Prof. Veselin Kesich

Dr. Veselin Kesich

Source: Orthodox Church in America PORTLAND, MAINE [OCA/SVOTS] On Tuesday morning, June 26, 2012, Dr. Veselin Kesich, 91, Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY, fell asleep in the Lord surrounded by his children Carol and Gregory at his residence here. After suffering from a heart ailment for many years, he passed away while under hospice care. Professor Kesich was beloved by generations of alumni of SVOTS, not only for his academic expertise … [Read more...]

Hundreds Attend 108th Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery

Walkers set out on 11-mile route from Saint John Church, Mayfield, PA to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery.

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA] STOTSWalkers set out on 11-mile route from Saint John Church, Mayfield, PA to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery. For the 108th consecutive year, hundreds of faithful flocked to the annual pilgrimage at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery here over Memorial Day weekend. The pilgrimage officially opened on Friday afternoon, May 25, 2012, with the arrival of the Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii at the monastery entrance … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod Concludes Spring Session

OCA Holy Synod meeting at Dormition Monastery

Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION, MI [OCA] Holy Dormition of the Mother of God here provided the setting for the Spring Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America May 7-10, 2012. In addition to reviewing a variety of matters affecting the life of the Church, the hierarchs participated in the daily cycle of services at the monastery, including the Divine Liturgy, which provided an essential spiritual dimension to their undertakings. They … [Read more...]

Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] to be Consecrated to the Episcopacy in Toledo May 4-6, 2012

Archimandrite Alexander

Source: Orthodox Church in America ROSSFORD, OH [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will consecrate Archimandrite Alexander [Golitzin] to the episcopacy at Saint George Cathedral here Saturday, May 5, 2012. On October 4, 2011, the members of the Holy Synod canonically elected Archimandrite Alexander to the vacant See of Toledo and the OCA’s Bulgarian Diocese. The election followed a year-long search on … [Read more...]

Unalaska Cathedral Vandalized

Unalaska Cathedral

Source: Orthodox Church in America UNALASKA, AK [OCA] Graffiti sprayed on the historic Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral here in late April 2012 has “sparked outrage,” reported the Alaska Dispatch. While the words “Dutch” and “Duncha,” written in a childish scrawl in gray spray paint, were quickly removed, the painful emotions among parishioners and other local residents lingers. “I was very upset and hurt,” Vince Tutiakoff, parish committee president, told Dispatch … [Read more...]

Rite of Consecration of Holy Chrism begins at St. Tikhon’s Monastery

Priests preparing ingredients for Holy Chrism.

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA] His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah celebrated the preparatory rites for the Consecration of Holy Chrism on the morning of Great and Holy Monday, April 9, 2012, at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery here. The Rite will conclude with the actual consecration of the sacred oil during the Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great on Great and Holy Thursday, April 12. The blessing of the ingredients took place before the celebration of … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council Minutes, Reports 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 spring 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. Also posted are the report of the Strategic Planning Committee and working group powerpoints in PDF format. Minutes Committee Reports Officers’ Reports Additional Reports Working Groups PowerPoints … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary Implements Fully Paid Tuition Plan

St Vladimir's Seminary Community

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary | Deborah (Malacky) Belonick [SVOTS Communications, Yonkers, NY] “It is now possible for students to come to our seminary with their tuition fully funded,” announced Archpriest John Behr, dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, as he unfolded a new plan designed to help theological graduate students cover the cost of their education. “Effective for this coming academic year,” explained Fr. John, “we’re instituting a newly devised … [Read more...]

Holy Synod of Bishops Issues Statement Regarding Archbishop Seraphim

Abp. Seraphim (Storheim)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Saturday, January 21, 2012, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America released the following statement concerning His Eminence, Archbishop Seraphim [Storheim]. “The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has been made aware that His Eminence, Archbishop Seraphim, the suspended Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada, appeared in a Winnipeg criminal court on January 18, 2012. Archbishop Seraphim is a … [Read more...]

The Diocese of Mexico: Forty Years of Ministry and Mission

Metropolitan Jonah celebrating the Great Blessing of Water

Source: Orthodox Church in America MEXICO CITY, MEXICO [OCA] Faithful arrived early at the Cathedral of the Ascension here on Sunday, January 8, 2012, as His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah presided at the Divine Liturgy and celebrated the Great Blessing of Water marking the diocese’s 40th anniversary. Concelebrating with Metropolitan Jonah were Bishop Alejo of Mexico; diocesan clergy from as far as Monterrey and Guadalajara; priests from the US who offer assistance to the diocese, … [Read more...]