Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/ 60 REGIONAL PARISH COUNCIL CONFERENCES http://nynjoca.org/news_140726_1.html Sat, 26 Jul 2014 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/2014/Parish%20Council%20Conf/2014_NYS_Parish_Council_Conf_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=46&final_w=94&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; color: #ff0000;">UPDATED!</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>The <strong>2014 Parish Council Conference</strong>, conducted regionally in all three deaneries, featured the theme: <span style="color: #0000ff;"><em><strong>&ldquo;Parish Vitality.&rdquo;</strong></em></span> 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. <strong>A conference video (parts one and two) are available</strong> 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 ... <span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: small;">&ldquo;PARISH COUNCIL CONFERENCES AND RESOURCES&rdquo;</span> ... for information on this and previous conferences. <strong>To view the 2014 video, go <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a href="/2014_parish_council_conf.html"><span style="color: #ff0000;">HERE</span></a>!</span></strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140726_1.html COMMISSION ON LITURGICAL MUSIC: Workshop “Conducted” in Cohoes NY http://nynjoca.org/news_140722_2.html Mon, 21 Jul 2014 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/2014/CoLM/CoLM_Workshop_Cohoes_19JULY2014_008.jpg&archive=0&final_h=46&final_w=94&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">On Saturday, 19 July 2014, twenty-five people from various locations and parishes gathered at Saint Nicholas Church in Cohoes NY for <em><strong>&ldquo;Basic Conducting: What&rsquo;s All That Hand Waving About?&rdquo;</strong></em> 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.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140722_2.html CLERGY FAMILY PICNIC: New Jersey Deanery http://nynjoca.org/news_140718_1.html Fri, 18 Jul 2014 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/2014/07-13/NJ_Clergy_Picnic_2014_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=47&final_w=94&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">The New Jersey Deanery held its annual &ldquo;Clergy Family Picnic&rdquo; in Paramus NJ on Sunday afternoon, 13 July, hosted by Bishop Michael. Due to inclement weather, the picnic became a cook-out/eat-in affair. Father David Vernak and Matushka Tamara Skvir ventured outside to prepare hamburgers and hot dogs between the rain drops; Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki prepared a favorite chicken recipe, served on elegantly prepared tables for the nearly 40 clergy family members who enjoyed being together for fun and fellowship. Those present expressed their gratitude to His Grace for making the joyful day a reality.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140718_1.html DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS: “ALL ABOARD!” http://nynjoca.org/news_140715_1.html Tue, 15 Jul 2014 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_Train_2013.JPG&archive=0&final_h=46&final_w=94&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">In order to provide much-needed financial support to our seminarians, mission parishes, and struggling older parishes, <strong>118 individuals and 24 parishes or organizations from throughout our diocese and beyond have boarded the 2014 DDB Train</strong> ... and, we&rsquo;re rolling down the track in another year of grace ... strengthening our diocese, our parishes, and our faithful! Thanks to their commitment and generosity to diocesan ministries, DDBs have contributed <strong>$59,850</strong> so far this year; over <strong>$420,000</strong> since the beginning of the DDB initiative in 2011. A train station near you is open for business, and it&rsquo;s easy to get a ticket <em>(yes, you can do it on-line)</em>! If you are able to share of the blessings you have received from God, <strong><em>&ldquo;welcome aboard!&rdquo;</em></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/ddd_honor_roll_2014.html"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">see the list of passengers on the 2014 DDB Train &gt;</span></a></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">learn about DDB and <strong><em>get your ticket</em></strong>&nbsp;&gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140715_1.html INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO SERIES “hits” 10,000 viewings! http://nynjoca.org/news_140708_1.html Wed, 09 Jul 2014 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/Bishop_Michael_2012_DDB_page.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=48&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium; color: #003300;">Two-and-a-half years ago Bishop Michael&rsquo;s video series, <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>&ldquo;Lessons in Our Faith,&rdquo;</strong></span> was launched on the diocesan website. Since then, a total of 14 lessons have been produced. On a variety of subjects, each video is 8-15 minutes in length and offers a concise presentation of Orthodox teaching and practice in a straight-forward manner suitable for both church faithful and those who are not currently members of the Orthodox Church: seekers, inquirers, catechumens. On the 4th of July this year, one of the lessons <em>(&ldquo;Fasting: 7 Questions &amp; 7 Answers&rdquo;)</em> reached the milestone of being viewed <strong>3,000</strong> times; in all, there have been <strong>10,020</strong> viewings of the videos by a world-wide audience including 27 countries.