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 Gift and Grace:

The Spiritual Legacy of Orthodox Christians in America

 

     Stories can help us understand the formation of individuals, communities, and our Faith. They can teach, change, and perhaps even save us. They can bring into focus and clarify the key moments of our lives. Getting older, I find myself more interested in knowing about the paths of those who have come before me. My friend Father John Jillions and I returned home late one night considering the life of a priest whose funeral we had just attended and how little we had known about him prior to that service. We committed ourselves to visiting and learning more about the older priests around us. Sometimes we had just our memories or a pad of paper that documented our conversations, but on other occasions we brought a tape recorder or even a video camera. Thanks to a class on "Inter-generational Storytelling" offered by WHYY (my local public broadcasting station in Philadelphia) I was stimulated to think about this project in a new and more organized way. With encouragement from Bishop Michael and diocesan funding, I went to the WHYY studios with Father Serge and Faith Kuharsky to begin what I hoped would be a prototype of this effort to document the lives of our senior clergy and their wives.

     I hope as well this may encourage similar oral history projects within our parishes. We know our seniors represent a unique and irreplaceable treasury of knowledge and experience, and of witness a kind of "martyria" 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. During our current times of suspicion and cynicism it's important to be reminded of those stories around us that have led "to a further, more complete, more total service of Christ and his Church." The stories are out there!

 ~ Father John Shimchick

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Father Thomas

and Anne

Hopko

 

Golden Wedding Anniversary

 on Ancient Faith Radio

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 Father Sergei

Glagolev

(audio – 1989)




UPCOMING EVENTS
On the Diocesan Calendar

 

February 25, 2019

Council of

Presbyters Meeting

Diocesan Chancery

Bronxville NY

11:00 a.m.

 

March 1-3, 2019

Annual

 Altar Servers

  Retreat

   Saint Basil Academy

   Garrison NY

   details >

 

March 3, 2019

  "Lessons from

    Celtic Saints"

Mother of God,

Joy of All Who Sorrow,

Orthodox Church

Princeton NJ

10:00 a.m.

event flyer >

 

March 11, 2019

Beginning of

GREAT LENT

 

March 22-24, 2019

  Lenten

   Teen

     Retreat

Camp Shiloh

Hewitt NJ

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information >

register on-line >

 

March 25, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Annunciation of

   the Theotokos

 

April 21, 2019

   PALM SUNDAY:

   Entry of Our Lord

   into Jerusalem

 

April 28, 2019

   PASCHA:

   The Resurrection

   of Our Lord, God,

   and Savior,

   Jesus Christ

 

June 6, 2019

ASCENSION

of Our Lord

 

June 16, 2019

PENTECOST:

The Descent of

the Holy Spirit

 

June 29, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Saints Peter & Paul

 

August 6, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Transfiguration

   of Our Lord

 

August 15, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Dormition of

   the Theotokos

 

September 14, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Exaltation of the

   Holy Cross

 

November 21, 2019

   Feast-Day:

   Entry of the

   Theotokos into

   the Temple

 

December 25, 2019

   NATIVITY OF

   OUR LORD, GOD,

   AND SAVIOR,

   JESUS CHRIST

 

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and New Jersey
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