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BUFFALO NY: What Does it Mean to “Serve Out of Love?” - 11/25/15

What does it mean to “serve out of love?” This question was answered on Friday, 20 November 2015, when the children of Saint George Orthodox Church School in Buffalo NY came together with their parents and teachers under the guidance of Father Jason Vansuch (parish rector) to learn what it means to help and serve others during this season of the Nativity Fast. In wanting the children to get more involved with the parish outreach ministry, Church School Coordinators (Matushka Katia Vansuch and Natalie Huett) contacted the “Family Help Center,” a local non-profit organization that helps build stronger families by caring for the needs of children and providing support to the entire family.


What does it mean to “serve out of love?”  With the blessing Archbishop Michael, under the leadership of Father Jason Vansuch (Chairman, Department of Youth Ministry), young women from across the diocese were asked to ponder this question at the 2nd Annual Girls Retreat from 13-15 November 2015 at Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY. Thirty youth participants and nearly twenty chaperones gathered to grow in their faith and experience the fellowship offered in the beautiful retreat setting. The group was blessed to have in their midst guest speakers: Mother Christophora (Abbess, Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Ellwood City PA) along with Mother Paula and Sister Christine who guided discussions of how their personal talents and abilities can be used in various aspects of church life.

LANSING (ITHACA) NY: Bishop Alexander delivers Lecture on Saint Dionysius - 11/21/15

On a beautiful Tuesday evening, 17 November 2015, Bishop Alexander of Toledo  (Bulgarian Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America) traveled to Ithaca NY to present a lecture on the writings of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite. The event was hosted by Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission Parish in Lansing NY (Father James Worthington, rector) and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship of Cornell University. The lecture was given in conjunction with the mission parish’s ongoing adult education class: “Know Your Faith Series.” More than 20 faithful, friends and spiritually curious people gathered in the prestigious Founders Room of Anabel Taylor Hall to hear about His Grace’s spiritual journey to Mount Athos where he gained a deep love for the writings of Saint Dionysius, and how they have guided him to an ever deeper understanding of the mysteries of the Holy Trinity.

"FIRST FRUITS": New Issue Released - 11/19/15

The Diocese of New York and New Jersey has two monthly newsletters: "First Fruits" and "Beyond the Plateau."  The goal, as expressed by Archbishop Michael, is to increase communication and grow the communal spirit of diocesan fellowship in the building-up and strengthening of our parish communities. A new issue of “First Fruits” has been released and distributed to all clergy for dissemination within their parishes. You may download and read the new issue and all past editions of these newsletters anytime by using the "Official Documents and Publications" tab at the top of this website!

read the new issue of "First Fruits" here >

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VETERANS DAY: Honoring those Who Serve and Have Served - 11/18/15

As many parishes throughout the diocese commemorated Veterans Day 2015, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Randolph NJ honored its veterans in a special way. Father David Fox (parish rector) included the names of living and departed veterans during a litany offered during the Divine Liturgy. A luncheon event followed featuring photos of departed veterans and a head table for the living vets who were escorted by uniformed Boy and Girl Scouts. Children led the community in singing the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful.” Founders Hall was decorated with red-white-and-blue bunting and all who attended enjoyed a cake decorated as the Stars and Stripes. “Thank you to all who serve and have served!”

ROCHESTER NY: Annual Blessing of Animals - 11/17/15

For the third year in a row, Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester NY hosted a blessing of animals (“our pets”) on Saturday, 7 November 2015. Parishioners warmly welcomed local neighbors and friends invited to the event as well as special guests from the Mounted Unit and K-9 Unit of the Rochester Police Department. Following a gathering outside the church, a procession led all to a  “molieban” prayer service of thanksgiving and blessing held in the parish basement. The occasion offered a time for fellowship and many smiles.

2015 DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY - 11/13/15

The annual Assembly of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey convened at Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in South River NJ on 10 November 2015. The following day, educational workshops were held for both clergy and laity delegates to the Assembly. The reports presented at the Assembly are now available on-line. Also available are two videos featuring the Address to the Diocese by Archbishop Michael and the “Year in Review” along with an array of photos. The special workshop presentation (“Building Vibrant Orthodox Parishes”) may be downloaded as well on the dedicated Assembly website.

visit the Assembly website >

Time Running Out to Become a DDB this Year! - 10/29/15

As the chilly winds of fall and winter arrive, the days of 2015 will soon come to an end. It has been a blessed and fruitful year of supporting our seminarians, our mission parishes, and providing support in revitalizing our older parishes. All of this is made a reality thanks to the sacrificial financial contributions of our Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors (DDB). To date there are 174 individual and organizational DDBs . . . an invitation is extended for you to join them this year.

information about becoming a DDB now >

see the “honor roll” of our 2015 DDBs >

On the Diocesan Calendar


December 3, 2015

      Council of Presbyters


Diocesan Chancery

Bronxville NY



December 5, 2015



6:00 p.m. Vespers

7:00 p.m. Concert

Holy Trinity Church

East Meadow NY

event flyer >

information >



December 6, 2015

    Nativity of Our Lord

    Choral Prelude

   5:30 p.m.

    Advent Vespers

   6:00 p.m.

    Orthodox Church

    of the Holy Cross

    Medford NJ

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December 7, 2015

Diocesan Council


Diocesan Chancery

Bronxville NY



December 14, 2015

NJ Deanery Meeting

Chapel of the


Princeton University

Princeton NJ



November 1-2, 2016




Yonkers NY



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