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Holy Week 2018 Schedule of Services

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All are welcome to attend the divine services of Holy Week and Pascha at Holy Cross Chapel and worship with the HCHC community.

New book on Jesus Christ hailed as “work of great importance” by former pope, others

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23 March 2018 • Yonkers, NY

Pope Benedict XVI and Metropolitan Kallistos Ware are among those praising a monumental new work authored by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev and published by SVS Press.

Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching, Vol. 1 was released in March. It is the first of Metropolitan Hilarion’s six-volume study on the life and message of Jesus.

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STOTS Board announces three new Trustees

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Metropolitan Tikhon with Archbishop Michael and STOTS Board of Trustees.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the meeting of the Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Board of Trustees held on the school’s campus March 15-16, 2018.  Also participating in the meeting was His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, SVOTS Rector and CEO.

Among the agenda items, according to Archpriest Steven Voytovich, SVOTS Dean, was the acceptance of three new Board of Trustees members.

Dr. Jeffrey Carpenter is Chief of Surgery and Vice President for Surgical Services at Cooper University Hospital and Cooper Health System, serving as a teaching Vascular Surgeon.  He has held numerous faculty positions and holds a B.A. from Amherst College, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Greek (1981), and M.Div. and M.D. degrees from Yale Divinity School (1986).  He and his wife have a son and a daughter.  Dr. Carpenter has been recognized on numerous occasions for his surgical expertise as a top doctor at the state level in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and a leading doctor in the nation.

Samuel Jacob is a life-long member of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Lorain, OH.  He has served in multiple roles in the parish (President, Vice President, and Chairman of Finance Committee) and the Diocese of the Midwest.  He has served as Superintendent for Water Plants in Lorain and Elyria, OH for more than 20 years.  He received his A.S. degree in Chemical Technology from Lorain County Community College and his B.S. in Management (1994) and MBA (2004) from Cleveland, OH’s David Myers University.

Attorney Anthony Frederick Chapekis is a Founding Partner of the Chapekis, Chapekis, Kardas, and Schmidt Law Group in Chicago.  He is licensed for multiple state, appeal, and supreme courts, as well as multiple levels of the federal court system.  Attorney Chapekis has been highly involved in the Greek Orthodox community in the Chicago area, serving as Chief Legal Counsel for the Chicago Metropolis.  He has a keen interest in both Orthodox monasticism and theological education.  He holds a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University (1974) and a Juris Doctor Degree from Chicago-Kent School of Law (1977).

Bishop John Celebrates Presanctified Liturgy on Feast of 40 Martyrs of Sebaste

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On Tuesday, March 20 the Adminiistrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the divine services for the feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste.

Ancient Faith June 2018 Conference speakers, topics announced

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Speakers and topics that will be featured at the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference, to be held at Antiochian Village, Bolivar, PA June 20-23, 2018, were recently announced.  The conference, which is open to all interested individuals whether published or unpublished, is fully committed to mentoring the upcoming generation of Orthodox writers and podcasters.  College students are especially welcomed.

“The conference offers a professional development and fellowship opportunity for Orthodox Christians who want to enrich their creative work or break into a new media field,” according to Melinda Johnson, conference organizer.  “The conference will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network and collaborate with well-known Orthodox authors, podcasters, editors, and publishers, and to gain inside perspective on the Orthodox media world.  Guests will enjoy time for fellowship in a beautiful and peaceful environment.  Community building and spiritual refreshment are important goals of this gathering.”

The keynote address, titled “Can You Be All Things to All People and Still Be Yourself?” will be delivered by Frederica Mathewes-Green.  A wide-ranging author, Frederica has been published in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio, on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and on the Hallmark TV network.  She has served as a columnist for Religion News Service,, and Christianity Today.  Her book and movie reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, National Review Online and Christianity Today Movies.  Her podcast is featured on Ancient Faith Radio.  She has published 10 books, has appeared as a speaker over 500 times, and has been interviewed over 700 times, on venues that include PrimeTime Live, the Diane Rehm Show, the 700 Club, NPR, PBS, CNN, NBC, and Fox News, and by Time, Newsweek, The New Republic, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The New York Times.

Among the evening lecturers will be Deacon Nicholas Kotar, who will speak on “Culture Creation for a Post-Christian America.”  A writer of epic fantasy inspired by Russian fairy tales and a freelance translator from Russian to English, Deacon Nicholas is the resident conductor of the men’s choir at Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY, and a semi-professional vocalist.  He blogs about seeking beauty and truth in Russian folk culture and history at The Storyteller blog on the Ancient Faith platform.  He will be giving all participants copies of his translation of Ivan Ilyin’s “Christianity and Culture” as part of his presentation.  His lecture will conclude with a concrete action plan for Orthodox culture creators.

“Orthodoxy and Shame” will be the topic of Archpriest Stephen Freeman’s presentation.  Rector of the Orthodox Church in America’s Saint Anne Church, Oak Ridge, TN, Father Stephen was educated at Furman University, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and Duke University.  He is the author of the popular blog, Glory to God for All Things and the weekly podcast, “Glory to God,” on Ancient Faith Radio.  His writings have been widely translated and published in Europe and Russia.  In his presentation, Father Stephen will discuss the experience of shame (clinical understanding) and its occurrence in religious conversion and practice.

A variety of specialized networking sessions also will be offered.  Topics will include “Make It Beautiful: The Art of Editing Your Own Writing,” “Voices in the Wilderness: Writing Beauty for the Digital Age,” “Concrete Thinking as a Model for Evangelism,” “Re-Catechism Preaching to the Older Brother,” “Deliver us from Gnostic Cannibals: Engaging our Orthodox High School and College Students in Print, Podcasts, and the Classroom,” “Making Online Content Accessible to People with Disabilities,” and “Writing for Children.”  Several craft workshop tracks will explore adult fiction, book-length nonfiction, short-form nonfiction, and podcasting.

