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Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]  At its meeting held November 12–13, 2015, the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary elected three new members, including His Grace Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Additionally, the Board honored two retiring Trustees for their distinguished service to the Seminary: Anne Mackoul, JD, D.H.L, and Anne van den Berg, JD. “It is an honor and indeed a privilege to be a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir Seminary,” remarked incoming Trustee Bishop David, who was consecrated in 2013 as the first Shepherd…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America announced recently that Judge E. R. Lanier of Monticello, GA has been appointed General Counsel of the Church. Judge Lanier, who assumed his duties on December 1, 2015, has been active over the past three decades in a variety of leadership and legal positions at the parish, diocesan, and national levels of the OCA, culminating more recently in his service over the past six years as Chair of the Legal Committee of theMetropolitan Council. In his new position as General Counsel of the Church,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon met with John Della Monica, President of the Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund [OCCIF] at the Chancery here on Friday, December 4, 2015. OCCIF is dedicated to providing low interest loans to assist Orthodox Christian parishes, missions, monastic communities and institutions acquire, build, remodel and refinance properties in order to further the mission of the Church.  The organization accomplishes its mission through donations, and especially through parishes pooling their resources and lending capital, for which they receive interest. The work of OCCIF, which was initiated as a project in…

Source: Orthodox Church in America ISTANBUL, TURKEY [OCA]  At the invitation of His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew and with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law and the John and Paraskeva Skvir Lecturer in Practical Theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, represented the Orthodox Church in America at the celebration of the Feast of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called, the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s thronal feast, on Monday, November 30, 2015. “It was a great honor that the Orthodox Church in America was able to be present for this feast and a personal…

Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINE S. SIRIGOS NEW YORK – Amidst a busy schedule during her recent visit to New York, the First Lady of the Republic of Cyprus Andri Anastasiades experienced the love and warmth generated by a special program of music and poety and time spent time with the students, staff and supporters of the day school of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Dean of the Cathedral Fr. John Vlahos expressed his joy over the visit, which included a tour of  the Cathedral School, and institution  which emerged from difficulties of a few years past…

Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINOS E. SCAROS Greek Orthodoxy has taken root in the unlikeliest of places, Havana, the capital of Cuba, which had been a hotbed of political turmoil ever since it gained its independence in 1902, technically from the United States, which had liberated it from Spain four years earlier in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. A half century later, the first Greek Orthodox Church, Saints Constantine and Helen, was built in Havana in 1950. But it never had the opportunity to be used as a church. Political turmoil uprooted the nation again, and in 1959,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity board of directors and advisors enjoyed a productive, thoughtful and prayerful Annual Meeting at Mission Bay (San Diego), California during the weekend of November 5-8, 2015.  In addition to the nuts and bolts business of managing the organization, the topic of fundraising and developing a steady flow of financial support was discussed. The board spent considerable time discussing the work of the Assembly of Bishops and the work of the Great and Holy Council scheduled for the week of Pentecost in May 2016. OCL has been a leading supporter of the work…

Source: Orthodox Church in America At the invitation of His Holiness, Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church [also known as the Indian Orthodox Church], His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon journeyed to India during Thanksgiving week 2015 to participate in celebrations marking the 200th Anniversary of the Orthodox Theological Seminary here. The ancient Malankara Church traces its origin to the Apostle Thomas. Headquartered in the southern Indian province of Kerala, it maintains about 1000 parishes in India and another 200 parishes in North America. Accompanying Metropolitan Tikhon were Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South…

Source: Pravoslavie.ru [Athens, November 17, 2015] Since the Church and state in Greece are not separated and priests are government employees, the Church of Greece was affected by the reduction of the state sector policy, reports AgionOros.ru. The state has dramatically reduced the number of ordinations of new priests, and that is why many parishes are currently without pastors. According to the present legislation, a new public servant (in our case: a cleric) can be accepted for employment only after retirement of ten of his colleagues. According to the data of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, the current number…

Source: Last News from Russia Deputies of the state Duma supported the idea to return the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkish Orthodox Church. As reported by RIA «Novosti», said the head of the Duma Committee on property issues,coordinator of the Interfactional parliamentary group for the protection of Christian valuables Sergey Gavrilov. International campaign for the return of the Cathedral of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has been held for several years. The temple currently has the status of a Museum. The Deputy reminded that on 23 September 2015 in Moscow, was inaugurated the Moscow Cathedral mosque. «The significance of the event…

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