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Source: Orthodox Church in America HALKI, TURKEY [OCA/SVOTS Communications]  At invitation of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, a delegation representing Saint Vladimir’s Seminary visited the historic Holy Theological School of Halki here December 16-19, 2014. In his capacity as President of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon headed the delegation, which included Archpriest Dr. John Behr, Dean; Archpriest Dr. John Jillions, Seminary Trustee, member of the Doctor of Ministry faculty, and OCA Chancellor; and Archpriest Dr. Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law, Byzantine Studies and Practical Theology. Established in 1844, the Theological School of Halki educated generations…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROOKLYN, NY [OCA] – The Primate of one of the oldest churches on earth will come to America to enthrone His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, as the head of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of North America at Saint Nicholas Cathedral here on Saturday, December 6, 2014. His Beatitude, Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, will come from Damascus, Syria to preside at the Service of Thanksgiving and Enthronement rites. His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate; His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West; His Grace, Bishop…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Syosset, NY [OCA]  The independent audit of the Orthodox Church in America’s financial records for the year ending December 31, 2013 has been completed, according to Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer. The report of the auditors, CapinCrouse LLP, is now available in PDF format on the OCA web site.  [The prior auditors, Lambrides, Lamos, Taylor LLP, merged with CapinCrouse LLP in early 2013.] “Once again, the OCA has been issued an unqualified or ‘clean’ audit opinion”, said Ms. Ringa. The unqualified opinion is the best type of report an auditee can receive from the external auditor.”…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America was held at the Chancery here October 21-23, 2014. On its opening day, the Holy Synod elected His Grace, Bishop Irénée to the vacant Episcopal See of Ottawa and Canada and Igumen Paul [Gassios] to the vacant See of Chicago and the Midwest.  Igumen Daniel [Brum] was elected Bishop of Santa Rosa and Auxiliary for the Diocese of the West.  [See related story.] Bishop Irénée will be enthroned in Ottawa on November 28-29, 2014, while Bishop-elect Paul’s…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Tuesday, October 21, 2014—theopening day of the fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America—His Grace, Bishop Irénée of Québec City and Igumen Paul [Gassios] were canonically elected to the vacant Episcopal Sees of Canada and Chicago and the Midwest. In addition, the Holy Synod elected Igumen Daniel [Brum] to serve as Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West as Bishop of Santa Rosa, CA. Bishop Irénée, who had been serving as Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada, was nominated…

Source: Orthodox Church in America ATLANTA, GA [OCA] – Members of the Chancery staff met with the 18th All-American Council Local Planning Committee here October 6-7, 2014 to finalize logistics and the AAC’s agenda. The four-day gathering, the theme of which will be “How to Expand the Mission,” will open July 20, 2015. Participating in the meeting were Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary and Council Administrator; Melanie Ringa, Treasurer; Archpriest Myron Manzuk, Council Manager; Peter Ilchuk, Logistics Manager; Michaela Staskiewicz and Barbara Massoudi, AAC Lay Vice-Chairpersons; members of the hotel staff; and chairs of the local…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [OCA] – One hundred and three clergy and lay delegates representing parishes throughout the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the Midwest gathered at Archangel Michael Church here on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, for a special Assembly at which Archpriest Paul Gassios was nominated to fill the vacant See of Chicago and the Midwest. Father Paul’s name will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election. His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Toledo, Locum Tenens, opened the Assembly immediately after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. For several months, Father…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY – Members of the Preconciliar Commission [PCC], charged with overseeing the organization of the 18th All-American Council [AAC], met here under the chairmanship of His Grace, Bishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania September 30 – October 1, 2014. The AAC will be held in Atlanta July 20-24, 2015.  The Council theme will be “How To Expand The Mission.” According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, PCC members “reviewed the proposed agenda, which includes the plenary sessions, workshops, liturgical services, and social events that will take place during the Council.  The agenda…

Source: Orthodox Church in America GATINEAU, QC, CANADA – Clergy and lay delegates representing parishes from across the Orthodox Church in America’s Archdiocese of Canada nominated His Grace, Bishop Irénée to fill the vacant See of Ottawa and Canada at an extraordinary Archdiocesan Assembly here on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Bishop Irénée‘s name will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, chaired the Assembly, which opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The electoral plenary session followed. Earlier, members of the Archdiocesan Council had been appointed by Metropolitan Tikhon to act…

Source: Orthodox Church in America [Syosset, NY]  A Preliminary Response of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to proposals with regard to canonical restructuring, a topic of discussion at the fifth meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America in Dallas, TX September 15-19, 2014, was issued and distributed to all bishops on September 17. The text of the Preliminary Response reads as follows. PRELIMINARY RESPONSE OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA TO THE PROPOSALS FOR CANONICAL RESTRUCTURING September 17, 2014 “The light of…

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