The Mystery of God’s Way in Romanian Politics

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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

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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...]

70th Commencement of Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese BOSTON – Fifty nine young men and women graduated from Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology this year at the 70th Commencement ceremony held Saturday May 19, at the Pappas Auditorium in the School’s hill-top campus in Brookline, Mass. This year, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology celebrates its 75th anniversary of its founding in 1937. Hellenic College - Holy Cross bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities to George D. Behrakis, … [Read more...]

OCF Opens Search for Student Advisory Board Advisor & Announces Katerina Rallis as the new SAB Chairperson

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Source: Orthodox Christian Fellowship Brookline, MA   The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) announced today that applications are being accepted for the position of Student Advisory Board (SAB) Advisor. This volunteer position is for a motivated person interested in serving the Orthodox Church as a coach, mentor, and facilitator of the determined and passionate group of college students who serve on OCF's Student Advisory Board.   Natalie Kapeluck-Nixon, OCF's current SAB … [Read more...]

Halki Summit 2012

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Under the Auspices of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew The Halki Summit – sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and co-sponsored by Southern New Hampshire University – is a conversation on environment, ethics and innovation among a distinguished group of activists, scientists, journalists, business leaders, theologians, and academics. At the heart of this discussion is the recognition that no healing environmental action can be successful … [Read more...]

Syrian Christians Afraid of Possible Islamist Rule

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Source: RIA Novosti DAMASCUS, May 14 (RIA Novosti) Tags: Bashar al-Assad, Syria, Damascus Christians living in conflict-torn Syria are afraid that their community would fall victim of religious extremism if President Bashar al-Assad regime collapses and Islamists come to power. “I am afraid that we will suffer bad times,” a member of Damascus’s Christian community, who identified himself as Jorge, told RIA Novosti. A full-fledged civil war will break out in Syria if Assad’s … [Read more...]