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a href="/lessons_in_our_faith.html"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium; color: #0000ff;">visit <strong>&ldquo;Lessons in Our Faith&rdquo;</strong> &gt;</span></a></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140708_1.html ANNUAL CLERGY CONFERENCE http://nynjoca.org/news_140707_1.html Mon, 07 Jul 2014 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/2014/Clergy%20Conference/2014_Clergy_Conf_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=63&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">The <strong>2014 Diocesan Clergy Conference</strong> will be held at <strong>Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church in Clifton NJ on 3-4 September</strong>. 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.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><a href="/files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_12_2.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">details and agenda &gt;</span></a><br /><a href="/files/2014/Clergy%20Conference/2014_Clergy_Conf_accommodations.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">lodging accommodations &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140707_1.html SADDLE BROOK NJ: Konevets Quartet Concert http://nynjoca.org/news_140703_2.html Mon, 30 Jun 2014 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/2014/06-24/Saddle_Brook_KONEVETS_2014_007.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Hushed silence, hearty laughs, and even some clapping could be heard at <strong>Holy Apostles Church in Saddle Brook NJ</strong> when the <strong>Konevets Quartet</strong> from Saint Petersburg Russia performed a concert of both hymns and folk songs on the evening of Tuesday, 24 June 2014. The concert lasted about two hours and drew over 100 people from diverse backgrounds. Orthodox churches in the area were represented including: OCA, Russian Patriarchal, Ukrainian, Antiochian, and Greek parishes. There were also a dozen parishioners from Saint Philip&rsquo;s, the neighboring Catholic church.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140703_2.html HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY: Eugenia Zaharchuk http://nynjoca.org/news_140703_1.html Mon, 30 Jun 2014 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/2014/06-22/Watervliet%20birthday/Watervliet_100th_birthday_2014_001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=88&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">On Sunday, 22 June 2014, the parishioners of <strong>Saint Basil&rsquo;s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY</strong> celebrated the 100th birthday of parishioner <strong>Eugenia Zaharchuk</strong>. Eugenia, a lifelong member of the parish, received the well-wishes of her friends and a special congratulatory letter from Bishop Michael. Over 100 birthday cards, along with a blessed icon of Saint Eugenia (her patron saint) were presented to her. After the Divine Liturgy a special coffee hour and birthday celebration was held in her honor. May God continue to bless her for <em>&ldquo;Many Years!&rdquo;</em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140703_1.html Stories of Orthodox Clergy and their Wives http://nynjoca.org/news_140627_1.html Wed, 02 Jul 2014 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/Clergy%20Stories/Nehrebecki_stories_001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=88&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'book antiqua'; font-size: medium; color: #333399;">A series of interviews, some video and some audio, with our esteemed senior clergy and their wives has been prepared by Father John Shimchick and is now available on our website. The series, which will be expanded in the days ahead, is: <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>&ldquo;Gift and Grace: Stories of Orthodox Clergy and their Wives.&rdquo;</strong> </span>An icon-link to <span style="color: #000000;"><strong>CLERGY STORIES</strong></span> is displayed on this homepage along with other valuable icon-links to items of interest. <em>&ldquo;I hope as well this may encourage similar oral history projects within our parishes,&rdquo;</em> said Father John. <em>&ldquo;We know our seniors represent a unique and irreplaceable treasury of knowledge and experience, and of witness a kind of <strong><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; color: #000000;">martyria </span></strong>of love and dedication to God, pastoral work, and love. Let's all commit to this effort of documenting and learning from the lives of those who have served our Church with such energy, clergy and lay people, married and those who are single. It's important to be reminded of those stories around us that have led &lsquo;to a further, more complete, more total service of Christ and his Church.&rsquo; The stories are out there!&rdquo;</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><strong><a href="/interviews.html"><span style="font-family: 'book antiqua'; font-size: medium; color: #333399;">visit &ldquo;Clergy Stories&rdquo; &gt;</span></a></strong></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140627_1.html WANTAGE NJ: Archpastoral Visit http://nynjoca.org/news_140626_1.html Fri, 27 Jun 2014 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/2014/06-22/Wantage_22JUNE2014_010.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=57&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">On 21-22 June, Bishop Michael made his annual visitation to <strong>Holy Spirit Church</strong> in Wantage NJ. After the Divine Liturgy, His Grace honored parish high school and college graduates presenting them with copies of the myrrh-streaming icon of Saint Anna and the Theotokos. A dinner was held in the church hall after the services. Later in the afternoon, the parish council and their spouses were invited to the rectory along with His Grace to discuss the life of Holy Spirit Church, its spirituality and ideas for continued growth and outreach to the area.