OCA Holy Synod appoints Archbishop Nathaniel Locum Tenens, Bishop Michael Temporary Administrator

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Monday, July 9, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops met via conference call to further discuss His Beatitude’s resignation, as reported earlier on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America. The hierarchs issued the following statement at the conclusion of their meeting. “To the Venerable Clergy, Devout Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America: “Beloved in … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah Tenders Resignation

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] In a letter addressed to the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops dated Friday, July 6, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah tendered his resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.His Beatitude composed and signed the letter at his residence in Washington, DC, in the presence of Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor. On Saturday, July 7, the letter was presented to the Holy Synod in the course of a conference call in … [Read more...]

Lesser Synod (OCA) Meets

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America met at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here on Thursday, July 5, 2012. In addition to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, others present included His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese; His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania; and His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and … [Read more...]

Plenary Session and Banquet Conclude 41st Clergy-Laity Congress – Delegates Decide to Keep Congress Biennial

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (GOA)

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America PHOENIX – The official business of the 41st Clergy-Laity Congress concluded Wednesday July 4, 2012 with the plenary session which lasted all day and was the culmination of the forums, meetings of the committees, workshops, receptions and social events of fellowship--all of which contributed to a very productive and successful Congress, inspiring the delegates and participants to spread the message, Chosen and Appointed by God to Go and Bear … [Read more...]

Paul Bunyan Meets the Intractable East and the Mission is Ongoing: A Tribute to Fr. Peter Guillquist

Fr. Peter Guillquist Source: Orthodox Christian Laity | George Matsoukas The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Board was blessed to have Father Peter Gillquist as an advisor for more than 12 years.  From day one, when I met him, he was bigger than life.  Physically he was tall, robust and exuberant in nature.  He reminded me of Paul Bunyan.  He energized our board when he attended meetings and was our featured speaker at open forums and programs.  He truly transcended all the Orthodox Christian … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Archpriest Peter Gillquist

Fr. Peter Guillquist

Source: Musings from the Fourth Rome Fr. Peter E. Gillquist, a retired clergyman of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, fell asleep in the Lord last night [July 1, 2012] at the age of seventy-three. Born into a Lutheran family, the future priest went on after university to become a full-time staff member of the Evangelical Protestant Campus Crusade for Christ, eventually becoming one of the organization's regional directors. He also worked as a senior editor for Thomas … [Read more...]

Keynote Address of Archbishop Demetrios Officially Opens 41st Clergy-Laity Congress

Abp. Demetrios

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America PHOENIX – The 41st Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America officially began its work this morning at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel. It was highlighted by the Keynote Address of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presented to an audience of more than 1,200 participants. It is customary for the official opening to be attended by delegates, clergy and laity, of both the Clergy-Laity Congress and … [Read more...]

Prof. Veselin Kesich

Dr. Veselin Kesich

Source: Orthodox Church in America PORTLAND, MAINE [OCA/SVOTS] On Tuesday morning, June 26, 2012, Dr. Veselin Kesich, 91, Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY, fell asleep in the Lord surrounded by his children Carol and Gregory at his residence here. After suffering from a heart ailment for many years, he passed away while under hospice care. Professor Kesich was beloved by generations of alumni of SVOTS, not only for his academic expertise … [Read more...]

President Putin Venerates Shrines in Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Putin in Jerusalem

Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church During the night of June 26, 2012, while on a working visit to Israel, President Vladimir Putin visited the Church of the Lord’s Sepulchre. At the church entrance, the head of the Russian State was welcomed by His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, together with members of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre. Among the welcoming party were also Archbishop Mark of … [Read more...]

The Phonics of Philanthropy

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

Source: OINOS Educational Services | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke   Once upon a time a large boulder obstructed the middle of an ancient roadway. To get around it travelers were obliged to veer off to either side of the road. As they passed, they would shake their heads and mutter, "What an inconvenience, someone should get that big thing out of the way."

After many years, a visitor finally came … [Read more...]