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Myrrh-Streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God to vist Saint Vladimir's Church in Trenton - 12/10/23
Last updated: 2023-12-11 09:42:21


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We Rely On Your Generosity - Become DDB Donor on "Giving Tuesday"! - 11/26/23
Last updated: 2023-11-29 07:39:42


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Archbishop’s Visit and Tonsuring of New Reader in Buffalo, New York - 11/22/23
Last updated: 2023-11-22 21:36:26

[Buffalo, NY] - Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, hosted His Eminence, Archbishop Michael on Saturday and Sunday, November 18-19, 2023. At Saturday evening vespers His Eminence enlightened those present of the glorification of Matushka Olga of Alaska...


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Upcoming Christmas Concert at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in East Meadow, NY. - 11/21/23
Last updated: 2023-11-21 20:04:47

The Choir of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of East Meadow will present its Annual Christmas Concert at 7:00 PM on Saturday, December 2, featuring choral music of the Orthodox Church and traditional carols from both East and West. It will also be live-streamed on https://www.facebook.com/htocem. Refreshments will follow the concert. Admission and refreshments are both free of charge. Vespers (evening prayer) will be held at 6:00 PM. The church is located at 369 Green Avenue, East Meadow. For more information or directions, call 516-483-3649, email htocem@gmail.com, or visit our Facebook page or www.htocem.org.


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Advent Beginnings: Proskomedia, Prosphora, and Thanksgiving Joy at Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow in Princeton, NJ - 11/20/23
Last updated: 2023-11-20 22:24:21

Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow (Princeton, NJ) marked the start of Advent by applying the lesson from the recent diocesan religious education workshop. Church school instructors Kristina Baktis and Carrie Ellmore-Tallitisch taught children about proskomedia using the lesson from the workshop “Blessed is the Kingdom: A Catechism-Based Church School.” Matuska Jeanne Baktis taught the children how to make prosphora the following Saturday. On Sunday, Fr. Peter Baktis celebrated proskomedia in front of the parish using the children’s bread. Children read the names of their living and departed loved ones while Fr. Peter commemorated them. Fr. Peter gave a children’s sermon that focused on Thanksgiving Day as a Eucharistic celebration.


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Enriching Fellowship: Spanish Divine Liturgy for Diocesan Catechumens at Christ the Saviour Church - 11/18/23
Last updated: 2023-11-18 15:39:50

On Saturday, November 18, Fr. John Morris served the Divine Liturgy in Spanish at Christ the Saviour Church in Paramus, NJ for some of the diocesan catechumens in the Hispanic group. The catechumens in attendance were overjoyed to hear the liturgy and pray in their native language. Afterwards, the group spent time together in fellowship. The next Spanish liturgy will be held next month. If interested, please contact Fr. John at frjohnmorris3@gmail.com or Catechist Ioannis Sanchez at joseorthodox33@gmail.com.


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CLERGY OF THE CAPITAL DISTRICT OF NY MEET THROUGH “THRIVING IN MINISTRY” - 11/16/23
Last updated: 2023-11-16 16:54:05

On Monday, November 13, local Orthodox clergy participated in a group meeting as part of the Thriving in Ministry resource of the OCA. Administered by the Office of Pastoral Life and funded through a Lilly Endowment, this is a vehicle by which local Orthodox clergy can meet quarterly for mutual support, fellowship, and emotional strength and vibrancy. It crosses jurisdictional lines and helps to unify our clergy as part of one Church.


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Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow 25th Anniversary - 10/31/23
Last updated: 2023-11-20 15:04:42

On October 27-28, 2023, the Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow parish in Princeton, NJ came together to joyously celebrate its 25th anniversary. The celebration started Friday night with the Akathist to the Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow, led by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael. On Saturday, October 28th, Archbishop Michael celebrated the hierarchical liturgy with concelebrating clergy, Archpriests Peter Baktis (rector of Mother of God), Gary Brenton (Dean) Paul Kucynda, and Maryan Chaykivsky, and blessed the parish's new altar.


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Diocesan Christian Education Workshop Highlights New Faith Learning Programs - 10/25/23
Last updated: 2023-10-25 10:54:18

This year’s Diocesan Christian Education Workshop, “Catechesis: Learning the Faith at all Ages”, was a collaborative effort of our own Diocesan Christian Educators as the Workshop Leaders.

The event was held on Saturday, October 21, with different presenters at three host parishes in each of the three Deaneries, presenting the same material.


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COHOES PARISH WELCOMES SISTER VASSA FOR SPIRITUAL RETREAT - 10/24/23
Last updated: 2023-10-24 21:08:10

On Friday, October 20, 2023, St. Nicholas Church in Cohoes hosted Sister Vassa (Larin) for a visit to our parish. Sister Vassa gave a presentation on her new book: Praying In Time: The Hours And Days In Step With Orthodox Christian Tradition. Her book presents a way of incorporating the Hours into our daily prayers that can enhance our busy lifestyles. Our church welcomed 36 attendees from the area. 

We thank God for this day of inspiration and fellowship!


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Archbishop's Visit & Blessing of Bells in Randolph, NJ - 10/15/23
Last updated: 2023-10-15 07:32:34

On Sunday, October 8th, at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Randolph, NJ, His Eminence Archbishop Michael served a Hierarchical Liturgy and presented Mitred Archpriest George Hasencz with a Gramata for priestly service in anticipation of Fr. George's 60th Anniversary of ordination to the Priesthood on December 8th.


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ARCHPASTORAL VISIT and 110th ANNIVERSARY PARISH CELEBRATION St. George Orthodox Church Buffalo, NY - 10/06/23
Last updated: 2023-10-06 15:15:29

by Very Rev. Jason Vansuch

“This is The Day that The Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Over the weekend of September 23-24, 2023, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, made an archpastoral visit to our beloved parish for the 110th Anniversary celebration of the founding of our parish.  The Anniversary coincided with the festal celebration of The Holy New Martyrs of Alaska – St. Juvenaly and St. Peter the Aleut as well as the 229th Anniversary of the missionary journey of St. Herman of Alaska and those with him.


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Upcoming Celebration: 25th Anniversary of Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church, Princeton, NJ - 09/29/23
Last updated: 2023-09-29 21:02:50


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UPCOMING: A special Joint Concert At Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers, NY - 09/26/23
Last updated: 2023-09-27 11:42:37

[Yonkers, NY] - Mark your calendars! On Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 5:00 pm at Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers, NY, a special concert co-hosted by The Long Island Choral Society (www.lics.org) and The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir (www.spiritoforthodoxy.com). The concert will feature music by Rachmaninoff, Bortniansky, Mother Katherine Weston, Charles Wood, and the Prayer for Ukraine by John Rutter. Suggested donation: $20 (seniors and students: $15)


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Mountain Men's Respite Retreat - Register Today! - 09/25/23
Last updated: 2023-09-25 15:18:17

Come and experience a temple made without hands amidst the tranquil mountains of upstate New York. Located in the remote town of Inlet, the Moose River Plains hosts over 100 primitive campsites with 79,487 acres to include countless ponds and streams. Be prepared to get enveloped in the beauty of God’s creation.

Drawing on insights from the Church Fathers, Fr. Martin Kraus (Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow) will lead a discussion on how to begin accomplishing this ‘acquisition of peace’ in our own hearts.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


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September Issue of KOINONIA is Now Available - 09/23/23
Last updated: 2023-09-23 12:47:23

The September issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.


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MIRACULOUS HEALING BY HAWAIIAN IVERON ICON AT ST. TIKHON’S MONASTERY - 09/07/23
Last updated: 2023-09-07 22:05:59

The Lord Jesus Christ and the Most Holy Theotokos worked an amazing miracle of healing through the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God during its visit to St. Tikhon’s Monastery in Waymart, Pennsylvania in May.

A man named Daniel tells the story of how he suffered from a degenerative brain disease for two years, which caused him his health, his job, and his ability to spend time with his family. He felt he was on the brink of death.


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UPDATED: Announcing Diocesan Christian Education Workshops, Sat., October 21 -- in All Three Deaneries - 09/05/23
Last updated: 2023-09-06 13:56:31


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Happy Birthday and "Many Years!" - 08/29/23
Last updated: 2023-08-28 10:47:06


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Archbishop Michael Visits New Mission Station in Plattsburgh, NY - 08/28/23
Last updated: 2023-08-28 12:25:11

On Saturday, August 19th, Archbishop Michael visited the new Diocesan mission station in Plattsburgh, NY. Twenty-eight people attended the Divine Liturgy and stayed for the coffee hour. His Eminence answered questions about the future of the mission, the process for establishing a name for the mission and what it will take to have a full-time priest in the area to serve as the community grows. The mission will continue to have monthly services and His Eminence said he will be willing to make a visit closer to the Christmas season. The mission gained a new Orthodox Christian this Saturday, bringing the total Orthodox Christians here to 22. In addition, we have one catechumen. We are grateful to God for His many blessings, and we thank Archbishop Michael and our Diocesan family for their prayerful and generous support!


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Archpastoral Visit to Alpha, NJ, Parish; Rector Honored on Priesthood Anniversary - 08/27/23
Last updated: 2023-11-02 00:16:32

On the weekend of August 27th, His Eminence Archbishop Michael came to Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Alpha, NJ, for a pastoral visit. At the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence awarded Archpriest Bohdan Ostash with a Diocesan Gramota honoring his 35th anniversary of ordination to the holy priesthood.


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Baptism of Mikayla May Morvay - 08/26/23
Last updated: 2023-09-23 13:36:12

By Protodeacon John Morvey
On Saturday, August 26, 2023, we were blessed to have His Eminence, Archbishop Michael come to give the mystery of Baptism and Chrismation to Protodeacon John Morvay's son's newborn granddaughter, Mikayla May Morvay, born July 26, 2023. 


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Christ the Savior Church Celebrates 35th Anniversary - 08/25/23
Last updated: 2023-08-25 21:47:04

[Ballston Lake, NY] - On the weekend of August 19-20, Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Ballston Spring, NY, celebrated its 35th anniversary. In honor of this occasion, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, joined the clergy and parishioners of Christ the Savior to celebrate this wonderful event. On Saturday, we celebrated Great Vespers, followed by a community dinner. On Sunday, His Eminence presided at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, and afterwards presented the parish with a diocesan gramota in honor of the 35th anniversary. We are grateful to God for the support of our archbishop, our diocese, and our parish community at this special milestone!


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St. Andrews Camp Photogalleries: Family and Teen Weeks - 08/25/23
Last updated: 2023-08-25 21:29:59


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Diocese Holds the Second Annual Evangelism School - 08/10/23
Last updated: 2023-08-10 23:52:44

By Archpriest Eric G. Tosi

The Diocese of New York and New Jersey held the second annual Evangelism School from August 7 to August 9, 2023 at St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. In an initiative blessed by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, fully funded by the Diocesan Council and in conjunction with the Commission on Mission and Evangelism, the participants gathered to spend three intensive days of learning and reflecting on the necessary apostolic work to strengthen the parishes and missions of the diocese. Speakers and presenters were brought in to share their experiences with the participants who were gathered from every deanery in the Diocese, in addition to rising third year seminarians from St. Tikhon’s Seminary who will be assigned to the Diocese after graduation.


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Fall Teen Retreat to be held September 15-17 2023 - 08/10/23
Last updated: 2023-08-10 13:07:12

The Department of Youth Ministry invites all middle school and high school students to the OCA Diocese of New York & New Jersey’s Fall Teen Retreat being held at Frost Valley YMCA Camp, in Claryville, NY from September 15-17th!


