On December 30, 2014, retired Protopresbyter Silviu I. Vasilie, fell asleep in the Lord near Palm Springs, California at the age of 81. Silviu Vasilie was born on July 21, 1933 in Sinnicolau Mare, Romania. He married Maria Cotosman in 1958, and they raised three children: Vasile, Adrian and Silvia. He graduated from the Seminary in Curtea de Arges in 1971, and was ordained deacon and priest by Metropolitan Nicolae of Banat in the same year for assignment to the parish in Sanpetru Mare in the Timisoara Deanery. In 1981, Fr. Vasilie graduated from the Theological Seminary in Caransebes. He served the parish in Sanpetru Mare until July 1982 when he immigrated to the United States. On October 1, 1993, Fr Vasilie was appointed parish priest of Sts. Michael & Gabriel Parish, Palm Springs, CA where he served until his retirement on February 1, 2004. In 2011, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America awarded him the rank of Protopresbyter for his forty years of service as a priest. The funeral services for Fr. Vasilie will be held at Sts. Michael & Gabriel Church, 590 Vella Rd, Palm Springs CA on January 7. Please contact Fr. Ioan Cozma at firstname.lastname@example.org or (760)-880-4801 for more details. Memory eternal!
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America concluded its fifth annual meeting on Thursday in Dallas, Texas. The Assembly issued a message to the faithful and a statement on the Middle East.
[Syosset, NY] A Preliminary Response of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to proposals with regard to canonical restructuring, a topic of discussion at the fifth meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America in Dallas, TX September 15-19, 2014, was issued and distributed to all bishops on September 17.
MEMORY ETERNAL! HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN PHILIP - 03/20/14
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, with great sadness, announces the passing unto life eternal of His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. May his memory be eternal! Details are forthcoming.
Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches - 03/11/14
(March 9, 2014 - Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople) By the grace of God, the proceedings of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches concluded today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Synaxis took place at the Phanar from 6-9 March, 2014, at the invitation and under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and was attended by all the most venerable Primates in person, with the exception of His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch, who, due to illness, was represented by Hierarchs of his Church.
[November 1, 2013] Nearly 300 clergy and laity attended a pan-Orthodox forum on Sunday, October 27 to learn about the Assembly of Bishops, pose questions, and comment on the progress of Orthodox unity in America. Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Bishop Peter of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia served as panelists, together with Protodeacon Peter Danilchick, member of the Assembly’s Secretariat.
Holy Synod elects Archimandrite David [Mahaffey] to Alaska See
SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Archimandrite David [Mahaffey] was elected by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Sitka and Alaska on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
[CHICAGO, IL - September 20, 2013] In the final day of its annual meeting, the Assembly agreed to issue two statements—one on the Church’s unchanging position on marriage and one expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in the Middle East. The Assembly also released a message to the faithful on the conclusion of Assembly IV.
Parish Ministries Conference to feature nearly three dozen individual workshops
[SYOSETT, NY - OCA] A descriptive listing of the 30 workshops slated to be presented at the 2013 Parish Ministries Conference of the Orthodox Church in America, to be held at Marymount University, Arlington, VA July 10-13, 2013, is now available. A detailed schedule and on-line registration forms may be found here.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the sessions. Members of the Lesser Synod who participated included His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel; His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin; His Grace, Bishop Michael, secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops. His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon also attended.
Highlights of the meeting, according to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, included the following....
The Assembly of Bishops Research Coordinator, Alexei Krindatch, has prepared a range of reports on Orthodox Christianity in America. Along with the following research summaries, the full reports are available in PDF format. ...
Assembly of Bishops Posts Minutes, Budget and Articles of Incorporation
The Assembly of Bishops has releasedminutesfrom its most recent meeting (Assembly III), held in Chicago from September 10-12, 2012. Though the final minutes will not be approved until the next meeting of the Assembly, scheduled for the Fall of 2013, the Assembly presents these assummary minutes.
At their January 28, 2013 meeting, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America established the Department of Continuing Education to provide for the ongoing development of clergy and lay leaders. This action came in response to decisions made at the 16th All-American Council with regard to the Strategic Plan. . . .
His Eminence the Metropolitan Archbishop of Western and Central Europe has been elected Patriarch of the Great City-of-God Antioch and all the East. The Patriarch-elect Youhanna X (Yaziji) was elected by the members of the Holy Synod earlier today, December 17, during a special session held at the Balamand Patriarchal Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. Continued...
Two days after he was admitted to Saint George Hospital here, His Beatitude, Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
Patriarch Ignatius had suffered a severe stroke on Monday, December 3, and had been under the care of physicians in the hospital’s intensive care unit. He was 91 years old. [See related story.] ...Continued
Metropolitan Tikhon addresses the Church in video address - 11/30/12
SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - A video address to the Church, featuring His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, is now available for viewing on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America. The address was recorded on Monday, November 26, 2012 at the OCA Chancery in Syosset, NY....Continued
Archbishop Tikhon elected Metropolitan of All America and Canada - 11/13/12
PARMA, OH [OCA] His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America during the 17th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America at Holy Trinity Church here Tuesday, November 13, 2012. . . .continued
Third Annual Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops - 09/13/12
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held its third annual meeting for all member hierarchs, that is, all active canonical bishops in its region. The meeting was held from September 10-12, 2012, at the Chicago O'Hare Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. Forty-three bishops were in attendance. . . .continued
A New Book: Challenges of Orthodox Thought and Life Reflections on Christian Foundations and Living Traditions By Hieromonk Calinic (Berger) 185 pages. $15.00.
