THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS IN GUATEMALA

The Mayan Orthodox Church - April 2017 From the Saturday of Lazarus to the celebration of Pascha, we walked in Jesus’ footsteps in and through the humble village of Aguacate. Through our Orthodox Holy Week rituals the Mayan faithful felt the power of Christ’s passion, transforming the familiar ground upon which they walked into their own ...

Fr. Behr Receives High Honor

SVOTS - August 2017 Archpriest John Behr, The Father Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professor Of Patristics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, recently received the highest honor bestowed by the University of Divinity, an Australian University of Specialization. On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the Chancellor of the University, Dr. Graeme L. Blackman AO, conferred the Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) ...

SVOTS Dean Assumes Kallistos Chair

SVOTS - 24/1/17 On Friday, January 13, 2017, Archpriest John Behr, dean and professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, presented his inaugural lecture as holder of the Metropolitan Kallistos Chair in Orthodox Theology and assumed his position as full professor at the Amsterdam Centre for Orthodox Theology (ACOT) in the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Father John’s lecture, titled, “The Paschal Gospel: Reading John in ...

Armenian Patriarch Welcomes Deans of St. Vladimir’s and St. Nersess Seminaries

SVOTS- June 2016 On June 13, 2016, the Very Reverend Dr. John Behr, dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, together with the Reverend Mardiros Chevian, dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, departed for Armenia at the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, supreme patriarch and catholicos of All Armenians. Fathers John and Mardiros will be ...

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis to deliver 33rd Fr. Schmemann Lecture January 31

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - December 2015 The 33rd Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture, “Toward the Holy and Great Council: Retrieving a Culture of Conciliarity and Consensus,” will be presented by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here on Sunday, January 31, 2015.  The free public lecture will ...

SVOTS’ “East Meets East” Celebrates the Oriental Orthodox Churches

On Saturday, October 3, 2015,Saint Vladimir’s Seminarywelcomed hundreds of friends and alumni to campus for its annual Orthodox Education Day. “This year’s theme, ‘East Meets East,’ was inspired by the diversity of our student body,” remarked seminary Chancellor/CEO, Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield.  “At Saint Vladimir’s, Oriental and Eastern Orthodox students have been living, learning, and growing ...

Evangelization: “A Tale of Two Parishes!”

Lansing, NY

OCA - December 2014 Over the weekend of November 15-16, 2014, Archpriest Jonathan Ivanoff, Director of the Commission on Mission and Evangelism of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, visited Holy Apostles Mission Church here to meet with Priest James Worthington, Rector, and his parishioners, to celebrate the divine services, and to share in ...

The Church Mourns but not without Hope

Fr. Mihail introduces the Orthodox Calendar Book to the catechists

Mayan Orthodox Church, Guatemala - Father John Chakos - October 2014 After the loss of its dynamic and visionary leader- Fr. Andres Giron- the Guatemalan clergy and faithful entered into a difficult period of mourning and readjustment. In every parish that we visited, there was sadness, but no loss of hope. On the contrary, a strong desire ...

Book publishing celebrated at SVOTS’ Orthodox Education Day

The Rangos foyer is a hub of activity

October 2014 Despite the torrential rains that pounded Saint Vladimir’s Seminary’s campus here on Saturday, October 4, 2014, hundreds of book lovers attended the school’s annual open house to honor the work of Orthodox Christian authors, illustrators, and publishers. Nine prominent Orthodox Christian publishers, including the seminary’s own SVS Press, which boasts of more than 50 ...

ORTHODOXY IN THE GUATEMALAN HIGHLANDS: A LIGHT SHINES BRIGHTLY

Juanita leads the choir in Aguacate

Father John Chakos Mayan Orthodox Community - July 2014 On the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul, in the humble and unspoiled village of Aguacate, we celebrated one of the most moving liturgies of my stay in Guatemala. For the first time in the Altiplano, I had the joy of experiencing uninterrupted worship from “Blessed ...

MANY VOICES, ONE FLOCK: Church Music in Guatemala

Father John Chakos -  June 2014 - Mayan Orthodoxy On the day of Pentecost many foreign languages were ecstatically uttered by the apostles, but instead of dividing the multitude in attendance, it united them in a bond of love. Such was the experience of the five member OCMC catechetical team that came to teach the ...

31st Annual Fr. Schmemann Memorial Lecture at SVOTS January 31

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS] - 26/1/13 The 31st Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Archpriest Dr. John McGuckin, a leading international commentator on Eastern Orthodox theology and early Christian history.  The free public lecture on Friday, January 31, 2014 will be preceded by an academic convocation at 7:00 p.m., at which Father John ...

A real saint on American soil?

Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Kodiak, where St Herman’s relics are kept.

Father John Parker Special to the Moultrie News 5/9/13 Many Americans think of “saints” in only a generic or proverbial sense. Someone who endures endless ridicules from another “is such a saint.” Or likewise a wife who cares for her long-ill husband, nursing him at his bedside for years “is a saint.” And while it is certainly saintly ...

2013 Church Planting Grant recipients announced

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 04/10/2012 The Department of Evangelization recently released the names of missions slated to receive Church Planting Grants in 2013. Two missions will receive grants for a second year, while two additional missions will receive first-time assistance.  The Diocese of Mexico also will receive a special grant. Receiving second-year grants are the Nativity of the Lord Mission, ...

Devotional column: “Happy Christians”

John Filipovich 19/1/2012 Recently, I read an interview with young travelers who, after searching for a fuller, more authentic expression of Christianity, converted to Orthodox Christianity. One of them said something that struck me. She said, "We were all tired of churches where people didn't seem to be searching for literal salvation, but had settled for feeling ...

Dean of St. Vladimir’s Assists in Rebuilding Kosovo and Metochia

30/12/2011 Dean of St. Vladimir's Academy, New York, Archpriest John Behr, has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, a non-profit organization committed to rebuilding church and social life in Kosovo. The relief fund sponsors myriad humanitarian projects, including the one hundred fifty-three Serbian Orthodox churches and ...

Priest John Parker appointed chair of OCA Department of Evangelization

Priest John E. Parker

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 26/10/2011 Priest John E. Parker III was appointed chair of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Evangelization by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, on October 24, 2011. “I am very grateful, and humbled, to be appointed to this position, and I shall do all that I can to be a faithful servant of Christ in ...

Archpriest John A. Jillions accepts Chancellor’s Position

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 23/10/2011 On Friday, October 21, 2011, Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, announced that Archpriest John A. Jillions has accepted the position of Chancellor. Selected from a slate of several applicants, Father John was confirmed by the Holy Synod of Bishops upon the recommendation of the Metropolitan Council at their ...

Strategic Planning Committee discusses involving broader Church in Process

06/10/2010 SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- Members of the Strategic Planning Committee [SPC] of the Orthodox Church in America considered ways to involve the Church’s dioceses and parishes into their ongoing work during a meeting held at the Chancery here June 1-2, 2010. "We are considering the most effective ways to involve the broader Church in the strategic ...