Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/ 60 ALPHA NJ: FEAST-DAY OF OUR LORD’S TRANSFIGURATION http://nynjoca.org/news_170819_1.html Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Alpha/Alpha_NJ_6AUG2017_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;">The weekend of 5-6 August 2017 was inspirational and memorable for the Orthodox faithful of <strong>Saint John the Baptist Church in Alpha NJ</strong>, marked by the Archpastoral visit of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael. It was the great feast-day of the Transfiguration of our Lord and a time to gather in prayerful gratitude for the many blessings God bestows on the parish. Of special joy was the presence of Father Joseph Chupeck, former rector of the church. After the festal Liturgy on Sunday with the traditional blessing of fruit, His Eminence had a dialogue with parishioners during which he shared experiences about his recent pilgrimage visit to the Holy Land. A celebratory festal dinner followed in the rectory.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170819_1.html 2017 DIOCESAN CHURCH SCHOOL CONFERENCES http://nynjoca.org/news_170715_2.html Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Church-School-Conf/2017_Church_School_Cof_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: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The annual <strong>Church School Conference</strong> is designed to provide guidance and assistance, with an opportunity for sharing and cooperation, among teachers and others interested or involved in parish religious education programs. It is highly recommended that all clergy and church school coordinators attend this valuable resource. There are two dates and locations of the conference to enable maximum participation. <strong>On Saturday, 12 August, a conference for the New Jersey &amp; New York City Deaneries was held in Paramus NJ. <span style="color: #0000ff;">On Saturday, 26 August, the New York State Deanery conference will be in Elmira Heights NY.</span></strong> Conference flyers with additional information are available in the "Upcoming Events" section of this webpage.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170715_2.html 2017 DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS http://nynjoca.org/news_170818_1.html Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/DDB/Summertime/2017_DDB_summertine_logo.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&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;">As the days of summer fly by, our <strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors</strong> continue to provide vital financial support to ministries throughout the diocese. By offering assistance to our seminarians, mission parishes, and struggling older parishes, the strength and vitality of our local churches are being nurtured. To date during 2017, DDBs have contributed over <strong>$69,000</strong> out of their dedication and love for the church. &nbsp;<a href="/ddb_2017_honorroll.html"><strong>See the &ldquo;honor roll&rdquo; of DDBs here &gt;</strong></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="color: #008000;"><strong><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: large;">Learn how to become a DDB now &gt;</span></strong></span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170818_1.html TRENTON NJ: Archpastoral Visit on Parish Feast-Day & Anniversary http://nynjoca.org/news_170812_1.html Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Trenton/Trenton_15_July_2017.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;"><strong>Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton NJ</strong> celebrated its patronal Feast-Day and 102nd anniversary on <strong>Saturday, 15 July 2017</strong>.&nbsp; The festivities commenced with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Michael, presiding.&nbsp; Serving with His Eminence were: Father Volodymyr Chaikivskyi (Parish Rector), Father Paul Shafran (Pastor Emeritus, retired), Father Joseph Lickwar (Diocesan Chancellor), and numerous other diocesan clergy.&nbsp; At the conclusion of the liturgy the sizable crowd of clergy, parishioners, and friends made a procession around the outside of the church with the icon of Saint Vladimir, and then enjoyed a cocktail hour and luncheon at the parish social hall next door.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170812_1.html NEW BRUNSWICK NJ: A NEW ERA OF OUTREACH http://nynjoca.org/news_170812_2.html Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/New-Brunswick-NJ/Ordination/New_Brunswick_2017_ordination_008.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: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong>Saturday, 1 July 2017, was the occasion of an historic event in the life of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey:</strong> the ordination of Sub-Deacon Samuel Davis, of Somerset NJ, to the Holy Diaconate. While diaconal ordinations are not necessarily historic, Deacon Samuel is the first African-American to be ordained to this office in the history of the Diocese, and he is leading the planting and development of Saint Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission in New Brunswick NJ, an inner-city mission seeking to reach out to African-Americans and Hispanics with the light of Christ&rsquo;s Gospel in Holy Orthodoxy.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170812_2.html WATERVLIET NY: St. Basil’s Church at the Regional Food Bank http://nynjoca.org/news_170805_1.html Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Watervliet_food_bank_2017_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: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Twenty-six people from three area Orthodox parishes teamed up for a fun and productive volunteer time at the Regional Food Bank on Saturday, 8 July 2017. Participating were parishioners from Saint George Antiochian Church (Albany NY), Christ the Savior Church (Ballston Lake NY), and Saint Basil&rsquo;s Church (Watervliet NY) along with parish rector Archpriest Pe<a name="_GoBack"></a>ter Olsen.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170805_1.html 2017 YOUTH DAY at Six Flags Great Adventure http://nynjoca.org/news_170608_1.html Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Youth-Day/Youth_Day_2017_promo.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;">The <strong>Annual Diocesan Youth Day</strong> will again take place at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson NJ on <strong>Thursday, 24 August 2017</strong>. The day is open to all Orthodox Youth and their friends, from elementary school age to college students.&nbsp; <strong><span style="color: #993300;"><a href="/files/2017/Youth-Day/2017_YOUTH_DAY_REGISTRATION_FORM.