OCA Holy Synod of Bishops issues statement on South Carolina church killings

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 20/6/15 In a statement issued Friday, June 19, 2015, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops request the faithful to pray for the victims, families and all affected by the shootings in South Carolina. The text reads as follows. “The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America calls upon the ...

OCA Pastoral Life Colloquium opens at Chancery

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 29/4/15 A Pastoral Life Colloquium, in which representatives from every diocese of the Orthodox Church in America are participating, opened at the Chancery here on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. “Participants are focusing on issues faced by clergy and their families,” said Priest Nathan Preston, Administrator of the recently revivedDepartment of Pastoral Life and ...

Metropolitan Tikhon, delegation depart for Armenia, Georgia

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - April 2015 At the invitation of the His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and a delegation from the Orthodox Church in America, will arrive in Armenia on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, where they will participate in the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary ...

Friday April 17 deadline for submitting AAC resolutions

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Bright Friday, April 17, 2015 is the deadline for submitting proposed resolutions for the 18th All-American Council, slated to convene in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. Proposed resolutions should be sent via e-mail to resolutions.18aac@oca.org or in hard copy to the Resolutions Committee, 18th All-American Council, c/o the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in ...

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”

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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 ...

Preconciliar Commission reviews AAC agenda, Statute revisions

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Members of the Orthodox Church in America’s Preconciliar Commission [PCC], charged with the organization of the 18th All-American Council[AAC] in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015, reviewed the agenda and overall program for the gathering during their meeting at the Chancery here on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The general and plenary session agendas will be ...

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 ...

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

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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 ...

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 ...

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

Members of 2013 San Esteban mission team with Archbishop Alejo at Mexico City’s Ascension Cathedral.

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 ...

OCA Holy Synod of Bishops meets for fall session

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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 ...

Preconciliar Commission reviews proposed AAC agenda – evolving plans

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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 ...

Registration opened for 18th AAC vendors

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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 ...

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 ...

Metropolitan Tikhon issues Pastoral Letter Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 12/8/14 His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, recently issued a Pastoral Letter Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East. The text of the letter appears below and may be found in PDF format. Pastoral Letter from His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon to the Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America Concerning Violence and ...

OCA Holy Synod issues updated background check guidelines

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  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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Clarification concerning the status of Archbishop Seraphim

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 8/4/14 In response to recent questions and comments that have been directed to the Orthodox Church in America by the media, victim advocates and members of the Church with regard to Archbishop Seraphim [Storheim], the following clarifications are in order. The Holy Synod of Bishops, at its spring session held at the OCA ...