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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 encounter in the chancellor’s office and in travels around the OCA,” said Father John. The first installment may be…

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 arch. The icon, which will visit numerous parishes in the northeast US in early June, was available for veneration throughout the pilgrimage. The highlight…

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. Graduates represented a broad range of ecclesial jurisdictions and included both Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians; 13 of the graduates were from the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Additionally, 12 of the…

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 serious illness just a few weeks ago and was released only three days ago from a local Pittsburgh hospital, which enabled him to…

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, the philanthropist, successful entrepreneur and long time supporter of the School and the Greek Orthodox Church, in recognition of his outstanding professional…

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 Advisor, shared her thoughts on her years working with college students: “Being given the opportunity to work with college students has been one of the greatest blessings of my ministry…

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 without a fundamental change in values as manifested in ethics and spirituality. On the small island of Heybeliada, just off the coast of Istanbul, at the historical Theological School of Halki, Ecumenical…

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 enemies and their western supporters continue efforts to topple the president, he continued. “If the regime falls…, Islamists will come to power,” Jorge said, adding that…

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 Stalinist-type, organized upon the blatant request of the schismatic organization calling itself “The Macedonian Orthodox Church”. He was sentenced solely because of His unwavering commitment…

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 also visited the Ascension of the Lord Monastery, Clinton, MI, and the Vatra, the headquarters of the OCA’s Romanian Episcopate, Grass…

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