OCA Orthodox Health Plan announces new provisions

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - April 2015 The Orthodox Health Plan [OHP] recently announced that, due to rising health costs, it has moved to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement [HRA].  Aetna continues to serve as the Preferred Provider Organization [PPO], while network and health care providers will remain the same. The Orthodox Health Plan is the official health plan ...

OCA Holy Synod responds to Assembly of Bishops’ “Common Starting Point”

Synod

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] In a document dated March 15, 2015, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America offered a response to the Chairman and Secretary of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America with regard to the “Common Starting Point” for Canonical and Regional ...

NY GOYA Youth Present Donations for St. Nicholas and Assistance to Greece

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NEW YORK – Representatives of the GOYA groups (Greek Orthodox Youth of America) in New York’s five boroughs visited His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Feb. 24, at his office and presented a donation of $10,000 dollars as their contribution to the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas at the World Trade Center. Additionally, they presented to His ...

Oriental Orthodox Fathers and Representatives of Other Churches Stand in Solidarity at Prayer Service Commemorating the 21 Coptic Orthodox Martyrs of Libya

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Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in America - 25/2/15 Staten Island, NY – H.G. Bishop David and the clergy and faithful of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York & New England were joined last night – February 19, 2015 – by members of their Oriental Orthodox extended family as well as representatives of the ...

Fordham University announces creation of “Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies”

Fr Meyendorff

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - 25/2/15 Fordham University, Bronx, NY, has announced the creation of the “Father John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies,” a professorship within the university’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center. Solon and Marianna Patterson of Atlanta, GA, and their family endowed the chair with the intention of its being held by a ...

“There are those who would overcome the world with weapons of violence, but this is not our way,” Metropolitan Tikhon

Memorial Service

STATEN ISLAND, NY [OCA] - 22/2/15 His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon spoke at a memorial for the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by IS in Libya at Archangel Michael and Saint Mena Coptic Orthodox Church here on the evening of Thursday, February 19, 2015. “There are those who would overcome the world with weapons of violence, but ...

OCA Metropolitan Council to meet February 10-12

HUNTINGTON, NY [OCA] - 12/2/15 The Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America will hold its semi-annual meeting at Immaculate Conception Seminary here Tuesday, February 10 through Thursday, February 12, 2015. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will offer the opening address and report, followed by reports from the officers ...

Archon George E. Demacopoulos offers essay on Orthodox Fundamentalism

New York, NY 2/4/2015 Orthodox Fundamentalism by Archon George E. Demacopoulos, Historian for the Order of Saint Andrew Read this article on blogs.goarch.org » One of the cornerstones of Orthodox Christianity is its reverence for the great Fathers of the Church who were not only exemplars of holiness but were also the greatest intellectuals of their age.  The writings of ...

New Finnish Bishop to deliver SVOTS Commencement address

Metropolitan Elia

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - February 2015 His Eminence, Metropolitan Elia, newly consecrated Bishop of the Diocese of Oulu of the Orthodox Church of Finland, will be the main speaker at the Saint Vladimir’s SeminaryCommencement on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Metropolitan Elia, formerly known as Priest Matti Veli Juhani Wallgren, is an alumnus of the seminary, ...

St. Vladimir’s Seminary & St. Tikhon’s Monastery sign landmark publications agreement

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YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] On January 8, 2015, representatives of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here and Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA, signed a landmark agreement detailing new cooperative efforts in the publication and distribution of Orthodox Christian books and other materials. Their purpose in doing so, states the agreement, is “to combine the intellectual, operational, financial, ...

18th All-American Council resolutions now being accepted

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 31/1/15 The Resolutions Committee for the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America is now accepting proposed resolutions for consideration. Parishes and other Church bodies—deaneries, dioceses, stavropegial institutions—are asked to submit proposed resolutions and amendments for consideration well before the AAC convenes in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. Proposed resolutions should ...

St. Raphael of Brooklyn subject of 32nd Annual Schmemann Lecture

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YONKERS, NY [OCA] - 25/1/15 The life and ministry of Saint Raphael Hawaweeny of Brooklyn will be the subject of the 32nd Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 30, 2015. The lecture will be delivered by His Grace, Bishop Nicholas [Ozone], Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn of ...

Registration, hotel info for 18th All-American Council now available on-line

18th AAC

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - January 2015 A letter dated Wednesday, January 21, 2015, sent to all parishes of the Orthodox Church in America, includes the official announcement of and registration instructions for the 18th All-American Council [AAC], slated to convene in the Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. “The registration process for the 18th AAC differs ...

Planting Grant Missions : Building for the future in San Esteban – Mexico

San Esteban, Mexico

SYOSSET, NY [OCA Department of Evangelization] - January 2015 The Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of Mexico received the Church Planting Grants in 2013 and 2014 for a unique purpose, given the unique evangelistic needs in Mexico. “A sizeable portion of the work of the diocese is in remote villages, which were brought into the Orthodox Church ...

Orthodox Christians to participate in Pro-Life Marches

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - January 2015 Thursday, January 22, 2015 marks the 42nd Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Orthodox Christians from across the country will travel to the US Capital for the annual March for Life or participate in similar regional events. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, and His ...

Ninth annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum to be held July 12-15

YONKERS, NY [OCA] - January 2015 The Ninth Annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum — a program held in conjunction with the Orthodox Church in America’s Diaconal Vocations Program [DVP] and Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary — will be held Sunday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 15, 2015 on the seminary campus in Yonkers, NY. The four–day program ...

OCA, OCMC partner to send mission team to Mexico in June 2015

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - December 2014 The Orthodox Church in America, in partnership with the Florida-based Orthodox Christian Mission Center, will be hosting a mission teaching team to San Esteban and Pisaflores in the OCA Diocese of Mexico June 20-27, 2015. “Both Pisaflores and San Esteban are villages of native Aztec Orthodox Christians nine hours northwest of ...

Axion Estin offers Byzantine Music course at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

Axion Estin

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - December 2014 In collaboration with The Axion Estin Foundation of New Rochelle, NY, Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here will be offering a public Continuing Education course on Byzantine Chant during the spring 2015 semester. The course will be offered under the expert instruction of Eleftherios Eleftheriadis, the Foundation’s inaugural Artist in Residence ...

Antiochian Bishop Nicholas to deliver 32nd annual Fr. Schmemann Memorial Lecture

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YONKERS, NY [SVOTS] - 20/11/14 His Grace, Bishop Nicholas [Ozone], Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, will be the guest speaker at the 32nd annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture, to be held in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here January 30, 2015. Bishop Nicholas will be ...

Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) to lecture at St. Vladimir’s November 8

Metropolitan Hilarion

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - November 2014 On Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk and Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, will deliver a free and public lecture at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here. Metropolitan Hilarion will speak on “Primacy and Conciliarity from an ...

St. Vladimir’s Seminary appeal to aid suffering Syrian Christians

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - November 2014 When His Beatitude, Patriarch John X (Yazigi), Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, visits the United States this fall, he will receive not only warm wishes but also a charitable gift from Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here. The gift, intended to aid suffering Orthodox Christians in ...