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Source: Orthodox Church in America DURRES, ALBANIA [OCA] – At the invitation of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative, Archpriest Eric G Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, offered a presentation at the organization’s gathering at the Saint Vlash Monastery here on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The gathering, which concludes on September 19, is being hosted by His Beatitude, Archbishop Anastasios, Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church.  Representatives of Orthodox and Evangelical churches from around the world are in attendance. Father Eric, a Doctor of Ministry candidate at the University of Toronto, Trinity College and the Toronto School of Theology,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America OTTAWA, ON, CANADA [OCA] – The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held a summer meeting at the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Canada, in conjunction with a spiritual retreat for the hierarchs.  The gathering took place at Annunciation Cathedral in Ottawa, ON, beginning on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the OCA, on the Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. In addition to Metropolitan Tikhon, the following hierarchs were in attendance:  His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Plans are proceeding on schedule for the18th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America, which will convene in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. “The AAC theme—‘How to Expand the Mission’—is inspired by the address Saint Tikhon of Moscow delivered at the First All-American Sobor held in Mayfield, PA in 1907, during his tenure as Archbishop of North America,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “The official logo features artwork inspired by a photograph taken on that occasion.” Other AAC plans include the following. Committees have initiated their work on revisions to…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Over three dozen individuals were honored at commencement ceremonies at the Orthodox Church in America’s three seminaries during the month of May 2014. On the second weeked of May, Saint Herman’s Seminary, Kodiak, AK, honored and celebrated the ordinations of three graduates—Priests Simeon Askoak and Jason Isaac and Deacon Michael Trefon. Three additional students—Luke Levi, Mary Madsen and Alexander Larson—were awarded Reader Certificates. His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska, delivered the commencement address, while Archimandrite Juvenaly [Repass], the seminary’s Chaplain, offered a special reflection on his six years of ministry…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] Saint Tikhon’s Seminary here will host its annual Continuing Clergy Education Symposium June 17-19, 2014.  This is the second year that the school will provide this symposium to enable OCA priests and deacons to fulfill their annual 20 hours of continuing education studies mandated by the Holy Synod of Bishops. The list of speakers and topics to be included in this year’s symposium includes the following. “Spiritual Life in Saint Silouan the Athonite” by Christopher Veniamin, D. Phil. (Oxon.), Professor of Patristics at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary – Tuesday, June 17, at 1:00…

Source: Orthodox Church in America PHILADELPHIA, PA [OCA] – The Rite of Installation, during which His Grace, Bishop Mark [Maymon] was enthroned as Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, was celebrated at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Saint Stephen Cathedral here Saturday, May 10, 2014. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, presided at the Divine Liturgy.  In addition to Bishop Mark, His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate; His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania; and His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, concelebrated.  Eight priests, including Priest Victor Gorodenchuk, Dean of Saint Stephen…

SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- In response to a letter from the Hierarchical Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia dated January 13, 2014 and after much prayerful deliberation, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has released His Grace, Bishop Nikolai [Soraich], Former Bishop of Sitka, from the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. According to conditions outlined by ROCOR, Bishop Nikolai is released as a retired Bishop and will not have the right to participate in meetings of the ROCOR Hierarchical Synod and Sobor.

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- The spring session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will be held at the Chancery here Tuesday, March 18 through Friday, March 21, 2014. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, “the meeting will coincide with a meeting of the Pension Board, which is slated to present its current strategic plan.  The SMPAC also will be meeting and will brief the Holy Synod on its current work and review the status of new policies.  Jim Geoly, Esq., an attorney who has briefed members of the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] – His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, has asked that prayers for peace and justice in Ukraine continue. Parishes, monasteries, and seminaries are requested to include the following petition in the Litany of Fervent Supplication:  “Again we pray that the people of Ukraine and Russia be granted the wisdom, mutual respect and love which will protect them from violence and preserve them in peace.” By way of background, recent events in Ukraine have catalyzed a major crisis.  The United States, the European Union and NATO are involved in reactions to the events in Crimea. …

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