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22-30 December, 2017 – Winter Mission Trip to Znamianka Orphanage

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2016 Winter Mission Trip to Ukrainian Orphanage

With the blessing of the Council of Bishops, the Consistory Office of Christian Charity in cooperation with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA announce the date for the winter missionary trip to Znamyanka Orphanage for the faithful of our Church.

This trip will take place 22-30 December, 2017

The cost of the Mission Trip, which includes the flight, in country travel, lodging and food, is $2,500 (travel to and from New Jersey is NOT included).

St. Tikhon's to Host 20th Annual Golf Tournament on August 19

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St. Tikhon’s Seminary will host its 20th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Jack Frost National Golf Course in Blakeslee, PA.

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. An Awards Banquet will be held at 6:00 PM at the course. 

The day is filled with great golf, great food, and great fellowship. The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, lunch, banquet, refreshments, and prizes. Contact Bernard Golubiewski at 570-825-4780 or bernygober@comcast.net to reserve a space or book a foursome. A registration form is available for download here.

This is a special event in the life of the seminary, and we hope to reach a target of $20,000!  If you would like to offer a sponsorship, please find that information here, even if you are not able to join us on this day of fellowship!

The 2017 Sacred Music Retreat at St. Sophia Seminary Was A Success

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The days were packed with instruction.  Each morning began with the Divine Liturgy, followed by a guided discussion of how the music went, what could be improved, how those improvements might be made, and to field more general questions and concerns.  Classes in the mornings and afternoons covered the tone system, how to set words to the music (both setting them and on the fly), and directing.  Each evening was capped with a lecture that was open to the general public (see below for links to recordings of the lectures) and evening prayers with the seminarians in the chapel.  It was a grueling schedule, but everyone was fortified by the tremendous meals that the seminary cook, Pani Maria, prepared (glory to God!).

This is one of several new programs that St. Sophia’s has fielded to meet the demands of the UOC-USA.  It came about because several people had voiced the concerns about how hard it is to find chanters and choir directors and still others who have (often reluctantly!) stepped forward to chant and direct had shared their frustrations.  

Registration Opens for Five-Day, Three-Course Summer Theological Program

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Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is offering an excellent opportunity for Orthodox Christians of all jurisdictions to enhance their knowledge of the Faith and enrich their spiritual lives this summer. “Training Laborers for the Lord” is a five-day program of three courses taking place on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross from July 31 – August 4.

“This one-week offering is a wonderful experience of intellectual rigor and spiritual nourishment, allowing the non-specialist to engage in foundational aspects of Orthodox Christian doctrine and practice, said James C. Skedros, PhD, Dean of Holy Cross. “The three courses being offered this summer, all taught by well-known Orthodox theologians and scholars on the Holy Cross faculty, will provide insights into the sacraments, theology, and Scripture, and their interconnectedness within the life of the Church. An added benefit will be the opportunity for daily worship at Orthros and Vespers/Paraklesis.”

Orthodox Theology will introduce the dogmatic teachings of the Orthodox Church on the Trinity, Christology, Pneumatology, and eschatology. This course will be taught by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Clapsis, MDiv, PhD, Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology.

The Sacraments, taught by Rev. Fr. Philip Zymaris, MDiv, ThD, Assistant Professor of Liturgics, will present an overview of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, chrismation, and eucharist) and those of marriage and unction.

The Bible in Orthodoxy will provide an introduction to the Christian Bible (context, canon, theologies), focusing on Orthodox modes of biblical interpretation (hermeneutics). This course will be taught by Rev. Fr. Eugen Pentiuc, ThD, PhD, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew.

Commenting on the program, Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos said, “This one-week program is just one part of extensive, increased activity at Hellenic College Holy Cross this summer. These courses offer tremendous value toward the contemplation and practice of the Orthodox Faith for all levels and all jurisdictions of Orthodox Christians. It is my hope that as many men and women of our Faith as possible will participate, and visit our campus to share in worship, study, and fellowship.” 

Rev. Fr. Christopher concluded that additional programs and courses facilitating continuing education will be forthcoming.  

For more information or to register, please contact Jay Ostrosky at jostrosky@hchc.edu or 617.850.1261.

Download the program flyer >>

Registration Opens for Five-Day, 3-Course Summer Theological Program

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Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is offering an excellent opportunity for Orthodox Christians of all jurisdictions to enhance their knowledge of the Faith and enrich their spiritual lives this summer. “Training Laborers for the Lord” is a five-day program of three courses taking place on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross from July 31 – August 4.

