Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/ 60 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONFERENCES: “Darkness to Light” http://nynjoca.org/news_150730_1.html Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Church-School/Church_School_Conf_2015_008.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The <strong>Department of Christian Education</strong> conducted <strong>annual conferences</strong> regionally in the three Deaneries: 13 June at Christ the Savior Church, Paramus NJ; 20 June at Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow NY; 27 June at Saints Peter &amp; Paul Church, Endicott NY. Sixty-one church school coordinators and teachers attended the conferences. During opening remarks, Archbishop Michael said: <em><strong>&ldquo;Some say the youth is the future of the church. I say the church should be the future of our youth!&rdquo;</strong></em> Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many stating it was extremely valuable information and exceeded all expectations.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150730_1.html 18th ALL-AMERICAN COUNCIL: Diocesan Video “As Seen on TV” http://nynjoca.org/news_150725_1.html Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/AAC/AAC_video_2015_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The <strong>18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America</strong> [OCA] convened in Atlanta, Georgia on <strong>20-24 July 2015</strong>. Gathered in holy assembly were the bishops, priests, monastics, and laity representatives of the church in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The council, which meets every three years, seeks to build the unity of faith within the Body of Christ by sharing prayer, fellowship, sacramental communion, and to discern the grace and will of the Holy Spirit for today and the future. Each diocese of the OCA presented a brief look into its life with a focus on the theme: <strong><em>&ldquo;How to Expand the Mission.&rdquo;</em> </strong>The fourteen-minute video from the diocese of New York and New Jersey presented to the AAC is available for viewing <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://vimeo.com/133580604"><strong>here</strong></a>!</span></span></p> <p style="line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><strong><a href="https://vimeo.com/133580604"><span style="color: #000080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">see the video now &gt;</span></a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="http://oca.org/history-archives/aacs/the-18th-all-american-council" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #000080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">more information on the AAC &gt;</span></strong></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150725_1.html DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS Support Vital Ministries http://nynjoca.org/news_150707_1.html Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/VFOF/DDB-2015/DDB_2015_BANNER_JULY.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">With flowers of the field blossoming and the delightfully sweet fragrances of summer, the life of the diocese is flourishing thanks to the dedication and contributions of our <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><span style="font-size: large;">D</span>istinguished <span style="font-size: large;">D</span>iocesan <span style="font-size: large;">B</span>enefactors [DDB].</strong> </span>You can join their commitment to support our mission parishes, seminarians, struggling older parishes, and more, by adding your name to the 137 individuals, parishes and organizations that have become DDBs already this year. Last year, DDBs contributed $157,000 enabling ministries and outreach that would have been impossible without their loving, sacrificial support. Complete information about becoming a DDB including a convenient on-line contribution option may be found <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html">HERE</a></span><span style="color: #800000;">!</span></strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/2015_ddb_honor_roll.html"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">see the 2015 DDB &ldquo;Honor Roll&rdquo; &gt;</span></strong></span></a></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="color: #ff0000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">become a DDB now &gt;</span></a></span></strong></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150707_1.html "JACOB'S WELL" - New Edition Now Available! http://nynjoca.org/news_150703_1.html Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Jacobs-Well/Jacob_Well_Summer_2015_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: tahoma; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">A new edition of the official diocesan publication, <strong>&ldquo;Jacob&rsquo;s Well,&rdquo;</strong> is now available on-line! &nbsp;Printed copies of this highly acclaimed magazine have been sent to all parishes for distribution to parishioners and visitors, and to provide a wonderful outreach to shut-ins and &ldquo;seekers&rdquo; interested in Orthodoxy. This current edition, and previous publications, may be viewed on the "Jacob's Well" website. Get the current edition (<em>Read-All-About-it!</em>) &nbsp;<a href="/files/2015/Jacobs-Well/Jacobs_Well_Spring_Summer_2015.