Archimandrtie Ephraim Has Been Acquitted

Abbot Ephraim photo credit: The Friends of Vatopaidi

Source: Pravoslavie Moscow, June 14, 2012 The Greek Areopag (Supreme Court) has cancelled the decision of the appellate court of Thrace, which on March 1, 2012 sentenced Archimandrite Ephraim and monk Arseny of Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos and presiding judge of the court of first instance Maria Psalti to six months imprisonment, the sentence being commuted for three years. Each of these named persons has been acquitted of the accusation of delaying the public announcement of the … [Read more...]

Tornado Damage at Antiochian Village (Updated)

Antiochian Village

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese The staff at Antiochian Village writes: You may have heard that a tornado hit the Antiochian Village Camp and St Thekla Monastery on Friday, June 1st at approximately 5:20 PM. Thanks to our gracious and loving God, the members of our staff were in St Ignatius Church at the time praying the Paraklesis to the Mother of God when the tornado struck. No one was hurt. However there is extensive damage at the camp. We have hundreds of trees down and … [Read more...]

Annual Ancient Christianity Conference Inspires and Encourages

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America | Carla Thomas The Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black recently held their Annual Ancient Christianity Conference at Antiochian Village, from May 25-May 27. His Grace Bishop Thomas was a featured guest; audio of the Opening Addresses and Sessions is available on Ancient Faith Radio. The Brotherhood posted the following letter of thanks from Vice-President Carla Thomas: Greetings in Christ, Dear Metropolitan Jonah and Bishop … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios of America Tours St. Nicholas Future Site at World Trade Center

Archbishop Demetrios is looking at the future site of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – “The new World Trade Center will not be whole and complete until the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is rebuilt.” With these words, Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority welcomed Archbishop Demetrios and other representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the St. Nicholas parish. The meeting was held, June 6, at the offices of the Director for the WTC construction, Steven Plate, and included a … [Read more...]

Take It or Leave It?

(Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D.

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 … [Read more...]

Applications Still Being Accepted for Two New OCA Positions

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

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 … [Read more...]

OCF Launches First “Forty Days Program” to Connect with Incoming College Freshmen

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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 … [Read more...]

The Mystery of God’s Way in Romanian Politics

The National Cathedral of Redemption

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 … [Read more...]

Parishes Band Together to Serve in FOCUS Mission Trip to Appalachia

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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, … [Read more...]

“Chancellor’s Diary” Makes Debut on OCA Web Site

OCA Chancellor, Archpriest John Jillions

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 … [Read more...]