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Fr. Paul Shafran Celebrates Centennial-Plus-One - 08/05/23
Last updated: 2023-08-05 15:57:00

On Sunday, July 9th, Archpriest Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus (retired), St. Vladimir Church, Trenton, NJ, belatedly celebrated his 101st birthday.  He served the Divine Liturgy that morning together with Fr. Volodymyr Chaikivskiy, Rector, St. Vladimir Church, and Archpriest Daniel Skvir of Holy Transfiguration Chapel, Princeton, NJ.  He was honored with "Many Years" intoned by Fr. Volodymyr at the Liturgy's conclusion, birthday cake at the parish hall, and a small family gathering later that afternoon.  We congratulate Fr. Paul and thank him for his many decades of ministry to the Orthodox Church.  Mnogaya Leta! 


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2023 Annual Saint Andrews Camp Bicycle Ride - Register Today! - 07/25/23
Last updated: 2023-07-26 19:08:35

Looking for an exciting way to make a difference? Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 26th and join the St. Andrew's Camp Bicycle Ride! Don't let the summer slip away without taking part in this incredible event. Visit the Camp's website to learn everything you need to know about the Ride and how to prepare for it. Feeling nervous about participating in a charity event? Don't worry! Our 'Tips' link provides weekly advice to help you feel confident and excited. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, there's a route that's perfect for you. So why not challenge yourself and take on a longer ride? You'll have a blast getting ready, and your efforts will go towards supporting the Camp's important mission. The Chapel bell will ring and the Ride will begin - make sure you're there to be a part of it all!


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Saint Andrew's Camp 2023: Mish Mash & Horse 2 Weeks (Photogalleries) - 07/22/23
Last updated: 2023-07-22 14:28:22

[Cleveland, NY] - Mish Mash Week at Saint Andrew's Camp was mashed full of fun! Campers practiced for and put on two musical performances. One was the song "Brother" by NEEDTOBREATHE, and the other was "The Resurrection of Lazarus" from Heaven on Earth, A Musical Catechesis for Children, by Fr. Paul (Stetsenko). They also had a fascinating ecology session about eagles. And of course, there were electives like kayaking, archery, crafts, sports, and exciting evening activities like Ye Olde St. Andrew's Faire and Orthodox Jeopardy with Archbishop Michael.


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Archbishop Michael's Momentous Visit to St. Vladimir's Church: Ordination and Recognition of Two Faithful Servants - 07/19/23
Last updated: 2023-07-19 18:15:57

Date: July 16, 2023

Trenton, NJ - St. Vladimir's Church in Trenton was blessed with a momentous occasion on Sunday, July 16, 2023, as Archbishop Michael graced the congregation with his presence. During this special visit, he ordained Deacon Bohdan Chaikivskyi to the Holy Priesthood and bestowed a prestigious honor upon Father Volodymyr Chaikivskyi, presenting him with the award of the Gold Cross.

Axios and Many Years to the newly ordained Priest Bohdan Chaikivskyi!

Axios and Many Years to Priest Volodymyr Chaykivskyi on being awarded the right to wear the Gold Cross!


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Photogallery: St Andrew's Camp 2023 - Horse Week 1 - 07/07/23
Last updated: 2023-07-07 17:40:02


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DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO ST. OLYMPIA MISSION, POTSDAM, NY; JULY 24-25 - 07/01/23
Last updated: 2023-07-01 12:32:18

[Pottsdam, NY] - On Monday and Tuesday, July 24-25, Archbishop Michael invites all to join a Diocesan pilgrimage to Saint Olympia Mission, in Potsdam / Norwood, NY.  The mission is the parish located the furthest north in our Diocese, and it is the only parish in the U.S. named for Saint Olympia, whose Feast Day is July 25.  The mission community recently moved into their own church building and are eager for pilgrims to “come and see!”


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June Issue of KOINONIA is now available for download - 06/20/23
Last updated: 2023-06-20 07:58:52


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St. Andrew's Camp Registration Still Open! - 06/12/23
Last updated: 2023-06-13 01:15:27

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


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It's time to celebrate the Class of 2023! - 06/04/23
Last updated: 2023-06-04 19:59:39

With the blessing of Archbishop MICHAEL, the Department of Youth Ministry would like to honor all high school and college graduates from our diocese by featuring their accomplishments in Jacob's Well, the official magazine of our diocese.


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Archpastoral Letter for the Feast of Pentecost 2023 - 06/03/23
Last updated: 2023-08-06 07:05:04

Prot. No. 01-003/2023
Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2023

Beloved Members of our Diocesan Family:
Christ is in our midst! – He is and ever shall be!

“I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.
I shall take the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a
heart of flesh. I shall put My Spirit within you and cause you to
walk in My commandments, and you will keep My judgments
and do them” (Ezekiel 36:26-27).


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ARCHPASTORAL VISITATION TO ENDICOTT, N.Y., ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND - 06/02/23
Last updated: 2023-06-02 17:14:59

On Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, His Eminence Archbishop Michael presided over the services at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Endicott, NY. The clergy and faithful gathered around their archpastor in joyful love and fellowship.


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BROOKLYN CATHEDRAL CELEBRATES 115TH ANNIVERSARY, WITH ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL AND BISHOP WARSONOFIUSZ OF THE POLISH ORTHODOX CHURCH - 06/02/23
Last updated: 2023-06-02 10:00:23

On Sunday, May 21, 2023, the Transfiguration Cathedral in Brooklyn celebrated 115 years of serving the people of the East Coast of the United States. 

On this day, His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey joined His Grace Bishop Warsonofiusz of Siemiatycze; Archpriest Samuel Kedala; Archpriest Alexey Karlgut; Archpriest Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk, the Cathedral Rector; and the Altar Servers to celebrate the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on the 115th Jubilee of the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral parish in Brooklyn, New York.


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PARISH COUNCIL CONFERENCES TO BE HELD IN JUNE: “STEWARDSHIP: MONEY AND SALVATION” - 06/01/23
Last updated: 2023-06-01 22:07:59

Every year, the Diocese holds Parish Council Conferences, offered to educate and inspire lay leaders and other interested members of our parishes on important topics in ministry and church growth – and then take those messages back home to inspire their own churches. This year, the Parish Council Conferences are on the topic of “Stewardship: Money and Salvation”. The Conference speaker is Janet Van Duyn, who is the Treasurer of the Diocese and also Parish Treasurer of St. John the Baptist Church in Rochester.


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ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL ATTENDS ENTHRONEMENT OF HIS EMINENCE, SABA, METROPOLITAN OF THE ANTIOCHIAN ARCHDIOCESE - 05/31/23
Last updated: 2023-06-01 00:04:13

On Saturday, May 13, 2023, His Eminence Archbishop MICHAEL attended the enthronement of His Eminence, Metropolitan SABA of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America, at Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. Dozens of hierarchs and clergy from the various Orthodox jurisdictions of North America, several other guest bishops and clergy members, together with hundreds of faithful, joined in prayer and fellowship as Metropolitan Saba assumed leadership of the Antiochian Archdiocese.


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ANNUAL ALTAR SERVER RETREAT GATHERS OVER 40 PARTICIPANTS - 05/31/23
Last updated: 2023-05-31 23:50:42

More than 40 servers of all ages gathered for the annual Diocesan Altar Server Retreat on Saturday, May 13, at Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne, New Jersey. The young servers helped to celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy that opened the day. Concelebrating clergy were Fr. Stephen Evanina, Fr. Martin Kraus, Fr. Samuel Davis, and Deacon Stephan Karlgut.


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Join us at St Tikhon’s Seminary for our annual Continuing Education Colloquium for Clergy. - 05/23/23
Last updated: 2023-05-23 23:02:19


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Plattsburgh Mission Thrives: New Family Joins Monthly Divine Liturgy, Website Launched, and Name Search Begins - 05/23/23
Last updated: 2023-05-23 14:53:49

On May 20th, 2023, 13 people came to the Plattsburgh Mission to celebrate its monthly Saturday Divine Liturgy. This month we welcomed a new family who just moved to the Plattsburgh area. To date, we have 19 people who have attended or expressed interest in being part of the mission.


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LION KING ON BROADWAY - (Tickets Available for All Ages NYC & NJ Area) - 05/20/23
Last updated: 2023-05-20 14:43:40

CLICK HERE TO RSVP


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10th Parish Development Forum - Register Today! - 05/19/23
Last updated: 2023-05-19 13:55:55


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Archpriest Ken James Stavrevsky Awarded the Mitre: “Axios! Axios! Axios!” - 05/08/23
Last updated: 2023-05-08 22:42:44

[Rochester, NY] - On April 30, 2023, the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, Archbishop Michael made a special visit to Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester. During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, His Eminence awarded the mitre to the retired former rector of the parish, Archpriest Ken James Stavrevsky, as a symbol of recognition for Father Ken’s exceptional service and unwavering dedication to the church over two decades.


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Eis polla eti despota!! - 05/08/23
Last updated: 2023-05-08 17:16:12

May God grant His Eminence our beloved Archbishop Michael many years on the occasion of the anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy!
Eis polla eti despota!!


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Archbishop Visits St. Olympia Mission, Invites Diocesan Faithful to Pilgrimage for the Feast of St. Olympia - 05/04/23
Last updated: 2023-05-04 23:05:14

[Potsdam/Norwood, NY] - On Wednesday, March 29, His Eminence Archbishop Michael served the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts at Saint Olympia Mission in Potsdam/Norwood, New York. Two dozen members of the Mission community were in attendance. The musical responses were led by Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis, the parish choir director and council president.


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Diocesan Charity Appeal: Supporting the Church in Alaska, “America’s Holy Land” - 05/03/23
Last updated: 2023-05-03 22:20:42

The 2023 Charity Initiative for the Diocese of New York and New Jersey is devoted to the raising of financial support to enable the Diocese of Alaska to grow their newly-established Clergy Stipend Fund. The clergy and the churches of the Alaskan Diocese face a deeply troubling financial situation.


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2023 Diocesan Altar Servers' Retreat - Register by May 16, 2023 - 05/02/23
Last updated: 2023-05-02 12:37:10


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Pre-Memorial Day Bar-B-Que To Benefit Saint Andrew's Camp - 05/02/23
Last updated: 2023-05-02 12:36:54


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Saint Andrew's Camp Hosts Annual Bright Saturday Open House - 04/24/23
Last updated: 2023-04-24 12:50:36

[Jewell, NY] - On Saturday, April 22, 2023, St. Andrew's Camp hosted a wonderful Paschal Bright Saturday Divine Liturgy and Annual Open House. His Eminence Archbishop Michael presided over the Divine Liturgy and impressed, upon those in attendance, the great importance of camp ministry. This was followed by a true feast in the beautiful new Dining Hall, some games, and fellowship.


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Archpriest Peter Baktis Participates In a Meeting at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine - 04/24/23
Last updated: 2023-04-24 12:09:54

[New York, NY] - On April 20, 2023, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine hosted the Jewish-Christian Dialogue Group of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA led by Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos and Colonel(retired) Chaplain Very Rev. Fr. Peter Baktis (OCA).


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA 2023 - 04/10/23
Last updated: 2023-04-10 13:00:08

Beloved Members of Our Diocesan Family:
Christ is Risen! – Indeed He is Risen!

If we were to visit a grave in any cemetery in the world, we would find beneath the sod the remains of the deceased. And on the gravestone, we would find the name of the person and usually the date of the person’s birth and the date of his or her death.

– With one exception!


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Photo Gallery: St. Vladimirs Church, Treanton NJ - Visit of Icon of Saint Anna - 04/06/23
Last updated: 2023-04-06 10:12:05

On Sunday, April 2, Saint Vladimir's Church in Trenton, New Jersey, was blessed by the visit of the Icon of Saint Anne, brought by Archimandrite Sergius of Saint Tikhon's Monastery. Over 180 people gathered for the event, filled with joy and happiness.