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000080;"><strong><span style="color: #000080;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">HERE</span></span>&nbsp;&gt;</strong></span></a></span></p> <p style="line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: right;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: tahoma; font-size: small;"><span style="color: #0066cc;"><a href="/jacobswell.html">"Jacob's Well" website &gt;</a></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150703_1.html READY, SET, GO! Scenic Bike Ride in Central New York State http://nynjoca.org/news_150630_1.html Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/CAMP/Bike-Ride/Camp_Bike_Ride_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #008000; font-family: trebuchet ms,geneva; font-size: medium;">Grab your bike and join the fourth-annual <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Saint Andrew&rsquo;s Camp</strong> </span>(Jewell NY) <span style="color: #800080;"><strong>Bike Ride</strong> </span>fundraiser on <strong><span style="color: #800000;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><span style="color: #800080;">Saturday, 22 August 2015</span></span></span></strong>. Register today and prepare for a charity ride that shows off the beautiful scenery of central New York. The ride has 3 distances to suit the needs of riders of all experiences: 62 mile loop, 30 mile loop, 12 mile loop. The registration cost is $100 per participant and includes a Saint Andrew&rsquo;s Camp t-shirt. An additional tiered registration structure is available for riders who wish to participate as a team. Join in support of the camp and a day of athletic achievement and fun. Grow your athletic abilities and engage your friends as you close out the end of the summer!&nbsp; Accommodations are available on the camp premises for $30 per night on Friday or Saturday.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="http://saintandrewscamp.org/join-us/annual-bike-ride/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #008000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">information and registration &gt;</span></strong></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150630_1.html Archpastoral Letter: Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage http://nynjoca.org/news_150627_2.html Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/marriage_7s6.jpg&archive=0&final_h=46&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">In a letter addressed to the clergy and faithful of the diocese regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, Archbishop Michael provides instruction and guidance. In part, he writes: <span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><em><strong>"Today we have heard the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn all bans of same-sex marriages by states.&nbsp; In doing so, it has declared such unions as being a constitutional right.&nbsp; This means that same-sex marriages can be legally performed in all states of our country. Despite this announcement, nothing has changed the teaching of our Holy Orthodox Church."</strong></em></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/2015_Archpastoral_Letter_Ruling_on_Marriage.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial; font-size: medium;">read the Archpastoral Letter &gt;</span></strong></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150627_2.html “Exercising Our Faith”: Walkers and Bikers Support Church and Camp http://nynjoca.org/news_150627_1.html Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Run-for-Church/Walk_For_Church_2015_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Saturday, 13 June 2015,&nbsp; sixty-seven participants from several New Jersey parishes met for the annual <strong>&ldquo;Run/Walk for the Church&rdquo;</strong> to run and walk together on a course beginning and ending at Saints Peter &amp; Paul Church in&nbsp;South River&nbsp;NJ. Participants enjoyed fellowship with each other, Archbishop Michael, and the Mayor of South River NJ, while celebrating the 20th anniversary of the annual &ldquo;Run/Walk for the Church.&rdquo; Similarly, <span style="color: #008000;"><strong>Saint Andrew&rsquo;s camp hosts an annual &ldquo;Bike Ride&rdquo;</strong></span> <strong><span style="color: #008000;">fund raiser, scheduled for 22 August 2015</span>.</strong>&nbsp; See the event details in the &ldquo;Upcoming Events&rdquo; section of this website!</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150627_1.html DIOCESAN YOUTH DAY: 20 AUGUST 2015 in Jackson NJ http://nynjoca.org/news_150613_1.html Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Youth-Day/Youth_Day_BANNER22.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: medium;">REGISTER EARLY for the <strong>Annual Diocesan Youth Day at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson NJ on Thursday, 20 August, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.</strong>&nbsp; The admission cost of $30 includes all adventure park fees, round-trip bus transportation from Saint Mary&rsquo;s Church, and a meal voucher! <span style="color: #ff0000;">Reservations must be made by 10 August 2015.</span> The event is for all diocesan youth and their friends, from elementary school to college ... for a day of fun and fellowship.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="color: #800000;"><a href="/files/2015/Youth-Day/2015_YOUTH-DAY_FLYER.