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OCA Holy Synod Concludes Fall Session

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 … [Read more...]

Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archdiocese

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America It is with great pleasure that we announce that the events related to the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph will take place during the weekend of December 5 through 7, 2014, at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. The actual enthronement will take place in conjunction with Vespers on Saturday, December 6. We will be greatly blessed by the presence of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod elects nominees for vacant Sees, Auxiliary Bishop

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Tuesday, October 21, 2014—theopening day of the fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America—His Grace, Bishop Irénée of Québec City and Igumen Paul [Gassios] were canonically elected to the vacant Episcopal Sees of Canada and Chicago and the Midwest. In addition, the Holy Synod elected Igumen Daniel [Brum] to serve as Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West as Bishop … [Read more...]

Reminder: OCL Public Forum, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, October 24th, 2014

If you live in the area of St Vladimir’s Seminary, come and learn about the progress of the work of the Assembly of Bishops.  The following podcast provides an overview of the Program to be presented on Friday evening, October 24, 2014.  The Program Booklet is available HERE. Annual OCL Program Meeting on Church Unity October 20, 2014 Length: 26:36 Bobby Maddex interviews George Matsoukas, the Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL), and Alexei Krindatch, the Research … [Read more...]

October 2014 Statement of the Holy Synod of Antioch

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America English translation of a report (Arabic original here) published by the Patriarchate of Antioch: Under the presidency of His Beatitude Patriarch John X (Yazigi), the Holy Synod of Antioch held its fourth regular session on October 7, 2014. The following bishops were present: Spiridon (Zahle and its dependencies), Georges (Jbeil, Batroun and their dependencies), John (Lattakia and its dependencies), Elias (Beirut and its … [Read more...]

OCA All-American Council Local Committee reviews final AAC logistics, agenda

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 … [Read more...]

OCA Midwest Diocesan Assembly nominates Archpriest Paul Gassios for vacant Chicago See

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 … [Read more...]


Source: Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Relations On September 30, 2014, the Special Inter-Orthodox Commission for Preparing a Pan-Orthodox Council began its work at the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Ecumenical Center in Chambesy near Geneva. The aim of the meeting was to edit the earlier adopted draft documents of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. The decision to convene the Commission was made by the Meeting of the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches … [Read more...]

OCL Board and Annual Meeting: October 23-25, 2014 at St Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The OCL Board and Annual Meeting will be held on October 23-25, 2014, at St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New  York.  An Open Forum on the work of the Assembly of Bishops will be presented  at 7:00 pm on October 24.  See and click on Program announcement below. The Program Booklet is available HERE. The Unofficial Minutes of the May 30, 2014 meeting in Fairlawn, Ohio are available by CLICKING HERE.     Click on the flyer … [Read more...]

Preconciliar Commission reviews proposed AAC agenda, evolving plans

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 … [Read more...]

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