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...]

Holy Synod of Serbian Orthodox Church Announcement on Latest Imprisonment of Abp John

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Source: The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church After years of persecution, harassment, arrests and imprisonments, His Beatitude the Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr Dr. John, pan-Orthodoxly renowned and recognized canonical Prelate of the ancient Ohrid Archbishopric, was sentenced yesterday, May 11th, to two and a half years in prison under false charges of alleged fraud and embezzlement, the result of a politically motivated and staged pseudotrial of a … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod Concludes Spring Session

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Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION, MI [OCA] Holy Dormition of the Mother of God here provided the setting for the Spring Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America May 7-10, 2012. In addition to reviewing a variety of matters affecting the life of the Church, the hierarchs participated in the daily cycle of services at the monastery, including the Divine Liturgy, which provided an essential spiritual dimension to their undertakings. They … [Read more...]

Vladimir Putin Sworn In For Third Term As Russia’s President

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Source: Associated Press/Huffington Post | Lynn Berry MOSCOW -- Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency. Putin, 59, has ruled Russia since 2000, first as president and then during the past four years as prime minister. The new, now six-year term will keep him in power until 2018, with the option of … [Read more...]

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...]