Fr. Steven Voytovich named Dean of St. Tikhon’s Seminary

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] -  Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, a licensed professional counselor who spent many years in the field of pastoral care and education, has been named Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here effective August 18, 2013. Father Steven succeeds Archpriest Dr.  Alexander Atty, who retired due to health after serving as Dean for the past three years. Father Steven brings to this position years of experience as a … [Read more...]

Kyiv and Moscow Patriarchates to unite

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Source: ForUm Ukrainian Orthodox Churches of Kyiv and Moscow Patriarchates will merge into a single local Orthodox church, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret said, ForUm correspondent reports. "We believe and are convinced that the Kyiv and Moscow Patriarchates will unite in a local Orthodox church. The reasons for this are - we are not enemies, and those kisses that were (at the time of greetings at the opening ceremony of the exhibition "The Great and … [Read more...]

Primates, Representatives of Local Churches issue statement defending persecuted Christians

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Source: Orthodox Church in America [MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCA] At an unprecedented gathering in the Moscow Kremlin on July 24, 2013, the Primates and Representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after which a statement was issued on the occasion of the 1025th Anniversary of Rus’. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was among those who signed the statement, the text of which reads as follows. “We, heads … [Read more...]

51st Archdiocese Convention Kicks Off in Houston

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The city of Houston, and Fr. James Shadid and the parish of St. George Orthodox Christian Church, are hosting the Antiochian Archdiocese Convention this week at the Hilton Americas hotel. The largest legislative body of the Archdiocese, the General Assembly meets in convention biennially. In addition to the business meetings, liturgical celebrations, exhibits, youth activities, and department meetings  are central to each … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon concelebrates at Anniversary Liturgy in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral

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Source: Orthodox Church in America MOSCOW, RUSSIA [OCA] - His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, was among the Primates and representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches who concelebrated at the Divine Liturgy with His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, at Christ the Savior Cathedral here on July 24, 2013. The Liturgy opened a three-part commemoration of the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ that will be marked with similar celebrations in Kyiv, Ukraine and Minsk, … [Read more...]

Vladimir Putin Interview for the documentary film “The Second Baptism of Rus”

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Source: Kremlin Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the makers of the documentary film The Second Baptism of Rus, which screened on Rossia 1 television channel on July 22.  The Second Baptism of Rus is a full-length documentary film about the resurgence of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia over the last 25 years. The film gives a detailed presentation of the main stages in rebuilding church life in Russia from 1988, when the country marked the 1000th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus, … [Read more...]

George N. Boulukos Receives Prestigious Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America George N. Boulukos has been honored with the prestigious Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America. For decades Boulukos led the Eastern Orthodox Commission on Scouting (EOCS). The award is the highest commendation given by the Boy Scouts of America in recognition of the invaluable contributions that outstanding Americans make to youth. Boulukos has been a lifelong Boy Scout, working tirelessly to promote … [Read more...]

St. Spyridon PC President Vigorously Defends Rev. Passias against Allegations

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Source: The National Herald TNH staff NEW YORK – Efstathios Papadatos, Parish Council President of St. Spyridon Church, has angrily taken issue with a New York Post article that suggested there were possible financial improprieties and that head priest Father George Passias, 65, was unusually close with his “spiritual goddaughter,” Ethel Bouzalas, 43, who had taken positions of responsibility. The Post wrote that “the duo’s arrival in 2006 has blown in a storm of controversy. Critics … [Read more...]

The First Greek Orthodox Bishop Consecrated in America

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Source: Orthodox Observer Originally published in the June 2013 issue on page 26 under the heading "Church History." by William H. Samonides, Ph.D  As the Church in America grew, the need for hierarchs to oversee the ever-increasing number of parishes became more acute. Hierarchs of the Church had visited the United States since 1892, but most returned to Greece after only a brief stay. Before the arrival of Archbishop Athenagoras in 1931, only one hierarch, Bishop Alexander, … [Read more...]

Helen Thomas – Memory Eternal!

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Source: Wikipedia / Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American author and news service reporter, member of the White House press corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United Press International (UPI) for 57 years, first as a correspondent, and later as White House bureau manager. She was a columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010, writing on national … [Read more...]