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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  –  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded its Fall Session at the Chancery here on Friday, October 21, 2016.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, presided at the sessions. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, delivered his opening address on Tuesday morning, October 18.  He reported that he continues his work on the “four pillars” of Church life.  He requested the members of the Standing Synod to assist him in articulating a long-term vision for the Orthodox Church in America, to include a comprehensive systematic study of clergy retirement, the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, during the course of their Fall Session here October 18-21, 2016, gave their blessing to convene the 19th All-American Council at the Saint Louis Union Station Hotel, Saint Louis, MO, July 23-27, 2018. Nineteen US and Canadian cities had been considered in the extensive site search. “The venues were whittled down to three finalists, and the final selection was presented to the Metropolitan Council in September for their recommendation,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “The Metropolitan Council…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Minutes and reports of the Spring Metropolitan Council meeting, held September 19-22, 2016, are now available.  See related story. The Metropolitan Council is the permanent executive body of the Church Administration which exists for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the All-American Council and continuing its work between sessions.  Members include the Metropolitan, who serves as Chair; the Chancellor, the Secretary, and the Treasurer; one priest and one layperson elected by each diocese; and three priests and an equal number of laypersons elected by the All-American Council. Minutes Committees/Departments Reports Officers’ Reports…

Source: Orthodox Church in America HUNTINGTON, NY [OCA] –  The Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America concluded its fall session at Immaculate Conception Seminary here on Thursday, September 22, 2016. The meeting was chaired by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon.  In attendance were His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of the Standing Synod and the OCA’s Officers—Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary; and Melanie Ringa, Treasurer. According to Father Eric G. Tosi, the session opened on Tuesday, September 19 with a one-day retreat on Christian Leadership led by Protodeacon Peter Danilchick and Charles…

Source: Orthodox Church in America HUNTINGTON, NY [OCA]  With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, a meeting between the Orthodox Church in America [OCA] and the Anglican Church in North America [ACNA] was held at Immaculate Conception Seminary here on Wednesday and Thursday, August 17-18, 2016. Shortly after its establishment in 2009 by traditionalist former members of the Episcopal Church in the USA and the Anglican Church of Canada,  the ACNA entered into informal conversations with the OCA. His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania delivered the main dialogue paper, titled “The Universe of Christian Discourse,” which…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Monday, June 13, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon issued anArchpastoral Letter to the hierarchs, clergy, monastics and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America and a Public Statement in the wake of the tragic shootings that occurred in Orlando, FL on Sunday, June 12. The complete texts of the Archpastoral Letter and Statement are available in PDF format and appear below. Archpastoral Letter of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon on the Orlando Shootings June 13, 2016 To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, The…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has issued a Statement on the Holy and Great Council, slated to be convened on the Island of Crete from June 16 through 27, 2016.  Concurrently, petitions have been made available and are to be included in the Litany of Fervent Supplication at all Divine Services, beginning immediately. The Statement and Petitions that appear below also are available in PDF format. The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America Statement on the Holy and Great Council to be convened on…

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, has announced that the Board of Trustees of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here voted to implement a new model for governance at the seminary.  The new model, adopted by the Board at its semi-annual meeting on May 19–20, 2016, will be effective as of May 27, 2016, and will include a newly defined Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position at the top of its organizational structure. Components of the new model will be implemented over the next several months. “As the President of the Board of Trustees at…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [DCE]  While the late Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko was working on the revised edition of his four-volume series, The Orthodox Faith, he decided that adding discussion questions to the texts would enhance the books’ usefulness.  Subsequently, he asked the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Education [DCE] to develop study resources/questions for each volume. “Father Thomas especially wanted the History volume to include questions because it is the longest one and is the most thoroughly revised and expanded, through his efforts and those of Dr. David C. Ford of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary,” said…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Communications]  With great joy, the Board of Trustees of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminaryhere announced during the second week of May that the speaker for the school’s 74th annual Commencement will be His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church of America. Commencement exercises will be held at the outdoor chapel on the grounds of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.  See related story. During the festivities, Archbishop Demetrios will be awarded a Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, in recognition of his yeoman service to…

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