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Archpriest Daniel Skvir Awarded Order of Saint Romanos the Melodist - 03/30/23
Last updated: 2023-03-30 21:18:09

[Princeton, NJ] - On March 5 His Eminence Archbishop Michael celebrated the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in the Chapel of the Transfiguration on the campus of Princeton University.  Serving with His Eminence were Archpriest Daniel Skvir, University Chaplain, Priest Alexander Smida, Assistant Chaplain, Deacon Stephan Karlgut, along with students and visiting Sub-Deacons and Altar Servers.  The Chapel Choir was prayerfully conducted by Carmen Mateiescu, a retired professor of composition at Westminster Choir College.  The traditional procession of icons and recitation of the Synodicon concluded the service.  Afterward, Chapel members and guests enjoyed a splendid repast of Georgian Lenten delicacies prepared by  Marina Nozadze.


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A Thank You Letter From Archimandrite Sergius and the Brotherhood of St. Tikhon's Monastery - 03/29/23
Last updated: 2023-03-29 22:38:52


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UPDATED: Archimandrite Sergius of Saint Tikhon Monastery Will Offer a Lecture at Saint Vladimir's Church in Trenton, NJ - 03/27/23
Last updated: 2023-03-27 20:09:53

[Trenton, NJ] - On Sunday, April 2, 2023, following the Divine Liturgy, during the coffee hour, Archimandrite Sergius of Saint Tikhon Monastery will offer a lecture at Saint Vladimir's Church in Trenton, NJ. The Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 am.

UPDATE: Abbott Sergius will bring with him the Miraculous Icon of St. Anna. We will greet the icon at 9:40 AM in the church.


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Servicio de la Divina Liturgia Ortodoxa en Español - 03/26/23
Last updated: 2023-03-26 21:22:43


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CORRECTED: Saint Andrew's Camp & Retreat Center Invites You To The Annual Paschal Open House - 03/24/23
Last updated: 2023-03-24 13:05:55

[Cleveland, NY] - Saint Andrew's Camp and Retreat Center invites you to the "Paschal Open" house, which will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2023. His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, will celebrate Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am. Time of fellowship and Paschal Buffet will follow. We hope you can join us! Overnight accommodations are available. For more information, please call or text (315) 383-2686 or leave a voice message at (315) 675-8005.


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St. Andrew's Camp Announces Young Adult Retreat - 03/20/23
Last updated: 2023-03-20 15:33:06

As Orthodox Christian young adults raised in the faith or have converted, we are acutely aware of the differences between our mindset and the prevailing ethos of the world around us and the challenges we can face in maintaining an Orthodox lifestyle. 


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Annual Lenten Women's Retreat: "Refreshing, uplifting, and restorative" - 03/14/23
Last updated: 2023-03-14 14:22:28

A wonderful time of prayer, reflection, and fellowship was had at the first annual Lenten Women's Retreat, at Saint Andrew's Camp. Molly Sabourin, known for her "Filled With Less" ministry, podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio, books she authored, and more, shared meaningful incites, with those in attendance, about intentional living.  "Refreshing," "uplifting," and "restorative" are just some of the adjectives used by attendees to describe the weekend, and all said they hope to be able to attend, again, in the future.


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St. Gregory the Theologian Church Hosts New Jersey Deanery Vespers - 03/14/23
Last updated: 2023-03-15 09:19:39

On Sunday, March 13, St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY hosted the Deanery Lenten Vespers. His Eminence, Archbishop Michael presided at the vespers along with seven clergy of the Deanery including Mitred Archpriest Joseph Lickwar, Chancellor of the Diocese, Archpriest Gary  Breton, Dean of the New Jersey Deanery and Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, the Rector of the parish.


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Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers Celebrated in South River, New Jersey - 03/10/23
Last updated: 2023-03-10 22:22:19

[Sounth River, NJ] - On March 5, 2023, the First Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, known as Orthodox Sunday, a Pan-Orthodox Vesper Service was celebrated honoring the Triumph of Orthodoxy (843 AD) at the Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in South River, New Jersey. As a parish of the Orthodox Church in America, under the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, His Eminence Archbishop Michael, ruling Hierarch, was the host for the evening celebration. Under the watchful eye of the Very Reverend Archpriest David Garretson, Parish Rector, the host parish truly offered the finest of Orthodox hospitality, both liturgically and in fellowship.


00064
The Latest Issue of KOINONIA Is Now Available - 03/08/23
Last updated: 2023-03-08 16:38:13


00065
Matushka Mary Shafran Turned 98 on March 3, 2023 - 03/07/23
Last updated: 2023-03-07 18:02:10

[Ewing, NJ] - On March 3rd, 2023, Matushka Mary Shafran turned 98 years. Matushka Mary celebrated her birthday with two cakes, surrounded by loving family and friends.

May Our Lord continues to keep Matushka Mary in good health, grant her success in every good effort, and protect and preserve her for many years! Mnogaja Leta!


00066
Save The Date: 3rd Annual National Orthodox Baby Shower - 03/06/23
Tags: Pro-Life
Last updated: 2023-03-06 09:50:22

This March, Orthodox Christians for Life is organizing the 3rd Annual National Orthodox Baby Shower, an initiative designed to support women at-risk for abortion by partnering with pregnancy resource centers (PRC’s).

Dozens of parishes around the country will be holding drives to collect diapers and other baby items needed by PRC's for the women they assist, helping them choose life for their children. In this way, the Orthodox community can help transform a difficult circumstance into a profound blessing for many women. The event will take place on the weekends surrounding the Feast of the Annunciation, one of the great pro-life feast days of our Church.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR PARISH


00067
ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE GREAT FAST 2023 - 02/25/23
Last updated: 2023-02-25 10:34:56


00068
Busy Weekend at Holy Trinity in East Meadow - 02/21/23
Last updated: 2023-02-21 18:04:27

On Saturday, February 18th, we had our 3rd Women’s Fellowship and Service Day. We made borscht and then had dinner and Q&A with His Eminence, Archbishop Michael. Following our Women’s Fellowship Day, His Eminence served the “Service of Intercession for those struggling with an unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy loss, infertility, post-abortion recovery, and sexual trauma or abuse. “ This service is served monthly as part of the Blessed Matushka Olga Ministry of the Diocese.


00069
Clifton, NJ: Archpastoral Visit to Holy Virgin Church - 02/20/23
Last updated: 2023-02-20 20:05:32

[Clifton, NJ] - On the weekend of February 11 & 12th., His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, blessed our parish of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church in Clifton NJ with his annual Archpastoral Visit.


00070
Mark Your Calendar: Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Will Be Celebrated on March 5, 2023 - 02/13/23
Last updated: 2023-02-13 12:18:39

[South River, NJ] - On Sunday, March 5, 2023, the Vespers for the Sunday of Orthodoxy will be served at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 76 Whitehead Avenue, South River, New Jersey, and will begin at 4:00 pm. Archbishop MICHAEL will be the celebrant; Bishop THOMAS of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America will deliver the homily.


00071
Annual Lenten Teen Retreat to be held March 24-26, 2023 - 02/13/23
Last updated: 2023-02-13 09:59:38

The Department of Youth Ministry invites all middle school and high school students to the OCA Diocese of New York & New Jersey’s Lenten Teen Retreat being held at a new venue, Frost Valley YMCA Camp, in Claryville, NY from March 24-26th!


00072
Open House: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in the Orthodox Tradition - 02/10/23
Last updated: 2023-02-10 17:45:28

[Yonkers, NY] - You are invited to come and experience an unparalleled religious education program for children ages 3 to 6. Join us for a family night where adults can deepen their understanding of the unique environment created based on the Montessori approach.

Where?

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

Yonkers, NY

When?

Saturday, March 11th, 2023 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Our Catechists are certified by the US Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association.

Space is limited, please RSVP to Olga Ptach (914)-262-1061 or email olgaptach@gmail.com


00073
ARCHPRIEST JOSEPH CHUPECK CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION TO THE HOLY PRIESTHOOD - 02/10/23
Last updated: 2023-02-10 10:52:06

CONGRATULATIONS to:

Archpriest Joseph Chupeck, celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood, February 10, 1973. 

Grant, O Lord, a prosperous and peaceful life, health, salvation, visitation and good hastening in all things, unto Thy servant, the Archpriest Joseph, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood; and to Matushka Ellen and their family; and protect and preserve them, O Lord, for many blessed years! "Mnogaya Lyeta!"


00074
Video & Photogallery: Celebration of Archbishop Michael's 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood. - 02/07/23
Last updated: 2023-02-07 17:04:13

Click Here for Additional Photogallery on the Facebook page of Christ The SAVIOUR Church - Paramus NJ


00075
Lenten Book Study (via Zoom) - Mother of God Orthodox Church, Princenton, NJ - 02/06/23
Last updated: 2023-02-06 18:18:52


00076
Annual Lenten Women's Retreat - March 10-12, 2023 - 02/06/23
Last updated: 2023-02-06 17:34:15


00077
Eis polla eti despota! - 02/04/23
Last updated: 2023-02-04 08:40:57

The Hierarchical Liturgy for His Eminence's Anniversary, at 9:30 AM Saturday, Feb. 4, will be live-streamed at the Facebook page of Christ the Saviour Church, Paramus, New Jersey:  https://www.facebook.com/Christ.the.Saviour/

 

 


00078
Archbishop Makes Pastoral Visit to St. Gregory's; Awards grammoras to founders. - 01/23/23
Last updated: 2023-01-23 12:14:11

On the weekend of January 21 to 22, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY in anticipation of their patronal Feast Day. At the end of the Hierarchical Liturgy, His Eminence awarded Diocesan Grammotas to three founding members of the parish who turned 90 in December.


00079
Fr. Theodore Gregory Was Made Police Chaplain of Rahway, NJ - 01/19/23
Last updated: 2023-01-19 12:26:01

[Rahway, NJ] - Father Theodore Gregory, the rector of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church was made Police Chaplain of the city of Rahway, NJ. Congratulations, Fr. Theodore! Many Years!


00080
Rahway, NJ: Winter Coat Drive Giveaway Took Place At Holy Trinity Church - 01/19/23
Last updated: 2023-01-19 12:10:02

[Rahway, NJ] - In December,  Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Rahway, NJ held a successful winter coat drive giveaway.


00081
Shafrans Celebrate Two 75th Anniversary Milestones - 01/10/23
Last updated: 2023-01-10 11:15:04

By God's grace, Archpriest Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus (retired), St. Vladimir Church, Trenton, NJ, reached his 75th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood on December 28, 2022.  Likewise by God's grace, on November 27th, he and Matushka Mary marked their 75th wedding anniversary. 


00082
Saint Andrew's Camp - Building The Future Together - 01/09/23
Last updated: 2023-01-10 10:52:53

Youth Ministry?  Family Programs?  Senior  Programs?

Open Meeting for those interested in the ministry at St. Andrew's Camp.  If you would like to get more information, ask questions about the programs, work as a counselor, nurse, cook, etc during the camping program, or if you want to volunteer off-season to paint, clean, do landscaping, carpentry, or other maintenance and improvement projects, or want to get involved with fundraising and other financially supportive activities, please join us Saturday, February 25th at Holy Trinity Church Yonkers, NY for our annual Open Meeting at 12:00 pm.  For information, call the Camp at 315 675-9771 or 315 383-2686.


00083
Supplication for the Unborn Service - 01/09/23
Last updated: 2023-01-09 22:27:04


00084
A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination to the Holy Priesthood of Archbishop Michael - 01/09/23
Last updated: 2023-02-03 17:13:20

The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey

are invited to honor

THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION
AS PRIEST OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL (DAHULICH)

Divine Liturgy on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 10:00 am
at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church,
365 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey.


00085
In Memoriam: Archpriest Sergius Kuharsky - 01/07/23
Last updated: 2023-01-07 15:31:48

 [Jackson, NJ] - Archpriest Sergius S. Kuharsky fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at the age of 92. He served Holy Trinity Church in New Britain, CT (1956-1964), Saint Theodosius Cathedral in Cleveland, OH (1964-1976) and Saints Peter & Paul Church in South River, NJ (1976-98).