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140626_1.html “WELCOME TO COLLEGE MINISTRY!” http://nynjoca.org/news_140625_1.html Wed, 25 Jun 2014 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/2014/DCM/DCM_conf_21JUNE2014_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">On Saturday, 21 June 2014, college students, clergy, and laity gathered at Holy Apostles Mission Parish in Lansing NY for <strong>&ldquo;The Fields are White for Harvest: Welcome to College Ministry.&rdquo;</strong> &nbsp;Father John Diamantis <span style="font-size: small;">(Chairman, Diocesan Department of College Ministry)</span> remarked: <em>&ldquo;It is appropriate and inspiring for us to meet at a mission parish for this conference since the spirit of missions, which the Apostles had, is embodied in this community and permeates every aspect of what we all will be doing with college ministry. More than just a way of keeping our own students connected to the Church, college ministry offers a fantastic opportunity to reach the un-churched and lapsed.&rdquo;</em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140625_1.html Continuing Education Symposium at Saint Tikhon's Seminary http://nynjoca.org/news_140624_1.html Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=png&relativeimage=images/clipart/h2.png&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=79&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000080;">The <strong>2014 Clergy Continuing Education Symposium</strong> at Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Canaan PA) convened on 17-19 June 2014. As a generous and accommodating pastoral outreach by the seminary faculty and staff, the school provided the symposium to assist Orthodox Church in America clergy in fulfilling 20 hours of continuing education annually as mandated by the Holy Synod of Bishops. &nbsp;Six three-hour session/lectures were offered, each pre-approved for a total of eighteen hours of clergy continuing education available.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140624_1.html PARAMUS NJ: Archpastoral Visit and Ordination http://nynjoca.org/news_140621_1.html Sat, 21 Jun 2014 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/2014/06-15/Paramus_Ordination_15JUNE2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">On Sunday, 15 June 2014, <strong>Christ the Savior Church</strong> in Paramus NJ welcomed Bishop Michael for an Archpastoral visit. During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, His Grace ordained Subdeacon David Maliniak to the Holy Diaconate. &nbsp;Deacon David, who is also the Senior Warden of the parish, is a 2014 graduate of the Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program in conjunction with Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary, Philadelphia campus. Deacon David&rsquo;s family (Matushka Elizabeth and their daughter Sophia), the parish community, and visitors enjoyed a delicious brunch following the Divine Liturgy.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140621_1.html WANTAGE NJ: Archpastoral Visit on Patronal Feast-Day http://nynjoca.org/news_140613_1.html Fri, 13 Jun 2014 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/2014/06-09/Wantage_9_JUNE_2014_017.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Bishop Michael visited <strong>Holy Spirit Church</strong> in Wantage NJ on Monday morning, 9 June 2014, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy on the patronal feast of the parish. Archpriest Samuel Kedala (parish rector) and parishioners welcomed and greeted visitors from other churches. A festal meal was served in the church hall after the celebration of a spiritually uplifting Liturgy and homily delivered by His Grace.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140613_1.html ROCHESTER NY: “Kids-to-Camp” Annual 5K WALKATHON http://nynjoca.org/news_140610_1.html Sat, 14 Jun 2014 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/2014/06-08/2014_Camp_Walk_A_Thon_RochesterNY_001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=58&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #003300;">On the feast-day of Pentecost, 8 June 2014, <strong>Saint John the Baptist Church</strong> <strong>in Rochester NY</strong> held its annual <span style="color: #008000;"><strong>5K WALKATHON</strong></span> in support of providing scholarships to campers attending <span style="color: #008000;"><strong>Saint Andrew&rsquo;s Camp</strong></span> this summer. The walkers had a beautiful day and enjoyed the scenery of Highland Park ... home of the famous &ldquo;Lilac Festival&rdquo; ... on route to Mount Hope Cemetery where prayers were offered at the graves of Father Cyril and Matushka Gretel Stavrevsky (parish rector, 1979-2003) and on behalf of all departed parishioners and loved ones. Upon return to the church, ice cream and fellowship were a delightful reward. <span style="color: #800000; font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: small;"><strong>The Camping Program at Saint Andrew's Camp begins on 6 July 2014 and continues for 4 weekly sessions.</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_10_1.