OCA Holy Synod of Bishops meets for fall session

Synod

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 21/10/14 The fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America opened on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, and will conclude on Thursday, October 23. The session will open with the canonical elections of the candidates nominated to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Ottawa and Canada and the ...

St. Vladimir’s Seminary to offer four on-line courses in January 2015

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - OCtober 2014 In January 2015, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will offer four public courses, comprising an on-line and a residential component. Offerings include three pastoral theology courses and one liturgical music course, taught by experts in their fields. “The Therapeutic Encounter” will be taught by Dr. Daniel Hinshaw, while Archpriest Dr. ...

PLANTING GRANT MISSIONS: Discovering the Church’s fullness in upstate NY

Iconostasis

LANSING, NY [OCA] - October 2014 One year ago, the new iconostasis for Holy Apostles Mission here was being unpacked from a crate and set up in Father James Worthington’s garage. “The untreated wood was quickly stained and prepared for installation in the sanctuary,” said Father James. ” This was a time when the entire congregation came ...

Preconciliar Commission reviews proposed AAC agenda – evolving plans

18th AAC

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - October 2014 Members of the Preconciliar Commission [PCC], charged with overseeing the organization of the 18th All-American Council [AAC], met here under the chairmanship of His Grace, Bishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania September 30 - October 1, 2014. The AAC will be held in Atlanta July 20-24, 2015. The Council theme ...

St. Vladimir’s Seminary to celebrate Orthodox Ed Day October 4

YONKERS, NY [OCA/SVOTS] - October 2014 The community of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here has been busy making final preparations for Orthodox Education Day, slated to be celebrated on the school’s campus on Saturday, October 4, 2014. The theme—“Do Books Still Matter?  A Celebration of Orthodox Christian Publications”—will be developed by Archpriest Dr. John Behr, Dean, who will ...

Registration opened for 18th AAC vendors

18th AAC

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - September 2014 As announced earlier, space will be available to vendors wishing to display their goods and services at the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to be held at the Hilton Atlanta on January 20-24, 2015. Vendors will find an introductory letter, prospectus and contract, and related information ...

September 7 designated Assembly of Bishops Sunday

NEW YORK, NY [Assembly of Bishops] - September 2014 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has designated Sunday, September 7, 2014, as Assembly of Bishops Sunday. “In just one week, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will convene [in Dallas, TX] for its fifth annual ...

OCA Chancery celebration honoring St. Sergius Church musicians to be held September 27

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - September 2014 His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the staff of the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America will host a celebration marking the 700th Anniversary of the birth of Saint Sergius of Radonezh on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Saint Sergius is the patron of the Chancery Chapel. The day will open with the ...

St. Vladimir’s Offers Public Byzantine Music Program with Met Concert Perks

Eleftherios Eleftheriadis

26/8/14 For Academic year 2014–2015, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY,will offer an exceptional opportunity to students enrolled in its Continuing Education course on Byzantine Chant. Besides benefiting from the expert instruction of renowned master chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis, students will be afforded unprecedented access to rehearsals and concert events during the 2014–2015 Metropolitan Museum of ...

Archon Christopher Stratakis named recipient of Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship, Oct 17

Archon Christopher Stratakis

New York, NY 8/11/2014 The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle is pleased to announce that Archon Christopher Stratakis, Esq. has been nominated as the recipient of this year’s Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship. A special tribute dinner dance will be held at the New York Hilton Hotel, Friday evening, Oct. 17, as part ...

OCA Holy Synod issues updated background check guidelines

Synod logo

  SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - August 2014 At their most recent meeting held March 18-21, 2014, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, in conjunction with the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations (ORSMA) issued guidelines for background checks. On July 20, 2014, a final, revised set of guidelines were issued. “Background checks must be obtained, ...

Monastic Synaxis closes : Statement issued

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - July 2014 With the blessing of their diocesan bishops, the superiors (or their representatives) of monastic communities within the Orthodox Church in America gathered at the Chancery here for a “Synaxis” July 21-23, 2014. In addition to spiritual fellowship and mutual upbuilding and encouragement, common concerns and the emerging nature of North American ...

Monastic conference at OCA Chancery

Orthodox Church in America - July 2014 On Monday, July 21, 2014, abbots and abbesses or their representatives from several of the Orthodox Church in America’s monasteries were welcomed to the Chancery in Syosset, NY by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon at the opening session of a conference for monastics. The day ended with the celebration of ...

Sentence announced in Archbishop Seraphim case

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - July 2014 The Orthodox Church of America has learned that the retired Archbishop Seraphim (Storheim) was sentenced today—Wednesday, July 9, 2014—to eight months in prison following his January 24, 2014 conviction for one count of sexual assault. Speaking on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the ...

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States Committee Chairmen Meet in New York City, NY

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America - June 2014 June 10, 2014 - A historic face-to-face meeting of the Assembly’s committee chairmen was organized by the Secretariat’s Coordinator for Committees, Bishop Maxim (Serbian Orthodox Church of North America), and was held on June 10 at the Archdiosecan Center of the Greek ...

Prayers and petitions for Ethiopian Orthodox woman sentenced to death

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 3/6/14 The young mother stood before her accusers and boldly stated without reservation, “I am a Christian, and I will remain a Christian.” These words, which sound as if they had been lifted straight out of an early Christian martyrology, were proclaimed in mid-May 2014 in a Sudanese courtroom by Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, ...

“OCA Parish Mentorship Program for seminarians strengthened” – Very Rev. Eric G. Tosi

The Very Reverend Eric G. Tosi - Secretary of the OCA Chancery

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications/Ginny Nieuwsma] - May 2014 The Very Rev. Eric G. Tosi (SVOTS ‘96) is the Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Before going to seminary he served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He has been a parish priest in Billings, Montana and Las Vegas, Nevada, and is the former ...

SVOTS offers D. Min. Distance Learning Program: Applications being accepted

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications] - 23/4/14 Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here is now accepting applications from priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry who want to earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry [D.Min] degree through a new hybrid program that combines on-line coursework with on-campus intensive training. In the coming months the seminary administration will ...

St. Vladimir’s Seminary announces 2014 Commencement

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/OCA] - 8/4/14 His Eminence, ArchbIshop Job [Getcha] of Telmessos, head of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, will be the speaker at the 2014 Commencement at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here May 31, 2014. The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Service of Prayer in Three ...

SVOTS Chorale to present “Heaven and Earth” concerts April 29, May 1

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/OCA] - 3/4/14 The Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Chorale, under the direction of Robin Freeman, will join noted chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church, Flushing, NY to present “Heaven and Earth: Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek and Slavic Eastern Orthodox Christian Traditions” at the Glicker-Milstein Theatre in the Diana Center, ...

Eighth annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum set for June 22–25

YONKERS, NY [SVOTS] - 19/3/14 The Eighth Annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum — a program held in conjunction with the Orthodox Church in America’s Diaconal Vocations Program (DVP) and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary — will be held Sunday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 25, 2014 on the seminary campus in Yonkers, NY.  The four–day program will ...