00086
Parish Feastday - St. Basil's Orthodox Church, Watervliet, NY - January 1, 2023 - 01/02/23
Last updated: 2023-01-02 19:27:06

On January 1st, 2023, St. Basil’s Orthodox Church celebrated its Parish Feastday. His Eminence Archbishop Michael celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Concelebrating with His Eminence were


00087
Patronal Feast Of Saint Andrew's Orthodox Church, Dix Hills, NY. - 12/21/22
Last updated: 2022-12-21 10:34:03


00088
ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD 2022 - 12/21/22
Last updated: 2022-12-21 10:16:57


00089
The Latest Issue of KOINONIA is now available - 12/16/22
Last updated: 2022-12-16 16:42:37


00090
Blessing of new Zoe for Life Southern Tier office and Baby Shower - 12/16/22
Last updated: 2022-12-16 16:08:10

ZOE for Life!® Southern Tier took a big step recently toward fulfilling its mission: to help pregnant women in distress who need confidential emotional and spiritual support to encourage them to choose life for their unborn child, to assist Orthodox Christians seeking to adopt, and to provide life-affirming resources.


00091
Archpastoral Visitation: Binghamton, NY - 12/13/22
Last updated: 2022-12-13 07:11:37

[Binghamton, NY] - On the weekend of December 4th, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Binghamton New York for a pastoral visit and to award Pdn Andrew Boisvert the Kamilavka for his 20 years of service.


00092
Orthodox Youth Ministries - Episode 13: 3 Ways to Build Church Community - 12/09/22
Last updated: 2022-12-09 20:25:59


00093
Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir Concert - Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM - 12/07/22
Last updated: 2022-12-07 20:06:48

The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir concert is being held on Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM. We’ll share the stage with the Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians. Please join us, either in person or online.

Please use the following livestream link to join us on line: https://youtu.be/Hq- vtNFoEUM 


00094
Promote CrossRoad In Your Church Bulletin - 12/06/22
Last updated: 2022-12-06 17:31:01

We are on a mission to have EVERY Orthodox church broadcast to their juniors and seniors in high school that CrossRoad is the ultimate experience to grow in faith and gain direction for what God holds in store for them.


00095
Second Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Plattsburgh, NY - 12/01/22
Last updated: 2022-12-01 22:03:04

On Saturday, November 19th 10 people came together to celebrate the second Divine Liturgy in Plattsburgh. We are now planning to have monthly Divine Liturgies at the United Methodist Church on Beekman St. The next Divine Liturgy will be Saturday, December 17th at 10 am. Please share this wonderful news with your family and friends who might be living in the area. Click here for the driving directions to United Methodist Church in Plattsburgh, NY.


00096
Service of Thanksgiving at St. John the Baptist, Spring Valley, NY - 12/01/22
Last updated: 2022-12-01 10:30:48

Having gathered in this Church of St. John the Baptist, Spring Valley, NY, for over 107 years, Faithful of the Parish assembled in prayer for the Akathist of Glory to God for All Things on Thanksgiving Eve.


00097
Free Christmas Concert to be held on Saturday, December 3 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of East Meadow - 11/26/22
Last updated: 2022-11-26 11:14:57

[East Meadow, NY] - Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will host its Annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM. The Choir of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will perform choral music of the Orthodox Church and traditional carols from both East and West. This is the first concert to be held since 2019 because of the pandemic. The parish began offering this concert to the local South Shore community in 2008. It will be livestreamed on Facebook as well; see the parish page at https://www.facebook.com/htocem.


00098
St Nicholas Church Honors Fr. Michael Speck and Matushka Julie Speck - 11/21/22
Last updated: 2022-11-21 19:56:40

On Sunday, November 13, the faithful of St. Nicholas Church in Auburn, NY, surprised Fr. Michael and Matushka Julie Speck with gifts and a luncheon on the occasion of Fr. Michael's 35th anniversary of ordained ministry.


00099
115th Anniversary of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral - 11/14/22
Last updated: 2022-11-14 11:40:18

[Jersey City, NJ] - Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral of Jersey City celebrated the 115th anniversary of the founding of the parish on Sunday, October 30th with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, Mitred Archpriest Joseph Lickwar (the Rector), Very Reverend John Kluchko, Very Reverend Samuel Kedala, Very Reverend Daniel Andrejuk (Representation Church of Saint Catherine the Martyr in Moscow), Deacon Stephan Karlgut, Deacon John Black (Saint Vladimir’s Seminary) and Deacon Solomon Longo (Saint Tikhon’s Seminary), Subdeacon Mark Federoff and Subdeacon Zachary Parisi.


00100
ARCHPASTORAL VISITATION TO NATIVITY OF THE HOLY VIRGIN PARISH (Jackson, NJ) - 11/11/22
Last updated: 2022-11-11 17:15:44

[Jackson, NJ]The weekend of November 5th and 6th, the Parish of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin, located in Jackson, NJ was blessed to have His Eminence Archbishop Michael join the faithful for our annual Archpastoral visitation.


00101
Vacation Church School: Bringing Back Our Youth and Families - 11/11/22
Last updated: 2022-11-11 07:33:17

This Fall, we had a very productive teaching season, with over 30  participants attending special workshops held at Saints Peter and  Paul Parish in Syracuse, NY; Holy Trinity Parish in Yonkers, NY;  and Christ the Saviour Parish in Paramus, NJ. These three deanery offerings were generously sponsored by the DDB, and all participants took home two Vacation Church School (VCS) lesson plans to get their efforts started.


00102
Orthodox Youth Ministries - Episode 9: 3 Ways To Know Christ! - 11/10/22
Last updated: 2022-11-10 09:38:41


00103
Mountain Men's Respite Retreat - 11/04/22
Last updated: 2022-11-04 21:38:43

On the weekend of October 21-23, 2022, ten guys from across the diocese came together in the remote Adirondack wilderness at Cedar River Campsite to listen for God’s still, soft voice amidst the chaos of today’s world. The attendees ranged in age from 16 to 69, and included a catechumen, some newcomers to the Faith, a few old-comers, and a seminarian.


00104
World Premiere Fall Concert Series of Benedict Sheehan’s Vespers - 11/03/22
Last updated: 2022-11-03 21:43:36

[South Canaan, PA] - The Saint Tikhon Choir is pleased to announce the world premiere concert series for Benedict Sheehan’s modern masterwork VespersTwo-time GRAMMY®-nominated conductor and composer Benedict Sheehan will lead the professional choristers of The Saint Tikhon’ Choir in this unique and powerful musical exploration that has been called “luminous and uplifting” (Choir & Organ) and a work of “unique musical genius” (Fanfare Magazine).


00105
Orthodox Youth Ministries Episode 8: Who is Jesus Christ? - 11/02/22
Last updated: 2022-11-02 21:01:43


00106
[Corrected] Orthodox Christian Worship Services in Plattsburgh - Saturday, November 19 - 10/19/22
Last updated: 2022-10-19 21:31:37

This fall, Orthodox Christian worship services will be taking place in Plattsburgh Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman St. Plattsburgh, NY. We are seeking all persons, whether Orthodox Christians or those who are interested in learning more about the Orthodox faith. We hope to gather a small group of people in order to start a mission church. This past April we celebrated our first Orthodox Liturgy in Plattsburgh. If you are interested in attending the upcoming services, please call or text Fr. Terenti at 518-369-2430 or send an email to 1954tlw@gmail.com.


00107
Zoe for Life!® Southern Tier Babyshower (Updated) - 10/14/22
Last updated: 2022-10-15 01:32:03

Zoe for Life!® Southern Tier is planning a baby shower fundraising on Saturday, November 12th at 1:30 P.M. at Dormition Church, 54 Baxter St, Binghamton, NY 13905. Zoe for Life!® Southern Tier is an Orthodox Christian-based organization in New York State formed to provide confidential, non-discriminatory, and life-affirming material, emotional, and spiritual support at no cost to women and families needing help with pregnancy.

 


00108
New Video from Orthodox Youth Ministries - "What is Ministry For?" - 09/29/22
Last updated: 2022-09-29 14:02:27


00109
MOUNTAIN MEN'S RESPITE: Acquiring Peace in the Midst of Chaos - 09/29/22
Last updated: 2022-09-29 12:58:46

The Diocese of New York and New Jersey is presenting a unique and spiritually rich Retreat for Men, including young men of high-school age and over.  The "Mountain Men's Respite: Acquiring Peace in the Midst of Chaos" Camping Trip will take place October 21-23 in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.


00110
Fall Teen Retreat to be held November 18-20th - 09/29/22
Last updated: 2022-09-29 11:02:05

The Department of Youth Ministry invites all middle school and high school students to the OCA Diocese of New York & New Jersey’s Fall Teen Retreat being held at a new venue, Camp Ramapo, in Rhinebeck, NY from November 18-20th!


00111
Randolph, NJ: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Tea Committee Raises Funds For Local Food Pantry - 09/27/22
Last updated: 2022-09-27 12:40:00

[Randolph, NJ] - On Saturday, September 17, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Tea Committee invited fellow Randolph, NJ parishioners, family members, and friends to follow them and Alice down the rabbit hole! Nearly 100 guests enjoyed a lovely and fun afternoon tea with the Mad Hatter, aka William Cullinan.


00112
How Can OYM Help Me? (Video) - 09/23/22
Last updated: 2022-09-23 09:41:06


00113
The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available (September 2022) - 09/19/22
Last updated: 2022-09-19 19:51:29

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.


00114
Why Does OYM Exist? - 09/15/22
Last updated: 2022-09-15 12:21:40

It's been nearly a year since the Assembly of Bishops approved the creation of a Pan-Orthodox Youth and Young Adult Ministry Agency, and until now, not a lot has been known about it! Join Christian for this look at where OYM came from and why it exists at all. In the upcoming weeks, we will release more information about how OYM plans to help you pass on a faith where every young person can Encounter Christ, Embody His Church, and Engage the world in His Name!


00115
From Holy Trinity Church in East Meadows, NY (Photogalleries) - 09/12/22
Last updated: 2022-09-12 19:08:48


00116
Vacation Church School: Bringing Back Our Youth and Families - NEW DATE ADDED! - 09/12/22
Last updated: 2022-09-12 12:43:22

This exciting method teaches you how to easily plan a successful Vacation Church School (VCS) that can be used throughout the year, to draw our families closer to parish life. Participants will take home two VCS lesson plans to use in their parishes.


00117
In Memoriam: His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman - 09/06/22
Last updated: 2022-09-06 19:51:59

South Canaan, PA [OCA]
On September 6, 2022, His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko), retired Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 90.  He had served as Metropolitan of All America and Canada from 2002 until his retirement in 2008.


00118
Diocesan Youth Day - Treescape Aerial Adventure Park! (Video Recap) - 09/06/22
Last updated: 2022-09-06 20:06:33


00119
REFLECTION ON THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW ECCLESIASTICAL YEAR - 09/01/22
Last updated: 2022-08-31 21:19:14

Thursday, September 1st is the beginning of the Liturgical Year for the Orthodox Church. His All Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew has asked  all Churches to pray for God's creation on this day. The Roman Catholic Church and most Protestant confessions have in recent years decided to follow suit and do likewise.

Scientists and world leaders have been concerned for several years about the impact that such damaging effects as warming temperatures, pollution, deforestation, rising sea levels and other factors have had on this earth since the industrial revolution.


00120
Saddle Brook, NJ: Axios to the newly ordained priest John Holoduek! - 08/30/22
Last updated: 2022-08-30 16:53:03

SADDLE BROOK, NJ - On Monday, August 29, 2022, His Eminence, the Most Reverend MICHAEL, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, ordained Deacon John Holoduek to the holy priesthood at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church. Co-serving with His Eminence were Archpriest Terence Baz, Archpriest Maryan Chaykivsky, Archpriest Stephen Evanina, and Presbyter Jacob Ramsey. Numerous faithful from across the Diocese attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Everyone in attendance gathered together for a meal following the service.