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #003300;">more information &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140610_1.html PENTECOST: Archpastoral Letter from Bishop Michael http://nynjoca.org/news_140605_3.html Sun, 08 Jun 2014 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=50&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #008000;">His Grace, Bishop Michael has issued an Archpastoral Letter to the faithful of the diocese for the <span style="color: #993300;"><strong>Feast-Day of Holy Pentecost</strong></span> celebrated on 8 June 2014. In part, he writes: <em><strong>&ldquo;Pentecost has happened to us &hellip; the fire of the Holy Spirit has been ignited in each of us. . . We are all responsible for fueling and feeding the fire that God lit in us when we were Baptized and Chrismated. . . On this glorious Feast of Pentecost, my prayer for us all is that we will ignite anew in our lives the fire of the Holy Spirit &hellip; and live for Christ and like Christ, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit -- such that our lives will be a witness to our Lord and Savior, others will be drawn to Him through us, and we will give glory to the God Who loves us more than we love ourselves.&rdquo;</strong></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_8_1.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #008000;">read the Archpastoral Letter &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140605_3.html SEMINARIAN SCHOLARSHIP: Created in Memory of PETER J. GELETA http://nynjoca.org/news_140603_3.html Tue, 03 Jun 2014 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/Welcome_to_VFOF.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=73&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; color: #800080; font-family: 'Open Sans';">With a donation of $10,000, the membership of the <span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Orthodox Christian Association of Cohoes NY</strong></span> has created a Memorial Seminarian Scholarship in the name of the late Peter J. Geleta. This donation is inspired by the <em><strong>&ldquo;Vision for Our Future&rdquo;</strong></em> initiative and <strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors</strong> program instituted by His Grace, Bishop Michael.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140603_3.html SADDLE BROOK NJ: Parish 45th Anniversary http://nynjoca.org/news_140603_2.html Tue, 03 Jun 2014 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/2014/05-31/SaddleBrook_45th_Anniversary_030.JPG&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><strong>Holy Apostles Orthodox Church</strong>, Saddle Brook NJ, commemorated the 45th anniversary of its founding on Saturday, 31 May 2014. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace, Bishop Michael, and concelebrated by Father Matthew Brown (Rector) and guest clergy: Father Thomas Edwards (former parish rector for 29 years), Father John Nehrebecki, Father Paul Kucynda, Father David Vernak, Father Stephen Krivonak, Father Stephen Evanina, and Father Igor Kseniuk. Assisting during the service were: Deacon Nicholas Garklavs and Sub-Deacons Peter Eagler, Mark Federoff, and Alexander Vlachos. Following the service, festivities continued well into the afternoon.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140603_2.html YONKERS NY: Archpastoral Visit & Ordination http://nynjoca.org/news_140603_1.html Sun, 01 Jun 2014 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/2014/05-25/Yonkers_25MAY2014_011.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=59&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">On Sunday, 25 May 2014, Bishop Michael made an archpastoral visit to <strong>Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers NY</strong>. During the visit, at the request and on behalf of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon <span style="font-size: small;">(Orthodox Church in America)</span>, His Grace ordained Deacon Kyle Parrott to the Holy Priesthood. &nbsp;Father Kyle is from the Archdiocese of Canada and is a graduating senior at Saint Vladimir&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood NY). He has spent the past academic year serving as a pastoral intern in the Yonkers parish.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140603_1.html BROOKLYN NY: Re-Dedication of Holy Transfiguration Cathedral http://nynjoca.org/news_140528_2.html Mon, 26 May 2014 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/2014/05-04/Brooklyn_4_May_2014_005.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">One of the oldest Orthodox churches on the East Coast -- <strong>Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Brooklyn NY</strong> -- was re-dedicated following a complete restoration and renovation. On 3 May 2014, Bishop Michael attended the evening Great Vespers service and, following the service, Archpriest Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk (parish rector) served a Panikhida in memory of the church founders and former parishioners. Hundreds of names were mentioned. The following day (Sunday, 4 May), His Grace joined concelebrating clergy in blessing the interior and exterior of the Church.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140528_2.html MUSIC WORKSHOPS: 19 July 2014 in Cohoes NY http://nynjoca.org/news_140528_1.html Wed, 28 May 2014 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/Liturgical_Music_Workshops_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=44&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #008000;"><strong>Two music workshops</strong> will be held in conjunction on <strong>Saturday, 19 July 2014</strong> at <strong>Saint Nicholas Church in Cohoes NY</strong>. Sponsored by the Commission on Liturgical Music [CoLM], one workshop (for adults) is <span style="color: #000080;"><strong><em>&ldquo;Basic Conducting: What&rsquo;s All That Hand-Waving About?