Gramota Presented to OCL by Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL)

Click on the image to the left to view the Gramota given by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to Orthodox Christian Laity in recognition of OCL's 25th Anniversary. The text of the Gramota reads:  By the Grace of God, We wish to express our Archpastoral Love and Gratitude by invoking God's blessings upon the founders, officers and members of Orthodox Christian Laity Organization in recognition of twenty five years of dedicated service to Christ's Church in North … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon addresses the Church in video address; photo available for downloading

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] A video address to the Church, featuring His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, is now available for viewing on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America. The address was recorded on Monday, November 26, 2012 at the OCA Chancery in Syosset, NY. “I have chosen to first address you in this direct way because it is important for Christians to communicate with one another with honesty and with clarity,” Metropolitan Tikhon said in … [Read more...]

Archbishop Tikhon elected Metropolitan of All America and Canada

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America PARMA, OH [OCA] Archbishop Tikhon, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America during the 17th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America at Holy Trinity Church here Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Six hundred and sixty three hierarchs, clergy and lay delegates and observers representing OCA parishes across the US, Canada and Alaska participated in the Council. Five hundred and … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council minutes, reports now posted on OCA web site

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The complete minutes and reports of the fall 2012 session of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America are now available and posted in PDF format on the OCA web site. Minutes Committee Reports Officers’ Reports Additional Reports … [Read more...]

Thank you: Special appeal to raise funds for Alaskan, Mexican AAC delegates a success!

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] At least 13 clergy delegates from the Diocese of Alaska and four from the Diocese of Mexico will be joining the 600-plus individuals already registered for the 17th All-American Council at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Recently, an appeal to raise funds to assist clergy from these dioceses with travel expenses was posted on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America at the recommendation of … [Read more...]

Preconciliar Commission responds to current questions regarding the 17th All-American Council

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Thursday, October 25, 2012, the Preconciliar Commission issued answers to 21 questions that have recently been asked with regard to the 17th All-American Council. The Council will convene on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH. While not exhaustive, the responses will assist in preparing for the Council. Additional questions not addressed may be submitted to the Preconciliar Commission at … [Read more...]

“OCA. We are a city on a hill” – Svetlana Vais interviews Mark Stokoe

Mark Stokoe

  Source: Portal-Credo.Ru 1. With your permission, Mark, tell me, based solely on your personal experience, to what extent can the internal life of the church can be presented for public discussion? I do not mean the parish meetings and Council -- the issue is specific to the press. Especially the Internet - with its almost instantaneous reaction. Do you personally have any criteria? St. Mark the Evangelist - not Mark Stokoe - said: "There is nothing hidden that will not be … [Read more...]

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...]