Many Years to the newly-ordained Priest John and his son, Subdeacon John! Mnogaya Lyeta!

Submitted by: Fr. Jacob Ramsey


00121
New Diocesan Ministry - 08/22/22
Last updated: 2022-08-22 16:06:27


00122
2022 Diocesan Assmbly: November 2 - 3, Endicott, NY - 08/20/22
Last updated: 2022-08-20 12:11:49


00123
Be The Bee Videos: How the Internet is Darkening our Minds and Souls - 08/19/22
Last updated: 2022-08-19 21:20:15


00124
Workshops for Diocesan Church School Teachers, Youth Workers and Clergy - 08/17/22
Last updated: 2022-08-17 23:16:38

Learn how to plan and hold a successful Vacation Church School (VCS) program, that can be effectively used for one-day or two-day parish youth events and retreats throughout the year, to draw in youth and families who are not regularly attending. Participants will take home two detailed VCS lesson plans to use in their parishes.


00125
Diocese Holds First Annual Evangelism School - 08/13/22
Last updated: 2022-08-13 12:10:14

The Diocese of New York and New Jersey held its first annual Evangelism School from Monday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. The School is an initiative of the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, fully funded by the Diocesan Council, as a way to foster a renewed thinking and excitement on sharing the Orthodox Faith in the parishes across the Diocese.


00126
Photogalleries: St. Andrew's Camp 2022 - 08/13/22
Last updated: 2022-08-13 21:05:23


00127
Youth Day at TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park - August 20, 2022 - 08/10/22
Last updated: 2022-08-10 13:18:51

The Department of Youth Ministry is excited to announce that Youth Day will be held this year at TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park in Vernon Township, NJ on Saturday, August 20th starting at 10:30 AM! Open to everyone age 4 and up, we encourage children, teens, recent graduates, and parents to join in on the fun.


00128
In Memoriam: +Matushka Patricia Bohush - 08/05/22
Last updated: 2022-08-05 09:43:28

[Vestal, NY] - Matushka Patricia (Hamarich) Bohush fell asleep in the Lord on August 2, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Matushka Patricia was born in Endicott, NY to George and Pauline Hamarich. 


00129
DDB Appreciation Dinner at St. Basil's July 10, 2022 (Photogallery) - 08/04/22
Last updated: 2022-08-04 16:48:07


00130
Clegry Conference: September 8-9, Wappinger Falls, NY - 08/04/22
Last updated: 2022-08-04 16:28:38


00131
Miraculous Icon of St. Anna To Visit Saints Peter and Paul Church in Bayonne, NJ - 08/03/22
Last updated: 2022-08-03 12:37:35


00132
Ballston Lake, NY: Archpastoral Visit of Archbishop Michael (Photogallery) - 08/01/22
Last updated: 2022-08-01 18:14:01

[Ballston Lake, NY] - On July 30th and 31st, 2022, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, made his annual visitation to Christ The Savior Church in Ballston Lake, NY. During the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 31, His Eminence Archbishop Michael elevated Father Matthew Markewich to the rank of Archpriest. Concelebrating with His Eminence were Archpriest Matthew Markewich, Mitered Archpriest Michael Fritz (ROCOR), Deacon Stepan Karlgut, and Deacon Michael Burdikoff.


00133
Hierarchical LIturgy at St. Olympia Mission in Potsdam, NY (Photogallery) - 07/30/22
Last updated: 2022-07-30 13:33:04

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, celebrated a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Olympia Mission in Potsdam, NY, on July 24. St. Olympia is the northernmost church in the diocese and has been in this "new" building for a little over a year and a half.

Submitted by Fr. Paul Fedoroff.


00134
2023 Annual Saint Andrews Camp Bicycle Ride - Register Today! - 07/24/22
Last updated: 2023-07-26 19:04:59

This Annual Saint Andrews Camp Bicycle Ride is ideal for the person who has never attempted a charity bike ride. 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. Make the Ride part of a Weekend getaway. Reunite with an alumnus. 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.


00135
Saint Andrews Camp - Mish Mash Week 2022 (Photogallery) - 07/21/22
Last updated: 2022-07-21 12:02:15

Mish Mash Week is going marvelously! So far we've had electives like kayaking, archery, survival skills, and games. One day campers got to ride horses. The children have been taking part, regularly, in engaging and edifying religious education. We have had special evening activities, like the Mission Impossible game, a campfire, with fun songs, and a Camp Carnival. Additionally, we went on a fun, captivating and educational field trip to the MOST (Museum of Science and Technology).

Submitted by Kristy Zaitseva, co-director, Saint Andrews Camp.


00136
Saint Andrew's Camp Horse Week 1 - Photogallery - [Updated on 7/20/2022: New Pictures Added] - 07/20/22
Last updated: 2022-07-20 19:53:52

Saint Andrew's Camp Horse Week 1 is "trotting" along nicely so far! We've enjoyed religious education, games, songs, campfire, a trip to a zoo, an archpastoral visit and Q and A with our beloved Archbishop + MICHAEL, and, of course, lots of experiences with riding and learning to care for horses. 

Submitted by Kristy Zaitseva, co-director, Saint Andrews Camp.


00137
Archpriest Paul Shafran Celebrates His Centennial Birthday - 07/13/22
Last updated: 2022-07-13 10:17:26

[Trenton, NJ] - Archpriest Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus (retired), Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton, NJ, reached his 100th birthday on July 2, 2022.  That day was marked by a celebration hosted by his family, held at the church and parish social hall next door.  His Eminence Archbishop Michael, of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, presided at the celebration of the hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the morning.


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Family Week at Saint Andrew's Camp (Photogallery) - [Updated on 7/12/2022: New Pictures Added] - 07/11/22
Last updated: 2022-07-12 11:31:36

Camp is off to a great start, with our Family Week campers being the first to enjoy the use of our new Dining Hall and Activity Center. We are so grateful to all who have helped make this possible. Enjoy a glimpse of our week so far!

Submitted by: Kristy Zaitseva, Co-director, Saint Andrew's Orthodox Camp 


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Exciting Professional Opportunity: Executive Director of ZOE Women’s Center - 07/08/22
Last updated: 2022-07-08 12:19:08

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, shares the following announcement, issued by Paula Kappos, President of ZOE For Life.

ZOE For Life is seeking a dedicated Christian and a passionate defender of life to serve as the Executive Director of our Women’s Center. She should maintain a consistent life-affirming belief, have strong interpersonal communication skills and organizational skills, and be comfortable with public speaking and media relations. The Executive Director will be responsible for efficiently guiding the organization in the successful realization and management of the Women’s Center, under the guidance of the Board of Directors and the Medical Director, adhering to the Mission Statement and Statements of Faith and Principles. This is a full time position.

Resumes may be sent to: paulamk@roadrunner.com


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New Jersey and New York City Deaneries Hold DDB Appreciation Dinners - 07/07/22
Last updated: 2022-07-07 20:59:00

The deaneries of New Jersey and New York City recently held DDB appreciation dinners; the last such dinners were held before the start of the covid pandemic. The DDB appreciation dinners are an opportunity for His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, to personally thank all the donors and inform them about how their generosity through the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors program is impacting the life of the diocese. The DDB Appreciation dinner of the New Jersey deanery was held at Holy Trinity Church in Randolph, NJ, on June 26, 2022. The dinner with New York City deanery benefactors took place at Saint Nicholas Church in Whitestone, NY, on July 3, 2022.


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Assembly of Bishops Launches Mobile App for Android and iPhone - 07/06/22
Last updated: 2022-07-06 19:30:46

NEW YORK – The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America announces the launch of its mobile application.


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Archbishop Michael visits Saint Andrew’s Camp Staff Orientation and tours new Kitchen, Dining & Recreation Center - 06/29/22
Last updated: 2022-06-29 08:30:42


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Statement on the Sacredness of Human Life and its Untimely Termination - 06/22/22
Last updated: 2022-06-22 09:24:21

Preamble
We, the members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, promote and uphold the sacred and inviolable essence of human life. The continued challenges of our time prompt us to publish a more comprehensive statement of the Orthodox Church’s regard for human life and, in particular, the termination of human life. Prepared by our Committee for Church and Society, and affirmed by the Assembly as a whole, this statement seeks to succinctly articulate Orthodox Christian teaching for the faithful and to continue the Church’s tradition as a beacon and witness to life as freely given by our good and loving Creator...


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The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available - 06/10/22
Last updated: 2022-06-10 14:52:49

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE FEAST OF HOLY PENTECOST, 2022 - 06/10/22
Last updated: 2022-06-10 14:06:25


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Archpastoral Visitation: Saints Peter and Paul, Buffalo, NY - 06/01/22
Last updated: 2022-06-01 22:45:13

[Buffalo, NY] - A joyous day of celebration was experienced at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Buffalo NY the weekend of May 21-22 with a visit by Archbishop Michael. Around 95 parishioners, family and friends were in attendance for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in which Father John P. Hutnyan was honored by His Eminence with the elevation to Archpriest, and awards of the Gold Cross and the Nabedrennik. The parish hosted a beautiful dinner following Liturgy.

Submitted by: Matushka Nancy Hutnyan


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2022 Parish Development Forum: Online Friday, June 17 - Register Today - 06/01/22
Last updated: 2022-06-01 13:34:55


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2022 Parish Council Workshops: Getting Back to the Basics: What is a Parish Council all about? - 05/27/22
Last updated: 2022-05-27 23:42:50

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael is instructing that every parish rector and one or two parish council members (or more) must attend this conference. It is important that each parish is represented and has the opportunity to participate in these meaningful discussions.


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Becoming Rich Towards God: A Workshop on Money and the Incarnation - 05/25/22
Last updated: 2022-05-25 09:24:59

St Tikhon’s 2022 Continuing Education Conference for Clergy In Partnership with the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative

 


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Saint Andrew's Camp's new building is moving forward fast! - 05/16/22
Last updated: 2022-05-16 11:10:31

[Jewell, NY] - Saint Andrew's Camp's new building is moving forward fast!!! After many hurdles and struggles, and with the support of so many of the faithful of our diocese, this building now has walls, a roof, electricity, alarm systems, and windows. Fundraising for this project began three years ago, and with the generous response of so many churches and individuals, we were able to finalize plans last summer and break ground.


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Endicott, NY: 12th Anniversary of Archbishop Michael's Consecration (Photogallery) - 05/12/22
Last updated: 2022-05-12 08:53:05

[Endicott, NY] - On Saturday, May 7, 2022, on the feast of Repose of Saint Alexis Toth, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America, Archbishop Michael marked his 12th anniversary of Consecration to Episcopacy. Eis polla eti, Despota!


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REMEMBERING MITRED ARCHPRIEST JOHN SKVIR ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH - 05/07/22
Last updated: 2022-05-07 23:23:56

Monday, May 9th, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Mitred Archpriest John Skvir, active and well-known throughout the Metropolia and then the Orthodox Church in America.

Born in Ganister, PA, to John and Paraskeva Skvir, John was baptized in Assumption Orthodox Church in that community. After graduation from Williamsburg High School, he was a member of the Class of 1943 at St. Tikhon’s Seminary. He later took courses at the University of Pittsburgh.


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Paschal Liturgy Celebrated in Plattsburgh, New York - 05/07/22
Last updated: 2022-05-07 05:08:09

Bringing the joy of Pascha to a little-served region of upstate New York, a Paschal Divine Liturgy was served in Plattsburgh, New York, on Bright Saturday, April 30, 2022. Archpriest Terenti Wasielewski, Rector of St. Nicholas Church in Cohoes, New York, celebrated the Liturgy, joined by 10 faithful laypersons. The singing was led by Mark Wolosen, choir director of the Cohoes parish. This initial Liturgy is the first of a series of services planned to determine the viability of a potential future Mission Station in Plattsburgh.