</em></strong></span>&rdquo; and the other workshop (for children) is <span style="color: #000080;"><em><strong>&ldquo;Making Music with Kids: An Orthodox Experience.&rdquo;</strong></em></span>&nbsp; The workshop leaders are well-known and highly esteemed in the area of liturgical music: Dr. David Drillock &amp; David Lucs. These outstanding opportunities will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. &nbsp;Lunch and all materials are included in the registration fee.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2014/CoLM/CoLM_19_JULY_2014_Cohoes_Workshops.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #008000;">information &amp; registration &gt; </span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140528_1.html ROCHESTER NY: Parish 50th Anniversary http://nynjoca.org/news_140521_2.html Mon, 02 Jun 2014 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/2014/05-17/50_Anniversary_2014_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=43&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; color: #000000; font-size: medium;"><strong>Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church</strong> (Rochester NY) celebrated its 50th parish anniversary on 17-18 May 2014. The weekend commemorations included a festive banquet on Saturday followed by Great Vespers, and a joyous Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Celebrating the Liturgy with Bishop Michael were the parish rector, Father Ken James Stavrevsky (a <em>&ldquo;son of the parish&rdquo;</em>), Father Thaddeus Wojcik (first permanent rector of the parish, 1968-1975), and Father John Dresko (also a <em>&ldquo;son of the parish&rdquo;</em>). Photos of the events, the commemorative book, and audio recordings of the presentations made at the banquet, are available <a href="http://www.saintjohnorthodox.org/Parish%2050th%20Anniversary%20Celebration%20page%201.html" target="_blank">HERE</a>!</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://www.saintjohnorthodox.org/Parish%2050th%20Anniversary%20Celebration%20page%201.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; color: #000000; font-size: medium;">more information &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140521_2.html CONTINUING CLERGY EDUCATION: 17-19 JUNE at St. Tikhon’s Seminary http://nynjoca.org/news_140519_1.html Tue, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="http://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=png&relativeimage=images/clipart/h2.png&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=79&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'book antiqua'; color: #000000;"><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary</strong></span> (South Canaan PA) will host its annual <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>Continuing Clergy Education Symposium</strong></span> on <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>17-19 June 2014</strong></span>. The school provides this symposium to assist Orthodox Church in America clergy in fulfilling 20 hours of continuing education annually as mandated by the Holy Synod of Bishops. All courses are available and pre-approved for Clergy Continuing Education credit. The cost (including lecture registration, room &amp; board) is only $100.00 per person. To register for this exceptional opportunity -- a generous and accommodating pastoral outreach by the seminary faculty and staff -- call Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Seminary (570-561-1818) or send an email to Sophia Pierce at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:sophia.pierce@stots.edu">sophia.pierce@stots.edu</a></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="http://www.stots.edu/news_140515_1.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: 'book antiqua'; font-size: medium;">complete information &amp; details here &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140519_1.html WAPPINGERS FALLS NY: Parish 50th Anniversary http://nynjoca.org/news_140507_1.html Fri, 09 May 2014 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/2014/04-27/Wappingers_Falls_50th_Anniv_009.jpg&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><strong>Saint Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church</strong> in Wappingers Falls NY celebrated its 50th Anniversary on 26-27 April 2014. &nbsp;The joy of this occasion was enriched by the presence of <span style="color: #0000ff;">His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon</span> <span style="font-size: small;">(Orthodox Church in America),&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #0000ff;">His Grace, Bishop Michael</span>, and <span style="color: #0000ff;">His Grace, Bishop Seraphim</span> <span style="font-size: small;">(retired, former Bishop of Sendai, Japan)</span>&nbsp;who, together with Father Alexis Vinogradov (parish rector), Father Michael Plekon, visiting clergy, members of the parish and visitors joined together for liturgical services to give thanks to God for half-a-century of blessings bestowed on the parish community.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140507_1.html BISHOP MICHAEL: 4th Anniversary of Consecration on May 8th http://nynjoca.org/news_140506_2.html Sat, 10 May 2014 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/MICHAEL-PAN_3969.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=70&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: medium; color: #000080;"><strong>His Grace, Bishop Michael</strong> was consecrated to the Episcopacy on May 8th, 2010 and the following day (May 9th) he was enthroned as &ldquo;Bishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.