The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America 60 Archpriest Leonte S. Copacia, Fallen Asleep in the Lord Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>[SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI]&nbsp; Archpriest Leonte Simion Copacia, Jr. fell asleep in the Lord on August 16, 2017.&nbsp; Known to many as Father Leo, he was 85 years old at the time of his repose.</p> <p>Born on April 4, 1932 in Salem, OH to Leonte Copacia, Sr. and Elena [Buta] Copacia, immigrants from Beclean, Romania and Rosario de Sante Fe, Argentina respectively, he was a 1950 graduate of the New York Military Academy.&nbsp; Afterwards, he attended Ohio State University before enlisting in the US Marine Corps at the end of the Korean War.&nbsp; Professionally, he held various management and executive positions at Chrysler Automotive, where he worked for 34 years before retiring in 1991.</p> <p>Having completed the Late Lay Vocation Study Program for the Diaconate under the auspices of the Orthodox Church in America, he was ordained to the diaconate on September 30, 1979 by His Eminence, the late Archbishop Valerian D. Trifa, and served at Saints Peter and Paul Romanian Orthodox Church, Dearborn, MI, and Saint George Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Southfield, MI.&nbsp; On June 5, 1988, he was ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel at Saint Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Cleveland, OH, after which he was assigned Associate Priest at Southfield&rsquo;s Saint George Cathedral.&nbsp; He also served &ldquo;on loan&rdquo; as an Associate Priest at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Saint Clair Shores, MI, from December 1993 through April 2001.&nbsp; He was installed as the first priest of the newly formed Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Mission in northwest Detroit on May 6, 2001.&nbsp; He was elevated to the dignity of Archpriest by the Holy Synod of Bishops on March 20, 2007.</p> <p>In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Leo served as a national President of the American Romanian Orthodox Youth in 1960 and Business Manager of the&nbsp;SOLIA&nbsp;newspaper in 1963.&nbsp; He spent 16 years as cantor and choir director at Dearborn&rsquo;s Saints Peter and Paul Church; directed, produced and broadcast the English segment of the Orthodox Radio Hour, which aired on WNZK AM across the Detroit region from 1989 until 1994; organized and directed the first Council of Orthodox Christian Churches&rsquo; Christmas Concert in 1987; founded the Archbishop's Charity Endowment (ACE) Fund to help the needy; and served as Financial Adviser and Treasurer of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America for three terms.&nbsp; He also served as Spiritual Advisor of the Association of the Romanian Orthodox Ladies Auxiliary of North America prior to his retirement from the active priesthood on December 31, 2009, due to health reasons.</p> <p>Father Leo is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Preoteasa Mary [Bogdan]; four sons, Terry [Suzanne] Copacia, Timothy [Linda] Copacia, Tod Copacia, and Trevor [Kimberly] Copacia; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three nephews; and one brother, Franklin [Molly] Copacia.</p> <p>Visitation was at Saint George Cathedral, 18405 West Nine Mile Road, Southfield, MI at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 21, with the celebration of the Saracusta at 7:00 p.m.&nbsp; The Divine Liturgy, followed by the Funeral for a Priest, began at the cathedral at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22. His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel presided, assisted by many area clergy. A mercy meal (pomana) followed the services.&nbsp; Interment was at Saint Mary Cemetery, Grass Lake, MI.</p> <p>May Father Leo&rsquo;s memory be eternal!</p></div> The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America RESURRECTION PASTORAL LETTER 2018 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p><strong>PASTORAL LETTER OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP NATHANIEL FOR PASCHA 2018</strong></p> <p>Click below</p> <p><a href="/files/Pastoral%20Letters/2018/Pascha_2018_ENG.pdf">ENGLISH&nbsp;</a> /&nbsp; <a href="/files/Pastoral%20Letters/2018/Pascha_2018_ROM.pdf">ROMANIAN</a></p></div> The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America SOLIA-THE HERALD October-December 2017 Now Posted! Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p><a href="/files/Solia%20The Herald/2017/Solia_Oct_Nov_Dec_2017_compressed.pdf">Click here</a> to read the October-December 2017 issue of Solia - the Herald.</p></div> The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Prayers & Financial Support Requested for V. Rev. Fr. Dimitrie Vincent Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Please send your prayers and support for Father Dimitrie&nbsp; Vincent.&nbsp; Fr. Dimitrie, the Parish Priest of St. Thomas Albanian Orthodox Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and a member of the clergy of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, suffered a serious spinal cord injury while playing hockey on Saturday, November 25 at the Redford Ice Arena. &nbsp;Besides serving his congregation,&nbsp;Father D is also a member of the Orthodox Church of America....</p></div> The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Asociatia PRO VITA is St Vladimir Seminary's 2017 #GivingTuesday Partner - View Video Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p><a href=""><strong>Visit our #GivingTuesday resource page and access tools you'll need to help us spread the word!</strong></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src=";byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Last fall on November 29, 2016, people from around the world gave generously to St. Vladimir's Seminary&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="">#GivingTuesday</a>&nbsp;campaign&mdash;$127,800! (#GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and its annual place on the calendar reminds people globally to give to non-profits and charitable causes.) Our school in turn gave 10% of what it received to&nbsp;<a href="">IEIRA</a>, an online university in Guatemala that gives hope and a future to Orthodox youth from Hogar Rafael Ayau and San Miguel de Lago orphanages.