Paul Bunyan Meets the Intractable East and the Mission is Ongoing: A Tribute to Fr. Peter Guillquist

Fr. Peter Guillquist Source: Orthodox Christian Laity | George Matsoukas The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Board was blessed to have Father Peter Gillquist as an advisor for more than 12 years.  From day one, when I met him, he was bigger than life.  Physically he was tall, robust and exuberant in nature.  He reminded me of Paul Bunyan.  He energized our board when he attended meetings and was our featured speaker at open forums and programs.  He truly transcended all the Orthodox Christian … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: Archpriest Peter Gillquist

Fr. Peter Guillquist

Source: Musings from the Fourth Rome Fr. Peter E. Gillquist, a retired clergyman of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, fell asleep in the Lord last night [July 1, 2012] at the age of seventy-three. Born into a Lutheran family, the future priest went on after university to become a full-time staff member of the Evangelical Protestant Campus Crusade for Christ, eventually becoming one of the organization's regional directors. He also worked as a senior editor for Thomas … [Read more...]

Keynote Address of Archbishop Demetrios Officially Opens 41st Clergy-Laity Congress

Abp. Demetrios

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America PHOENIX – The 41st Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America officially began its work this morning at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Hotel. It was highlighted by the Keynote Address of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America presented to an audience of more than 1,200 participants. It is customary for the official opening to be attended by delegates, clergy and laity, of both the Clergy-Laity Congress and … [Read more...]

Prof. Veselin Kesich

Dr. Veselin Kesich

Source: Orthodox Church in America PORTLAND, MAINE [OCA/SVOTS] On Tuesday morning, June 26, 2012, Dr. Veselin Kesich, 91, Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY, fell asleep in the Lord surrounded by his children Carol and Gregory at his residence here. After suffering from a heart ailment for many years, he passed away while under hospice care. Professor Kesich was beloved by generations of alumni of SVOTS, not only for his academic expertise … [Read more...]

President Putin Venerates Shrines in Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Putin in Jerusalem

Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church During the night of June 26, 2012, while on a working visit to Israel, President Vladimir Putin visited the Church of the Lord’s Sepulchre. At the church entrance, the head of the Russian State was welcomed by His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, together with members of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre. Among the welcoming party were also Archbishop Mark of … [Read more...]

The Phonics of Philanthropy

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

Source: OINOS Educational Services | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke   Once upon a time a large boulder obstructed the middle of an ancient roadway. To get around it travelers were obliged to veer off to either side of the road. As they passed, they would shake their heads and mutter, "What an inconvenience, someone should get that big thing out of the way."

After many years, a visitor finally came … [Read more...]

Russian-Chinese Group Holds Consultations on Contacts and Cooperation in Religious Sphere

Met. Hilarion in China

Source: Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations On June 19, 2012, the second consultations were held by the Russian-Chinese group for contacts and cooperation in religious sphere at the PRC State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) in Beijing. The group was established in accordance with the memorandum of understanding on the development of Russian-Chinese contacts and cooperation in religious sphere concluded between the Russian Federation’s Presidential … [Read more...]

First-Ever Orthodox Divine Service is Celebrated in Cuba’s Westernmost Province

First Cuba Liturgy in Westernmost Province

Source: Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations On 16 June 2012, the first-ever Orthodox liturgy was celebrated in Pinar del Rio, the Cuba’s westernmost province. Rev. Dimitry Orekhov, rector of the Church of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God in Havana, officiated, website of the parish reports. Compatriots living in Pinar del Rio, parishioners, and staff of the Russian Embassy attended the Liturgy. The choir of the parish in Havana sang. The church building was … [Read more...]

The Stimulus of Spiritual Currency

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

Source: Oinos Consulting: "Frankly Speaking" - Weekly Commentary on Church, Culture and Commerce | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D. Between stimulus and response there is a space. The space to choose the power of our response. In our attitude lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor E. Frankl While visiting his grandfather’s farm a young boy was charmed by the lively activity of the chickens. “For such a small number,” he thought, “they sure make a great deal of noise and commotion.” The … [Read more...]

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...]