Archbishop Demetrios of America Tours St. Nicholas Future Site at World Trade Center

Archbishop Demetrios is looking at the future site of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – “The new World Trade Center will not be whole and complete until the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is rebuilt.” With these words, Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority welcomed Archbishop Demetrios and other representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the St. Nicholas parish. The meeting was held, June 6, at the offices of the Director for the WTC construction, Steven Plate, and included a … [Read more...]

Take It or Leave It?

(Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D.

Source: Oinos Consulting: "Frankly Speaking" - Weekly Commentary on Church, Culture and Commerce | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D. “All I have are the choices that I make, and I choose her . . . come what may!” - David Norris (Matt Damon) in the Adjustment Bureau (2011) After traveling 65-miles along an unpaved African trail, a missionary arrives just in time to participate in an ancient ritual. At the conclusion of the ceremony, he returns to his jeep only to discover a flat … [Read more...]

Applications Still Being Accepted for Two New OCA Positions

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Orthodox Church in America is still accepting applications for two positions — Coordinator of the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations and Investigator for the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, CV, and three letters of reference to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, at egtosi@oca.org or PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791. Those … [Read more...]

OCF Launches First “Forty Days Program” to Connect with Incoming College Freshmen

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Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCF] At the beginning of June 2012, the North American Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] here launched an exciting new program — “The First Forty Days” — to reach out to incoming first-year Orthodox Christian college students at colleges and universities throughout North America. As its name implies, during the first 40 days of the 2012 fall semester, local OCF student leaders and chaplains will attempt to make personal contact with all … [Read more...]

The Mystery of God’s Way in Romanian Politics

The National Cathedral of Redemption

Source: The Economist As municipal leaders in Romania are up for election on June 10th they are receiving help from an unexpected place. In the run-up to the poll preaching not only the word of God but also the one of local politicians has become a custom in several churches in Romania. Romanian media recently revealed that in some churches in Bucharest and other cities around the country, churchgoers found campaign leaflets next to candles and incense envelopes. Clerics are not making a … [Read more...]

Parishes Band Together to Serve in FOCUS Mission Trip to Appalachia

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Source: Orthodox Church in America WAYMART, PA [OCA] Three parishes from the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania are joining together to minister in Appalachia June 25-July 1st, with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon. The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve (FOCUS) is sponsoring the trip, which will include clergy and lay participants from St. Mary Church in Coaldale, Holy Trinity Church in Stroudsburg, and Holy Annunciation Church in Berwick. Throughout the week, … [Read more...]

“Chancellor’s Diary” Makes Debut on OCA Web Site

OCA Chancellor, Archpriest John Jillions

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] A new regular feature, the “Chancellor’s Diary,” makes its debut on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America on Monday, June 4, 2012 — the Feast of the Holy Spirit. The feature will be written by OCA Chancellor Archpriest John Jillions. “My aim is to write two very short reflections most weekdays: one on the daily Scripture readings, and another on the people, parishes, places, events, questions, consternations and miracles I … [Read more...]

Hundreds Attend 108th Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery

Walkers set out on 11-mile route from Saint John Church, Mayfield, PA to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery.

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA] STOTSWalkers set out on 11-mile route from Saint John Church, Mayfield, PA to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery. For the 108th consecutive year, hundreds of faithful flocked to the annual pilgrimage at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery here over Memorial Day weekend. The pilgrimage officially opened on Friday afternoon, May 25, 2012, with the arrival of the Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii at the monastery entrance … [Read more...]

Bishop Alexander Delivers Commencement Address to Class of 2012 at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] Twenty-two graduates from Saint Vladimir’s Seminary have “gone forth” (Matthew 28:19) to serve the Church as priests, deacons, and lay ministers—including choral conductors, scholars, and hospital chaplains.  At Commencement Exercises held on Saturday, May 19, 2012, the seminary awarded diplomas in three programs: two Masters of Theology, 16 Masters of Divinity, and four Masters of Arts degrees were conferred. … [Read more...]

Memory Eternal: Metropolitan Constantine of the UOCUSA

Metropolitan Constantine

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Eminence, Metropolitan Constantine, 76, Ruling Hierarch of the Central Eparchy and Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of Monday, May 21, 2012 — one day after celebrating the 40th anniversary of his Archpastoral ministry in the Pittsburgh area. According to a press release issued by the Consistory Office of Public Relations, Metropolitan Constantine was “stricken with a … [Read more...]