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MEMORY ETERNAL: Reverend Deacon Mark Hoeplinger - 10/08/15

UPDATED: 9 OCT 2015  We are deeply saddened to report that Deacon Mark Hoeplinger of Saint George Church in Buffalo NY fell-asleep in the Lord, suddenly and unexpectedly, on Thursday, October 8th while traveling overseas. An accomplished medical doctor and surgeon (otolaryngologist), Deacon Mark was a graduate of our Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program prior to ordination by Archbishop Michael. His life of service (diakonia) to others in the love of the Lord was noteworthy, as were his contagious enthusiasm, manifest joy, and ever-present smile. Our deepest sympathies are expressed to his Matushka (Dr.) Christine and to their family.

PARAMUS NJ: Celebration of Parish 55th Anniversary - 10/08/15

Christ the Savior Church in Paramus NJ sowed a healthy seed of faith in 1960 and, as the blossoming good fruit increased over the next 21 years, ten parishes were organized and formed in the New Jersey Deanery. It was a time of growth throughout the United States as a vision of “Expanding the Mission” was offered and motivated by Metropolitan Leonty (Primate of what would become the Orthodox Church in America, 1950-1965).  The parish joyously celebrated its 55th Anniversary on the weekend of 26-27 September 2015 with a visit by Archbishop Michael in liturgical celebration and festive fellowship.

"FIRST FRUITS": New Issue of Monthly Diocesan Newsletter - 10/06/15

A new edition of "First Fruits" is available. Printed copies are to be distributed in our parishes as an outreach and vehicle of increased communication throughout our diocese. In this issue, we read: "God has given so much to us. Aside from our material possessions, He has blessed us with health, abilities and life itself. He has also offered intangible blessings to all of us -- forgiveness, strength, courage and, ultimately, eternal life just to name a few. Therefore, it is certainly a given that we should give back to God in return. In what spirit should our gifts be offered?"  The current "First Fruits" may be downloaded HERE!


"On Sunday, October 4th, I ask all the faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey to join me in celebrating Church Musician Appreciation Day. On that day, which is the Sunday closest to the feast day of Saint Romanos the Melodist (October 1st), I encourage Rectors, Parish Councils, and the faithful of our parishes to offer special thanks to their choir directors, singers, composers, arrangers, and those who teach church music to our children."  -Archbishop Michael

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JACKSON NJ: Archpastoral Visit - 09/29/15

Beautiful skies and bright sunshine greeted His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, for his Archpastoral visit to the Nativity of the Virgin Church in Jackson NJ on 20-21 September 2015 to celebrate the patronal feast-day of the parish. Sunday evening the church was filled with parishioners and friends from neighboring Saint Vladimir’s Memorial Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) for a Vigil Service. The following day, a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence to mark the feast-day of the Nativity of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary as commemorated according to the Julian Calendar.

WHITESTONE NY: Archpastoral Visit - 09/26/15

Saint Nicholas Church in Whitestone NY enjoyed two days with Archbishop Michael on 19-20 September 2015. The days were full of prayer, humor, and fellowship. A sermon was offered at every service and, as one long-time parishioner put it, “every word brought hope and joy!” After finding time to greet each and every parishioner, His Eminence continued his visit by making a hospital call to pray with Anna Kogaczewski, one of the most-senior and dearly-beloved members of the parish. The church in Whitestone has come to know, trust, and love Archbishop Michael without reservation ... and he makes clear that such love is returned to the faithful of his diocese.


The Diocese of New York and New Jersey has launched two new 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. The first issues of these publications have been distributed to all clergy for dissemination within their parishes;  they will also be made available each month on this website.

"First Fruits" Vol. 1 #1 >

"Beyond the Plateau" Vol. 1 #1 >

WATERVLIET NY: Parish Family Picnic - 09/21/15

Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY held its annual family picnic on Sunday, 13 September. The picnic was sponsored by the men’s club of the parish on the grounds of the Maplewood Volunteer Fire Department. Parishioners, families, and friends were welcomed to the picnic attended by approximately 60 people. The weather was a perfect fall day and the food was cooked to perfection with friendship and fellowship abounding.

On the Diocesan Calendar


October 10, 2015

Visitation of the


Icon of Saint Anna

Holy Trinity Church

Yonkers NY

3:30 p.m.

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October 16-18, 2015

 Visitation of the


 Icon of Saint Anna

      St. Gregory Palamas Church

      Glen Gardner NJ

    Friday: Healing Service, 7pm

    Saturday: Vespers, 5pm

    Sunday: Divine Liturgy, 10am

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November 2, 2015


Clergy Retreat

      Saint George Antiochian

      Orthodox Church

Little Falls NJ

10:30 a.m.

details >




November 7, 2015

Blessing of Animals

Saint John the Baptist

Orthodox Church

Rochester NY

2:00 p.m.

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November 10-11, 2015



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November 13-15, 2015




Saint Basil's Academy

Garrison NY

Event Flyer >

information >

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