Diocese of New York-New Jersey - Diocesan News http://nynjoca.org/ 60 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 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 His 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 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 ST. ANDREW’S CAMP: Annual Bike Ride! Sign-up for summer programs! http://nynjoca.org/news_170427_3.html Fri, 28 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/clipart/Camp/Camp_Bike_Ride_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="margin: 0px; color: #003366; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong>Do a charity bike ride this year!&nbsp;</strong> Mark your calendar for Saturday, 26 August 2017 and bike for <span style="color: #008000; font-family: book antiqua;"><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Saint Andrew&rsquo;s Camp</span>.&nbsp;</strong></span> This ride is ideal for the person who has never attempted a charity bike ride.&nbsp; You CAN do this ride! The Ride offers 3 distances from which to choose, each on flat to rolling terrain. Overnight accommodations are available at the camp.&nbsp; Make the Ride part of a Weekend getaway. Reunite with an alumnus.&nbsp; Nearby attractions are available for family members not riding. Reach out and ask a friend to bike with you and support the Camp at the same time.<strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"> Information for the Bike Ride is</span> <span style="color: #993300;"><a href="http://saintandrewscamp.org/join-us/annual-bike-ride/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">here</span> &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></a></span></strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170427_3.html 2017 DIOCESAN CHURCH SCHOOL CONFERENCES http://nynjoca.org/news_170715_2.html Wed, 26 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/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 will be in Paramus NJ. On Saturday, 26 August, the New York State Deanery conference will be in Elmira Heights NY.</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 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 WATERVLIET NY: Saint Basil’s Church Acquires Holy Relics http://nynjoca.org/news_170519_1.html Fri, 19 May 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/Watervliet/relics/relics_Watervliet.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;">Archbishop Michael has blessed <strong>Saint Basil</strong><strong><span style="margin: 0px; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">&rsquo;</span></strong><strong>s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY</strong> with holy relics of the following saints: &nbsp;<span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon</strong></span>, <span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Innocent</strong></span> (Metropolitan of Moscow &amp; Apostle to America), <span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Grand Duchess Elizabeth the New-Martyr</strong></span>, <span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Tikhon</strong></span> (Patriarch of Moscow &amp; Enlightener of North America), <span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Alexis of Wilkes-Barre</strong> </span>(Confessor &amp; Defender of Orthodoxy in America), <span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Raphael</strong></span> (Bishop of Brooklyn), and <span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Venerable Ambrose</strong> </span>(Elder of Optina). Father Jason Vansuch prepared the relics by placing each in a special wax mixture called <em>mastic</em>. <em><span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><span style="margin: 0px; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">&ldquo;</span>Our reliquary was sent to us from Russia,<span style="margin: 0px; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">&rdquo;</span></span></em> said Father Peter Olsen (parish rector). <em><span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><span style="margin: 0px; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">&ldquo;</span>Many thanks to God for this amazing blessing and to our loving hierarch, Archbishop Michael, and Father Jason for his kind help. Glory to Jesus Christ!<span style="margin: 0px; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">&rdquo;</span></span></em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://nynjoca.org/news_170519_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