“This one-week offering is a wonderful experience of intellectual rigor and spiritual nourishment, allowing the non-specialist to engage in foundational aspects of Orthodox Christian doctrine and practice, said Dr. James C. Skedros, PhD, Dean of Holy Cross. “The three courses being offered this summer, all taught by well-known Orthodox theologians and scholars on the Holy Cross faculty, will provide insights into the sacraments, theology, and Scripture, and their interconnectedness within the life of the Church. An added benefit will be the opportunity for daily worship at Orthros and Vespers/Paraklesis.”

Orthodox Theology will introduce the dogmatic teachings of the Orthodox Church on the Trinity, Christology, Pneumatology, and eschatology. This course will be taught by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Clapsis, MDiv, PhD, Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology.

The Sacraments, taught by Rev. Fr. Philip Zymaris, MDiv, ThD, Assistant Professor of Liturgics, will present an overview of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, chrismation, and eucharist) and those of marriage and unction.

The Bible in Orthodoxy will provide an introduction to the Christian Bible (context, canon, theologies), focusing on Orthodox modes of biblical interpretation (hermeneutics). This course will be taught by Rev. Fr. Eugen Pentiuc, ThD, PhD, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew.

Commenting on the program, Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos said, “This one-week program is just one-part of extensive, increased activity at Hellenic College Holy Cross this summer. These courses offer tremendous value toward the contemplation and practice of the Orthodox Faith for all levels and all jurisdictions of Orthodox Christians. It is my hope that as many men and women of our Faith as possible will participate, and visit our campus to share in worship, study, and fellowship.” 

Rev. Fr. Christopher concluded that additional programs and courses facilitating continuing education will be forthcoming.  

For more information or to register, please contact Jay Ostrosky at jostrosky@hchc.edu or 617.850.1261.

Download the program flyer >>

St. Tikhon’s Seminary Announces Enrollment into Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation Program

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[STOTS Communications, Philadelphia, PA]

St. Tikhon’s Seminary is announcing open enrollment into an expanded Diaconal and Parish Leadership Formation program!  The program is currently structured to satisfy the educational requirements of laymen who would like to pursue ordination into the Diaconate.  It is also intended for faithful men and women, who would like to deepen their knowledge of Orthodox theology and spiritual life to be more effective in their ministry in the Church.  The expanded program now consists of two educational tracks: one for those who intend to serve as Deacons in the Orthodox Church and another for those who are actively involved in parish leadership. 

The Parish Leadership Formation program is designed for laypeople who would like to seek greater knowledge of our Orthodox Faith toward exercising a more active role in the life of their parish. The program will be helpful for those: serving on parish council, conducting catechetical instructions, teaching Sunday School, and leading youth activities, assisting with church services either in the altar or in the choir, or undertaking any responsibility in the parish life that can benefit from the knowledge of Orthodox Theology, Spirituality and Liturgy.

Archpriest Victor Gorodenchuk, the director of the program, remarked: “We are very excited with the decision of St. Tikhon’s Seminary to create an opportunity for dedicated Orthodox faithful of our area to learn more about Theology, Scripture and Liturgy.  This program is ideal for those who have full-time employment and are able to commute once a week to Philadelphia.  In contrast with correspondence courses, the ability to meet for both prayer and classes and to spend time in fellowship with other students allows participants to have an important formational aspect which is indispensable for their ministry in the setting of an Orthodox parish.”

The program meets on Saturdays over the course of two years from September to May at St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral in North-East Philadelphia, PA.  To download a copy of the flyer, click here.  For any questions about the program, please contact Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk at 215-745-3232 or dean@ststephenscathedral.org.

Reflections on the Concordia Summit in Athens

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by Stavroula Alexaki, MTS ’16

I was truly fortunate to participate in the Concordia Summit, held in Athens June 6-7, as one of five students representing Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Our President, Rev. Fr Christopher Metropulos, guided us—both spiritually and academically—through a tremendous educational as well as social journey.

Founded by inspired leaders Nicholas Logothetis and Matthew Swift, Concordia is an nonprofit organization dedicated to building partnerships between the public and private sectors, addressing crucial human issues both regionally and globally, fostering dialogue, and creating effective solutions.

Powerful men and women from highly successful private companies, as well as speakers prominent in the public sector in Greece and abroad, both from Church and government, along with a plethora of highly interesting participants from all over the world, engaged in the Summit by sharing information and ideas, expressing personal experiences, and most importantly, addressing sensitively the reality of painful problems such as Greece’s high unemployment rate and the refugee crisis.

