BUFFALO NY: Parish 120th Anniversary on 28 September 2014
The oldest parish church in the Diocese of New York & New Jersey, Saints Peter & Paul in Buffalo NY, will celebrate a 120th Anniversary on 27-28 September. “OPERATION BUFFALO” (1-13 August 2011) was a major diocesan-wide effort launched by Bishop Michael to rejuvenate and reinvigorate this older and struggling parish; dozens of faithful workers and laborers assembled from the lengths and breadths of the diocese to patch, paint, rebuild, and clean the massive church, huge hall, and parish rectory. Since then, the parish has welcomed Father Volodymyr (parish rector) and Matushka Jeanne Zablotskyy, and the renewed work of becoming a loving, welcoming, worshipping, and growing community of faith began ... and now continues with great fervor and dedication! Information and banquet tickets are available (see "more information").
RANDOLPH NJ: Parish 50th Anniversary on 5 October 2014
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Randolph NJ is in high-gear preparing for October 5th! On that Sunday the parish will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Grace, Bishop Michael, followed by a banquet at Meadow Wood Manor. “I’m excited and delighted at the outpouring of our parish’s enthusiasm as we mark 50 years of offering the fullness of the Christian faith in the Morris County community,” said Father David Fox (parish rector). Since January, the parish has been carrying out ambitious plans to mark its golden anniversary.
BISHOP MICHAEL: “Happy Birthday!”
“The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey convey love and appreciation to His Grace, Bishop Michael, as he celebrates his birthday on August 29th. His love, leadership, determination and wisdom have strengthened, inspired and encouraged dedicated service of the diocesan clergy and laity, and various institutions throughout the Church. His birthday marks the beginning of another year of service as we approach the fifth anniversary of His consecration as diocesan hierarch in May 2015. We pray that the Lord will give him strength of soul and body, and many good and blessed years. Eis polla eti Despota!" ~ Archpriest Joseph Lickwar, Diocesan Chancellor
ANNUAL CLERGY CONFERENCE
The 2014 Diocesan Clergy Conference will be held at Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church in Clifton NJ on 3-4 September. Up to 9 hours of Clergy Continuing Education [CCE] will be awarded to participating clergy. The CCE credit has been approved in advance by the OCA Department of Clergy Continuing Education.
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BISHOP MICHAEL ATTENDS ENTHRONEMENT OF METROPOLITAN ONUFRY OF KYIV AND ALL UKRAINE
His Grace, Bishop Michael, represented the Orthodox Church in America at the enthronement of the newly elected primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Sunday, 17 August 2014, in Kyiv. After the reading of the greeting of Metropolitan Tikhon on behalf of the OCA [read more here], Metropolitan Onufry was presented with relics of Saint Herman, Saint Tikhon, Saint Innocent, Saint Raphael and Saint Alexis Toth, with which he blessed the thousands of hierarchs, clergy and faithful who gathered for the occasion. In his letter to Metropolitan Onufry on behalf of the OCA, Metropolitan Tikhon wrote: "On this day, we all join in the joyful exclamation: Axios! Axios! Axios!"
DIACONAL FORMATION PROGRAM: Register Now for Fall Semester
The diocesan Diaconal Formation Program is a two-year course of study, accredited by Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, offered at the Endicott NY Campus (Saints Peter & Paul Church). Classes meet every Saturday of the academic year. Upon completion of the course, students are awarded the Certificate of Diaconal Formation. Completion of the course of studies fulfills the necessary academic requirements for ordination to the Holy Diaconate. In accordance with Canon Law, all decisions regarding ordination rest with the diocesan hierarch. Applications for the program beginning with the upcoming Fall Semester are now being accepted.
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CAMPING PROGRAM A “HIT!”: Saint Andrew’s Camp
The four-week 2014 camping season at Saint Andrew’s Camp in Jewell NY concluded on 2 August. Weekly themes included: Horse Week, Music Week, Ecology Week, and Teen Week. According to camper and webmaster Raphael Platte of Rochester NY, “Saint Andrew’s Camp had a wonderful season this year! Nearly 70 campers came over four weeks to learn, play, and pray.” On 23 August (Saturday) the summer activities at camp will conclude with an Annual Bicycle Ride fundraiser. To register for the bike ride, go HERE!
BAYONNE NJ: Archpastoral Visit
The weekend of 19-20 July was inspirational and memorable as the faithful of Saints Peter & Paul Church, Bayonne NJ, welcomed Bishop Michael for an Archpastoral visit. Philip Benda, a lifelong parishioner, was tonsured to the rank of Reader during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday and blessed to wear the sub-diaconal orarion. Another happy event of the day was the 90th birthday celebration for Wilfred Royer (father of Archpriest Sophrony Royer, parish rector). Parishioners and guests were inspired by His Grace’s words and prayers, and enriched by the chance to reconnect with friends and relatives, from near and far, during a luncheon following the Sunday Liturgy.