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Action Requested: Honoring our Diocesan Graduates! - 05/05/22
Last updated: 2022-05-05 15:38:09

It's time to celebrate!

With the blessing of Archbishop MICHAEL, the Department of Youth Ministry would like to honor all high school and college graduates from our diocese by featuring their accomplishments in Jacob's Well, the official magazine of our diocese.

In order for this to happen, we need your help!


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Save the date: St. Andrew's Camp Bicycle Ride - August 27, 2022 - 05/04/22
Last updated: 2022-05-04 22:44:44

Please consider participating in the St. Andrew’s Camp Bicycle Ride. The bike ride is a charity event supporting OUR Camp and Its mission to support OUR children. The Ride is a fun way to donate to the Camp.  More information to follow.


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Photogallery: Open House at Saint Andrew's Camp - 05/04/22
Last updated: 2022-05-04 22:33:32

On Bright Saturday, April 30, 2022, Saint Andrew's Camp hosted the annual open house. His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the camp's Chapel with the visiting diocesan clergy and guests.


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Paschal Vespers on Bright Wednesday in Brick, NJ - 05/04/22
Last updated: 2022-05-04 18:24:08

Brick, NJ - On Bright Wednesday, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael served Paschal Vespers at the Orthodox Christian Church of the Annunciation in Brick, NJ. Concelebrating with Archbishop Michael were the clergy of the New Jersey Deanery of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. After the Vespers, Very Rev. Gary Breton presented a check of $18,000.00 to Father Kenneth Ellis of Holy Ghost Orthodox Church on behalf of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Holy Ghost Orthodox Church and it's rectory were damaged by Hurricane Ida the last September. Temporarily, the parish of Holy Ghost utilizes the upper hall of Saints Peter & Paul Church in Manville.


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ETERNAL MEMORY: MITRED ARCHPRIEST ANDREW SKRIPNIK KUHARSKY - 05/02/22
Last updated: 2022-05-02 09:35:48

Sunday, May 1 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of the late Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest Andrew Skripnik Kuharsky.

Father Andrew served the then Russian Orthodox Metropolia and later the new autocephalous Orthodox Church in America


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Job Opportunity: Peace of Mind Facilitator - 04/28/22
Last updated: 2022-04-28 13:39:21

Christ is Risen!

Dear friends of the Assembly of Bishops Mental Health Task Force,

Earlier this year, the Assembly of Bishops unanimously approved a proposal for the Mental Health Task Force to develop a clergy and leadership training program titled Peace of Mind.  Peace of Mind is a composite of a preexisting, clinically-based course (Mental Health First Aid) that is augmented by an original, theologically-based presentation (Orthodox Bridging).  We believe that Peace of Mind is an essential component in our ongoing work of cultivating a culture of mental wellness within our community while also recognizing the fullness of health through the context of Christ and the Orthodox Church.


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IOCC: 2022 Fact Sheet Ukraine Crisis Response - 04/26/22
Last updated: 2022-04-26 21:18:10


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA 2022 - 04/20/22
Last updated: 2022-04-20 15:59:09


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Photogallery: Sunday of The Cross, Syracuse, NY. - 04/01/22
Last updated: 2022-04-01 14:41:08


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Holy Synod Statement on Ukraine - 03/28/22
Last updated: 2022-03-28 23:35:13

At their Spring Session of March 14-18, 2022, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, among many other matters, carefully considered the recent devastation taking place in Ukraine. In response to the immediate crisis, they have issued the following statement…


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The Lates Issue of "First Fruits" Is Now Available - 03/24/22
Last updated: 2022-03-24 15:26:35

The latest issue of "First Fruits" is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. "First Fruits" is the quarterly newsletter on Stewardship, under the editorship Archpriest Jason Vansuch, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.


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The Latest Issue of KOINONIA is now available - 03/21/22
Last updated: 2022-03-21 11:10:22

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.


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ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL VISITS ZOE FOR LIFE HEADQUARTERS IN CLEVELAND - 03/18/22
Last updated: 2022-03-18 21:45:43

[Cleveland, OH] - On the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, March 13, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited the headquarters of ZOE For Life, known as ZOE House, in Cleveland, Ohio. ZOE For Life is an Orthodox Christian initiative which affirms the value of all life by providing nonjudgmental, confidential support and education during and after an unplanned pregnancy, offering numerous practical resources to encourage women in unplanned pregnancies to carry their babies to term. More details about the mission and the needs of ZOE For Life in Cleveland can be found at www.zoeforlife.org.


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TOGETHER AGAIN! Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers Sunday, March 13, 2022 Wayne, NJ. - 03/17/22
Last updated: 2022-03-17 22:34:11

[Wane, NJ] - 24 priests, 2 deacons, 25 singers and over 175 faithful joined His Grace, The Right Reverend ALEXIS, Bishop of Bethesda for the celebration of Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne, NJ. The celebration began with a procession of the clergy from the parish center to the church.


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Double Ordination At St. Tikhon's (Photogallery) - 03/12/22
Last updated: 2022-03-12 13:51:15

[South Canaan, PA] - On Saturday, January 29, 2022, His Eminence Archbishop Michael ordained Deacon Paul Hammer to the Holy Priesthood and Solomon Longo to the Holy Diaconate at Saint Tikhon's Monastery.


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Archpastoral Visit to Clifton NJ (Photogallery) - 03/12/22
Last updated: 2022-03-12 13:14:32

[Clifton, NJ] - Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church was blessed to have His Eminence, Archbishop Michael make his annual visit to our parish this past weekend, March 5th. & 6th., 2022. The weekend was very uplifting to all the parish during these troubling times as we listened to his inspiring and encouraging words and it was also the first parish function we have had in two years because of the Coronavirus.


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Archpastoral Letter for the Great Fast, Lent 2022 - 03/05/22
Last updated: 2022-03-05 12:57:38


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DIOCESAN TEENS GATHER IN EAST MEADOW AND PARAMUS, ENJOY TIME WITH ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL - 03/05/22
Last updated: 2022-03-05 12:44:14

On Saturday, February 19, teens gathered for our Diocesan Teen Social at two parishes across the Diocese - Holy Trinity in East Meadow, NY, and Saints Peter and Paul in Herkimer, NY. This is the second event in the series of Quarterly Teen Socials being held throughout the Diocese in the hopes of reconnecting our youth to our churches and to each other.


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His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon issues statement on war in Ukraine - 02/25/22
Last updated: 2022-02-25 12:37:08

Dearly beloved children in the Lord,

In light of the distressing developments in Ukraine affecting millions of innocent people in the region, I wholeheartedly urge you to pray for peace and the well-being of our brothers and sisters who are enduring this tragic moment.


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Address of His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Onufriy to the faithful and citizens of Ukraine. - 02/25/22
Last updated: 2022-02-25 12:39:02

Dear brothers and sisters! Faithful to our Ukrainian Orthodox Church!

As the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, I appeal to you and to all citizens of Ukraine. A terrible thing happened. Unfortunately, Russia has launched military operations against Ukraine, and at this fateful time, I urge you not to panic, to be courageous, and to show love for your homeland and for each other.


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OCA Department of Liturgical Music to Offer Three Webinars on Vespers and Matins - 02/07/22
Last updated: 2022-02-07 20:50:58

Deacon Anthony Stokes, choir director, teacher, and chair of the Diocese of the South Liturgical Music Committee, will lead three webinars on the services of the All-Night Vigil (Vespers and Matins), focusing on the liturgical and musical aspects for choir directors, singers, and readers.


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Diocesan Teen Social: February 19, 2022 - 02/04/22
Last updated: 2022-02-25 12:02:23

A Diocesan Teen Social will take place at Holy Trinity in East Meadow on February 19.  This is the second event in the series of Quarterly Teen Socials being held across the Diocese in the hopes of reconnecting our Youth to our churches and to each other.  There will be simultaneous get-togethers in Paramus as well as Herkimer on this date.


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Saint Andrews Camp Summer 2022: Save The Dates - 02/01/22
Last updated: 2022-02-01 14:56:30

Click here for additional information


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Archpastoral Visit to St. Gregory the Theologian Church - 02/01/22
Last updated: 2022-02-01 12:39:31

Over the weekend of January 29 and 30, 2022, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited St. Gregory the Theologian Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. The visit coincided with the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and part of the patronal festivities for the parish.

His Eminence celebrated the Festal Vespers on Saturday evening with the parish and reminded the parish of the stories of the Three Hierarchs and why it was deemed crucial to celebrate them together as a sign of unity in the Church.


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In Memoriam: Archpriest John D. Bohush (Updated) - 01/21/22
Last updated: 2022-02-05 17:04:40

Archpriest John D. Bohush fell asleep in the Lord on January 21, 2022.

The Deepest Sympathies of the clergy and faithful of the Diocese are expressed to the family of the newly-departed + Archpriest John Bohush. + Father John fell asleep in the Lord early this morning, Friday, January 21.

Born on August 10, 1934, in Endicott, NY, to the late John H. and Anna (Chura) Bohush, Father John was a graduate of Union Endicott High School in Endicott.  He was a graduate of Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Class of 1957, where he was mentored by Saint Nikolai Velimirovic of South Canaan and Zicha.


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Hispanic Catechesis Group Welcomes Guest Speaker Father Saúl Díaz Sánchez - 01/17/22
Last updated: 2022-01-17 19:08:44

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the Hispanic catechesis group held their second forum featuring a guest speaker. Father Saúl Díaz Sánchez of the OCA diocese of Mexico gave a presentation to the group on the feast of Theophany. Father Saúl’s informative presentation was followed by a Q and A session which was a great encouragement to those seeking the Orthodox faith in the Spanish language. The group is looking forward to their next guest speaker in mid-February. A link to the presentation can be found below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr78ZrauKg4


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Archpriest Paul and Matushka Mary Shafran Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries! - 01/15/22
Last updated: 2022-01-15 13:34:49

On December 28, 2021, Archpriest Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus (retired) at St. Vladimir's Church, Trenton, NJ, celebrated the 74th anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood.  One month earlier, Father Paul and Matushka Mary celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary.  They were married in Matushka's home town, Warren, Ohio, at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27, 1947), which was pre-Advent according to the Julian calendar being followed at that time.  By the grace of God, Fr. Paul and Matushka Mary continue to attend church services, and Fr. Paul serves with joy in the altar with Fr. Volodymyr Chaikivskiy, Rector of St. Vladimir's Church.  Congratulations to Father Paul and Matushka Mary on these wonderful milestones!!

Submitted by: Nina Shafran


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Assmbly of Bishops: Register Now! National Youth Town Hall - February 23, 2022 - 01/12/22
Last updated: 2022-02-25 12:01:49

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


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Assembly of Bishops' Youth & Young Adult Ministry Agency Publishes Roster of Directors - 01/11/22
Last updated: 2022-01-11 17:46:37

WASHINGTON, DC
January 11, 2022
PDF

At its inaugural meeting on December 3, the Board of Directors of the newly blessed Youth & Young Adult Ministry Agency met to begin this important work in the life of the Church. The members of the Board are as follows:


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Parish Feastday - Watervliet, New York - 01/11/22
Last updated: 2022-01-11 17:36:08

On January 1, 20222, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited St. Basil’s Russian Orthodox Church, Watervliet, NY, for their Parish Feastday. His Eminence was greeted by Starosta Marie Giokas with the traditional bread and salt, and flowers were presented to Vladika by Eleanor Gagnon (daughter of Deacon and Matushka Jason and Laura Gagnon) and the children of the parish.


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We Need Your Help To Reach Our Goal ! - 12/28/21
Last updated: 2021-12-29 18:58:33


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Holiday Food Drive at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Saddle Brook, NJ - 12/24/21
Last updated: 2021-12-24 23:44:57

Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Saddle Brook, NJ — Hunger is 365 Days. The Holiday Food Drive at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church attempted to assist Eva’s Village in Paterson, NJ at providing meals for the Homeless and those in their Residence and Shelters with Food to prepare and distribute to those needing nutrition during this time of year.


