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Source: Oinos Consulting: “Frankly Speaking” – Weekly Commentary on Church, Culture and Commerce | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D. “All I have are the choices that I make, and I choose her . . . come what may!” – David Norris (Matt Damon) in the Adjustment Bureau (2011) After traveling 65-miles along an unpaved African trail, a missionary arrives just in time to participate in an ancient ritual. At the conclusion of the ceremony, he returns to his jeep only to discover a flat tire. Frustrated, he manages to drive to the only repair shop in the village. “Do you…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Orthodox Church in America is still accepting applications for two positions — Coordinator of the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations and Investigator for the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations. Applicants are asked 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. Those wishing additional information or to discuss the position prior to submitting an application are invited to contact Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLINE, MA [OCF] At the beginning of June 2012, the North American Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] here launched an exciting new program — “The First Forty Days” — to reach out to incoming first-year Orthodox Christian college students at colleges and universities throughout North America. As its name implies, during the first 40 days of the 2012 fall semester, local OCF student leaders and chaplains will attempt to make personal contact with all new incoming students. They will be given information regarding the OCF chapter on their respective campuses and nearby Orthodox parishes. The intent…

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 secret of their political activities. During a recent official visit to Iasi, the biggest city in the…

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, Orthodox youth and adults from around the Diocese will use their talents to help serve the poor and witness to the Orthodox faith in the community…

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…

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