SVOTS Trustees implement new governance model, seek CEO

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, has announced that the Board of Trustees of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here voted to implement a new model for governance at the seminary.  The new model, adopted by the Board at its semi-annual meeting on May 19–20, 2016, will be effective as of May 27, 2016, and will include a newly defined Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position at the top of its organizational … [Read more...]

Study resources now available for History volume of “The Orthodox Faith”

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [DCE]  While the late Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko was working on the revised edition of his four-volume series, The Orthodox Faith, he decided that adding discussion questions to the texts would enhance the books’ usefulness.  Subsequently, he asked the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Education [DCE] to develop study resources/questions for each volume. “Father Thomas especially wanted the History volume to include … [Read more...]

In Memory: Archimandrite Eusebius Stephanou [UPDATED]

UPDATE:  (Source) A time of visitation will be held Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 6:00 to 6:30 P.M. at Saints Markella and Demetrois Greek Orthodox Church, 104 Bryn Mawr Boulevard, Mary Esther, Florida 32569, with a Trisagion Service to follow at 6:30 P.M. A reception will follow services. An Orthros Service will be held Friday, May 27, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. with the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 A.M. and the Funeral Service to follow at 11:30 A.M. Interment will follow at Destin Memorial Cemetery. … [Read more...]

The HOPE Association to Launch Pediatric Mobile Health Clinics Offering Free Health Services

Source: HOPE Association The nonprofit organization enlists ultra marathoner Levi Rizk to run across America to gain awareness for the cause Washington D.C., May 17, 2016 – The HOPE Association, a nonprofit service organization based in Washington D.C., will launch two pediatric mobile health clinics in early 2017 that will serve low-income families in the D.C. and Los Angeles communities. The two HOPE pediatric mobile health clinics will provide several free services to uninsured children, … [Read more...]

Jonathan Jackson:”A Message from an American Orthodox to Orthodox Greece”

Source: Pemptousia Hollywood actor Jonathan Jackson, recipient of five Emmy Awards, at an interview given to "Pemptousia" during his recent visit to the Monastery of Vatopaidi - Mt Athos, sends a personal message to his Orthodox brothers in Greece   … [Read more...]

Sex Abuse Victim Sues Metropoulos, Church Leaders, Community

Source: The National Herald BANGOR, ME – Adam Metropoulos, a 53-year-old former Greek Orthodox Priest, who in March was convicted on four felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor, and in April was sentenced to 12 years in prison, is now being sued by the victim, the Bangor Daily News reported. The name of the plaintiff, now 24, is not being released publicly because he was the victim of sexual abuse, the News reported. The lawsuit also names as co-defendants Metropoulos’ supervisors and … [Read more...]

Grants available for clergy through the Louisville Institute

Source: Orthodox Church in America LOUISVILLE, KY [SVOTS Communications]  Seasoned and recently ordained Orthodox Christian priests may want to take advantage of grant awards being offered by the Louisville Institute. The awards offer pastoral leaders the opportunity and resources to investigate issues related to Christian life, faith, and ministry.  Through its Pastoral Study Project program [PSP], the Institute enables pastoral leaders to bracket daily work routines in order to pursue a … [Read more...]

Russia and the Vatican: Why the Holy See Seeks Cooperation With Moscow

Source: Sputnik Moscow and the Holy See are working together on the issue of moral values and persecuted Christians. This cooperation is beneficial for both parties, from a diplomatic and political viewpoint, the French newspaper Le Figaro wrote. According to Le Figaro, since the end of the Cold War, the Vatican has always been willing to hold a dialogue with Moscow. "Russia has become one of the centers of a new polycentric world order, an empire in the process of establishment, which … [Read more...]

Heartbreaking moment elderly grandmother of air hostess who died on the doomed EgyptAir MS804 flight collapses at her memorial service

Source: Daily Mail Grandmother of air hostess Yara Hani Tawfik collapsed at service in Cairo Hundreds attended the memorial service with friends calling her 'perfect' All 66 people onboard EgyptAir MS804 flight died over Mediterranean Sea By Arthur Martin In Cairo For The Mailonline The elderly grandmother of air hostess Yara Hani Tawfik who died on the doomed EgyptAir MS804 flight collapsed at her memorial service today. Concerned friends and relatives rushed to Anna Yara’s aid … [Read more...]

THE TRUE HISTORY OF WOMEN DEACONS

Source: First Things by Charlotte Allen When Pope Francis announced his willingness to appoint a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church, my first thought was: Here we go! And sure enough, FutureChurch, the liberal Catholic organization that has subtly pushed for the ordination of women to the hitherto all-male Catholic priesthood, not only praised Francis for his statement but announced its intention to set up a CatholicWomenDeacons.org website, … [Read more...]