Metropolitan Council briefed on Strategic Plan progress

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source:  Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] As reported on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America, an update on progress in implementing the Strategic Plan adopted by delegates to the 16th All-American Council was presented at the fall session of the Metropolitan Council here during the last week of September 2012. In his presentation to the Metropolitan Council, Priest John Vitko likened the strategic planning goals to “seeds that are beginning to germinate.” Of the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council meets, passes budget, lowers 2013 assessments

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source:  Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Members of the Metropolitan Council and the Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held their fall session at the Chancery here Tuesday through Thursday, September 25-27, 2012. The meeting was chaired by His Grace, Bishop Michael as the Administrator of the OCA. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the following were among the highlights of the meeting. On Monday, September 24, the Finance … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council begins fall session

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The fall session of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel at the OCA Chancery here on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, Administrator of the OCA, will chair the meeting. Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops will also be in attendance. On Monday, September 24, Finance Committee … [Read more...]

Diocese of Alaska nominates Archpriest David Mahaffey to vacant See of Sitka and Alaska

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA Diocese of Alaska] Delegates to the Assembly of the Diocese of Alaska, which met here on September 15, 2012, voted to present the name of Archpriest David Mahaffey in nomination to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Sitka and Alaska of the Orthodox Church in America. Father David’s name will be presented by His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Alaska, at a future meeting of the Holy Synod of Bishops for … [Read more...]

Prayers issued for 17th All-American Council, Election of Metropolitan

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Prayers for the 17th All-American Council and the Election of the New Metropolitan of All American and Canada were issued by the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here during the second week of September 2012. These petitions have also been approved by the Holy Synod of Bishops and are to be included in the Litany of Fervent Supplication at all Divine Services, beginning immediately. PRAYERS FOR THE 17TH ALL-AMERICAN … [Read more...]

Registration, Hotel Information for 17th All-American Council Now Available on OCA Web Site

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Registration forms and related materials for the 17th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to convene at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, are now available in this PDF document, which includes a wealth of information on various aspects of the Council.  [See related story at http://oca.org/news/headline-news/17th-all-american-council-to-be-held-o... ]. “Per the Statute of the … [Read more...]

Bishop of Orthodox Church Placed on Leave Pending Investigation

Bishop Matthias

Source: Chicago Tribune The local bishop of the Orthodox Church in America has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of "inappropriate" behavior with a woman. The action comes more than a month after the church's national leader, from Chicago, was forced to resign. In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Matthias, 63, denied the accusations, which he said came to light in a formal complaint submitted to the church last week. "The allegations are that I made unwelcome … [Read more...]

Holy Synod Meets in Extraordinary Session in Detroit

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America DETROIT, MI [OCA] The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, under the chairmanship of His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens of the Primatial See of the Orthodox Church in America, held an extraordinary one-day session at Saint Andrew House here on Monday, August 13, 2012. During the meeting, the hierarchsheard reports from Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor, and Archpriest Eric G. … [Read more...]

Glory Be to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever! Looking at the Orthodox Church in America

George Matsoukas, Executive Director of OCL

Source: The National Herald For the last two decades the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and other Orthodox Christian groupings have been tested by internal and external forces. The OCA has been humbled by its testing. It remains to be seen if it will be able to rise up with wisdom. The OCA’s internal problems have been presented impartially by Dr. Andrew Walsh in the Spring 2012 issue of Religion in the News. Vol. 14, No. 1. Dr. Walsh asks an important question: “Does or should anyone … [Read more...]

OCL Board Encourages Prayers for the Holy Synod, Clergy and Faithful of the OCA in Difficult Times

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL)

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity OCL  is an educational and an advocacy ministry, which has, for a quarter of a century advocated for Orthodox Unity and transparency and accountability in Church Governance.  OCL welcomes the statement issued by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America regarding the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah, which appears to strike a balance between the sensitivity of the matters contained in the statement and the legitimate needs of the faithful to … [Read more...]