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Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCA] The first-ever Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries will make its debut in February 2016. Edited by Alexei Krindatch, Research Coordinator for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Christian Bishops of the USA, the 150-page volume is available on-line for $19.95 from Greek Archdiocese Holy Cross Bookstore. Drawing on his extensive research, as well as fascinating stories and “insider” anecdotes, Mr. Krindatch offers readers a scholarly introduction into traditions of Eastern Christian monasticism and a history of Orthodox Christian monasteries in America.  It also features a comprehensive directory of nearly 80 monasteries across…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – It is with deep sorrow that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese announces the passing of Rev. Father John Romas on Sunday January 24, 2016. Father John fell asleep in the Lord shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and reposed peacefully at White Plains Hospital, N.Y. Father John Romas (Ἰωάννης Ραμπαούνης) was born on April 10, 1929, to Demetrios and Vasiliki Rambaounis (Ραμπαούνη) in Dorvitsa, Nafpactias, Greece.  Upon completion of his high school education, he went on to complete a four-year program at the Hephaestus School of Mechanics, in Athens, Greece. He arrived…

Source: MYSTAGOGY The Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church will meet in June this year, according to the Athens News Agency-Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA). A decision was made as the Primates are gathered in a Synaxis at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambesy, Geneva, whose work is done under the presidency of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Of course, for the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church to meet in June, during the period of Pentecost (06/19/2016), the Primates in Geneva must definitely choose the themes and regulations. The decision to convene the Holy and…

Source: Basilica.ro From 22 to 27 January 2016, at the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, the works of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches are being carried out. At the opening of the event, His Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, delivered a speech thanking the other Primates of the Orthodox Churches, as well as the delegations, for accepting to change the place of the Synaxis from the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s residence in Istanbul, Turkey, to the Chambésy Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is “meant for serving the pan-Orthodox unity, and which for…

Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate Your Beatitudes and beloved Brothers in the Lord, Primates of the local most holy Orthodox Churches and venerable representatives of brother Primates precluded from participating in this Synaxis, together with Your honorable entourages. Welcome to this sacred place of our most holy Church of Constantinople, this Center dedicated to the service of Pan-Orthodox unity, which has for decades hosted and continues to host numerous Inter-Orthodox and Pan-Orthodox encounters hammering out and advancing the unity of the most holy Orthodox Church. We wholeheartedly pray that Your sojourn here may prove for each of You satisfactory and pleasing in…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will convene under his chairmanship, Jan. 21-28, 2016, a Synaxis of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva. The Synaxis will deal with matters related to preparation for the Holy and Great Council, which has been decided to convene this year. His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America will be a member of the Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The official announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, issued yesterday January 18, 2016, follows: ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE COMMUNIQUE…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Winter Board Meeting will take place on February 4-6, 2016, in Houston, Texas.  Arrangements have been made by Argo Georgandis Pyle and Peter Petkas.  The board members will   be staying at Courtyard West University Hotel.  The meeting will begin with a fellowship dinner on Thursday, February 4.  The Friday,the  February 5 board meeting will take place at Annunciation Cathedral Meeting Facilities, 3511 Yoakum Blvd, Houston from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.   Board member Gayle Woloschak will address the board and other interested individuals on her work and insights pertaining to Orthodox Christian Unity.

Source: OrthodoxAnswers.com I am happy to announce that starting this Thursday the 14th at 3:30 PM PST, Orthodox Answers will start its weekly live broadcast on the site (www.orthodoxanswers.org) and on the YouTube channel. This weekly webcast will last one hour and discuss many topics of interest to Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike, with the goal to offer sound, in-depth and respectful apologetics. In this first episode, and I will discuss Orthodox apologetics in general and 10 little known reasons why we Orthodox believe that Mary the Theotokos remained ever-virgin (based on my recent book “Ever Virgin”). I would be grateful…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Over 300 college students gathered at Antiochian Village here December 28-31, 2015 for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s annual east coast college conference—“Modern Martyrs: Witnesses of the World.”  Concurrently, over 60 students from the west coast explored the same theme at OCF’s west coast conference, held at Saint Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. The conference programs combined worship, fellowship, and discussions and presentations on how to become witnesses to Christ on campus and in the secular world. College Conference East’s 320 participants listened attentively to the keynote address delivered by Sister Vassa [Larin], a nun of the…

By MICHIKO KAKUTANI During his training as a Jesuit priest in the 1960s, Jorge Mario Bergoglio — who, decades later, would become Pope Francis — spent three years teaching literature and psychology in his native Argentina. He taught the classics, like “El Cid,” but when his students expressed an interest in authors like Antonio Machado and Fernando de Rojas, he taught them, too, as a way of nurturing a love of literature in his pupils. He also encouraged his students to write, and had his friend Jorge Luis Borges read their stories. This gift for teaching — along with his…

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