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #800000; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: medium;">information &amp; registration &gt;</span></a></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150613_1.html DIACONAL FORMATION PROGRAM http://nynjoca.org/news_150605_1.html Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Diaconal-Propgram/DiaconalFormation_2015_announce.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #003300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The <strong>Diocesan Diaconal Formation</strong> <strong>Program</strong> immerses students in the life of the Orthodox Church through serving in the altar, singing in the choir, and studying Scripture, Church History, Liturgics, and Spirituality. The Diaconal Formation program meets every Saturday from September to December (Fall Semester) and January to May (Spring Semester). <strong>Students attend one of two campuses: Endicott NY or Philadelphia PA.</strong> 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. <span style="color: #003366; font-family: book antiqua;"><strong><em>Men among the laity interested in pursuing theological study, spiritual formation, and liturgical training, and sense they might be called to the diaconal ministry, are encouraged to seek guidance from their parish priest.</em></strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/files/2015/Diaconal-Program/deacon_program_2015_endicott.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #003300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #0000ff;">Endicott NY Campus information</span> &gt;</span></strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/files/2015/Diaconal-Program/deacon_program_2015_philly.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #003300; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #008000;">Philadelphia PA Campus information</span> &gt;</span></strong></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150605_1.html “AXIOS!”: Father Michael Speck and Deacon Sean McNulty http://nynjoca.org/news_150601_1.html Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/NYS-Ordinations/McNulty/McNulty_Ord_Deacon_010.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Saturday, 16 May 2015, <strong>Father (Dr.) Michael Speck</strong> was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at his home parish, Saint Nicholas Church, in Auburn NY. The following day, Sunday, 17 May, <strong>Deacon Sean McNulty</strong> (a graduate of our diocesan Diaconal Formation Program) was ordained to the Holy Diaconate at his home parish, Saint John the Baptist Church, in Rochester NY. Father Michael and Deacon Sean are now assigned and serving in their home parishes. May our Lord grant them <em><strong>&ldquo;Many Years&rdquo;</strong></em> as they labor to the glory of God and the good-estate of His Holy Church. <span style="color: #666699; font-family: georgia,palatino;"><em><strong>&ldquo;Axios!&rdquo;</strong></em></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150601_1.html TRENTON NJ: “Doing the Work of the Gospel” http://nynjoca.org/news_150531_1.html Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-28/Trenton_NJ_28MAY2015_002.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Seven Trenton NJ churches were awarded monies presented by Mayor Eric Jackson at City Hall on May 28, 2015.&nbsp; <strong>Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church</strong> was awarded $9,000 <span style="font-size: small;">($8,000 from this program and an additional $1,000 from another source)</span> to cooperate with the <em><strong>&ldquo;Faithful Families Eating Smart Moving More&rdquo;</strong></em> program. Saint Vladimir Church is the only Orthodox Christian parish to be awarded the grant that supports and engenders many possibilities for the parish.&nbsp; Among them we will be partnering with ISLES, a non-profit organization specializing in planting community gardens.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150531_1.html PENTECOST: Archpastoral Letter from Archbishop Michael http://nynjoca.org/news_150529_1.html Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/clipart/Pentecost_2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #008000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">His Eminence, Archbishop Michael has issued an <strong>Archpastoral Letter</strong> to the faithful of the diocese for the <strong>Feast-Day of Holy Pentecost</strong> celebrated on 31 May 2015. In part, he writes: <strong><span style="color: #003366; font-family: book antiqua;"><em>"I pray that on this Pentecost all of us will open ourselves to the coming of the Holy Spirit; that we will not simply recite by rote: 'O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things; Treasury of blessings and Giver of life:&nbsp; Come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.' Rather, as we offer this prayer, may we fervently entreat the Holy Spirit to permeate our very being &ndash; and enable us to be changed into even better Orthodox Christians. May He guide us to know Christ ever more richly, serve Him ever more faithfully, and become each day ever more and more like the One Who loves us more than we love ourselves."