&rdquo; Since that time, our diocese has seen new life and vitality as our beloved bishop leads by an example of sacrificial service, pastoral care, loving compassion, ceaseless visitation, fervent prayer, and seemingly boundless energy. We have been abundantly blessed by God, witnessing an overflowing of enthusiasm and labors as the &ldquo;good fruits&rdquo; of the Lord&rsquo;s vineyard in New York &amp; New Jersey are planted and harvested. <em><strong>May God grant our beloved Archpastor "MANY BLESSED YEARS!"</strong></em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140506_2.html MEDFORD NJ: Covenant House Benefit on 1 June 2014 http://nynjoca.org/news_140506_1.html Thu, 15 May 2014 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/2014/06-01/Covenant_House_2014.jpg&archive=0&final_h=80&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; color: #000000;">The choir of the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross (Medford NJ) and the Northern Burlington County Regional High School Chorale will present <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>&ldquo;An Evening of Choral Music&rdquo;</strong></span> to benefit Covenant House of Camden NJ on Sunday, <span style="color: #800000;"><strong>1 June 2014 at 5:00 p.m.</strong></span> Refreshments will be served following the choral presentations. Information and directions are available <a href="http://holycrossmedford.org" target="_blank">HERE</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2014/06-01/Covenant_House_Concert_Flyer_2014.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva; color: #000000;">get the event flyer &gt;</span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140506_1.html BRIGHT WEDNESDAY: NJ Deanery Celebrates Vespers http://nynjoca.org/news_140426_1.html Sun, 04 May 2014 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/2014/04-23/Bright_Wed_2014_001.JPG&archive=0&final_h=52&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: 'book antiqua'; color: #000000;">On the evening of Bright Wednesday, 23 April 2014, clergy and faithful from throughout the New Jersey Deanery gathered with His Grace, Bishop Michael, to celebrate a joyous Paschal Vespers. The deanery&rsquo;s traditional annual service was held at Christ the Savior Church in Paramus NJ. Following the service all were treated to a delicious Agape meal prepared by members of the parish. <em><strong>&ldquo;Christ is Risen!&rdquo;</strong></em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140426_1.html 2014 ANNUAL LENTEN YOUTH RETREAT http://nynjoca.org/news_140423_1.html Fri, 02 May 2014 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/2014/Lenten%20Youth%20Retreat/event%20photos/2014_LENT_Youth_Retreat_011.JPG&archive=0&final_h=60&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #003300;">On 4-5 April 2014 the diocese held its annual <strong>Lenten Youth Retreat</strong> at Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne NJ drawing teens from New Jersey and New York. The theme of the overnight event was <em><strong>"Miracles in Our Midst"</strong></em> and was led by Father Jason Vansuch <span style="font-size: small;">(Chairperson, Department of Youth Ministry)</span>. <em>&ldquo;It is so important for our diocesan youth to come together as often as possible to strengthen their faith and have fun,&rdquo;</em> said Danielle Geeza <span style="font-size: small;">(retreat facilitator)</span> of the host parish. &nbsp;A 5-minute video of the event may be viewed <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0eLMEN0XHQ&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">HERE</a>!</span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_6_1.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium; color: #003300;">read Release # 2014.6.1 &gt;</span></a></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: medium;">photos added! </span></strong><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times; font-size: small;">see more information</span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_140423_1.html Release # 2014.12.2 (Annual Clergy Conference) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_12_2.pdf Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_12_2.pdf Release # 2014.11.1 (Orthodox Christian Fellowship) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_11_1.pdf Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_11_1.pdf Release # 2014.10.1 (Saint Andrew's Camp: 2014 Camping Program) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_10_1.pdf Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_10_1.pdf Release # 2014.9.1 (Update: Diocesan Events) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_9_1.pdf Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_9_1.pdf Release # 2014.8.1 (Archpastoral Letter for Pentecost) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_8_1.pdf Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_8_1.pdf Release # 2014.7.1 (Parish Council Conferences) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_7_1.pdf Wed, 21 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_7_1.pdf Release # 2014.6.1 (Lenten Youth Retreat) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_6_1.pdf Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_6_1.pdf Release # 2014.5.1 (Archpastoral Letter for PASCHA) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_5_1.pdf Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_5_1.pdf Release # 2014.4.1 (Commission on Liturgical Music) /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_4_1.pdf Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Diocese of New York-New Jersey /files/2014/Releases/Release_2014_4_1.pdf