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Source: Holy Cross Orthodox Press  The first-ever “Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries” has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. The Atlas can be purchased ($19.95) on Amazon.com or directly from the publisher, the Holy Cross Orthodox Press. Please share this announcement with your parishioners and friends via your parish’s mailing list, Facebook, and other social media.Drawing on extensive research, as well as fascinating stories and “insider” anecdotes, the Atlas offers readers: A scholarly introduction into traditions of Eastern Christian monasticism and a history of Orthodox monasteries in America, A full and…

Source: Orthodox Church in America PITTSBURGH, PA [OCADWPA]  The Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest recently announced that the third annual Small Parish Forum will be held at Holy Assumption Church, Canton, OH July 14-16, 2016. The Forum will focus on specific parish situations common to the numerous “small” parishes throughout the Orthodox Church in America and other jurisdictions.  Workshops and presentations will explore ways to assist parishes with memberships of 75 or fewer souls to achieve stability, build a positive self-image, and accept their calling to live a life in Christ without necessarily becoming “big.”…

Source: Orthodox Church in America PARMA, OH [OCA]  Five Orthodox Christian bishops will bless the new ZOE House of ZOE for Life in Parma’s original post office at 5454 State Road during its open house on Friday, March 4, 2016.  The open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the blessing slated to take place at 7:00 p.m. Slated to bless the house are His Eminence, Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh; His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate [OCA], His Grace, Bishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, His Grace, Bishop…

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – Michael Jaharis, industrialist, philanthropist, churchman, and patron of the arts, fell asleep in the Lord on February 17. He served for many years as Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. At the dedication of the Jaharis Family Center for Biomedical and Nutrition Sciences on Tufts University’s Boston campus in 2002, Archbishop Demetrios hailed the facility’s goal of improving world health as “a very noble and a very sacred mission.” And Tufts declared “Son of a Greek immigrant who landed penniless in Boston in 1908, you have…

Source: OCP Media Network Foma – February 16, 2016 Famous actor Tom Hanks visited the Orthodox church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Antarctica at the Russian polar station “Bellingshausen” on Waterloo Island, Deacon Maxim Gerb, a cleric of the church in Antarctica, told the journal Foma. “Many interesting people visit our church, including Tom Hanks who was recently sailing past our island on a yacht. He is a very open and friendly person. After he lit some candles I suggested to him to climb up to the bell tower, so I could attest that Forrest Gump was in Antarctica and can now…

Source: Orthodox Church in America WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] EDITOR’S UPDATE: View the interview with Metropolitan Tikhon and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick that aired on PBS on Friday, February 12, 2016.  The segment begins at 22:58. British Broadcasting Corporation and Public Broadcasting Service will air interviews with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon on the widely publicized meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at Havana’s José Martí International Airport today—February 12, 2016. BBC’s World News America will air a live interview with Metropolitan Tikhon at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time this evening, while an interview taped earlier today in Washington, DC earlier will…

Source: Chicago Tribune by John Keilman Chicago Tribune A Greek Orthodox priest charged with stealing more than $110,000 from a church trust fund has reached a tentative plea deal with prosecutors, authorities said Wednesday. The Rev. James Dokos, who lives in Chicago, is accused of taking the money from a $1.2 million fund he controlled at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee and spending it on himself, family members and other church officials. The Milwaukee County district attorney’s office charged Dokos with theft in 2014, two years after he had left Annunciation to become head of Sts. Peter and Paul Greek…

Source: Ancient Faith Radio February 2, 2016 Length: 27:26 At the dinner following the 33rd Annual Schmemann Lecture at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, Dr. Charles Ajalat, the former chancellor for the Antiochian Archdiocese and the co-founder of International Orthodox Christian Charities, presented a plan for a governing structure of the world wide Orthodox Church. Also see transcript below. Earlier in the evening, Dr. Ajalat received an honorary doctorate in Canon Law. Here he is with his January 31, 2016, proposal. CLICK HERE to listen to the presentation. Transcript Ownership by All, Control by None Your Beatitude, Your Graces, reverend clergy,…

Source: Ancient Faith Radio February 1, 2016 Length: 47:29 Archdeacon John Chryssavgis delivers the 33rd Annual Schmemann Lecture at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary. He is introduced by Fr. Alexander Rentel. CLICK HERE to listen to the interview. Transcript Fr. Alexander Rentel: Theologian and teacher, scholar and interpreter, servant of the Ecumenical Throne, and defender of God’s creation. In your theological scholarship, translating, interpreting, and presenting the spiritual masters of the early Church, you have nourished countless faithful today, showing them how to find blessing in brokenness and comfort and guidance in ancient wisdom. In your educational work across continents, establishing…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) has launched a new crowd funding initiative to help raise money to develop much needed youth and young adult ministry resources. Known best for its weekly video series “Be the Bee,” the Y2AM Team produces an extensive offering of digital resources for youth and young adult ministry, from videos and podcasts to blogs and Scriptural annotations, along with monthly “Be the Bee” retreats that offer workshops for youth, parents, youth workers, and young adults. Patreon funds will be directed to both small projects,…

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