</em></span></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/Pentecost_2015_Archpastoral_Letter.pdf" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: #008000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">read the Archpastoral Letter &gt;</span></strong></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150529_1.html MAYS LANDING NJ: “Mothers Day” at the Mother of God Church http://nynjoca.org/news_150518_1.html Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-10/Mays_Landing_10MAY2015_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Mothers Day, 10 May 2015, the <strong>Mother of God &ldquo;Joy of All Who Sorrow&rdquo; Parish</strong> in Mays Landing NJ&nbsp; greeted Archbishop Michael, along with his mother and sister. The parish faithful, Father Matthew Searfoorce, Proto-Deacon John Morvay, and area friends joined to celebrate the Divine Liturgy as <em>Reader</em> Charles Vlash <span style="font-size: small;">(Blaise)</span> Gallagher was ordained to be a Sub-Deacon.&nbsp; Following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, all joined in fellowship and a delicious meal which was prepared by the Parish Sisterhood.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150518_1.html ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: 5th Anniversary of Consecration http://nynjoca.org/news_150513_1.html Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Bishop-Anniversary/5th_Anniv_Consecration_2015_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Our diocese celebrated the <strong>5th Anniversary of the Consecration of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael</strong>, on Saturday, 9 May 2015. The day began at 9:30 a.m. with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Passaic NJ, and concluded with a 1:00 p.m. celebratory luncheon at <em>&ldquo;The Brownstone&rdquo;</em> in Paterson NJ.&nbsp; Clergy and faithful throughout the diocese -- those attending these special gatherings as well as those unable to be present -- joined in prayers of thanksgiving for the past 5 years of Archpastoral care, faithfulness, and love manifested through Archbishop Michael&rsquo;s guidance and leadership. <span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;"><em>&ldquo;Many Years!&rdquo; to our beloved spiritual father in Christ and shepherd of the Lord&rsquo;s flock abiding in New York and New Jersey.</em></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150513_1.html POTSDAM NY: Archbishop Michael Names New Mission Parish http://nynjoca.org/news_150506_2.html Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/Potsdam/Potsdam_1_APRIL_2015_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000080; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On 1 April 2015, following a Lenten Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, Archbishop Michael blessed the faithful of the <strong><em>former</em> <em>Orthodox Christian Mission Station</em> (Potsdam NY)</strong> naming <strong>&ldquo;Saint Olympia&rdquo;</strong> as their patron. Following the dedication of the <strong>new mission parish</strong>, His Eminence blessed and administered the oath of office to their first parish council&nbsp;and thanked Father David Edwards of the Monastery of Saint Silouan the Athonite in Spencerville, Ontario, Canada, for his dedicated service to the mission. Also serving that evening was Father Luke Majoros, also from Saint Silouan Monastery.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150506_2.html YONKERS NY: CoLM Music Conference http://nynjoca.org/news_150506_1.html Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2015/05-02/CoLM_2_MAY_2015_004.jpg&archive=0&final_h=70&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On 2 May 2015, Archbishop Michael and the <strong>Commission on Liturgical Music</strong> [CoLM] spent the day with more than 25 participants for a two-part workshop at <strong>Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers NY</strong>. In the morning, Mark Bailey <span style="font-size: small;">(leading scholar in liturgical music; Director of the Yale Russian Chorus)</span> led participants in an interactive session of learning and singing; the vitality of singing through rhythm, pulse, diction, and phrasing while expressing music liturgically. The afternoon&rsquo;s presenter was liturgical expert Aleksei Shipovalnikov who, with His Eminence and Father David Cowan, <em>&ldquo;walked through&rdquo;</em> the more challenging parts of the Hierarchical Liturgy commenting on &ldquo;what&rsquo;s going on&rdquo; from their perspectives.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150506_1.html Archpastoral Letter for Pentecost 2015 /files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/Pentecost_2015_Archpastoral_Letter.pdf Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/Pentecost_2015_Archpastoral_Letter.pdf OCF First Forty Days Initiative /files/2015/RELEASES/OCF_First_40_Days_Letter_15MAY2015.pdf Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/RELEASES/OCF_First_40_Days_Letter_15MAY2015.pdf Release 2015.4.1 (Lenten Youth Retreat) /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_4_1.pdf Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_4_1.pdf Archpastoral Letter for PASCHA 2015 /files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/2015_PASCHA_letter_v3.pdf Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/Archpastoral-Letters/2015_PASCHA_letter_v3.pdf Release 2015.3.1 (Altar Servers Retreat) /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_3_1.pdf Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2015/RELEASES/Release_2015_3_1.pdf