Challenges of Orthodox Thought and Life presents a series of short essays centered around essential and provocative questions of Christian belief and life, all meant to bring the reader into the spiritual arena, where the decisive challenge of salvation is presented. Based on the Holy Scriptures, engaging the living and patristic Tradition and informed by contemporary scholarship, these short reflections provide a source-book of knowledge and inspiration for a vibrant Orthodox faith in today's world.
Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America: Year in Review - 02/23/12
In today’s secular society, which is often filled with meaningless rhetoric, it is encouraging to report that the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America is progressing toward its stated goals.
Recent achievements include the official incorporation of the Assembly on October 18, 2011 as the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America (ACOB). (It was formerly known as the “Episcopal Assembly” of North and Central America.) Last month an historic teleconference of the Assembly’s committee chairmen was held, bringing together representatives of all Orthodox jurisdictions in North America. On January 24 and 25, 2012, the Secretariat—which holds monthly teleconferences—held its second annual face-to-face meeting in Riverside, CA. . . .continued
Second Annual Meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America - 05/27/11
Issued from Chicago, IL on 27 May 2011 by the Secretariat of the Assembly
May 25-27, the second annual Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of
North and Central America gathered for its meeting at the Chicago O'Hare
Hilton. There was a total of 45 bishops in attendance. In addition,
nearly all of the members were present at the Assembly: the Ecumenical
Patriarchate, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Ukrainian
Orthodox Church, and the Albanian Orthodox Diocese; the Antiochian
Orthodox Archdiocese; the Patriarchate of Moscow, including the Russian
Orthodox Church in the USA and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
Russia; the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Americas; the Bulgarian
Eastern Orthodox Church; and the Orthodox Church in America. Not
represented were the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese, as they
currently have no bishop, owing to the recent repose of Metropolitan
Nicholas; the Georgian Orthodox Church, whose bishop resides in Georgia;
most of the bishops of Canada and Mexico, as the Canadian bishops
anticipate their own assembly, as do those of Mexico and Central America
who have requested to join the Assembly of South America. The Bishops
of the Serbian Orthodox Church were detained by the business of their
Synod in Belgrade, which was in session at the same time, and by delays
in travel caused by the volcanic ash over Europe, and so were not able
Archbishop Nathaniel, Bishop Irineu meet with western European Romanian bishops - 12/17/10
ROME, ITALY [OCA] -- His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate and His Grace, Bishop Irineu of Dearborn Heights, participated in a gathering of western European Romanian bishops, the theme of which was "Conscience and Canonical Orthodox Ecclesiology," at the headquarters of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of Italy here during the last week of November 2010. Attending the gathering, the third of its kind, were bishops from the Metropolia of Western and Southern Europe and the Metropolia of Germany, Central and North Europe, according to the Romanian Patriarchate's news agency "Basilica." Quoting His Grace, Bishop Siluan of Italy, Basilica reported that the meeting provided an opportunity for the hierarchs to share pastoral experiences in their respective regions and to discuss various aspects of mission, Christian identity, and the sharing of the faith and traditions in light of major westward emigration of Romanians witnessed since the fall of communism in Romania. During the gathering the hierarchs celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Rome's mid-second century Saint Callistus Catacombs.
Statement of Clarification - 10/18/10
[ROEA Chancery - October 18, 2010] Concerned that unofficial internet postings distort and misrepresent the current status of the dialogue of reconciliation with our sister Romanian eparchy in North America, we offer the following information. The Press Release posted on our website, www.ROEA.org, is the only official statement of the ROEA on this issue. We deplore any other postings that claim to report factual information from unknown “sources close to the Episcopate”. Such erroneous postings disinform and foster disunity in the Church and our Episcopate.
[Cancelaria ROEA, 18 Octombrie 2010] Preocupat de faptul că anumite comunicări neoficiale făcute pe internet deformează şi reprezintă eronat statutul curent al dialogului de reconciliere cu eparhia soră Ortodoxă Română din America de Nord, oferim următoarea clarificare. Comunicatul de Presă publicat pe website-ul nostru, http://www.ROEA.org, este singura comunicare oficială din partea ROEA (Episcopiei Ortodoxe Romane din America) pe această temă. Deplângem orice alte declaraţii care pretind că rapoartează informaţii “factuale” provenite de la “unele surse apropiate Episcopiei.” Astfel de declaraţii eronate dezinformează şi alimentează dezbinare în Sf. Biserică şi în Episcopia noastră.