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Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLYN, NY [OCA]  His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey represented the Orthodox Church in America at celebration of the Divine Liturgy marking the 100th Anniversary of the repose of Saint Raphael of Brooklyn at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral here on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Saint Nicholas Cathedral is the first parish community established by Saint Raphael in 1895. Also concelebrating with His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America; His Grace, Bishop John and His Grace, Bishop Nicholas of the Archdiocese was His Grace; and…

Source: The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Neofit and his guest Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew jointly celebrated a liturgy on November 8 in Bulgarian capital city Sofia’s landmark Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Bartholomew, regarded as “first among equals” among the Patriarchs of the Orthodox Christian Church, is on an official visit to Bulgaria for several days at the invitation of Neofit. Bartholomew said that the Bulgarian people were the first to accept the message of salvation in Jesus and be baptised en masse. He said that today and always, Jesus saves and blesses with rich gifts pious Orthodox Bulgaria and…

Source: Orthodox Church in America In the spirit of Veterans’ Day: Eastern Orthodox Priest reflects on “Chaplaincy After the Chaplaincy” SAN DIEGO, CA [OCA]  “Some military installations are hours away from the nearest Orthodox parish – others are close to a parish but may have policies that void any such convenience,” said Archpriest Jerome Cwiklinski, a retired chaplain who continues to minister to US military personnel.  “Marine Corps Recruit Depot [MCRD], close to the heart of San Diego, is within five miles of parishes of almost every jurisdiction.  This is where half of all Marines go through basic training.  Because…

Source: Orthodox Church in America College students: Register now for Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s spring 2016 “Real Break” The Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry organization of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, continues to accept registrants for its seven “Real Break” opportunities scheduled for spring 2016. Built on a foundation of fellowship, education, worship and service, “Real Break” provides Orthodox Christian college students and young adults with an alternative to “Spring Break.”  It offers the possibility for students to travel to all parts of the world while deepening their faith, serving those…

Source: The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople On the occasion of the official visit by the Ecumenical Patriarch to the Archbishop of Canterbury At the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew paid a formal visit to Lambeth Palace from November 2-4, 2015. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is based in Istanbul, Turkey, is Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome, and occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church worldwide. The occasion was in response to Archbishop Justin’s visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate last year. The two leaders presided over ecumenical services filled with symbolic significance, participated in formal…

Source: Russia Today Holy Wi-Fi: Russian Orthodox Church to offer free, ‘clean’ internet to all The Russian Orthodox Church is preparing to launch a network that would distribute Wi-Fi in public places for free, provided the content is be cleansed of porn, grisly tabloid reports, gay propaganda or any information from dangerous religious sects. The plans were revealed to Izvestia daily by Roman Bagdasarov, deputy head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s department for relations with the society, who’s also a high-placed member of the Russian Inter-religious Council.Bagdasarov said that the Russian Orthodox Church and other religions wanted to get involved in…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] Thirty students representing five Orthodox seminaries were hosted by their peers at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary here October 23-25, 2015 for the bi-annual gathering of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement [OISM].  Participating schools included Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY; Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology/Hellenic College, Brookline MA; Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY; Christ the Saviour Seminary, Johnstown, PA; and Saint Herman’s Seminary, Kodiak, AK. Founded in the 1960s and revived in 2003, OISM fosters fellowship and cooperation among Orthodox seminary and theology students.  “The recent weekend seemed to do exactly…

Source: The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople The Oxford Union (November 4, 2015) Distinguished members of the Oxford Union, Esteemed administrators, faculty and friends of the University, Dear students, It is a unique pleasure and a great privilege to be invited to address this historic academic union. We express our wholehearted gratitude to our hosts and organizers of this exceptional opportunity in a city where over forty years ago, the official theological dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion was established. Introduction Many of you will no doubt be surprised that a religious leader concerned with “spiritual” or pastoral…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary #GivingTuesday to benefit Makarios Seminary in Kenya On Tuesday, December 1, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) will continue its new tradition of participating in #GivingTuesday, a national movement that celebrates generosity. “Giving is at the very foundation of St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s mission, so we are enthusiastic again this year about taking part in this day dedicated to philanthropy,” said seminary Chancellor/CEO the Very Reverend Dr. Chad Hatfield. “Our professors give their hearts to teach the gospel of Christ. Our students give their time to prepare for service in the…

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