Statement of the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops concerning the Archdiocese of Canada

SYOSSET, NY  [OCA] - 26/3/14 On March 21, 2014, during their regular Spring Session, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America made the following decisions. The Holy Synod has retired Archbishop Seraphim of Ottawa and the Archdiocese of Canada, effective immediately. He has been restricted to the Chapel of Saint ...

OCA Holy Synod elects Bishop Mark [Maymon] to Eastern PA See

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 19/3/14 His Grace, Bishop Mark [Maymon] was elected by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to fill the vacant Episcopal See of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The election took place on the opening day of the spring session of the ...

The 10th Anniversary of the Episcopal Consecration of Metropolitan Tikhon

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 16/2/14 It is with deep love and respect and heartfelt thanksgiving that we mark the Anniversary of the Episcopal Consecration of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, who was consecrated at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery Church, South Canaan, PA ten years ago today—on February 14, 2004. He was elected to the episcopacy by members ...

Metropolitan Council concludes spring session

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 8/2/14 Despite travel delays due to the heavy snowfall affecting much of the US, members of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America gathered for their spring session at the Chancery here February 4-6, 2014. In his address to Council members, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon spoke on the vision of the ...

Metropolitan Council spring session opens

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - February 2014 Members of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America will gather at the Chancery here for their spring session during the first full week of February 2014. The opening session will be held on Tuesday, February 4. On the eve of the meeting, various committees met in preparation for ...

Holy Synod issues statement regarding Archbishop Seraphim

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 25/1/14 The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has received information regarding Archbishop Seraphim (Storheim), who is on suspension from his position as Archbishop of Canada. In court proceedings that took place earlier today—Friday, January 24, 2014—in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Archbishop Seraphim was found guilty of one count of sexual assault. He also ...

OCA hosts third annual meeting of diocesan chancellors, treasurers

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 18/1/14 For the third time in as many years, the chancellors and treasurers of the Orthodox Church in America’s dioceses gathered at the Chancery here on January 14, 2014 for a meeting with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the Church’s officers. The day began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by Metropolitan ...

Social media, internet behavior, and human sexuality among Parish Ministries Conference workshop themes

17/6/13 SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The 2013 Parish Ministry Conference will feature several exciting workshops on a number of relevant and engaging topics. The Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry will offer a workshop on ministry with social media that will include techniques for outreach, dos and don’ts, and models for encouraging safe behavior. The Department also will host a discussion ...

Youth Directors release resources in wake of recent tragedies

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 22/4/13 The national youth directors of several Orthodox jurisdictions have collaborated to offer a resource packet for clergy and lay persons to minister to youth and young adults in light of the recent violence in and around Boston. “We have been working together this week to offer jointly the best resources of each of our departments ...

OCA Youth Department launches new grant program

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 8/3/13 With the approval of theMetropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America, the OCA Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministrylaunched its Saint Peter the Aleut Grant Program. The grant will be available to any youth or young adults seeking to offset costs of attending retreats, workshops, or conferences, or to visit an ...

Lesser Synod, Metropolitan Council conclude meetings

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 4/3/13 The Lesser Synod of Bishops and theMetropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America met at the Chancery here February 25-28, 2013. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the sessions. Members of the Lesser Synod who participated included His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel; His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin; His Grace, Bishop Michael, secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops.  ...

OCA hosts second annual meeting of diocesan chancellors, treasurers

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 21/2/13 The second annual meeting of the chancellors and treasurers of 10 of the Orthodox Church in America’s dioceses was held at the Chancery here on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The chancellors and treasurers met with Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor; Archpriest Eric Tosi, Secretary; Mrs. Melanie Ringa, Treasurer; and Priest Gleb McFatter, ...

Youth Department relaunches “The Hub”—Resources for youth and campus ministries

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 7/2/13 The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry has recently re-released “The Hub,” a comprehensive series of resources for youth ministry. Available on the OCA web site, “The Hub” features a wealth of ideas, including youth and campus ministries programs, camp ministry, study guides and sample ...

OCA Primate Enthronement plans finalized; banquet tickets still available

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 15/1/13 Plans have been finalized for the enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, DC, on the weekend of January 26-27, 2013. On Saturday, January 26, the Vigil will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. The following morning, January 27, the Divine ...

17th All-American Council minutes posted

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - 14/12/2012 Approved minutes of the 17th All-American Council are now available on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America. The Council, at which His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH. Source:  

All-American Council registration deadline extended to November 5

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 25/10/2012 According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, the deadline for registration for the 17th All-American Council has been extended to November 5, 2012. The Council will be convened at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH, on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, for the purpose of electing a new Primate of ...

Holy Synod releases Pastoral Letter on Emancipation Proclamation

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 24/10/2012 OCA On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America released a Pastoral Letter marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Expressing concern for human trafficking and related issues today, the members of the Holy Synod note that, “as the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the ...

All-American Council registration deadline is October 15; dinner arrangements announced

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 13/10/2012   With the October 15, 2012 deadline for registration for the 17th All-American Council rapidly approaching, delegates are being urged to make hotel reservations and travel arrangements soon. “The hotels are filling up, so making reservations now is highly recommended,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America.  [See related information ...

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, ...

17th All-American Council registration deadline is October 15; Additional hotel, airline info

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] 30/9/2012 Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, recently issued a reminder that the deadline for registration for the 17th All-American Council is October 15, 2012. The Council will convene at Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH on Tuesday, November 13. Additional information concerning hotel reservations has also been released. To make reservations at ...