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HCHC Appoints New Director of CrossRoad Summer Institute

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Hellenic College Holy Cross is pleased to announce the appointment of Kyra Limberakis as Director of the CrossRoad Summer Institute.

St. Sergius Chapel patronal feast to be celebrated Saturday, September 22

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Metropolitan Tikhon presides at patronal feast day Liturgy, September 2017.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the staff of the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America warmly invite the clergy and faithful to celebrate the patronal feast day of the Metropolitan’s Chapel of Saint Sergius of Radonezh at the Chancery, 6850 North Hempstead Turnpike, Syosset, NY on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be concelebrated by Metropolitan Tikhon and His Eminence and Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey in the Chancery’s walled garden [weather permitting] at 10:00 a.m.  Local OCA clergy and clergy from other jurisdictions also will serve.  A festive complimentary luncheon will follow on the Chancery grounds.

For additional information or to RSVP please contact Father Eric at egtosi@oca.org or 516-922-0550, ext. 129.

Celebrating Academic New Year

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A pious Church tradition teaches that Christ began preaching the good news of His mission on September 1st, which is the date our Lord entered the Synagogue in Nazareth, and was given the book of the Prophet Isaiah to read, and He opened it and found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Celebrating Academic New Year

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A pious Church tradition teaches that Christ began preaching the good news of His mission on September 1st, which is the date our Lord entered the Synagogue in Nazareth, and was given the book of the Prophet Isaiah to read, and He opened it and found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Pastoral Changes for July, August 2018 released

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The July and August 2018 “Pastoral Changes”—the official announcements of ordinations, assignments, releases, etc. affecting the clergy of the Orthodox Church in America as issued by the Office of the Chancellor, Archpriest John Jillions — are now available.

Listings in the “Pastoral Changes” appear after they have been submitted to the OCA Chancery by their respective dioceses.

Archbishop Daniel of the UOC of the USA and Bishop Ilarion of the UOC of Canada – Exarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to Ukraine – Met with the President of Ukraine

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Following the announcement of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, appointing Archbishop Daniel, the ruling hierarch of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA to the formal responsibility of an Exarch of the Ecumenical throne to Ukraine, the archbishop traveled to the capitol of Ukraine – Kyiv in order to begin the fulfillment of his temporary assignment along with His Grace Bishop Ilarion of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.

Ionian Village summer 2019 program dates

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Ionian Village is the international camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with campgrounds located in Peloponnesus, Greece.

St. Tikhon’s Seminary Announces 2018 Fall Lecture Series

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St. Tikhon’s Seminary announces its annual Fall Lecture Series.  This year’s series is focused on the Orthodox understanding of Scripture.  The series will run on Tuesday evenings:  October 16, 13 and 30, and November 6, beginning at 7pm in the seminary refectory.  You can download a flyer to post here.

Speakers and Presentation titles are as follows: 

October 16 at 7 PM — Fr. Lawrence Farley: “Gender in Genesis”

October 23 at 7 PM — Fr. Victor Gorodenchuk: “Six Days of Creation: Scientific Inquiry and Biblical Text.”

October 30 at 7 PM — Dr. Justin Gohl: “Christ in the Proverbs”

November 6 at 7 PM — Dr. Mary Ford: “The Soul’s Longing: An Orthodox Perspective on Biblical Interpretation”

To indicate your interest in attending, please contact Marshall M. Goodge, Administrative Assistant to the Dean at mgoodge@stots.edu

Metropolitan Tikhon presides at 80th Anniversary of the “Vatra”

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GRASS LAKE, MI [OCA]  For 80 years, the Vatra Românească—“vatra” means “hearth” in the Romanian language—has been a gathering point for the faithful of the Orthodox Church in America’s Romanian Episcopate.  The Vatra houses the Episcopate’s administrative headquarters, episcopal residence and museum and is the site of numerous programs, retreats, conferences and summer camps.  The center of life at the Vatra, however, is the Chapel of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary….

North Carolina community hit hard by Hurricane Florence

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The day after Hurricane Florence delivered a major blow to the Carolinas on Friday, September 14, 2018—the Great Feast of the Elevation of the Cross—Priest Peter Robichau was finally able to makes his way to Saint Basil Church here to make an initial damage assessment to the parish’s temple and property.

“Thankfully, there was no structural damage or flooding to the church, and all of the holy objects remained safe inside, despite some localized flooding on our property,” Father Peter reported.  “Downed trees missed the church, and a major task ahead of us will be to repair our fences and remove damaged trees.  Our newly renovated rectory, which I could not access due to flood waters, seems to have been spared significant, if any, damage, although we have no power and the roads are unsafe for travel.”

Out of necessity, weekend services had to be cancelled, leaving Father Peter and his flock to anticipate and navigate ongoing storm force winds, multiple high tide cycles of 10 foot storm surge, wind damage and flooding.

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“Soon after Florence made landfall, we began to receive reports from parishioners of major uninsured losses, lost wages and tremendous hardship—and the ‘worst’ hasn’t even started, according to disaster response officials,” Father Peter explained.  “And right now, due to major highway closures with no way in or out of Wilmington, evacuees will be forced to wait a considerable time before returning, relief workers’ arrivals will be delayed, and deliveries of essentials such as food, water and fuel will be limited for some time.  This will be a months-long recovery.”

Archpriest Marcus Burch, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the South, reported that he had not been apprised of any other OCA parishes or missions in the Carolinas that had been similarly impacted, adding that the slow-moving storm had been somewhat isolated to southeast North Carolina.  He had no reports of damage or related problems from communities in South Carolina as of Sunday, September 15, although at the time of this writing consideration was being given to evacuating Fayetteville, home of the OCA’s Saint Nicholas Mission.

“Father Andrew Cannon, our Assistant Priest, has done a great job keeping in touch with residents who stayed, and reports indicate that everyone is safe,” Father Peter continued.  “At present, I am directing offers of assistance toward International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC], and we will inform IOCC of any parishioner needs or will address those needs directly with volunteers from within our own community.”

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As reported earlier, IOCC has already set in motion emergency response protocols.  Volunteers interested in helping IOCC with clean-up efforts may register online.

“We have established a GoFundMe page with funds earmarked to go directly to parishioners in need of assistance,” Father Peter added.  “Our parish is not in a position to offer such assistance in any meaningful way right now, and most of our parishioners have evacuated at considerable expense, lost wages and uncertainty about what lies ahead.  We will assist not only our own parishioners, but neighbors and ‘the least of these’ who come to us for help.”  Donations also may be sent directly to Saint Basil Church Hurricane Relief Fund, 4601 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne, NC 28429.

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