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Source: The National Herald THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A large forest fire that broke out at a remote monastic community where women have not been allowed for a thousand years spread Thursday to a nearby resort area, forcing the evacuation of a seaside vacation village and sending up a thick pall of smoke over the area. It was not clear how the fire started Wednesday on the Mount Athos peninsula, a World Heritage site and self-ruled community of Orthodox monks that bans women — and even female animals — from entering. There were no immediate reports of damage to the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BUSHNELL, IL [STOTS] Members of the Saint Tikhon’s Seminary community, along with seminary alumni and dedicated volunteers, provided an Orthodox Christian presence at the annual Cornerstone Christian Music Festival here in early July 2012. In light of the deeply rewarding missionary efforts of last year’s endeavor, it was decided that once again Saint Tikhon’s would play a part in the outreach at the festival In early March, the outreach team began preparing for this year’s event by making the necessary financial arrangements to ensure that pamphlets, books, lodging accommodations, fuel, as well as Orthodox t-shirts…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [NY/NJ Diocesan Communications] On April 25, 2012, His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon submitted a letter of resignation as Rector of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary here to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and members of the Holy Synod of Bishops. During the Spring Session of the Holy Synod May 7-10, 2012, Metropolitan Jonah, with the concurrence of all the hierarchs, accepted His Eminence’s resignation, effective August 1, 2012. At the most recent meeting of the Lesser Synod on July 5, 2012, Metropolitan Jonah appointed His Grace, Bishop Michael, as Interim Rector of the seminary. In a…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Thursday, August 2, 2012, the All-American Council Management Team, the members of which were appointed by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, met to begin planning the 17th All-American Council. Chairing the meeting was His Grace, Bishop Michael, Temporary Administrator of the Orthodox Church in America. Archpriest Myron D. Manzuk, Council Manager, and Mr. Peter Ilchuk, Council Logistic Manager, discussed a variety of organizational requirements generally involved in planning a Council. Also present were Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary; and Ms. Melanie…

Rev. Fr. Frank Marangos, D.Min. We are one big family of people, trying to make our way through the unfolding puzzle of life. Sara Paddison (Author) Evil is no joke! It is a caustic enigmatic force that leaves humanity forlorn, puzzling over shattering expirations. In the early morning of July 20, the suburban town of Aurora, Colorado experienced the torment of such humorless intensity when a choleric auburn hair-dyed gunman wearing a gas mask and sheathed body armor opened fire in a crowded multiplex packed for the first showing of The Dark Knight Rises. When the deadly midnight rampage during…

Source: Solia – The Herald | Fr. Aris P. Metrakos The old paradigms had a certain albeit meager utility. They worked as long as the surrounding culture remained basically Christian. They don’t work anymore. The time has come to return the priesthood to how it was first practiced – in a hostile culture, with wisdom, and a concrete and authentic encounter with Christ. Becoming a Mission Priest begins with a change in governing values. Mission Priests don’t confuse faith in the Gospel with a soft assent to its social principles or moral utility. Rather, they know the veracity of the…

Orthodox Christian Laity | John Collis, M.D. This essay is about an outstanding person and friend, Father Peter Gillquist. Phenomenal goals and amazing achievements characterize this devoted individual. For much of his life, Father Peter struggled with physical pain, yet accomplishing more than imaginable. Before my completing this paper, he suddenly became critically ill and died. This essay is about Father Peter Gillquist – a minister, a priest, an apostle, a bible scholar, a friend. I. Saint Paul the Apostle Paul was born in the Greek city of Tarsus. His parents gave him the Hebrew name Saul, in honor of…

Source: Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America | Noel Busch July 16-19, 2012 Christ Our Savior Orthodox Cathedral Miami Lakes, Florida From the perspective of a delegate, the “elephant in the room” at the recently convened Assembly of the Diocese of the South (DOS) was the thought that the principal order of business was to have been the nomination of a bishop. With the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah and the suspended status of Fr. Gerasim, one might have expected an agenda in disarray and considerable hand-wringing. To the credit of the nearly one hundred delegates and…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Orthodox Church in America is accepting applications for the position of Executive Assistant. Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, CV, and three letters of reference to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, at egtosi@oca.org or PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791. The deadline for submitting applications is August 3, 2012. A job description, which also is posted in PDF format, follows below. CHANCERY EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Job Summary. Serves as the personal secretary to the Metropolitan with responsibility for all matters of correspondence to and…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Bishops and clergy from across the Archdiocese have gathered this week at Antiochian Village for the 17th Biennial Clergy Symposium, a time of reflection, fellowship, and learning. His Eminence Metropolitan Philip and the Antiochian House of Studies are the hosts for a full week of speakers, sessions and events. The Archdiocese is honored also to have in attendance His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan of Argentina. The theme of this year’s gathering is Ministry to the Youth: “Let no one despise your youth” (1 Timothy 4:14). Highlights include keynote addresses on such topics as…

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