The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, opened the Summit by reassuring attendees that “Greece is going to remain in the European Union.” José Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission, offered a long interview to noted Greek journalist Alexis Papachelas on his experience and views concerning social and political issues in Europe and worldwide. Muhtar Kent, Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, spoke about the best practices and hopeful goals of an extremely successful company. Former Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden gave a strong speech, stating among other significant remarks, “If we don’t fight for ourselves and our values collectively, no one else will.” He also said, “Be careful of the Greeks—once they get into your heart, they capture you.”

A special speaker who chose to address his audience in a radical, heartfelt, deeply Greek way was George M. Logothetis, Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group and Chairman of Concordia’s Leadership Council, who said, among other notable things, “Greeks are ordinary heroes….” and his audience rose to their feet and applauded loudly.

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew offered remarks on facing difficult problems as societies and individuals, working on and hoping for sustainable solutions.

A real, heroic, tortured, and still strong presence was that of Amandu, a 17-year-old Syrian who survived atrocities in his war-torn country to share with us his story, his drama, his innocent and both painful and hopeful expression.

Another special note about a special lady: Nitzia Logothetis, psychotherapist and founder of the Seleni Institute, arrived in Athens just after she had visited the island of Chios and the refugee camps there. She gave us a straightforward, heartfelt hit right at the center of our hearts and dignity: “ Welcome to hell on earth… Kids two-and-a-half or four years old cannot sleep at all during the nights…They urgently need psychotherapists…They are psychotic…due to their exposure to extremely high levels of stress.” No comments. Just some tears.

The Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Alexis Tsipras, concluded the Summit by saying that the Greek economy is on its way to recovering.

Concordia taught us that partnerships can overcome problems and open up a sustainable future for all people, but mainly for youth, children, and those less fortunate. Concordia taught us that our school’s mission is on the right way: We offer an educational orientation towards sensitivity, awareness, faith in Orthodoxy, in family, in self, in our fellow man. Both servants and leaders of a changing world, our students and graduates can focus on the importance of the human psyche and on effective collaboration in order for humanity to experience peace and love. 

At the Summit in Athens, we acquired knowledge, resources, social awareness, unique experiences, strong feelings, firm faith, and new friendships. We renewed our respect for our amazing school and its mission. We had the opportunity to spread the word about our school’s unique principles and values. Last but not least, we felt, once again, absolute trust in our wonderful President, Fr. Metropulos, who repeatedly proves the words right: “It’s all about the students.” 

Reflections on the Concordia Summit in Athens

This post was originally published on this site

by Stavroula Alexaki, MTS ’16

I was truly fortunate to participate in the Concordia Summit, held in Athens June 6-7, as one of five students representing Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Our President, Rev. Fr Christopher Metropulos, guided us—both spiritually and academically—through a tremendous educational as well as social journey.

Founded by inspired leaders Nicholas Logothetis and Matthew Swift, Concordia is an nonprofit organization dedicated to building partnerships between the public and private sectors, addressing crucial human issues both regionally and globally, fostering dialogue, and creating effective solutions.

Powerful men and women from highly successful private companies, as well as speakers prominent in the public sector in Greece and abroad, both from Church and government, along with a plethora of highly interesting participants from all over the world, engaged in the Summit by sharing information and ideas, expressing personal experiences, and most importantly, addressing sensitively the reality of painful problems such as Greece’s high unemployment rate and the refugee crisis.

The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, opened the Summit by reassuring attendees that “Greece is going to remain in the European Union.” José Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission, offered a long interview to noted Greek journalist Alexis Papachelas on his experience and views concerning social and political issues in Europe and worldwide. Muhtar Kent, Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, spoke about the best practices and hopeful goals of an extremely successful company. Former Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden gave a strong speech, stating among other significant remarks, “If we don’t fight for ourselves and our values collectively, no one else will.” He also said, “Be careful of the Greeks—once they get into your heart, they capture you.”

A special speaker who chose to address his audience in a radical, heartfelt, deeply Greek way was George M. Logothetis, Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group and Chairman of Concordia’s Leadership Council, who said, among other notable things, “Greeks are ordinary heroes….” and his audience rose to their feet and applauded loudly.

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew offered remarks on facing difficult problems as societies and individuals, working on and hoping for sustainable solutions.

