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Source: Orthodox Church in America CHICAGO, IL [OCA]  Funeral services for the newly departed Archpriest Sergei Garklavs, Dean Emeritus of Holy Trinity Cathedral here, who fell asleep in the Lord unexpectedly on Monday, October 19, 2015, have been announced. Visitation will begin at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 North Leavitt St., Chicago, IL at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22.  A Panikhida will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at the cathedral at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23.  The Burial Service for a Priest, at which His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago will…

Source: Orthodox Church in America OCA Holy Synod holds Spiritual Court in case of former Archbishop Seraphim of Canada WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CN [OCA]  On Monday, October 19, 2015, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America convened a Spiritual Court at Saint John the Divine Church, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to hear the case of Archbishop Seraphim, retired Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada. The Holy Synod of Bishops will render a decision in due course.

Source: Orthodox Church in America DETROIT, MI [OCA]  Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will hold their annual Fall Session at Saint Andrew’s House here Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23, 2015. Among the many items on the agenda are: the reports of Archpriests John Jillions and Eric G. Tosi, OCA Chancellor and Secretary respectively, and Melanie Ringa, OCA Tresasurer.  Ms. Ringa will present the 2016 budget as passed by the members of the Metropolitan Council at their meeting in late September 2015 [see related story], which reflects the new finance plan…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  With the blessing of HIs Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and in response to a growing number of requests from individuals who do not have internet access, the Orthodox Church in America’s web team is now producing monthly PDFs that highlight a selection of major stories featured on the OCA web site during the previous month. Titled “OCAreview: The Orthodox Church in America’s Monthly Hard-Copy Digest,” each edition will highlight eight to ten “capsulized” news stories and photos gleaned from the dozens that appear monthly on the web site.  Parishes are encouraged to print…

Source: Orthodox Church in America NEW YORK, NY [OCA]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon is one of several Orthodox Christian and other US religious leaders who has been invited to attend an interfaith gathering at “Ground Zero” here on Friday, September 25, 2015, the fourth day of Pope Francis’ six-day American tour. Accompanying Metropolitan Tikhon will be Archpriest John A. Jillions, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America. The gathering will take place at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.  Outside the museum, Pope Francis will meet with relatives of those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America HUNTINGTON, NY [OCA]  Members of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America will gather for their fall session at Immaculate Conception Seminary here September 21-24, 2015. “As customary, the session will open with a one-day retreat,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “Dr. Mary Ford, Associate Professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, will speak on the ‘Proper Interpretation of the Book of Revelation,’ while Archpriest Dr. John Behr, Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, will deliver a presentation titled ‘Becoming Human.’” Regular sessions will begin on Tuesday morning.  His…

Source: Orthodox Church in America 18th All-American Council Minutes, PowerPoint presentations, posted SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Approved minutes of the 18th All-American Council are now available on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America.  Also available are the AAC PowerPoint presentations. The Council was held in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.  Its theme was “How to Expand the Mission.” In related news, the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America is sending an on-line survey to all AAC delegates and participants requesting their feedback on the Council.

Source: Orthodox Church in America First American Orthodox chaplain attends World Scout Jamboree Chaplains representing many different faith traditions—including Orthodox Christianity—ministered to an estimated 40,000 scouts from 160 countries at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi, Japan in mid-August 2015. For the first time, the American contingent of over 1,900 scouts included an Orthodox Christian chaplain—Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America and member of the Boy Scout’s Religious Relations Task Force.  A priest of the Moscow Patriarchate also ministered to Orthodox scouts from Russia. Also present was His Eminence, Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea of…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Deadline for Planting Grant applications in the OCA is August 31, 2015 SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The deadline to apply for 2016 Church Planting Grants, available from the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization, is August 31, 2015. Detailed information on the grants may be found here.  Applications may be downloaded here. Fledgling mission communities may apply for first-year grants of up to $24,000.00 for the exclusive purpose of providing a salary for a full-time resident priest.  Qualifying missions, deaneries or dioceses must match this amount.  Grants may be renewed for a maximum of three…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Beginners’ on-line Choral Conducting Course SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Department of Liturgical Music of the Orthodox Church in America will once again offer an on-line course, “Choral Conducting for Beginners,” beginning September 14, 2015. “The class sessions are devoted to demonstrating basic conducting techniques, starting with elementary conducting patterns and concluding with an emphasis on conducting liturgical chant,” said Prof. David Drillock, Department Chair, who will teach the course.  “The course, which will be limited to 12 participants, will consist of 12 sessions over a 13-week period. “The first half of the course will concentrate…

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