Episcopal Consecration of Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska - 02/22/14
ANCHORAGE, AK [OCA – February 22, 2014] – Faithful from parishes and villages across Alaska and the dioceses of the Orthodox Church in America began arriving early at the spacious Saint Innocent Cathedral here on the morning of Friday, February 21, 2014 for the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which Bishop-Elect David [Mahaffey] was consecrated to the episcopacy as Bishop of Sitka and Alaska.
Assembly Faces Temporary Withdrawal of Participation by Hierarchs of Patriarchate of Antioch
Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, has issued the following statement in response to the temporary withdrawal of the Hierarchs of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America from their participation in the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. The Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch, in October 2013, decided to temporarily withdraw from all Assemblies of Canonical Orthodox Bishops around the world because of a jurisdictional issue in the Middle East.
College Conference West 2013 at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, California, December 27-30
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is gearing up to host their annual College Conferences! We would like to ask for your help in promoting College Conference West 2013, held this year at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, California, December 27-30th.
[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.
CHAMPION, OH - John G. Ghindia, 89, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at his residence. John was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Niles, the son of John G. and Maria Ghindia Sr. He was a 1942 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. John retired in 1986 from GM Lordstown Fab Plant as a metal assembler after 18 years. From 1989 to 2004, he was the Champion Township Zoning Inspector.
[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.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will make all Thy wonders known. (Psalm 9:1) / (First Antiphon, Nativity of Christ)
The heart has been understood in the Orthodox tradition as short-hand for one’s whole being. The Fathers frequently cite Proverbs 23:26 in this connection, “My son, give me your heart….” Likewise, the prayer of the heart, the Jesus Prayer, is meant to transform one’s entire way of thinking, feeling and behaving, in conformity with Jesus’ teaching that the greatest commandment is this: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt 22:37).
Although the precise formula of the Jesus Prayer varies, the most common is “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me [a sinner].” I recently came across an interview about the Prayer of the Heart with Father Roman Braga, the Romanian elder at the Monastery of the Dormition in Rives Junction, Michigan.
Metropolitan Tikhon attends Romanian Episcopate Congress
GRASS LAKE, MI [ROEA/OCA] - The 81st Annual Episcopate Congress of the Romanian Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America took place at the Diocesan Center “Vatra Romaneasca” (“Romanian Hearth”) here September 5-7, 2013.
This year marked the 75th Anniversary of the inaugural events that had taken place at the Vatra in 1938, when services were held and the property blessed by His Grace, Bishop Policarp [Morusca], the Episcopate’s first ruling bishop, and His Eminence, Archbishop Athenagoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. As customary, the Congress is hosted by a parish or mission of the Episcopate. Saint Elias Mission, Anjou, Quebec, Canada was this year’s host mission. Congress participants were blessed by the presence of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, who attended all meetings and other Congress sessions.
[HOLLYWOOD, FL - August 23, 2013] We were notified today of the falling asleep in the Lord of V Rev Fr Jon Sfera, retired priest of Holy Cross Romanian Orthodox Church in Hollywood, FL. At this point in time, the funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized, so we will update this announcement as soon as we have all of the details.
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. . . .
Preoteasa Victoria Moldovan, of Jameson Care Center, formerly of Buhl Terrace, Farrell and Reith Miller Road, West Middlesex, passed away peacefully of natural causes at 4:50 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2013 in Jameson Care Center, New Castle, Pennsylvania. She was 99.
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...
Metropolitan Tikhon calls for prayers in wake of Connecticut school shooting - 12/16/12
SYOSSET, NY [OCA]
As widely reported in the media on Friday, December 14, 2012, twenty-six individuals—twenty of whom were elementary school children—perished at Sandy Hook School, Newtown, CT, when a lone 20-year-old gunman entered the school and opened fire on students and faculty alike.
Upon learning of the tragedy, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, released the following letter to the faithful. 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
How parishes can help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts - 11/07/12
SYOSSET, NY [OCA CSHA] The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid (CSHA) is encouraging all parishes to assist International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in providing emergency assistance to those suffering as a result of Hurricane Sandy. . . .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
Vă voi ține la curent cu alte informații atunci când acestea vor deveni disponibile.
jos este un fragment dintr-un email trimis noaptea trecută membrilor
Sfântului Sinod de către Prea Cucernicul Părinte John Jillions,
să vă asigur că Înalt Prea Sfințitul Mitropolit Jonah este acasă și a
spus că dorește să colaboreze cu ceilalți episcopi pentru binele OCA,
pentru pacea și stabilitatea familiei sale și pentru propria sa viitoare
Dumnezeu să vă binecuvinteze!
From His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel:
Christ is in our midst. He is and always shall be!
Although it is already posted on theOrthodox Church in America website,
I wanted you to know from me personally that His Beatitude JONAH
tendered his resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America in
a letter dated July 6, 2012 and reiterated his desires on July 9,
I will update you later as further information is made available.
Below is an excerpt from an email sent to the Holy Synod last night from Very Reverend John Jillions, Chancellor:
would like to reassure you that Met Jonah is at home and says he is
willing to collaborate with the bishops for the good of the OCA, for the
peace and stability of his family and for his own future episcopal
Heaven Smiled [St. Nicholas Church, Regina, Saskatchewan] - 05/21/12
Heaven smiled and blessed St. Nicholas Parish with perfect weather as it celebrated its 110th Anniversary in Regina, SK, Canada, May 12 & 13, 2012. The occasion was blessed by a visit from His Eminence Nathaniel, Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America and Canada. . . .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.