes. The program is administered by the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Indianapolis’ Christian Theological Seminary. The Lilly Endowment provides funds to congregations to support renewal leaves for their pastors. Renewal periods are not vacations but…

With the Nativity Fast—also known as “Advent”—beginning on November 15, the spirit of the season is presented as a time of personal and collective preparation for the celebration of the pivotal point in salvation history—the Incarnation of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. Underscoring the significance of this liturgical season are numerous online educational resources for class and personal use from the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Education [DCE]. “The Nativity Season: Introduction” offers five engaging lessons that could easily be subtitled “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About the Nativity Fast.” Separate study units are available…

by Aurelian Iftimiu The Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on Monday approved a grant of €1.240.000 for 22 monastic settlements on the Holy Mount Athos following a request submitted by the Sacred Community, Protothema reports. Regarding the financial support, the first monastery is Simonos Petras with 144.088 Euros. The second grant in value is offered to Agiou Pavlou Monastery. Iviron Monastery will receive EUR 112,877.20, while Dionysiou Monastery will receive a grant of EUR 104,197.20. No. Monastic Settlement Percentage Sum granted (Euro) 1 Great Lavra 4,211 52.216,40 2 Vatopedi Monastery 4,307 53.406,80 3 Iviron Monastery 9,103 112.877,20 4 Helandariou Monastery 7,590…

by Aurelian Iftimiu The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Italy has announced that His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will pay a visit to Venice at the end of next week. Seven days before his arrival to Romania, Patriarch Bartholomew will be present in Venice on Saturday, November 17, 2018, for the feast day of Saint Gennadios the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople, when Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy will celebrate his name’s day. His Holiness will participate in the Divine Liturgy that will be celebrated at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George in Venice. Photo: Fos Fanarion via Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to…

The cross in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens. File photo Senior members of the Greek Orthodox Church expressed their opposition to the historic agreement between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos to remove some 10,000 priests and auxiliary staff from the state payroll. The agreement, reached on Tuesday, foresees the setup of a special fund to handle church assets, and changes in the salaries of clerics, who will no longer be civil servants but will be paid by the church through an annual state subsidy. Archbishop Ieronymos was forced to backtrack on Wednesday, stating…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Board Members present in person: George Karcazes, George Pontikes, Andrew Kartalis, Peter Petkas, William Souvall, Peter Zarras, John Regule and advisory board member, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel. Guests introduced were: William Caras, Fr Nicholas Greanias, Fr Remus Grama, and at 11:00 am, Fr Chad Hatfield. Board member Argo Georgandis Pyle joined the meeting by phone. Meeting was convened at 9:30 am at the St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral with a prayer by Archbishop Nathaniel. Special prayers were offered for Roy Snyder and Chris Xeros. Reports were sent to all board members and advisors before the meeting,…

During their Fall Session at the Chancery October 23-26, 2018, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops gave their blessing to release an updated set of “Social Media Guidelines for Clergy and Lay Leaders” of the Orthodox Church in America. Available in PDF format, the Guidelines had been approved by the Metropolitan Council on September 19. The updated Guidelines are recommended by the Holy Synod for implementation by the Central Church Administration, ministries, dioceses, parishes, clergy, lay leaders, staff and volunteers who work within the institutional, social, and legal environment of the Church. They should be adapted for use…

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