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Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos NEW YORK – The annual Founders Dinner of Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism filled the second story dining room of the famed Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan on November 19 with enthusiastic members and friends of the philanthropic organization that was established as a response to a challenge issued by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios in 2004. The guests were welcomed by Peggy Sotirhos Nicholson, Faith’s Executive Director, and Archbishop Demetrios offered the opening prayer. Sotirhos introduced Michael Jaharis, businessman, philanthropist, and Vice Chair, who hosted the event with his wife,…

Source: Threefold Online by Sydney Van Wyk, Photography submitted by Laura Roller Many students had their first experience with Orthodox Christianity and Islamic art during a trip last weekend to Kansas City. Students in Honors Integrated Theology visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to tour the “Medieval and Islamic Art” exhibit on Saturday, Nov.9, before experiencing a Vespers service at a Russian Orthodox church. The next morning they attended a Sunday church service at a Greek Orthodox church. “I had never had any experience with Orthodox Christianity,” said Hannah Nestor, one of the students who went on the trip. She…

Source: Global Post [Agence France-Presse] With a queue stretching at least a kilometre, a hi-tech exhibition giving a rosy view of the house of Romanov and jointly organised by the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kremlin has drawn tens of thousands of visitors in central Moscow. In another sign of the power of the Russian Orthodox Church in post-Soviet Russia, it is a holy icon which has drawn the crowds as much as nostalgia for Russia’s ousted by the monarchy. But historians say the authorities — who are fond of mixing both Soviet and Tsarist symbols to project Russian power…

Source: The National Herald To The Editor, I wish to thank and commend The National Herald for calling the attention of its readers to the work of the internationally-known iconographer, Sirio Tonelli, through its recent article describing the work the Tonelli Studio is executing for the newly dedicated church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Southampton, NY (Nov. 9). Your description of Tonelli as “an artistic renaissance man imbued body and soul in Byzantine iconography” is not only accurate but is also one regularly appreciated by Greek Orthodox Christians attending the many churches you mention that are adorned by…

Source: The New York Times By DAVID W. DUNLAP The World Trade Center’s best-kept secret has finally come to light. It is an elevated park, slightly larger than an acre and 25 feet above Liberty Street, that will command a panoramic view of the National September 11 Memorial when it opens to the public, probably in 2015. Liberty Park, as it is called, is meant to offer a pleasant and accessible east-west crossing between the financial district and Battery Park City; to create a landscaped forecourt for the new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church; to provide a gathering space for…

Source: The Quinnipiac Chronicle by Julia Perkins The university’s new Catholic Chaplain, Father Jordan Lenaghan, is working to support the Eastern Orthodox community at Quinnipiac. As part of this mission, Father Peter Orfanakos, a Greek Orthodox pastor from Orange, Conn., held a Vespers service on Thursday, Nov. 14. A Vespers is a prayer service done in the Eastern Orthodox Church at sunset to honor a different saint each day. Eastern Orthodox students and members of the Catholic Student Association attended the Vespers service. “We just want to help out our fellow brothers and sisters of faith,” said senior Marina Dugan, public…

Source: Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is gearing up to host their annual College Conferences! We would like to ask for your help in promoting College Conference West 2013, held this year at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, California, December 27-30th. Hey college students! Want to unite with other Orthodox students for a fun and spiritually-refreshing weekend? Come to OCF’s 2013 West Coast College Conference! This year’s keynote is the hilarious and wise Archbishop Benjamin of the OCA. When: December 27-30, 2013. Where: St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. Register today at ocf.net/collegeconference <http://www.ocf.net/wikis/programs/college-conference.aspx>! Grant Scholarships are available…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and South America Mississauga, ON – The North American Orthodox Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement on the plight of Christians in the Middle East at their meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, Oct. 24-26, calling for the release of a Greek Orthodox Metropolitan and a Syriac Orthodox Archbishop, both from Aleppo, Syria, and repudiating the kidnapping, torture and killing of not only Christians but all civilians. The full statement is available here. The group meets every five years in Canada. Hosted by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, this year’s meeting was at…

Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos – TNH Staff NEW YORK – It was an evening rich in expressions of both pride and humility. On November 18, in a simple but moving ceremony in Fordham University’s venerable Keating Hall, Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou was installed as the inaugural holder of the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture, the first university-endowed chair dedicated to Orthodox Christianity in North America. The presence or Archbishop Demetrios of American, who offered closing remarks and the benediction, and the President of Fordham University, Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. , reinforced by an…

Source: National Gallery of Art Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections Premieres at National Gallery of Art, Washington from October 6, 2013, through March 2, 2014; Travels to the J. Paul Getty Museum, April 9 through August 25, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC―In the first exhibition devoted to Byzantine art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, some 170 rare and important works, drawn exclusively from Greek collections, will offer a fascinating glimpse of the soul and splendor of the mysterious Byzantine Empire. On view in the West Building from October 6, 2013, through March 2, 2014, Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from…

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