Myrtle Beach site of 86th national FOCA convention


The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America [FOCA] will hold it’s 86th annual National Convention at the Embassy Suites here August 29 through September 3, 2012.

The convention will be hosted by the FOCA’s New Jersey District. One need not be a member of the FOCA to attend.

In addition to participating in plenary sessions, discussions, and liturgical services, attendees will enjoy a variety of relaxing activities, including a golf tournament, a theater performance, and the traditional banquet and ball. Ample time also is available to explore the many exciting venues that dot this popular ocean-side resort.

On Saturday, September 1, a question and answer session will be held, featuring His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey; Archpriest Eric Tosi, OCA Secretary; and Andrew Boyd, recently appointed director of the OCA Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries. According to Archpriest William Evansky of Ambridge, PA, FOCA Spiritual Advisor, “discussions will focus on strengthening the programmatic ties between the OCA and the FOCA, especially in the area of youth ministry, a long-standing concern of the FOCA.”

Established in 1927 as the Federated Russian Orthodox Clubs to unite Orthodox Christians in faith, fellowship and service, the FOCA petitioned the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to be officially recognized by the OCA. At its 1998 national convention, the organization adopted its present name. It maintains chapters in dozens of parishes across the country.

For detailed information, schedules, reservations and convention updates, please visit the FOCA web site.