A real, heroic, tortured, and still strong presence was that of Amandu, a 17-year-old Syrian who survived atrocities in his war-torn country to share with us his story, his drama, his innocent and both painful and hopeful expression.

Another special note about a special lady: Nitzia Logothetis, psychotherapist and founder of the Seleni Institute, arrived in Athens just after she had visited the island of Chios and the refugee camps there. She gave us a straightforward, heartfelt hit right at the center of our hearts and dignity: “ Welcome to hell on earth… Kids two-and-a-half or four years old cannot sleep at all during the nights…They urgently need psychotherapists…They are psychotic…due to their exposure to extremely high levels of stress.” No comments. Just some tears.

The Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Alexis Tsipras, concluded the Summit by saying that the Greek economy is on its way to recovering.

Concordia taught us that partnerships can overcome problems and open up a sustainable future for all people, but mainly for youth, children, and those less fortunate. Concordia taught us that our school’s mission is on the right way: We offer an educational orientation towards sensitivity, awareness, faith in Orthodoxy, in family, in self, in our fellow man. Both servants and leaders of a changing world, our students and graduates can focus on the importance of the human psyche and on effective collaboration in order for humanity to experience peace and love. 

At the Summit in Athens, we acquired knowledge, resources, social awareness, unique experiences, strong feelings, firm faith, and new friendships. We renewed our respect for our amazing school and its mission. We had the opportunity to spread the word about our school’s unique principles and values. Last but not least, we felt, once again, absolute trust in our wonderful President, Fr. Metropulos, who repeatedly proves the words right: “It’s all about the students.” 

Rev. Fr. Pentiuc Leads Workshop in Bucharest

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Rev. Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, led a Bible translation workshop in Bucharest, Romania, from May 15-20. The workshop is part of an online master’s program organized by the NIDA Institute (American Bible Society) and Link Campus University in Rome. Rev. Fr. Pentiuc was the instructor for the first module, “The Role of the Bible in Orthodoxy.” Students in the program from Romania, Greece, Russia, Serbia, and Albania attended the Bucharest workshop at which biblical scholars from Romania and Greece presented papers related to the art and science of Bible translation.

While in Bucharest, Rev. Fr. Pentiuc was received in an official audience by His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, who conferred upon Rev. Fr. Pentiuc the Order of St. John Chrysostom in recognition of his contribution to Orthodox theology in America. His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Dean of the St. Serge Orthodox Institute in Paris are among the few other recipients of this prestigious award. 

Rev. Fr. Pentiuc was also interviewed by Trinitas TV, the only 24/7 station in the Orthodox world. Segments of the two-hour interview aired during nine episodes of Trinitas programming. Rev. Fr. Pentiuc spoke on topics such as his ongoing work on the prophet Hosea, the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, the role of the Bible in the Orthodox Church, and the first digital Study Bible, The Bible in its Traditions, created by the École biblique in Jerusalem, to which Rev. Fr. Pentiuc contributed a new translation with footnotes of the Book of Hosea (forthcoming from Peeters Press).

Rev. Fr. Pentiuc Leads Workshop in Bucharest

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Rev. Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, led a Bible translation workshop in Bucharest, Romania, from May 15-20. The workshop is part of an online master’s program organized by the NIDA Institute (American Bible Society) and Link Campus University in Rome. Rev. Fr. Pentiuc was the instructor for the first module, “The Role of the Bible in Orthodoxy.” Students in the program from Romania, Greece, Russia, Serbia, and Albania attended the Bucharest workshop at which biblical scholars from Romania and Greece presented papers related to the art and science of Bible translation.

While in Bucharest, Rev. Fr. Pentiuc was received in an official audience by His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, who conferred upon Rev. Fr. Pentiuc the Order of St. John Chrysostom in recognition of his contribution to Orthodox theology in America. His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Dean of the St. Serge Orthodox Institute in Paris are among the few other recipients of this prestigious award. 

Rev. Fr. Pentiuc was also interviewed by Trinitas TV, the only 24/7 station in the Orthodox world. Segments of the two-hour interview aired during nine episodes of Trinitas programming. Rev. Fr. Pentiuc spoke on topics such as his ongoing work on the prophet Hosea, the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, the role of the Bible in the Orthodox Church, and the first digital Study Bible, The Bible in its Traditions, created by the École biblique in Jerusalem, to which Rev. Fr. Pentiuc contributed a new translation with footnotes of the Book of Hosea (forthcoming from Peeters Press).

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