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Yearly Archives: 2019

Source: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Early bird price $2,295 per person Book early and save. Early bird price available until June 15, 2019. $2,295/person double occupancy    single supplement $675 Join your fellow Orthodox believers in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of St. Herman of Alaska’s canonization and the 50th Anniversary of the OCA’s autocephaly in 2020.  Guaranteed dates are sponsored by the dioceses of the OCA.  This will be a special trip for all Orthodox believers.  Sign up early and save. Regular price $2,525/person. Included: *  7 days/6 nights accommodation *  round trip air to Kodiak from Anchorage *  excursion…

Source: Christian Today A US pastor has been barred from re-entering Turkey in a further sign of the country’s antagonism towards foreign Christians. Mike Platt, a volunteer pastor at Kadikoy International Church in Istanbul, was barred from re-entry on Wednesday after travelling outside the country. Middle East Concern (MEC) reports that he was warned by the border authorities when he left the country on April 2 that there was an entry ban against him and that he would be refused re-entry. This ban was enforced when he tried to re-enter this week.  He was subsequently held at the airport and…

Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff The announcement issued yesterday by the Ecumenical Patriarchate regarding America and Australia contains three interesting points: First, they accepted the resignation of Archbishop Demetrios, but it will “become effective Saturday, when a new Archbishop will be elected.” What does that mean? Second, it also states: “The Synod also expressed its gratitude for his many years of ministry.” But if that is so, holy hierarchs, why did you not let him remain in office? And, third, regarding the election of a new Archbishop of Australia, I also read in the communiqué: “Having heard the…

Source: The National Herald By ANA CONSTANTINOPLE – Archimandrite Makarios Griniezakis of Christoupolis was on Thursday unanimously elected as the new Archbishop of Australia, by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Griniezakis pursued graduate studies in the field of Christian Ethics at Boston University, School of Theology, where he earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree (STM). He also earned a Master of Arts (MA) in History of Science from Harvard University, School of Arts and Sciences, and a Master of Bioethics from Monash University, School of Arts and Sciences. He has additionally attended courses in philosophy at the…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America RESOLUTION OF THE ARCHDIOCESAN COUNCIL ATLANTA, MAY 10, 2019 WHEREAS: We recognize the exclusive privilege and canonical right of our beloved Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to elect the next Archbishop of America; WHEREAS: We, her faithful children in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, are grateful to our Mother Church for its wisdom in granting us an Archdiocesan Charter, and approving Archdiocesan Regulations, that provide to our beloved Holy Eparchial Synod and to the Archdiocesan Council a specific, meaningful and substantive advisory role in the election of the Archbishop of America;…

Source: Greek Reporter By Tasos Kokkinidis A Greek Orthodox nun in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India has become a symbol of the eternal fight against poverty, illiteracy, child trafficking and prostitution in the city. Sister Nectaria Paridisi, by most accounts the only Greek individual left in Kolkata, through the schools and orphanages she built with the help of donors has become a “mother” for thousands of children, offering them the prospect of a new and better life. She works in Bakeswar on the southern reaches of the city, where she is in charge of two orphanages which are owned by the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity I write to you as an eighty-year old grandfather; a life-long, active member of our Church.  My message has not been approved by the board of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL).  It is a deeply personal message. I received the news of the retirement of Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with sadness…and a glimmer of hope. Sadness, because the condition of the Archdiocese entrusted to his care is in dire straights…not just financially. The crisis is deeper than that. The lack of transparency and accountability in the governance of the Archdiocese has dealt…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – If all goes well Saturday May 11, 2019 is expected to be the day when a new Archbishop of America will be elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Holy Synod will be in session from Thursday, May 9 to Saturday, May 11, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presiding. The Synod accepted the written resignation of Archbishop Demetrios, which he submitted in person to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Saturday May 4. The Synod also decided to send a letter to the Archdiocese to ask the Archdiocesan Council and the Eparchial Synod…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL Protocol No. 74/19 May 8, 2019 To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Χριστὸς Ἀνέστη!   Christ is Risen!             Following the Apostolic injunction of speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), I have today the great honor to communicate with…

Source: Orthodox Christianity Ormylia, Greece, May 9, 2019 A revered Athonite elder, Archimandrite Aimiliianos (Vafides), who long served as the abbot of Simonopetra Monastery, one of the 20 ruling monasteries on Mt. Athos, reposed in the Lord today, May 9, reports Romfea. The funeral will be held tomorrow at the Annunciation Monastery in Ormylia, Chalkidiki, where the nuns had cared for the sick and elderly Fr. Aimilianos for many years. Elder Aimilianos was a monk of Meteora before moving with his brotherhood to Simonopetra on Mt. Athos in 1973. He was elected and enthroned as abbot of the monastery that same…

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