OCA Youth Department launches new grant program

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - With the approval of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America, the OCA Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry launched its Saint Peter the Aleut Grant Program. The grant will be available to any youth or young adults seeking to offset costs of attending retreats, workshops, or conferences, or to visit an OCA seminary or monastery to discern a vocation. In addition, clergy and lay people may apply for … [Read more...]

Concert highlights anniversaries of three seminaries

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Source: Orthodox Church in America WILKES-BARRE, PA [STOTS] - Hundreds of faithful poured into Saint Stephen Episcopal Cathedral here on Sunday, March 3, 2013 for a concert of liturgical music by students from three Orthodox Christian seminaries. The concert was performed by students of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA, and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, both of which are celebrating their 75th anniversaries, and Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY, which is … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch to lead ‘prayer for reconciliation’ amid political and social crisis

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Source: The Sofia Globe Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit is to lead a “prayer for the reconciliation of the Bulgarian people” on March 10 in response to the current turbulent social, political and economic situation facing the country, the Holy Synod said. Neofit was elected Patriarch on February 24, taking office amid a series of nationwide protests and political upheaval as Bulgaria heads for early national parliamentary elections on May 12. Of Bulgaria’s population of 7.3 … [Read more...]

Venice church official accused of embezzling $53,950

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Source: Herald-Tribune The administrator of a Venice church is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 intended to help struggling parishioners, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported. Robert Kondratick, 67, of the 11700 block of Tempest Harbor Loop in Venice, was arrested Wednesday, accused of embezzling church funds intended to help people who have fallen on hard times. In January, church council members contacted the sheriff's office after discovering funds had been misused … [Read more...]

March is Antiochian Women’s Month

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The month of March, designated as Antiochian Women’s Month by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip, is a time when the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women encourage their sisters in Christ to participate in the Liturgy and minister in their parishes and their communities. Notes President Violet Robbat, "...however large or small our roles, what is important for an Antiochian Woman is that we are focused on our faith and His … [Read more...]

Wichita Ministry to Moms in Crisis Seeks Executive Director

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The Treehouse in Wichita, Kansas, is looking for an Executive Director. Created in 2002 to fill a unique niche, helping economically challenged moms and children with basic necessities and programs, the Treehouse is a Christian-based, not-for-profit organization. The Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership for The Treehouse by working with the Board to establish long-range goals, strategies and … [Read more...]

St Photini, The Samaritan Woman – Patron Saint of OCL

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Commemorated February 26 St. Photini's Life The New Testament describes the familiar account of the "woman at the well" (John 4:5-42), who was a Samaritan. Up to that point she had led a sinful life, one which resulted in a rebuke from Jesus Christ. However, she responded to Christ's stern admonition with genuine repentance, was forgiven her sinful ways, and became a convert to the Christian Faith - taking the name 'Photini' at Baptism, which literally means "the enlightened one". A … [Read more...]

Christian parties, Hezbollah and Amal firm on Orthodox plan

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Source: The Daily Star By Hasan Lakkis Opposition and majority sources told The Daily Star that ongoing talks have not yet broken the deadlock over a new electoral law but said this week could be decisive. Free Patriotic Movement MP Alain Aoun told The Daily Star that no one had contacted FPM leader Michel Aoun or any other FPM official to discuss the topic in the past few days, adding that the party had not changed its support for the Orthodox Gathering’s proposal, which would restrict … [Read more...]

Syriac Orthodox Christians in Turkey – ”This Is Simply Our Home”

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Source: Qantara.de In recent years, around 60-100 Syriac Orthodox families have returned from central Europe to Turkey. Encouraged by changes in the political atmosphere, the minority nonetheless faces a host of problems, from the expropriation of land belonging to a monastery, to a ban on special schools and kindergartens, and also a lack of places of worship in Istanbul. By Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere A sign in Aramaic at the side of the road defiantly bids visitors "Welcome to Kafro" next to … [Read more...]

The Benefit of Benedict’s Benediction: The Enduring Influence of Prayer

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Source: Oinos Consulting By Frank Marangos D.Min., Ed.D.  “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” -  Alfred, Lord Tennyson To a society that unreservedly celebrates positions of power, prestige, and performance the recent announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation indicates the possibility of personal failure, infirmity and/or scandal. “Why else would a leader with global citation, cachet, and clout abdicate his position of buff?” What the secular media … [Read more...]