Additional information and registration details are available online.

Summer 2018 Asia Minor Travel Seminar

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Hellenic College Holy Cross and Stockton University will once again offer undergraduate and graduate students the exciting opportunity to explore the history of Greek Orthodox Christian communities of late Ottoman Asia Minor through the 2018 HCHC Asia Minor Travel Seminar.

Summer 2018 Asia Minor Travel Seminar

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Hellenic College Holy Cross and Stockton University will once again offer undergraduate and graduate students the exciting opportunity to explore the history of Greek Orthodox Christian communities of late Ottoman Asia Minor through the 2018 HCHC Asia Minor Travel Seminar.

Youth choir joins St. Vladimir’s seminarians for All-Night Vigil

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17 March 2018 • On Campus

Three Hierarchs Chapel was brimming with singers of all ages Saturday. On March 17, members of the youth choir from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, East Meadow, NY stood together with seminarians from St. Vladimir’s Seminary to sing All-Night Vigil.

The youth choir, under the direction of Danielle Miller and Dr. Nicholas Reeves, sang as a third choir Saturday, joining the seminary’s mixed and men’s choirs led by Robin Freeman, the seminary’s music director.

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Axios! Ordination of Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago

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NEW YORK – Metropolitan-elect Nathanael of Chicago was ordained to the Episcopacy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Saturday, March 17, according to the apostolic tradition.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America presided at the services. The Metropolitans, members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, the bishops of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and hierarchs from other jurisdictions members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States, as well as visiting hierarchs from abroad, concelebrated in the Divine Liturgy. In total, sixteen Hierarchs took part in the services assisted by 14 priests and four deacons.

The new Metropolitan, in his ordination address, spoke about the steps that led him to the priesthood. He expressed his gratitude to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese and all people who helped and supported him along the way. In addressing Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Nathanael said: “Your Eminence, venerable Elder Archbishop of America, with profound respect and infinite gratitude I thank you for providing me numerous opportunities to serve the Church through important posts, which offered me ecclesiastical experience and the opportunity to demonstrate my devotion to the Church. I am especially grateful that you ordained me a deacon and a presbyter, and today will receive from your honorable hands the grace of the archpriesthood.”

Archbishop Demetrios, in his paternal exhortation to the newly ordained hierarch, drew upon the wise admonitions in the letters of the Great Apostle Saint Paul to Timothy and Titus and asked Metropolitan-elect Nathanael to be a model and an example in attitude, in faith, in love and patience; “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)

Axios! (He is Worthy!) exclaimed the Archbishop, the hierarchs and clergy and all the faithful in the congregation at several points during the service. The Ordination service and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was attended by hundreds of faithful, friends and relatives of the new Metropolitan, some who had travelled from Greece, and representatives of the diplomatic corps of Greece and Cyprus.

The hierarchs concelebrating in the services were: Archbishop Demetrios of America, Metropolitans Methodios of Boston, Alexios of Atlanta, Savas of Pittsburgh, Gerasimos of San Francisco, Evangelos of New Jersey; and Archbishops Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolis of the Americas, Peter (ROCOR) of Chicago and Mid-America and Michael of New York and New Jersey; Bishops Irinej of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, Maxim of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, also concelebrating were Bishops Andonios of Phasiane, Sevastianos of Zela, Apostolos of Medeia, Makarios of Christopolis and Ierotheos of Efkarpia.

Serving Presbyters were: the V. Rev. Archimandrites Sylvester Berberis, Anastasios Tasopoulos, Dionysios Anagnostopoulos, Nektarios Papazafiropoulos and Chrysostom Panos. The Rev. Protopresbyters Christopher Metropulos, Panagiotis Salmas, Josiah Trenham, Elias Villis, John Vlahos. The Rev. Economos John Ketchum, George Anastasiou, Evangelos Evangelides and Mark Rashkov. The serving deacons were: Archdeacons John Chryssavgis and Panteleimon Papadopoulos and Deacons Vasilios Smith and Christos Avramopoulos.

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Ordination video

Archbishop Demetrios’ Letter to the faithful of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago.

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Archbishop Demetrios’ Letter to the Metropolis of Chicago

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Protocol Number 41/18                                                                      March 19, 2018

To the Reverend Clergy, the Parish Councils, the Philoptochos Chapters, the Youth, the Choirs and the Greek Schools and Sunday Schools, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family of the Holy Metropolis of Chicago of our Holy Archdiocese of America

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Beloved Children in the Lord,

            With great joy and paternal love we inform you that, upon the recommendation of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Holy Archdiocese of America, the Holy and Sacred Synod of our Ecumenical Patriarchate on February 7, 2018, elected the Very Reverend Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides, a man of deep piety, strong theological education  and churchly demeanor to be the new Metropolitan of one of the Metropolises of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, namely the Holy Metropolis of  Chicago.

            Having ordained him to the rank of Metropolitan on March 17, 2018, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York, we wholeheartedly commend His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael to your love, your respect, and your prayers, and we will enthrone him on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Cathedral Church of the Annunciation in Chicago, Illinois.

            Therefore, I paternally ask that, in the performance of the most sacred spiritual administrative and pastoral work of your new Metropolitan, you become faithful and creative co-workers, offering with love and dedication your valuable services for the realization of the supreme apostolic mission of the Church.

            Fervently praying to God our Lord that He may grant to all of you every blessing and grace, I remain,


With paternal love in the Lord,



Archbishop of America

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