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Archpastoral Visitation to St. Innocent of Alaska Mission - 12/23/21
Last updated: 2021-12-23 22:29:42

On Sunday, December 19, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited St. Innocent of Alaska Orthodox Mission in Oneonta, NY. Prior to celebrating the divine liturgy, His Eminence tonsured Timothy Masterjohn to the rank of the Reader. The liturgy was served by his Eminence and joining him were Rev. John Morris, acting rector of St Innocent Mission, V. Rev. Alexey Karlgut, dean of the NYS deanery as well as Deacon Stephan Karlgut.

The parish is grateful that His Eminence was able to visit with us. We are all appreciative to those who came to serve and sing as well.


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Youth & Young Adult Ministry Agency Publishes "Why" and Mission Statements - 12/22/21
Last updated: 2021-12-22 18:37:53

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 202

CHICAGO – At its inaugural meeting on December 3, the Board of Directors of the newly established Youth & Young Adult Ministry Agency adopted "why" and mission statements. Established by the Assembly of Bishops as the capstone achievement of the "Year of the Youth," the new Agency will cast a vision to unite and deepen the ministry efforts of parishes and families across the Church.


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Dix Hills Parish Welcomes Sister Vassa for a Teaching Liturgy - 12/21/21
Last updated: 2021-12-21 08:28:57

On Sunday, November 28, the parish of Saint Andrew’s Church in Dix Hills was privileged to host the well-known liturgical scholar, author, and podcaster Sister Vassa (Larin) as she helped facilitate a “teaching Liturgy,” followed by a reception and lecture. 


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY 2021 - 12/17/21
Last updated: 2021-12-17 22:56:26


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Board of New Youth & Young Adult Ministry Agency Concludes First Meeting - 12/16/21
Last updated: 2021-12-16 09:26:39

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2021

CHICAGO – The Board of Directors of the newly established Youth & Young Adult Ministry Agency concluded its first meeting on Friday, December 3.

Established and blessed by the Assembly of Bishops at its October 2021 meeting as the capstone achievement of the "Year of the Youth," the new Agency will cast a vision to unite and deepen the ministry efforts of parishes and families across the Church to serve all Orthodox youth and young adults in the United States.


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Youth Serving Christ - Episode 7: St. George OCA Parish in Buffalo, NY - 12/14/21
Last updated: 2021-12-14 19:35:55

In honor of the Year of Youth, the Youth Serving Christ video series celebrates our youth's efforts to serve Christ by serving their neighbor. It is through this Christian service of love, that our youth not only grow in Christ but better understand what it means to be Christ in their life. This episode features one of our own parishes - Saint George Orthodox Church in Buffalo, NY.


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The Lates Issue of "First Fruits" Is Now Available - 12/06/21
Last updated: 2021-12-06 20:41:15


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The Latest Issue of KOINONIA is now available - 12/06/21
Last updated: 2021-12-06 19:39:53

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.


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TOGETHER AGAIN: DOZENS GATHER FOR DIOCESAN ALTAR SERVER RETREAT - 12/01/21
Last updated: 2021-12-01 05:14:08

On Saturday, November 20, nearly fifty altar servers, clergy, and faithful joined His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, for the 2021 Diocesan Altar Servers' Retreat, held at Holy Resurrection Church, in Wayne, NJ. This was a particularly joyous occasion, as it marked the return of the Annual Diocesan Altar Servers’ Retreat after the pandemic had caused its cancellation in 2020. The camaraderie among the re-united servers from numerous diocesan parishes was inspiring!


00195
Archpriest Kyril Riggs Awarded Mitre - 11/29/21
Last updated: 2021-11-29 22:51:35


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Youth Witnessing to the Faith Video Series - 11/23/21
Last updated: 2021-11-23 20:02:45

At its annual meeting in October 2020, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America declared 2021 the “Year of the Youth,” with the intent of augmenting ministry to children, teens, and young adults across the country. You can find more information on the Year of the Youth Hub website.


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Orthodox Church in America to Host 22nd Annual Youth & Camp Worker Conference - 11/23/21
Last updated: 2021-11-23 09:51:00

Join the Orthodox Youth Directors in North America at Antiochian Village Conference Center in Bolivar, Pa from Thursday, February 3rd - Saturday, February 5th for the Annual Youth and Camp Workers Conference!


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Hispanic Catechumen Group Meets Virtually: Guest Speaker Deacon Basil Vazquez - 11/19/21
Last updated: 2021-11-19 20:24:11

On Thursday, November 18, the Hispanic catechumen group met virtually with Deacon Basil Vazquez (Antiochian Archdiocese) as their guest speaker. Father John Morris opened the meeting offering a prayer and introducing Deacon Basil. Deacon Basil then gave thanks to Archbishop Michael and Bishop Anthony (Antiochian Archdiocese) for their blessings to allow him to speak to the group. He gave a wonderful talk in Spanish during which he described his journey to Orthodoxy and the diaconate in the Orthodox Church. All in the group were edified by the conversation and look forward to their next guest speaker in mid-December.

The Hispanic catechumen group is run by Fr. John Morris and catechist Ioannis (Jose) Sanchez. The group offers catechism classes to inquirers and catechumens who speak primarily Spanish. For more information contact: Fr. John Morris at frjohnmorris3@gmail.com or Ioannis Sanchez at joseorthodox33@gmail.com.


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Tips of the Week: FIRST WEEK OF THE NATIVITY FAST - 11/16/21
Last updated: 2021-11-16 10:34:00


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Archpastoral Visitation: Woodside, NY - 11/16/21
Last updated: 2021-11-17 10:24:52

On Sunday, November 14, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited the church of Saint John Chrysostom in Woodside, NY. During the Divine Liturgy, the parish rector, Archpriest Daniel Degyansky, was awarded ."Palitza." At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Michael also presented Father Daniel with a Gramota from the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America issued in appreciation for his 30 years of service as a priest.


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Consecration of the Altar Table and Church Building at the Orthodox Christian Church of the Annunciation in Brick, New Jersey - 11/16/21
Last updated: 2021-11-16 09:11:33

On Saturday, October 16, Archbishop Michael presided at the Consecration of the Altar Table and Church Building at the Orthodox Christian Church of the Annunciation in Brick, New Jersey. Nine priests served, including former Rectors, the Very Rev. Joseph Wargo (1974-76), and the Very Rev. David Vernak (1976-2003), and the current Rector, the Very Rev. Gary Joseph Breton (2003-present). The parish also celebrated its 50-year Anniversary that weekend. A celebratory banquet was held in the parish hall, the structure which now sits upon the site of the converted two-car garage that originally served as the church building.


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ARCHBISHOP TONSURES READER DURING VISIT TO SAINTS PETER AND PAUL CHURCH, BUFFALO NY — October 30 and 31 - 11/06/21
Last updated: 2021-11-06 12:34:25

[Buffalo, NY] - On Saturday, October 30, 2021, Vespers were served by his Eminence along with priests of the Council of Orthodox Churches of Western New York at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church — Fr. Vladislav Golic of St. Stephen Serbian Church (Lackawanna), Fr. Raphael Barberg of St. George Antiochian Church (Lewiston), Fr. Jason Vansuch, Fr. Peter Irfan and Fr. Andreja Damjanovski of St. George Church (Buffalo).


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Jackson, NJ: ARCHPASTORAL VISITATION TO NATIVITY OF THE HOLY VIRGIN PARISH - 10/30/21
Last updated: 2021-10-30 14:30:46

On the weekend of October 23rd and October 24th, the Parish of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin, located in Jackson, NJ was blessed to have His Eminence Archbishop Michael join the faithful for our annual Archpastoral visitation. The weekend began on Saturday evening with Vespers served by our Rector, Archpriest John Prokopiuk, and Deacon Stephan Karlgut. After Vespers, everyone enjoyed a beautiful dinner in the Parish Home prepared by the Sisterhood of the Parish.


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Princeton, NJ: Feast Day Celebration - 10/28/21
Last updated: 2021-10-28 10:33:56

On Sunday, October 24th, Mother of God, Joy of all Who Sorrow parish in Princeton NJ celebrated their Patronal Feast Day with the Divine Liturgy and a festive Picnic/ BBQ.


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2021 Diocesan Assembly - November 3, 2021 - 10/13/21
Last updated: 2021-10-13 16:39:36

>>CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION<<


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Pearl River, NY: Archimandrite Joseph Awarded With Synodal Gramota - 10/05/21
Last updated: 2021-10-05 18:43:44

[Pearl River, NY]

Holy Transfiguration Church, Pearl River, NY was the site for a Divine Liturgy concelebrated by the Very Reverend Mitred Archpriest Joseph Lickwar, diocesan chancellor, rector of Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral, Jersey City, NJ; the Very Reverend Archpriest Samuel Kedala, retired, former dean of the New Jersey Deanery; and the Very Reverend Stephen Evanina, rector, Holy Resurrection Church, Wayne, NJ; Saturday, September 25, 2021


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Emergency Hurricane Ida Relief in the Diocese - 09/30/21
Last updated: 2021-09-30 19:02:46

Beloved Members of our Diocesan Family:
Christ is in our midst! – He is and ever shall be!

Almost all of us, no doubt, watched in horror and prayed with zeal as Hurricane Ida made its way across the south and up the east coast of our country.  In its path, Ida wreaked devastation upon property and, most unfortunately, claimed the lives of scores of victims.

Our Diocese of New York and New Jersey was, thanks be to GOD, spared loss of lives from among the faithful.  However, we were not exempt from destruction of church property and the homes of parishioners. 


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Diaconal Ordination of Paul Hunchak (Photo Gallery) - 09/22/21
Last updated: 2021-09-22 11:42:10

On Saturday, September 18, 2021, His Eminence Archbishop MICHAEL ordained Paul Hunchak to the Holy Diaconate at Our Lady of Kazan Orthodox Church in Sea Cliff, New York.

May God grant Deacon Paul and Matushka Elena many blessed years!


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THE 2021 ALTAR SERVERS' RETREAT - NEW DATE! - 09/21/21
Last updated: 2021-10-02 12:52:21

One Day, In Person

Saturday, November 20, 2021

>>CLICK HERE TO REGISTER<<


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FIRST RESPONDERS HONORED AT ELMIRA HEIGHTS PARISH - 09/18/21
Last updated: 2021-09-18 11:01:36

On Saturday, September 12, Holy Trinity Parish in Elmira Heights, NY solemnly commemorated the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001, with a Service of Prayer and Blessing for First Responders.


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Archpastoral Visitation: Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow - Princeton, NJ - 09/15/21
Last updated: 2021-09-15 11:06:49

Archbishop Michael visits the faithful at Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow in Princeton, NJ. Having to postpone his pastoral visit due to Covid last year the faithful were happy to have their Archpastor visit.


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Wantage, NJ: 9-11 20th Anniversary Memorial Service - 09/15/21
Last updated: 2021-09-15 10:14:39

On Saturday evening September 11, 2021, after Great Vespers, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Holy Spirit Church, Wantage, New Jersey.


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The Latest Issue of KOINONIA is now available - 09/13/21
Last updated: 2021-09-13 22:33:19

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.

Click here to download the latest KONONIA issue.


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Re-Claiming Our Children For Christ - 09/11/21
Last updated: 2021-09-11 11:32:17

A Series of FREE Online Workshops
for Diocesan Church School Teachers and Clergy


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Project Backpack: Holy Apostles Church, Saddle Brook, NJ - 09/10/21
Last updated: 2021-09-10 11:37:56

Inspired by the Holy Gospel, the clergy and faithful of Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Saddle Brook, NJ, have undertaken “Project Backpack”, an initiative to assist needy children at Eva’s Village Residences and Shelters, in Paterson, NJ.


