OCF To Hold Training Webinar For Getting Started In Campus Ministry

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BROOKLINE, MA [Orthodox Christian Fellowship] — Are you new to campus ministry? Would you like to reach out to the students in your community? Whether you are a clergyman, a lay leader in your parish, a professor, or a concerned parent, join OCF on November 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm ET for a one-hour webinar on how to get started on campus. Learn what you can expect from campus activities offices, ways to find Orthodox students, and the basics of what makes an OCF chapter successful and sustainable.

Antiochian Women 2018 Project: “Strengthening the Ministries of our Church–VOCATIONS”

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“Vocation” is defined as “a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation; a calling, mission, or purpose.” At our 53rd Biennial Convention in Miami, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH told us that “we are here for a purpose, and that purpose is to bring people together to praise God.”

As we think of the definition of “vocation” in relation to the Church, we realize that it does not refer just to ordained or monastic vocations, but that there are many people who are doing holy work by dedicating their lives to ministries of various kinds. These ministries are inspired by the Holy Spirit and instituted by our Lord for the well-being of the Church and the salvation of souls. “And Christ, Himself, gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Our Project this year will focus on these ministries and on supporting those who undertake them as a Godly VOCATION — Our goal is to inspire and support vocations as well as to raise money to fund and encourage all of the excellent work that is being done throughout our Archdiocese by dedicated and self-sacrificing men and women.

His Grace Bishop JOHN wrote:

“Metropolitan JOSEPH has asked the Antiochian Women to promote vocations in our
Archdiocese. The spiritual growth of our people as well as the success of the Metropolitan’s
visionary plan for our Archdiocese depend on recruiting and developing people to enter into the
various vocations of our Church. The vocations include but are not limited to service in the
parish as pastors, youth workers, Christian educators, church musicians, monastics and
administrators. Vocations also include serving the community as nurses, physicians, social
workers, institution developers and administrators, as well as counselors. Some vocations will
call people to other countries and traveling ministries as teachers, coaches, and missionaries.”
(DIAKONIA, summer 2017)

We want our Archdiocese to flourish; we want many more men and women to dedicate their lives to vocations of ministry in the Name of Christ Jesus. However, a firm financial foundation is necessary in order to support these ministries. Let us work hard this year to raise these needed funds. THANK YOU!

Kh. Suzanne Murphy
Vice President of the North American Board & NAB Project Coordinator

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HCHC Hosts Symposium on Creation and Ecology

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The Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology sponsored a “Symposium on Creation and Ecology: Insights from Patristic and Contemporary Christian Sources” on October 5 and 6, 2017, here on campus.

SVOTS Missions Weekend to highlight South Korea, Albania

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Saint Vladimir’s Seminary will host its annual Missions Weekend October 20-21, 2017, during which two fascinating speakers will share their missionary experiences in South Korea and Albania.  The event is being sponsored by a campus student interest group, the Saint Innocent Society.

His Eminence, Metropolitan Ambrosios [Zographos] of the Orthodox Metropolis of Korea will deliver his free and public presentation in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20.  An open reception will follow.

“I look forward to seeing your seminary President, Father Chad Hatfield, face-to-face, and to the conversations with your students,” replied Metropolitan Ambrosios in response to the invitation he received from the Saint Innocent Society.

Metropolitan Ambrosios was born on March 15, 1960 on the island of Aegina in Greece.  He was educated at theological institutions in Greece, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Princeton Theological Seminary.  He pursued postgraduate work at Princeton University, earning a Master’s Degree in Church History and Art History.  On December 21, 1998, he was awarded a Doctorate Degree with distinction by the School of Theology of the University of Athens.  Two days later, he departed to Korea to begin serving the Church there as Dean of Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Seoul and as Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Korea.  On December 21, 2006, he was elevated to the Episcopacy as Bishop of Zela by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.  [See related article by Metropolitan Ambrosios titled Orthodox Witness in the Korean Peninsula: A Historical Approach.]

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In addition to many articles in various magazines, Metropolitan Ambrosios is also the author of numerous major studies and books, including The Social Teachings of Saint Gregory Palamas, Based on His Sixty-Three Homilies; The Contribution of Saint Basil the Great on the Formation of the Monastic Ideal; and Iconography in the Liturgical life of the Medieval Greek Church.

Nathan Hoppe, long-time missionary to Albania, will be speaking in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21.

Nathan and his wife Gabriela are working to inspire, train, equip, and lead Albanians to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples.  Their ministry is focused on seminary and university students and children.  Nathan teaches the early Church Fathers at the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy and leads the ministry to students at the University of Tirana.  He also directs the Central Children’s Office of the Orthodox Church of Albania, a ministry in which he works closely with Gabriela.

Nathan also represents the Orthodox Church of Albania at a number of international gatherings and serves on the steering committee of the Lausanne-Orthodox.  He is a member of the Advisory Council for World Vision Albania and is on the board of the Inter-Confessional Bible Society.  Together Nathan and Gabriela lead a team of 25 Albanian Orthodox youth to Kosovo each year where they hold friendship camps for about 1,500 Muslim Albanian children as part of the social and philanthropic work of the Orthodox Church of Albania.

Born and raised in Colombia, South America, Nathan is a graduate of Wheaton College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.  He has served in Albania for more than 16 years.  Gabriela, a native of Albania, is a graduate of the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy and the University of Tirana.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Children’s and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary.  The Hoppes have three children.  Podcasts with Nathan may be accessed on Ancient Faith’s “Speaking the Truth in Love.”

