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19th AAC Handbook released, available online

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19th AAC

In accordance with the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, Article 3, Section 5, the Delegate Handbook for the 19th All-American Council [AAC] is now available online.

As widely announced, the 19th AAC will be held in Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018.  The Council theme will be “For the Life of the World,” inspired by the classic book of the same name written by the late Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann.

“The Handbook, which according to the Statute must be issued 60 days prior to the opening of the AAC, includes the approved agenda, instructions, rules and arrangements for the AAC, as well as submitted and approved Statute amendments and resolutions for consideration by AAC delegates,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “The Handbook also provides procedures for submitting resolutions during the AAC.

“The Handbook has been blessed by the Holy Synod of Bishops, and delegates are requested to read it in its entirety, download it and bring it with them to the AAC,” Father Eric added.  “Hard copies will not be available at the Council.  Upon registering, delegates will receive three-ring binders in which to place the Handbook.”

Reports on the OCA’s various offices, departments and institutions will be released online 30 days prior to the AAC’s opening, in accordance with Article 3, Section 5 of the Statute.

Questions or concerns may be addressed to the Preconciliar Commission at

Eternal Memory: +Pani Magdalene Blaschak

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JOHNSTOWN, PA – With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that Pani Magdalene Blaschak, the wife of Fr. Thomas Blaschak, reposed in the Lord on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Funeral arrangements for Pani Magdalene are as follow: Wednesday, May 23rd – 6:00 PM – Panachida at St. John’s Church, Hermitage with viewing and visitation at the Church until 8:00 PM. Thursday, May 24th – 11:00 AM – Funeral Service, St. John’s Church, Hermitage, PA with Interment in the Parish Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Meal in the Parish Hall.

Archbishop Daniel Consecrates Sacramento, CA’s Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Mission’s church

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On Sunday, May 20, 2018, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of the Western Eparchy of the UOC of the USA consecrated Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Sacramento, CA.

Bishop John Leads Patronal Feasday Celebrations in St. Nicholas Cathedral

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On Tuesday, May 22, the feast of the Translation of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker to Bari, the clergy and parishioners of St. Nicholas Cathedral celebrated its summer patronal feastday.

Archdiocese Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

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NEW YORK – The mass school shooting at Santa Fe High School, in the small town of Santa Fe, Texas, last Friday May 18, 2018, has once again brought shock, sorrow and anger to the whole country and the world.

We, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, mourn the tragic loss of life of the 10 victims of this abominable murderous act, eight high-school students and two teachers and we share the deep pain and grief of their families and friends. Our fervent prayers and thoughts are with all of them, the victims, their families and their friends.

This time, the burden is heavier and the pain is sharper because the alleged seventeen-year old perpetrator of this crime has been identified as a Greek-Orthodox, and his family as members of one of our parishes. We pray for him and his family as well.

This unacceptable and totally unthinkable school massacre is yet another one in a series, it is an epidemic of violent crimes that has overtaken our society and country. It is the result of an explosive mix of the proliferation of the culture of violence, violent video games, bullying and victimization of our youth, desensitization to crime, devaluing of human life and easy access to readily available guns. The question arises and we have posed it last time and we now have to ask again, whether we have done all we can to stop this epidemic disease.

How many more victims, how many more school children, how many more teenagers and teachers should die before we act?

We turn to prayer of course, for Almighty God to intervene and avert any repetition of such heinous acts and events, but as we find ourselves, once again, in need of offering words of comfort and solace, words of solidarity and hope to those who were directly affected by the events in Santa Fe, Texas, we wholeheartedly plead with our elected officials for immediate and effective action.

May we all heal with the assistance of the God of mercy and wisdom and may we work to achieve positive results to restore hope to our society and the world.

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STOTS hosts Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement gathering

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On the weekend of May 11-13, 2018, Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary hosted this year’s Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement [OISM] gathering on the school’s campus.

OISM is a Pan-Orthodox organization focused on building bridges between the different seminaries.

The theme of this year’s gathering was Orthodox Christian missions.  Presentations were offered by three STOTS faculty members—Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean and Chair of the Department of Pastoral Arts and Praxis; Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History; and Hieromonk Herman [Majkrzak], Lecturer in Liturgical Theology.

“In addition to stimulating and informative presentations, the seminarians where able to participate in services at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery and spend time getting to know each other and build friendships,” said STOTS seminarian Joseph Clark.  “It is hoped that the seeds planted here will one day bear fruit for Christ’s Church.”

