Bulgarian Patriarch, Ecumenical Patriarch jointly celebrate liturgy at Sofia’s Alexander Nevsky cathedral

Source: The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Neofit and his guest Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew jointly celebrated a liturgy on November 8 in Bulgarian capital city Sofia’s landmark Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Bartholomew, regarded as “first among equals” among the Patriarchs of the Orthodox Christian Church, is on an official visit to Bulgaria for several days at the invitation of Neofit. Bartholomew said that the Bulgarian people were the first to accept the … [Read more...]

In the spirit of Veterans’ Day: Eastern Orthodox Priest reflects on “Chaplaincy After the Chaplaincy”

Source: Orthodox Church in America In the spirit of Veterans’ Day: Eastern Orthodox Priest reflects on “Chaplaincy After the Chaplaincy” SAN DIEGO, CA [OCA]  “Some military installations are hours away from the nearest Orthodox parish – others are close to a parish but may have policies that void any such convenience,” said Archpriest Jerome Cwiklinski, a retired chaplain who continues to minister to US military personnel.  “Marine Corps Recruit Depot [MCRD], close to the heart of San Diego, … [Read more...]

College students: Register now for Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s spring 2016 “Real Break”

Source: Orthodox Church in America College students: Register now for Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s spring 2016 “Real Break” The Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF], the official campus ministry organization of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, continues to accept registrants for its seven “Real Break” opportunities scheduled for spring 2016. Built on a foundation of fellowship, education, worship and service, “Real Break” provides Orthodox … [Read more...]

Joint Communiqué of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Grace Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury

Source: The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople On the occasion of the official visit by the Ecumenical Patriarch to the Archbishop of Canterbury At the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew paid a formal visit to Lambeth Palace from November 2-4, 2015. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is based in Istanbul, Turkey, is Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome, and occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church … [Read more...]

Holy Wi-Fi: Russian Orthodox Church to offer free, ‘clean’ internet to all

Source: Russia Today Holy Wi-Fi: Russian Orthodox Church to offer free, ‘clean’ internet to all The Russian Orthodox Church is preparing to launch a network that would distribute Wi-Fi in public places for free, provided the content is be cleansed of porn, grisly tabloid reports, gay propaganda or any information from dangerous religious sects. The plans were revealed to Izvestia daily by Roman Bagdasarov, deputy head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s department for relations with the … [Read more...]

Moving Story of Greek Orthodox Family’s Struggle with Addiction

Source: S.O.B.E.R. Moving Story of Greek Orthodox Family's Struggle with Addiction A story of addiction told by a mother (Anita Baglaneas Devlin) and her son (Michael Devlin Jr.).   … [Read more...]

STOTS hosts Orthodox Inter-Seminary gathering

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications] Thirty students representing five Orthodox seminaries were hosted by their peers at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary here October 23-25, 2015 for the bi-annual gathering of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement [OISM].  Participating schools included Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY; Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology/Hellenic College, Brookline MA; Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY; Christ the Saviour … [Read more...]

CREATION CARE AND ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE: Reflections by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Source: The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople The Oxford Union (November 4, 2015) Distinguished members of the Oxford Union, Esteemed administrators, faculty and friends of the University, Dear students, It is a unique pleasure and a great privilege to be invited to address this historic academic union. We express our wholehearted gratitude to our hosts and organizers of this exceptional opportunity in a city where over forty years ago, the official theological dialogue … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary #GivingTuesday to benefit Makarios Seminary in Kenya

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary #GivingTuesday to benefit Makarios Seminary in Kenya On Tuesday, December 1, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) will continue its new tradition of participating in #GivingTuesday, a national movement that celebrates generosity. “Giving is at the very foundation of St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s mission, so we are enthusiastic again this year about taking part in this day dedicated to … [Read more...]

Court finds “most serious” aggravating factors in Kodiak’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral vandalism

Source: Orthodox Church in America Court finds “most serious” aggravating factors in Kodiak's Russian Orthodox Cathedral vandalism KODIAK, AK [Diocese of Alaska Communications] In a dramatic affirmation of the core beliefs of the Orthodox Christian community, Superior Court Judge Frank A. Pfiffner ruled yesterday that defendant Arkimedes Garcia acted with “gross religious disrespect” when he vandalized Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral in June.  [See related story.]  Garcia pled guilty to a … [Read more...]