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Source: Orthodox Church in America ATLANTA, GA [OCA] – Members of the Chancery staff met with the 18th All-American Council Local Planning Committee here October 6-7, 2014 to finalize logistics and the AAC’s agenda. The four-day gathering, the theme of which will be “How to Expand the Mission,” will open July 20, 2015. Participating in the meeting were Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary and Council Administrator; Melanie Ringa, Treasurer; Archpriest Myron Manzuk, Council Manager; Peter Ilchuk, Logistics Manager; Michaela Staskiewicz and Barbara Massoudi, AAC Lay Vice-Chairpersons; members of the hotel staff; and chairs of the local…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH [OCA] – One hundred and three clergy and lay delegates representing parishes throughout the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the Midwest gathered at Archangel Michael Church here on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, for a special Assembly at which Archpriest Paul Gassios was nominated to fill the vacant See of Chicago and the Midwest. Father Paul’s name will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election. His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Toledo, Locum Tenens, opened the Assembly immediately after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. For several months, Father…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY – Members of the Preconciliar Commission [PCC], charged with overseeing the organization of the 18th All-American Council [AAC], met here under the chairmanship of His Grace, Bishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania September 30 – October 1, 2014. The AAC will be held in Atlanta July 20-24, 2015.  The Council theme will be “How To Expand The Mission.” According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, PCC members “reviewed the proposed agenda, which includes the plenary sessions, workshops, liturgical services, and social events that will take place during the Council.  The agenda…

Source: Orthodox Church in America GATINEAU, QC, CANADA – Clergy and lay delegates representing parishes from across the Orthodox Church in America’s Archdiocese of Canada nominated His Grace, Bishop Irénée to fill the vacant See of Ottawa and Canada at an extraordinary Archdiocesan Assembly here on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Bishop Irénée‘s name will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, chaired the Assembly, which opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The electoral plenary session followed. Earlier, members of the Archdiocesan Council had been appointed by Metropolitan Tikhon to act…

Source: Orthodox Church in America [Syosset, NY]  A Preliminary Response of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to proposals with regard to canonical restructuring, a topic of discussion at the fifth meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America in Dallas, TX September 15-19, 2014, was issued and distributed to all bishops on September 17. The text of the Preliminary Response reads as follows. PRELIMINARY RESPONSE OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA TO THE PROPOSALS FOR CANONICAL RESTRUCTURING September 17, 2014 “The light of…

Source: Orthodox Church in America DURRES, ALBANIA [OCA] – At the invitation of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative, Archpriest Eric G Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, offered a presentation at the organization’s gathering at the Saint Vlash Monastery here on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The gathering, which concludes on September 19, is being hosted by His Beatitude, Archbishop Anastasios, Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church.  Representatives of Orthodox and Evangelical churches from around the world are in attendance. Father Eric, a Doctor of Ministry candidate at the University of Toronto, Trinity College and the Toronto School of Theology,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America DETROIT, MI [OCA] – Saint Andrew’s House, Detroit, MI, was the site of the first annual Catechist and Diaconal Vocations Conference of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the Midwest August 8-9, 2014.The conference attracted 43 students and faculty, including His Grace, Bishop Alexander and Priest Elijah Mueller, Diocesan Vocations Director, who facilitated the program.  Also participating was Archpriest Paul Gassios, Diocesan Administrator.  The program was especially designed for those who had completed theLate/Diaconal Vocations course before the present program was initiated needing to move forward with petitioning for ordination, those interested in beginning the program…

Source: Orthodox Church in America KYIV, UKRAINE [OCA] With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, the Orthodox Church in America was represented at the Enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Onufry of Kyiv and All Ukraine by His Grace, Bishop Michael and His Grace, Bishop Irénée on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Metropolitan Onufry was elected to the See of Kyiv and All Ukraine at a special session of the Bishops’ Council convened at the Lavra of the Kyiv Caves on August 13. He succeeds His Beatitude, Metropolitan Volodymyr, who fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 78 on July…

Source: St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS Media] – Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 19, 2014 St. Tikhon’s Seminary hosted their 2nd Annual Clergy Continuing Education Symposium. Over 60 participants traveled, from several OCA dioceses,  to attend the lectures. Among the participants were clergy and monastics, men, women, seminarians and lay persons. Those attending received up to 18 of the 20 hours now required by the Department of Continuing Education. On Tuesday, June 17 the Symposium opened with a Molieben in the Seminary Chapel. The group then proceeded to room 233 for a lecture by Dr. Christopher…

Source: Orthodox Church in America OTTAWA, ON, CANADA [OCA] – The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held a summer meeting at the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Canada, in conjunction with a spiritual retreat for the hierarchs.  The gathering took place at Annunciation Cathedral in Ottawa, ON, beginning on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the OCA, on the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. In addition to Metropolitan Tikhon, the following hierarchs were in attendance:  His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel…

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