In addition to students from Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, representatives from Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY; Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, NY; and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology/Hellenic College, Brookline, MA also participated.

Seminaries celebrate commencements

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Bishop David [left] welcomes Archbishop Michael after Divine Liturgy in Kodiak, AK on Sunday, May 13.

The annual round of commencements at the Orthodox Church in America’s three seminaries opened on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Saint Herman’s Seminary, Kodiak, AK.

At the invitation of His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey and Rector of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA delivered the commencement address.  The day opened with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral.  Graduation and the commencement program were held on Sunday evening at the Afognak Native Corporation, after which members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and student body and their families enjoyed a festive banquet.

Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY will hold its 2018 commencement exercises on Saturday, May 19.  A Service of Thanksgiving will be celebrated in Three Hierarchs Chapel at 2:00 p.m., after which the graduation program will be held in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building.  This year’s commencement speaker is David Bradshaw, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky and a member of Saint Athanasius Church, Nicholasville, KY.

The 75th annual Commencement of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA will be held on Saturday, May 26, in conjunction with the 114th Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage to Saint Tikhon’s Monastery.  The day will open with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the monastery church at 9:00 a.m., followed by a meal in the dining hall.  Commencement exercises will begin at 1:00 p.m.  The Vigil for the Great Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner for all pilgrims in the dining hall.

Bishop John Leads Divine Services for the Ascension of our Lord in St. Nicholas Cathedral

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On Thursday May 17, the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk led the Divine Services for the Ascension of our Lord in St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York City.

Archdiocese Releases Report on Saint Nicholas

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May 16, 2018

NEW YORK – In order to promote transparency and accountability, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has posted, on its website, the results of Phase I of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC (“PwC”) investigative report (“Report”) regarding the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine.

Yesterday, BakerHostetler, counsel to the Special Investigative Committee that was authorized by the Archdiocese to conduct an independent review of the St. Nicholas project (the “SIC”), released the Report to the SIC, which, in turn, has forwarded the Report to the Archdiocese. The full text of the PwC report can be found by clicking here.  A brief summary of findings, based on BakerHostetler’s review of the Report, is also available at at this link.

According to the Report, PwC was able to confirm that expenditures from St. Nicholas funds were, in fact, used for St. Nicholas-related purposes, and, therefore, met donor restrictions.  The Report does indicate that the Archdiocese borrowed the sum of $3,504,550 from the St. Nicholas fund for general Archdiocesan expenditures.  On May 2, the Archdiocese returned $1,000,000 to the fund, reducing the balance owed by the Archdioese to the St. Nicholas fund, to $2,504,550 plus interest. 

Phase II of the Report will discuss procedures and observations regarding the baseline costs of the St. Nicholas Shrine; the causes of cost increases and design changes to the Shrine; and undisclosed relationships, if any, between the Shrine’s project management and vendors paid from St. Nicholas funds. The findings of Phase II are expected in the coming weeks and will also be made available to the faithful.

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Archiepiscopal Encyclical for AHEPA Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Protocol 70/18


May 20, 2018

AHEPA Sunday


To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

            With joy and gratitude, the parishes of our Holy Archdiocese are asked to commemorate AHEPA Sunday and to recognize the service offered by the members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and the organizations of the AHEPA family.  Each year we designate a Sunday in May for this purpose, primarily to honor the significant work and offering that is being made by AHEPA members in our parishes, communities, nation, and around the world.  It is also an annual recognition of a long and cherished relationship between AHEPA and the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

                  For almost a century, our Church in America and AHEPA have shared a history.  Guided by faith in God and the ideals of Hellenism, Greek immigrants who came to this land wanted more than opportunity.  They nurtured families and built communities, and at the center of those communities were parishes and organizations that strengthened their Orthodox faith, affirmed their Hellenic identity, guided them in service to those in need, and helped them participate in the American experience while contributing to the history and identity of this great nation.

                  We are the heirs of this foundation, a legacy we honor in this commemoration.  We also affirm our commitment to this shared ministry and fellowship, a vital work that continues to meet the needs of elderly and veterans, to provide educational scholarships and unique programs for our youth, to support hospitals and relief programs, and to advocate on critical issues around the globe.

                  In recognition of all that we have done and will continue to do together, may we affirm that the AHEPA family is our family as Greek Americans.  May we offer our prayers and support for the members and programs of AHEPA.  May we give thanks to God for the history we share through our parishes, through AHEPA and all our organizations, and through our faith in Christ, which makes all things possible!

With paternal love in Christ,



Archbishop of America

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