Cyclists in McKees Rocks raise funds for Orthodox charity working in Syria and elsewhere

Ann Rodgers 25/7/2012 International Orthodox Christian Charities is one of the most effective charities you’ve probably never heard of. It represents all of the ethnic Orthodox churches in North America, taking relief and development money and expertise to some of the world’s most challenging situations. It’s run by Orthodox Christians, though many recipients aren’t Orthodox or even ...

Orthodox Christians take steps toward unity

By Ann Rodgers / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 15/4/2012 USA As Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter today, they have resurrected a movement toward unity in America, where they are divided into a hodgepodge of overlapping ethnic jurisdictions. On orders from patriarchs in Constantinople, Russia, Serbia and elsewhere, all Orthodox bishops in this country are working on a plan for one American ...

These paintings are rooted in prayer

Michael Goltz of Port Vue, a full-time iconographer and one of the organizers for the Pittsburgh's upcoming Icon Festival.

By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 27/2/2012 As Orthodox Christians celebrate the ancient triumph of their faith over those who wished to destroy all icons of Jesus and the saints, the public is invited to learn more about those holy images at an icon festival this weekend in Oakland. On Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., the ...

Upper St. Clair man to direct social service ministry

By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 27/2/2012 Nicholas Chakos of Upper St. Clair, who has moved all over the globe to help some of the world's poorest people, has become the national executive director of FOCUS North America, a 3-year-old Eastern Orthodox social service ministry. "One of the things that attracted me to this job is how much they ...

Greek Orthodox church members greet new bishop

By Ann Rodgers Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 08/12/2011 As more than 500 bishops, clergy and faithful chanted ancient Greek prayers, Metropolitan Savas was enthroned today as the new Greek Orthodox bishop of Pittsburgh. The native of Gary, Ind., who previously headed the social media outreach of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, challenged his new flock to engage in evangelism via ...

Icon declared miraculous to visit Oakland cathedral Oct. 7

by Ann Rodgers 2/10/2011 An icon from Hawaii that Orthodox Church authorities have officially declared to be miraculous, and which exudes a sweet-smelling oil they have identified as myrrh, will visit St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, on Friday morning, Oct. 7, 2011. It will be on display for veneration from 8 a.m. until ...