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!
BICYCLE RIDE at SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP
Hop on your bike and pedal -- Saturday, 23 August -- on the third-annual Saint Andrew’s Camp Bike Ride fundraiser! Save the date and register today for a spectacular ride that shows off the beautiful scenery of central New York. This year’s ride has 3 distances to suit the ability and entusiasm of riders of all experiences. Each route is a “loop” ride, beginning and ending at the camp. All routes are on relatively flat, even terrain, making the ride suitable for bikers of any level. Registration cost for one participant is $100, and it includes a Saint Andrew’s Camp T-shirt. An additional tiered registration structure is available for riders who wish to participate as a team.
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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.
REGIONAL PARISH COUNCIL CONFERENCES
UPDATED! The 2014 Parish Council Conference, conducted regionally in all three deaneries, featured the theme: “Parish Vitality.” Father John Reeves was the conference facilitator and provided those in church leadership with valuable information, insights, and tools to evaluate and improve the health and well-being of their local parish communities. A conference video (parts one and two) are available on this website now! Anyone involved or interested in the building-up of their parish will find these presentations helpful. See the special icon-link on this homepage ... “PARISH COUNCIL CONFERENCES AND RESOURCES” ... for information on this and previous conferences. To view the 2014 video, go HERE!
COMMISSION ON LITURGICAL MUSIC: Workshop “Conducted” in Cohoes NY
On Saturday, 19 July 2014, twenty-five people from various locations and parishes gathered at Saint Nicholas Church in Cohoes NY for “Basic Conducting: What’s All That Hand Waving About?” This music workshop, organized by the Commission on Liturgical Music [CoLM], was taught by Professor (Dr.) David Drillock -- a master teacher and conductor. It was an opportunity to learn from one of the most highly respected musicians in our church.