<br /><br /><strong>This year,</strong>&nbsp;our seminary<strong>&nbsp;will once again participate in #GivingTuesday, scheduled for&nbsp;</strong>Tuesday, November 28, and once again, it will&nbsp;<strong>be tithing 10% of the total funds raised to our select non-profit partner for 2017:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;<a href=";sl=ro&amp;u=;prev=search">Pro Vita Association for the Born and Unborn</a>&nbsp;in Romania, an organization that provides healthcare and education to family members in need. Pro Vita encourages the well being of family units being torn apart by economic stress, and often prevents the heartbreaking decision by a desperate mother to abort her unborn child.</p> <p>&ldquo;We can impact an incredible number of people if we give to St. Vladimir&rsquo;s Seminary on #GivingTuesday, November 28,&rdquo; said Archpriest Chad Hatfield, president of the seminary. &ldquo;If we can raise $100,000 on #GivingTuesday, our alms will not only help seminarians in here in New York&nbsp;<em>but also&nbsp;</em>families in Romania.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Also, although we build up to a fever pitch on the actual day of #GivingTuesday, folks can give beforehand (<a href="">here</a>) if it&rsquo;s more convenient for them, and we&rsquo;ll simply count those funds in our final total,&rdquo; Fr. Chad remarked. &ldquo;In fact, I want to thank&nbsp;<a href="">Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, CT</a>, as the first parish to give to #GivingTuesday 2017, with their give of $1,000.</p> <p>&ldquo;As we launch our campaign,&rdquo; he continued, &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to encourage other parishes and individuals to join in the spirit and raise funds for our seminary operations and student services. A multitude of resources may be found on our website&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="">#GivingTuesday 2017 Toolkit</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to all our friends and alumni in advance, and let the fun and spirit of giving reign!,&rdquo; he concluded.</p></div> The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America ORDER, JUDGMENT AND DECREE Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Certain procedures were initiated in the late summer of 2015 against then-Bishop Irineu (Duvlea), at that time the Auxiliary Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (ROEA) and Abbot of Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Monastery (later renamed Holy Ascension <em>Romanian</em> Orthodox Christian Monastery [unauthorized change]), as a consequence of oral reports made to me in my capacity as Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America regarding possible sexual and other misconduct on the part of then-Bishop Irineu. In the course of these procedures, then-Bishop Irineu was officially put on leave of absence which restricted&nbsp; the performance of his clerical and administrative duties pending the investigation of these allegations by a letter dated August 25, 2015, forwarded to me by Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and by a letter from the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations (ORSMA) of the Orthodox Church in America, dated August 25, 2015, which was addressed to then-Bishop Irineu. On September 1, 2015, a Response Team was appointed to investigate these matters....</p></div> The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America DISPOZITIE, JUDECATA SI DECRET Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>&Icirc;n vara anului 2015 au fost demarate anumite proceduri &icirc;mpotriva fostului Episcop Irineu (Duvlea), la acel moment Episcop-vicar al Episcopiei Ortodoxe Rom&acirc;ne din America (ROEA) și stareț al M&acirc;năstirii Creștin Ortodoxe &bdquo;&Icirc;nălțarea Domnului&rdquo; (titlu ulterior schimbat &icirc;n Mănăstirea <em>Rom&acirc;nească</em> Creștin Ortodoxă &bdquo;&Icirc;nălțarea Domnului&rdquo; [o schimbare neautorizată]), ca urmare a unor declarații făcute mie &icirc;n calitate de Arhiepiscop al Episcopiei Ortodoxe Rom&acirc;ne din America (ROEA), av&acirc;nd ca subiect posibile abateri de natură sexuală și disciplinară atribuite Episcopului Irineu. Pe durata acestor proceduri, &icirc;n așteptarea cercetării acestor acuzații, Episcopul Irineu a fost suspendat, fiind privat de funcțiile sale clericale și administrative, prin scrisoarea din 25 august 2015, trimisă mie de către Mitropolitul Tikhon, Primatul Bisericii Ortodoxe din America, precum și prin scrisoarea primită de la Biroul pentru Verificarea Acuzațiilor de Abuz Sexual (ORSMA) al Bisericii Ortodoxe din America, datată 25 august 2015, adresată fostului episcop Irineu. La 1 septembrie 2015, a fost numită o Comisie de Investigare pentru a cerceta respectivele acuzații....</p></div> The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Free Book Promotion: Metropolitan Serafim Joanta Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>The book "Treasures of Romanian Christianity: Hesychast Tradition and Culture," written by Metropolitan Serafim Joanta, will be available for free in e-book (Amazon Kindle) format on Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday and on Holy Pascha (April 8-9, 16, 2017) at the the following link: <a href=""></a>.</p></div> The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Thy Will Be Done: Strategic Leadership, Planning, and Management for Christians Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src=""><p>Source: <a href="">St Vladimir's Seminary Press</a></p> <p>Peter Danilchick, a protodeacon [<a href=";id=69">Protection of the Mother of God Church, Falls Church VA - Romanian Diocese</a>] and retired corporate executive, brings his experience and expertise to bear on the meaning, challenges, and techniques of strategic leadership, planning, and management for Christians in his new book: Thy Will Be Done: Strategic Leadership, Planning, and Management for Christians. Many books examine these skills from a business perspective, but none have incorporated the timeless wisdom of the Orthodox faith. Thy Will Be Done serves as a bridge between the ecclesiastical and corporate worlds, drawing on Scripture and the Church fathers, together with the strategies and best practices of the business world....</p></div> The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America