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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA CHICAGO – The Board of Directors of the newly established Youth & Young Adult Ministry Agency concluded its first meeting on Friday, December 3. Established and blessed by the Assembly of Bishops at its October 2021 meeting as the capstone achievement of the “Year of the Youth,” the new Agency will cast a vision to unite and deepen the ministry efforts of parishes and families across the Church to serve all Orthodox youth and young adults in the United States. In November, the Assembly approved members of the new Board of…

Source: The Washington Post By Michael Gerson Columnist On Nov. 1, 1755, Lisbon was visited by a violent earthquake that left some 50,000 to 60,000 people dead out of a city of 200,000. The scale, randomness and cruelty of the event led some Enlightenment thinkers to employ it as evidence against the existence of a loving God. “Come,” wrote Voltaire, “ye philosophers, who cry, ‘All’s well!’ / And contemplate this ruin of a world. / Behold these shreds and cinders of your race.” This theological argument has seldom gotten much popular traction, then or now. Human beings have a tremendous and healthy…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Presentation by Protodeacon Peter Danilchick on December 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm Eastern Time via ZOOM Followed by a Panel Discussion with George Karcazes, Alexei Krindatch and Dr. Gayle Woloschak For more than three decades, Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) has presented informative and educational programs annually and at other times featuring distinguished speakers, thoughtful panels and relevant topics in fulfillment of its mission. This mission includes: advancing the renewal of the Orthodox Christian Church in America by advocating that the laity remain part of the conciliar governance process which provides balance to the hierarchy and clergy,…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Tuesday, November 16, 2021 BALTIMORE – At the invitation of His Excellency Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (“USCCB”), His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, led a delegation to and presented remarks during the USCCB’s November General Assembly. This marks the first time in the history of USCCB that Orthodox hierarchs have participated in their plenary session. Introducing Archbishop Elpidophoros, Bishop David P. Talley, chair of the Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs,…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary We wanted to share with you a major announcement regarding the future of St Vladimir’s Seminary, included below. The Seminary’s Board of Trustees came to this decision after many, many months of prayer, deliberation, and work with multiple professional consulting groups. This will be anything but easy, as much history, many blessings, and many fond memories are tied to the Yonkers campus St Vladimir’s has called home since the 1960s. But the Board feels strongly this is the right course of action in order for St Vladimir’s to carry out her mission for future…

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew suspended the Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in October 2020 at the behest of newly-enthroned Archbishop Elpidophoros. A new Charter will define the future relationship between the Patriarchate and Archdiocese. There is increasing alarm over the decline in the membership of the Archdiocese, which some surveys place at 20% over the past decade. These concerns are reflected in calls for Autonomy for the Archdiocese coming from more and more quarters. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is the largest of the three main Orthodox groupings in North America that represent the bulk of the…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York Hilton Hotel October 29, 2021 Your Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, Most Reverend Metropolitans and Bishops, Beloved Clergy and Laity, Members of the Archdiocesan Council, Philoptochos and Archons of the Ecumenical Throne, We are truly and deeply pleased to greet you this morning with our paternal and Patriarchal blessing. It has been twelve years since we were last in this wonderful country, and with the faithful of this preeminent Eparchy of our Ecumenical Patriarchate. We want all of you to know that the Mother Church of Constantinople holds you close to her bosom as…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – President Joseph Biden called His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Monday night, November 8, to personally check in on the development and progress of his health and to express once again his interest and America’s support in the affairs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Mr. Biden thanked the Patriarch for his recent visit to the White House and for their one-hour meeting and conversation, which the President kindly said could have “lasted a year!” President Biden also spoke about his recent visit to the Vatican where he met with Pope Francis and…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos ΒΟSTON – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America fell ill due to extreme fatigue on Saturday, November 6. After experiencing dizziness, he visited a doctor who informed him that the fatigue was a symptom of vertigo (which also causes excessive fatigue). The doctor recommended rest and thus the Archbishop remained in bed on Saturday and Sunday. Archbishop Elpidophoros didn’t accompany the Ecumenical Patriarch to the airport for his departure to Constantinople at noon on Sunday, November 7. His All-Holiness was accompanied to John F. Kennedy International Airport by Bishop Apostolos of Medeia who…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – The former Archbishop of America Demetrios, the Metropolitan of Boston, Methodios, the Reverend Protopresbyter Father Andreas Vithoulkas and other members of the Archdiocese’s clergy have been infected with COVID-19. Sources tell The National Herald that Archbishop Demetrios has mild symptoms and is recuperating in his New York home. TNH reached Metropolitan Methodios of Boston and he confirmed that he contracted the coronavirus, saying, “Yes, it is true that I have been infected with COVID-19, possibly from the events organized by the Archons in New York. I have mild symptoms and i…

Source: The National Herald BOSTON – His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew departed for his headquarters at the Phanar of Constantinople on Sunday afternoon, November 7, with a direct Turkish Airlines flight. He arrived in Constantinople early on Monday morning November 8. The Patriarch was accompanied to the airport by Bishop Apostolos of Medeia due to the illness of Archbishop Elpidophoros, who remained on bed rest. Consul General of Greece Konstantinos Koutras and Consul Demetris Papageorgiou also accompanied the Patriarch to the airport. Dr. George Syros, who was in the medical team that performed the procedure on the Patriarch under the…

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