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Source: Orthodox Church in America DETROIT, MI [OCA] The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, under the chairmanship of His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens of the Primatial See of the Orthodox Church in America, held an extraordinary one-day session at Saint Andrew House here on Monday, August 13, 2012. During the meeting, the hierarchsheard reports from Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor, and Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary, who reported that the interim situation of the Central Administration is proceeding in a calm and efficient manner. His Grace, Bishop Michael of…

Source: Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Recognized for a lifetime dedicated to serving Jesus Christ in prison and among the homeless on the streets, Fr. Duane Pederson was presented with the Matthew 25:36 Award on July 26, 2012 by the board and the staff of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry at the OCPM Fourth Annual National Convocation. The award contains a piece of actual prison bar from Graterford State Prison, Philadelphia, PA with the simple inscription of Matthew 25:36 (“I was in Prison and you came to me…”). Father Duane Pederson was acknowledged for having served over 40 years in prison ministry…

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…

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