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Source: The Orthodox Church in America CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] On Saturday, November 3, 2012, Archpriest John Zdinak, Chancellor and Temporary Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America, forwarded two letters—one from the Holy Synod of Bishops, a second from His Grace, Bishop Matthias—to members of the Diocesan Council and all rectors and priests-in-charge, who were asked to read or post them in all parishes following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 4. The text of the letter of the Holy Synod may be accessed here. The text of the letter of Bishop…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Very Rev. Thomas Zain, Archbishop Justinian, Met. Hilarion, Met. Philip, Bishop Nicholas View Photo Gallery His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP received His Eminence, Metropolitan HILARION, the Chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all Russia on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Accompanying Metropolitan HILARION was His Eminence, Archbishop JUSTINIAN, the Patriarchal Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the United States as well as clergy and a reporter. His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS and Archpriest Thomas Zain also attended the meeting. After welcoming Metropolitan HILARION, the hierarchs exchanged ideas…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Thursday, October 25, 2012, the Preconciliar Commission issued answers to 21 questions that have recently been asked with regard to the 17th All-American Council. The Council will convene on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH. While not exhaustive, the responses will assist in preparing for the Council. Additional questions not addressed may be submitted to the Preconciliar Commission at info@oca.org. The questions and responses may be accessed in PDF format.

Source: St. Sergius Institute of Orthodox Theology / Volos Academy for Theological Studies As it is well known, in recent years efforts have been intensified by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other Orthodox Churches to overcome obstacles and to convene the Great Orthodox Synod. While it is still an open question whether the Great Pan-Orthodox Council, awaited and planned for more than fifty years, will finally be organized in the near future or later, an exceptional conference on the themes likely to be debated at this Council will take place at the St Sergius Institute, Paris, on 18-20 October 2012. Organized…

Source: Portal-Credo.Ru 1. With your permission, Mark, tell me, based solely on your personal experience, to what extent can the internal life of the church can be presented for public discussion? I do not mean the parish meetings and Council — the issue is specific to the press. Especially the Internet – with its almost instantaneous reaction. Do you personally have any criteria? St. Mark the Evangelist – not Mark Stokoe – said: “There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing secret that will not become known and come to light.” And St. Luke…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Holy Synod of Bishops met in plenary and closed sessions at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here October 9-11, 2012. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the following decisions were made by the members of the Holy Synod during their gathering, which was chaired by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See. The Holy Synod was briefed on the progress of various Synodal Commissions. In response to several clergy cases, it was noted that they cannot be…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, Locum Tenens, will chair the fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America here October 9-11, 2012. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the members of the Holy Synod will consider a number of current issues and review plans for the 17th All-American Council, slated to convene at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Protodeacon Peter Danilchick will build upon the discussion he facilitated at the recent meeting of the…

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