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Commission on Missions and Evangelism Announces Third Annual Evangelism School on August 7 to August 9 - 05/22/24
Last updated: 2024-05-22 13:05:49

The Commission on Missions and Evangelism announces the third annual Evangelism School to be held from August 7 to August 9 at St. Gregory, the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. The school is fully funded by the Diocese and there is no cost to the participants. This year the School will focus on parish revitalization. The School combines case studies, practical instruction and roundtable discussions. Each Deanery is asked to provide one clergy and one layperson to participate (preferably from the same parish). All materials will be provided.

This year's speakers include Mitred Archpriest Joseph Lickwar, chancellor of the Diocese, Archpriest Thomas Soroka, rector of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rock, PA, Archpriest David Garretson of Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in South River, NJ, and Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, rector of St. Gregory Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY and Director of the Commission.

If you are interested in attending the School, contact your local dean. Names must be submitted by the end of June. The prospectus of the school can be found in the link.


Koinonia Request Your Story - 05/22/24
Last updated: 2024-05-22 11:59:02

The Commission on Missions and Evangelism publishes the newsletter Koinonia on a quarterly basis. The newsletter explores the many aspects of evangelism in the Diocese and keeps the Diocese informed about the activities of the various missions. This year's issues are focusing on stories on people intentionally entering the Orthodox Church, a phenomenon we are experiencing around the Diocese. The January issue had two such stories. We are looking for more stories for the upcoming June issue as well as those for the rest of the year. Please send your one page story and pictures by June 7 to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi at Please contact him if there are any questions.


Archbishop Michael Visits Plattsburgh Mission - 05/09/24
Last updated: 2024-05-09 10:34:23

On Saturday, April 27th, Lazarus Saturday, 21 members of the Plattsburgh Community of St. Olga of Alaska Mission came together to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with His Eminence, Archbishop Michael. Fr. Terenti blessed palm crosses at the end of the Liturgy, which were distributed to the faithful. A brunch was provided, and a discussion of the mission followed. We welcomed two new inquirers to the service. More posters were made, and the faithful took them to place them around the Plattsburgh area. Our next Divine Liturgy will be on Saturday, May 18th.


Archbishop Michael Inspires Faithful During Annual Visit to Holy Apostles Parish - 04/29/24
Last updated: 2024-04-29 10:34:00

On the weekend of Palm Sunday, April 27-28, Archbishop Michael made his annual Archpastoral visit to Holy Apostles Parish in Lansing, NY. At Saturday evening Vespers, Vladyka shared a moving sermon on confession by St. Innocent of Alaska and Moscow, and palms and pussy willows were blessed.


Mother Christophora's Presentation In Trenton Draws 130 in Attendance - 04/23/24
Last updated: 2024-04-23 10:40:00

The event, "Spirituality During the Lenten Season," presented by Mother Christophora from Holy Transfiguration Monastery at St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton, NJ, on Sunday, April 21st, was an outstanding success, drawing an impressive attendance of 130 individuals. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us for this enriching and meaningful occasion. Your presence contributed immensely to the warmth and spirit of the gathering. Thank you for being a part of it.


A Transformative Teen Retreat Amidst Snow and Rain - 04/20/24
Last updated: 2024-04-20 12:26:09

The Lenten Teen Retreat at Frost Valley YMCA unfolded against a backdrop of natural beauty and wintery surprises. Nestled in the serene Catskill Mountains, this retreat provided a sanctuary for 29 participants, including 16 enthusiastic teens and dedicated chaperones. As raindrops and snowflakes danced together, hearts warmed, and souls were nourished.


You Are Invited to Mother Christophora's Presentation in Trenteon, NJ - 04/19/24
Last updated: 2024-04-19 21:21:48

You're warmly invited to join us on Sunday, April 21st, as Mother Christophora from Holy Transfiguration Monastery shares insights on "Spirituality During the Lenten Season" at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church in Trenton, NJ. We would be delighted to have you with us. The talk will commence promptly after our 10:00 am Divine Liturgy.


Divine Shadows: Orthodox Community Reflects on Total Solar Eclipse Experience - 04/10/24
Last updated: 2024-04-10 22:00:15

By Fr. Terence Baz, Rector of Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, Clifton, NJ

On Monday, April 8th., 2024, Orthodox clergy and laity from the Diocese of NY & NJ and other neighboring dioceses, came together to view the total solar eclipse at St. Andrew's Camp in central NY on Oneida Lake. We were blessed with the presence of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.

The weather was mild and beautiful but unfortunately, high clouds kept increasing as the day progressed and just before totality, they completely blocked the sun.


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