Miami Greek Church in ‘Dire Financial Straits;’ Priest Stepping Down

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V. Rev. Archimandrite D. Stavroforos Mamaies[/caption]Source: The National Herald | Theo Karantsalis Father Stavroforos Mamaies, of Miami’s Saint Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, caught church members by surprise on Sunday, April 30, when he abruptly announced he was leaving. “If I have offended anyone, I ask for your forgiveness,” said Mamaies, who has headed the Miami church since 1997. Two weeks ago, during holy week, a letter went out to parishioners alerting them that the … [Read more...]

Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] to be Consecrated to the Episcopacy in Toledo May 4-6, 2012

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Source: Orthodox Church in America ROSSFORD, OH [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will consecrate Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] to the episcopacy at Saint George Cathedral here Saturday, May 5, 2012. On October 4, 2011, the members of the Holy Synod canonically elected Archimandrite Alexander to the vacant See of Toledo and the OCA’s Bulgarian Diocese. The election followed a year-long search on … [Read more...]

Unalaska Cathedral Vandalized

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Source: Orthodox Church in America UNALASKA, AK [OCA] Graffiti sprayed on the historic Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral here in late April 2012 has “sparked outrage,” reported the Alaska Dispatch. While the words “Dutch” and “Duncha,” written in a childish scrawl in gray spray paint, were quickly removed, the painful emotions among parishioners and other local residents lingers. “I was very upset and hurt,” Vince Tutiakoff, parish committee president, told Dispatch … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary “Popular Patristic Series” now linked to Bible Study Resources

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVS Press News] The Popular Patristics Series [PPS] published by Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press recently gained the attention of Logos Research Systems, Inc., the world’s largest developer of Bible software — a surprising but highly welcomed overture for the seminary’s academic press. PPS provides accurate and annotated translations of the Church Fathers and other early Christian writings, and Logos typically partners with publishers to … [Read more...]

New Dean at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Rev. Anastasios Gounaris

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios announced the appointment of the Rev. Anastasios Gounaris, a very capable and outstanding clergyman of the Holy Archdiocese of America, as Dean of our Holy Trinity Cathedral. Father Anastasios, who will assume his new assignment as of June 1, has faithfully served the Archdiocese as a priest for almost 30 years, the past 21 years at Holy Trinity in Indianapolis. In the official letter to the Board … [Read more...]

Christians of the Holy Land on “60 Minutes” [VIDEO]

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Source: CBS News (CBS News) The exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population, Bob Simon reports. Why are they leaving? For some, life in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become too difficult. The following script is from "Christians of the Holy Land" which aired on April 22, 2012. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Harry Radliffe, producer. Christianity may have … [Read more...]

Archdiocese and IOCC Need More Help to Sustain Greek Relief Efforts

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Source: The National Herald | John G. Rangos, Sr. To the Editor: Current economic conditions in Greece have turned into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. I anticipated this several months before the situation hit its saturation point, which is why I urged International Orthodox Christian Charities to study and assess the problem ahead of time. I’m extremely proud of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and its executive director, Dean Triantafilou, for all their fine work … [Read more...]

Former Cathedral Priest joined O’Meara Ferguson Whelan & Conway

Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos

Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukos NEW YORK – Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos, former presiding priest of the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral of New York, has joined the O’Meara Ferguson Whelan & Conway Company in the fundraising wing, according to the company’s website. Marangos appears without the cleric’s regalia but instead with suit and tie. No mention is made that he is or he has been a Greek Orthodox priest, but he is simply identified as “Dr. Frank Marangos.” Marangos … [Read more...]

Memory Eternal! Rev Fr Deacon John Zarras – OCL Board Member

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It is with a sense of sadness and celebration that I convey to you that OCL’s loyal advisory board member and my friend and advisor Deacon John Zarras has Fallen Asleep in the Lord - Sunday April 1 about 1:30 pm. Deacon John was a passionate supporter of the mission of Orthodox Christian Laity. He was a visionary planner for Orthodox Christian Unity. He joined the OCL movement formally as an advisory board member in 2000 and helped us plan the 16th Annual Meeting: “The Orthodox Christian … [Read more...]

Five Facts About the Orthodox Church in the United States

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops | Alexei Krindatch Assembly of Bishops Research Coordinator Alexei Krindatch has released a new 40-page report titled, Five Interesting Facts About Orthodox Church Geography and Demography in the United States. The report includes the following sections: Orthodox Church Membership in America Orthodox Church Geography in America Orthodox Church Attendance in America Ethnic Culture in American Orthodox Churches Orthodox Monastic … [Read more...]