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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Thursday, February 6, 2015, the Court of Appeals of the Province of Manitoba affirmed the conviction of Archbishop Seraphim on one count of sexual assault. Archbishop Seraphim has begun his eight-month prison sentence imposed by the trial court in this case. The process leading to a spiritual court will commence as mandated by the Canons of the Orthodox Church and by the Policies on Sexual Misconduct of the Orthodox Church in America, the latter of which require that clergy who have been convicted of child sexual abuse be deposed by the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Despite wintery weather, Chancellors and Treasurers of the dioceses of the Orthodox Church in America gathered at the Chancery here for their fourth annual meeting on February 3, 2015. The meeting opened with the celebration of a Service of Thanksgiving in Saint Sergius Chapel, after which His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon welcomed those in attendance. Archpriests John Jillions and John Erickson and Mr. Alexis Liberovsky, Archivist, presented an overview of the Statute revision process, reporting that a final draft, to be shared with the faithful on the 18th All-American Council web site, was…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET NY [OCA] – The Resolutions Committee for the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America is now accepting proposed resolutions for consideration.  Parishes and other Church bodies—deaneries, dioceses, stavropegial institutions—are asked to submit proposed resolutions and amendments for consideration well before the AAC convenes in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. Proposed resolutions should be sent via e-mail to resolutions.18aac@oca.org or in hard copy to the Resolutions Committee, 18th All-American Council, c/o the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791.  The deadline for submitting proposed resolutions is April…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SAN FRANCISCO, CA [OCA]  On Saturday, January 24, 2015, clergy and faithful from parishes across the Diocese of the West and beyond gathered at historic Holy Trinity Cathedral here for the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which Bishop-Elect Daniel [Brum] was consecrated to the Episcopacy as Bishop of Santa Rosa, Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West. Bishop-Elect Daniel was canonically elected by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops on October 21, 2014. On the eve of the Consecration, the hierarchs celebrated the Rite of Nomination of…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Sanctity of Life Sunday 2015 Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America: Dearly beloved, Today has been designated by the Orthodox Church in America as “Sanctity of Life Sunday,” a day on which we re-affirm our faithfulness to the eternal value of human life and re-commit ourselves to the defense of the lives of the unborn, the infirm, the terminally ill and the condemned. Our proclamation of life is offered in the context of a world in dismay at the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America CHICAGO, IL [OCA]  Clergy and faithful from parishes across the Midwest gathered at historic Holy Trinity Cathedral here on the morning of Saturday, December 27, 2014 for the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which Bishop-Elect Paul [Gassios] was consecrated to the Episcopacy as Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest. Bishop-elect Paul, who had served as Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest, was nominated by delegates at a special Diocesan Assembly held in Broadview, OH on October 7, 2014.  On October 21, his name was presented to the members of the Holy Synod…

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…

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