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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 story.] Bishop Irénée will be enthroned in Ottawa on November 28-29, 2014, while Bishop-elect Paul’s…

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 the East, who will preside during this weekend. The following is the public schedule for the weekend: Friday, December 5th 6:30pm …

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 of Santa Rosa, CA. Bishop Irénée, who had been serving as Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada, was nominated…

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 Coordinator of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, about the upcoming OCL Program Meeting at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Direct…

by John Kaloudis I was dismayed to read the following in the recent issue of the Orthodox Observer: “Biden touched on three subjects that are at the core of the issues of greatest concern to Greek Orthodox Christians; the relationship between the United States and Greece, religious freedom, especially for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Christians in Turkey and the Cyprus question.” If these are the core issues of the GOA, the GOA has abandoned the core principles as prescribed by Jesus in the New Testament.  I do not expect VP Biden to understand and/or promote the core issues prescribed for the…

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 dependencies), Iliyya (Hama and its dependencies), Elias (Sidon, Tyre and their dependencies), Saba (Hawran and Jebel al-Arab), George (Homs and its dependencies), Siluan (Buenos Aires and all Argentina), Basil…

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: Patristic Nectar Publications / Ancient Faith Radio by Fr. Josiah Trenham This lecture by Fr Josiah has been delivered in various venues throughout the country, and an earlier version of the lecture was published in the St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly (Vol. 50, No. 3, 2006). The lecture is a theological commentary on the un-canonical arrangement of the Orthodox Church. It is a honest and bold attempt to articulate the evils of jurisdictionalism, and a call to canonically normalize post-haste before further negative consequences afflict the life of the Church in America. March 31, 2013 Length: 1:01:25 Direct link Play…

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: 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 which took place on March 6-9, 2014, in Istanbul. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Russian…

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