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ANNUAL SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP BIKE RIDE & WALK
The 3rd annual Saint Andrew's Camp Bike Ride was joined by a “southern team” Walk providing much-need financial support from both states (NY and NJ) comprising the diocese. On Saturday, 23 August, 17 bicyclists and 17 walkers gathered at two ends of the diocese to support the camp. At the camp in upstate NY many of the bicyclists arrived on Friday to enjoy fellowship and a pasta dinner overlooking beautiful Oneida Lake. The next morning, joined by other local riders for a light continental breakfast, they took off on a 12, 30 or 60 mile loop through the beautiful countryside of central NY. The day ended at the camp with a barbeque by the lake.
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: Visit to Poland with Fathers Krawczuk & Shimchick
At the invitation of His Eminence, Archbishop Abel (Diocese of Lublin and Chelm), Bishop Michael journeyed to Poland from 11-22 August 2014. Joining him from the diocese were Father Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk, Father John Shimchick and his son, John. Beginning in Warsaw, the group was formally received by the leader of the Polish Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa. Accompanied and guided by Archbishop Abel they visited many churches, monasteries, and pilgrimage sites. His Grace and Father Wiaczeslaw also traveled to represent the Orthodox Church in America at the enthronement in Kiev, Ukraine, of the newly elected primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry.
MEMORY ETERNAL: Father John Bohush
UPDATED Father John Bohush (Saints Peter & Paul Church, Endicott NY) fell-asleep in the Lord on Monday, 8 September. Well-known and beloved throughout the diocese, especially in the NY State Deanery for his extensive travels and labors assisting parishes during times of pastoral need, the news of Father John’s passing is sudden and heartbreaking. Information regarding funeral services is available HERE.
May his memory be eternal!
DIOCESAN GIRLS RETREAT
A Diocesan Girls Retreat for those in grades 7-12 will take place at Saint Basil’s Academy in Garrison NY from Friday-Sunday, November 14-16, 2014. Saint Basil's Academy has beautiful grounds offering dormitory style rooms, an indoor basketball court and an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool which will be available for use. There is no fee to participate in this three-day retreat. Participants may arrive beginning Friday, November 14, at 4:00 p.m. Registration documents and complete retreat information are being sent to all diocesan clergy; they are also available on the diocesan website. Registration must be submitted by 3 NOVEMBER 2014.
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ANNUAL CLERGY CONFERENCE
Priests and deacons from across the farthermost reaches of the diocese -- downstate NJ (Mays Landing) to upstate NY (Buffalo) -- gathered with Bishop Michael on 3-4 September 2014 in Clifton NJ, at Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church, for the 2014 Diocesan Clergy Conference. Nine accredited hours of Clergy Continuing Education [CCE] were available to meet the annual requirement of twenty CCE credits established by the Orthodox Church in America for all clergy. In addition, priests and deacons enjoyed and benefited from fellowship in prayer, unity in study, spiritual renewal, and a strengthening of brotherly affection among pastoral ministers.
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!"