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #993300;">Information &amp; REGISTER NOW &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></a></span></strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170608_1.html DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS: Appreciation Dinner http://nynjoca.org/news_170722_1.html Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/DDB/BALLSTON_DDB2017_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;">Nearly 60 <strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors</strong> from the Upstate New York region joined together with their host, Archbishop Michael, for an evening of thanks and fellowship&nbsp;in Ballston Spa NY. This was the final of four appreciaition dinners recognizing the financial contributions of 2016 DDBs from throughout the diocese and beyond who support and make possible vital ministries to parishes and seminarians. To learn about the DDB and join them, go <span style="color: #993300; background-color: #ffff00;"><strong><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="color: #993300; background-color: #ffff00;">here &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></a></strong></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170722_1.html HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Father Paul Shafran http://nynjoca.org/news_170715_1.html Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Shafron/Shafran_95yrs_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;"><strong>Very Reverend Paul Shafran</strong> celebrated his <strong>95th birthday on Sunday, 2 July 2017</strong>, giving thanks to God for his many blessings which include the ability to continue serving at the altar. Following the Divine Liturgy that morning, the parish of <strong>Saint Vladimir in Trenton NJ</strong> (<em>where Father Paul is Pastor Emeritus, retired)</em> honored and blessed him with the singing of&nbsp; <span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><em><strong>"Many Years!"&nbsp;</strong> </em></span>A celebration followed in the fellowship hall and a birthday cake was enjoyed by all. The previous day his extended family gathered for an in-home celebration with toasts and photo-trips down memory lane.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170715_1.html BRICK NJ: Father’s Day Celebrations http://nynjoca.org/news_170708_2.html Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Brick/BRICK_FatherDay_2017_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: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Archbishop Michael visited the <strong>Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Brick NJ</strong> on <em>"Father's Day"</em> weekend of 17-18 June. During his Archpastoral visit, His Eminence tonsured Veljko Pejovic as a Reader, recognized Archpriest Gary Breton on the occasion of his 25th</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood, and blessed the nearly-completed parish hall and education center. He also received a donation from the parish Church School students representing their Lenten efforts of providing alms to those in need.</span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170708_2.html DIACONAL FORMATION PROGRAM: 2 Locations, Apply Now! http://nynjoca.org/news_170509_1.html Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Diaconal-Formation/DiaconalFormation2017_001.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="margin: 0px; color: #000000; line-height: 107%; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: large;">Our <span style="color: #000080;"><strong>Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program </strong></span>offers an opportunity for men, with the blessing of their parish priest and Archbishop Michael, to experience a 2-year program facilitated by Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary. The program involves both academic and practical application of a diaconal parish ministry. While no program of study guarantees ordination as a deacon, graduates will have fulfilled the necessary academic requirements. <strong><span style="color: #000080;">There are two campus locations: Endicott NY and Philadelphia PA</span> </strong>(convenient for those in New Jersey and New York City). See the flyer <span style="color: #993300;"><strong><a href="/files/2017/Diaconal-Formation/2017_deacon_program_flyer_001.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #993300;">here</span></a></strong></span> for general details of the program and specifics of the Philadelphia campus. For information on the Endicott program, contact Father Alexey Karlgut at <a href="mailto:ayk0@yahoo.com">ayk0@yahoo.com</a> </span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170509_1.html DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS http://nynjoca.org/news_170609_1.html Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/DDB/summertime.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="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="margin: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000;">The days of summer bring sunshine and warmth throughout the diocese as flowers blossom and nature reflects new life. As we approach the middle of this year, upcoming Parish Council and Church School Conferences, the Diocesan Youth Day, preparations for another academic year at seminaries and our Diaconal Formation Program remind us of our common work in the Lord</span></span><span style="margin: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000;">&rsquo;</span></span><span style="margin: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000;">s vineyard. Much of this is only possible thanks to our <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</strong>. <em>You are invited to join them!&nbsp; </em></span></span></span><strong><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="margin: 0px; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #0000ff;">Learn about the DDB &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></span></span></a></strong></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170609_1.html Celebrating 65 Years of Christ-centered Marriage http://nynjoca.org/news_170616_1.html Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Nehrebecki/Nehrebecki_anniversary_2017_banner.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="margin: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">On Sunday, 21 May 2017, the <em>Feast-day of Saints Constantine and Helen</em>, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael visited Christ the Saviour Church in Paramus NJ to celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and honor <strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">Archpriest John and Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki</span> on their 65th Wedding Anniversary</strong>.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170616_1.html PENTECOST: Archpastoral Letter from Archbishop Michael http://nynjoca.org/news_150529_1.html Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://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: 190%; 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&nbsp;4 June 2017. In part, he writes:&nbsp; <span style="color: #993300;"><strong><em>"</em></strong></span></span><span style="color: #993300; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong><em>How clearly we see the Trinity in God&rsquo;s plan of salvation.&nbsp;&nbsp;'God (the Father) so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son (Jesus) that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have life everlasting' (John&nbsp;3:16).&nbsp;&nbsp;Then Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to abide with us forever."</em></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; 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="/files/2017/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Pentecost_2017.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong><span style="color: #008000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">read the Archpastoral Letter &gt;</span></strong></span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_150529_1.html Archpastoral Letter for Holy Pentecost 2017 http://nynjoca.org/files/2017/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Pentecost_2017.pdf Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/files/2017/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Pentecost_2017.pdf Archpastoral Letter for Holy PASCHA 2017 http://nynjoca.org/files/2017/Archpastoral-Letters/2017_Archpastoral_Letter_Pascha.pdf Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/files/2017/Archpastoral-Letters/2017_Archpastoral_Letter_Pascha.pdf