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Asociatia PRO VITA is St Vladimir Seminary’s 2017 #GivingTuesday Partner – View Video

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Visit our #GivingTuesday resource page and access tools you’ll need to help us spread the word!

 

Last fall on November 29, 2016, people from around the world gave generously to St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s #GivingTuesday campaign—$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 IEIRA, an online university in Guatemala that gives hope and a future to Orthodox youth from Hogar Rafael Ayau and San Miguel de Lago orphanages.

This year, our seminary will once again participate in #GivingTuesday, scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, and once again, it will be tithing 10% of the total funds raised to our select non-profit partner for 2017:  Pro Vita Association for the Born and Unborn 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.

“We can impact an incredible number of people if we give to St. Vladimir’s Seminary on #GivingTuesday, November 28,” said Archpriest Chad Hatfield, president of the seminary. “If we can raise $100,000 on #GivingTuesday, our alms will not only help seminarians in here in New York but also families in Romania.”

“Also, although we build up to a fever pitch on the actual day of #GivingTuesday, folks can give beforehand (here) if it’s more convenient for them, and we’ll simply count those funds in our final total,” Fr. Chad remarked. “In fact, I want to thank Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, CT, as the first parish to give to #GivingTuesday 2017, with their give of $1,000.

“As we launch our campaign,” he continued, “I’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’s #GivingTuesday 2017 Toolkit.

“Thanks to all our friends and alumni in advance, and let the fun and spirit of giving reign!,” he concluded.

Two Antiochian Scholars to Participate in Public Forum on Religious Freedom

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Leading religious scholars will explore how Christian identity is shaped by the current culture in a free and public forum, “Religious Freedom in the Culture War,” on Friday, October 20, 2017. The event is sponsored by North Park University in Chicago, IL, and is the second such forum in the University’s “Engaging Orthodoxy” Series, being made possible by the John C. Kulis Foundation.

Offering the main address is Princeton’s Dr. Robert P. George; Dr. George holds the Princeton McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is former Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Prominent Antiochian Orthodox New Testament scholar Dr. Edith M. Humphrey of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer the reply.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bradley Nassif, an Antiochian Orthodox theologian and professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University.

Dubbed “the country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker” by The New York Times, Dr. George will address what it means to be a Christian “in a culture that is forced upon us today,” and whether or not Christians can express their faith in public places of employment without violating the law. The topic is relevant for people of all Christian affiliations who are working as public school teachers, business owners, health care professionals, psychologists, government workers, religious leaders, and employees in all areas of commerce.

The event is open to the public. A Q & A session for the audience and livestreamed listeners will follow the forum presentations. Follow the livestream on Friday night, October 20 from 7:30-9:30 pm.

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In Memoriam: Archpriest George Rados (Alumnus, ’61)

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Our alumnus, the Very Reverend George Rados, pastor emeritus of Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Potomac, MD, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday evening, October 15, 2017. Father George was a member of the graduating Class of 1961.

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Urgent announcement concerning unauthorized fundraising appeal

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Today—Tuesday, October 17, 2017—an e-mail went out under the Orthodox Church in America’s logo and the OCA address—info@oca.org—asking for financial assistance for a member of the OCA.  This e-mail was not sent out by the OCA, nor did the OCA authorize the use of its logo or address.

If you have received this e-mail please do not click on any links in the e-mail.

While the Orthodox Church in America does use digital media to raise funds for the Stewards of the Orthodox Church in America and the Charity Committee, digital appeals from the OCA do not use third-party fundraising organizations like “Fundly,” “Gofundme,” or others.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we are working to identify the source of this e-mail and to put necessary protocols into place to prevent such activity from happening again.

Archpastoral Visit to Spokane, Washington

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On Saturday, October 14, the great feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fomisnk visited the metochion of the Monastery of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica – the Church of Our Lady of Kazan, in Spokane, Washington. 

St. Tikhon’s Community celebrates Founder’s Day

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On Sunday, October 8, 2017, members of the communities of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery and Saint Tikhon’s Seminary gathered for their Founder’s Day celebration, held each year on the Sunday closest to the Feast of the Glorification of Saint Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, who founded the monastery.

The day opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by the monastery’s Abbot, Archimandrite Sergius, Archpriest Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean, and clergy from the seminary and monastery.

In his homily, Archimandrite Sergius appealed to all gathered to continue pursuing the vision of Saint Tikhon with continual prayerful support of the mission of Orthodoxy in North America, aided by the daily prayers of the monastery community.  This year, he noted, is special in that it marks the 100th anniversary of Saint Tikhon’s elevation to the Patriarchate.

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Following the Liturgy, a festive luncheon was held, at which Father Steven thanked all of the members of the Fellowship of Saint Tikhon and Saint Nikolai for their support of the seminary.  He then thanked the members of the Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Century Association, inviting Subdeacon John Lasichak, Association President, to address those gathered for the luncheon.

In the afternoon, the Association’s members held their annual meeting.  Subdeacon John called upon the Association’s leadership to report on their successful fundraising activities through the course of the year.  Archpriest Dennis Swencki, STOTS Chief Financial Officer, shared heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the seminary for all the Association’s efforts in supporting the seminary, including its annual event, Hospitality a la Russe.  On behalf of the Century Association, Subdeacon John presented a check for $7,000.00 to Father Steven Voytovich.

Century Association members support the seminary with annual gifts of at least $100.00.

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