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In Memoriam: +Mitered Archpriest Sergei Glagolev - 09/06/21
Last updated: 2021-09-06 20:20:37

DEEPEST SYMPATHY is expressed to: Matushka Genevieve Glagolev; her children Christia, Marina, and John; her grandchildren; and all their family; on the falling asleep in the Lord of her beloved husband and their father and grandfather, + Mitred Archpriest Sergei Glagolev, who fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, September 1, in Santa Cruz, CA.


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Committee on Missions and Evangelism Holds First In-Person Retreat - 08/29/21
Last updated: 2021-08-29 23:07:17

The Committee on Missions and Evangelism for the Diocese of New York and New Jersey held its first in-person retreat for the mission clergy of the Diocese at St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY on Monday, August 23, 2021. While the CME has been holding quarterly Zoom meetings throughout the last two years, this was an opportunity for the mission clergy to gather together and discuss issues in the mission field as well as a training session for the mission priests. This retreat focused on leadership and management in the mission. 


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Happy Birthday, Archbishop Michael! - 08/29/21
Last updated: 2021-08-28 21:56:50

Grant, O Lord, a prosperous and peaceful life, good health and salvation, visitation and good hastening in all things, to Thy servant, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, celebrating his birthday; and protect and preserve him for many blessed years! Mnogaya Lyeta!”

"Eis Polla Eti, Despota!"


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Archpastoral Visitation: Christ the Savior Church, Ballston Lake, NY. - 08/23/21
Last updated: 2021-08-23 14:16:50

On August 21 and 22, Archbishop Michael made his archpastoral visit to Christ the Savior Church in Ballston Lake, NY. After a beautiful Great Vespers service, a meal was provided by the women of the Church to honor His Eminence in the Church hall.


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Carnival Cookout at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Buffalo, New York - 08/23/21
Last updated: 2021-08-23 12:16:50

On Sunday Sunday, August 22, 2021, a Carnival Cookout was held for the parish community at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Buffalo, New York.

Following the Divine Liturgy, the parish held a Carnival Cookout for young and old to enjoy. Nadia Ryan organized the event with the help of all the faithful parishioners.


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A Tribute to an Exemplary Pastor: + Mitred Archpriest Michael Koblosh - 08/20/21
Last updated: 2021-08-20 11:09:31

By Archpriest John Shimchick

On Wednesday I learned of the “falling asleep” of one of the OCA’s most remarkable priests, Fr. Michael Koblosh (also, one of my favorites). Growing up in Yonkers, he attended both St. Tikhon’s and St. Vladimir’s Seminaries and served established and mission parishes, including: Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA; Holy Trinity, East Meadow, NY; SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, Terryville, CT; Holy Ghost Church, Bridgeport, CT; Christ the Savior Mission, Southbury, CT; and St. Nicholas Church, Whitestone, NY; and finally All Saints of America Mission, Alexandria, VA (which he started). During his time in Connecticut, Fr. Michael was Dean of the Connecticut Deanery.


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ARCHPRIEST JOHN BOHUSH CELEBRATES HIS 87TH BIRTHDAY - 08/10/21
Last updated: 2021-08-10 23:01:15

On Friday and Saturday, August 7-8, 2021, the members of the Bohush family gathered together in Cherry Hill, NJ, to celebrate the upcoming 87th birthday on August 10 of the patriarch of the family, Archpriest John D. Bohush. 


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Archpriest Stephen Janos Falls Asleep in the Lord - 08/09/21
Last updated: 2021-08-09 18:32:01

The Very Rev. Stephen John Janos, Jr., of Centre Township, Pennsylvania, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at his residence, at the age of 74.  He was born in Lebanon, PA, to the late Anne (née Marko) and Stephen J. Janos, Sr. He graduated from Reading Central High School in 1965, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, followed by a Master’s degree in Philosophy, from Villanova University.  He then graduated from St. Vladimir’s Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree.


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A DREAM COMING TRUE AT SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP! - 08/09/21
Last updated: 2021-08-09 18:19:17

On Friday, August 6, 2021, the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, His Eminence Archbishop Michael led a Service of Prayer and the Breaking of Ground for a new Camp Kitchen, Dining and Activities Center, at St. Andrew’s Camp, on the shore of Lake Oneida, in Jewell, New York. Saint Andrew’s is the Diocesan Camp where our young people have gathered every summer for nearly seven decades for fellowship, fun, and spiritual formation.


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In Memoriam: Father Leonid Kishkovsky - 08/05/21
Last updated: 2021-08-05 11:40:50

Very Reverend, Reverend and Dear Fathers; Beloved in the Lord: Christ is in our midst!

During these days, we mourn the passing from this life of the + Mitred Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky. Yet, with hope in the Resurrection, we lovingly commend him into the hands of the Almighty God Whom he has served for so long, with such excellence and devotion.

Father Leonid advised Metropolitans of the Orthodox Church in America; and he imparted wise counsel to Patriarchs and Metropolitans, Chancellors and priests of ancient Churches, non-Orthodox confessions, and non-Christian communities throughout the world...


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ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THE 2021 DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: 2021 DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD BY ONLINE VIDEO CONFERENCE - 08/04/21
Last updated: 2021-08-04 15:41:19

Very Reverend, Reverend and Dear Fathers;
Delegates to the 2021 Diocesan Assembly;
Parish Council Members and Faithful Parishioners of our Diocesan Family:

Christ is in our midst!

The Diocesan Council, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, with His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL presiding, received reports and entertained discussion regarding the logistical requirements for accommodating the delegates to the 2021 Diocesan Assembly in compliance with ongoing public health concerns.

Given the continuing fluidity of the situation with the coronavirus pandemic, and out of concern for the delegates and the Diocese, the unanimous decision was taken by the Diocesan Council to hold the 2021 Diocesan Assembly via video conference, instead of in person at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Endicott, New York as was previously planned. This decision by the Diocesan Council was blessed and approved by Archbishop Michael.

The date and time of the Diocesan Assembly remains Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 11:00 AM.


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Memory Eternal: + Mitred Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky - 08/04/21
Last updated: 2021-08-05 21:25:03

The Deepest Sympathies of the clergy and faithful of the Diocese are expressed to Matushka Alexandra Kishkovsky, to all the Kishkovsky family, and to the parish family of the Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Sea Cliff, NY, on the falling asleep in the Lord of the + Mitred Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, shortly before midnight last night, Tuesday, August 3.

The schedule of services for Father Leonid’s funeral are as follows:

All services will take place at Our Lady of Kazan Church, 2 Willow Shore Ave, Sea Cliff, NY 11579

Wednesday, August 11
12:00 PM: Arrival of the Body and Panikhida
7:00 PM: Funeral Service for a Priest

Thursday, August 12
9:30 AM: Divine Liturgy
Immediately following the Divine Liturgy, Litya from the Panikhida and interment at Roslyn Cemetery.

All clergy who wish to concelebrate the Funeral or the Divine Liturgy should contact the Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, Archpriest Alexander Rentel, chancellor@oca.org, or (516) 922-0550 x 130.

Grant rest eternal in blessed repose with the Saints, O Lord, to the soul of Thy newly-departed servant, the ever-to-be-remembered + Mitred Protopresbyter Leonid, who has fallen asleep in the Lord, and may his memory be eternal! "Vechnaya Pamyat!"

With love and prayers,

Archbishop Michael


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Archpastoral Visitation: Watervliet, NY (Photo Gallery) - 08/02/21
Last updated: 2021-08-02 14:29:43

His Eminence Archbishop Michael celebrated Divine Liturgy on the feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross at St. Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet, New York. (08/01/21)


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St. Andrew's Camp: Blessing of Lake Oneida (Photo Gallery) - 08/02/21
Last updated: 2021-08-02 11:00:11

Blessing of Lake Oneida by Archbishop Michael and Fr. Joel Brady on the last day of Second Horse Week at St. Andrew’s Camp in Jewell, NY. (07/31/21)


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Saint Andrew's Camp 2021 in Pictures - 07/29/21
Last updated: 2021-07-29 17:51:51


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Archpastoral Visitation To St. Vladimir's Church in Trenton, NJ - 07/28/21
Last updated: 2021-07-29 11:43:51

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, visited Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton, NJ, on July 17 and 18, 2021, to celebrate the patronal feast day. Con-celebrating the hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Vladyka, were Fr. Volodymyr Chaikivskiy (Rector), Archpriest Paul Shafran (Pastor Emeritus, retired), Archpriest John Bohush (attached, retired), and visiting clergy, including Mitered Archpriest Daniel Andrejuk, Archpriest Paul Kucynda, Archpriest Daniel Skvir, as well as deacons and subdeacons. Following the Liturgy, about 150 parishioners and friends gathered for a lavish meal in the parish social hall, and children presented His Eminence with gifts.


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The Lates Issue of "First Fruits" Is Now Available For Dwonload - 07/28/21
Last updated: 2021-07-28 23:55:25


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Saint Andrew's Camp Annual Bicycle Ride Fundraiser! - 07/19/21
Last updated: 2021-07-19 22:57:48

This year the bicycle ride will be on Saturday, August 28th, 2021. The ride is a fun way to support OUR Camp and to connect with other Orthodox Christians from different churches of our diocese. All levels of riding ability are welcome.


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Endicott, NY: Ordination of Fr. Jacob Ramsey - 07/11/21
Last updated: 2021-07-11 22:46:26

On July 1, 2021, Deacon Jacob Ramsey was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York and the Diocese of New York and Jersey at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Endicott, NY. Co-serving with His Eminence were Mitred Archpriest Joseph Lickwar, Chancellor of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, Archpriest Alexey Karlgut, parish rector and Dean of New York State, Archpriest Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk, Dean of New York City, Archpriest Gary Breton, Dean of New Jersey, Archpriest David Cowan Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese and a multitude of clergy from the Diocese and various jurisdictions. A festive meal took place after the Liturgy.

Many Years to the newly-ordained Priest Jacob, Matushka Anastasia, and their children Stephen, Nicholas and John!


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Archpriest Paul Shafran Celebrates 99th Birthday! - 07/11/21
Last updated: 2021-07-11 21:23:33

By the grace of God, Archpriest Paul Shafran (Pastor Emeritus, retired – Trenton, NJ) reached his 99th milestone birthday July 2, 2021.  He was blessed to serve Divine Liturgy (shown in photo) on Sunday, July 4th, with Fr. Volodymyr Chaikivskiy  (Rector of Saint Vladimir's Church, Trenton, NJ), after which Fr. Volodymyr thanked him for all he has done for the Church and intoned “Many Years!”  Parishioners then gathered in the parish social hall for celebratory cake – a welcome change from last year’s covid-related lock-down.  The prior day, Fr. Paul celebrated with family.  We extend our warm congratulations, gratitude, and “Mnogaya L’yeta” to Fr. Paul!


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Building on the Foundations Laid by the North American Saints Church School Project - 07/07/21
Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:52:25

A video summary of the 2020-21 church school year at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral in Jersey City, NJ.


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St. Andrew's Camp: Teen Week 2021 Now Open! - 06/26/21
Last updated: 2021-06-27 23:49:21


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THE ORTHODOX PARISH: Awakening to Opportunity (PARISH DEVELOPMENT FORUM July 16, 2021) - 06/24/21
Last updated: 2021-06-24 12:39:15


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE FEAST OF HOLY PENTECOST - 06/16/21
Last updated: 2021-06-16 18:35:09


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Youth Witness to the Faith Videos Series - 06/15/21
Last updated: 2021-06-15 20:13:14


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The Latest Issue of KOINONIA is now available - 06/15/21
Last updated: 2021-06-15 19:21:36

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.

Click here to download the latest KONONIA issue.


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Flag Raising and Picnic at Holy Trinity in Yonkers, NY - 06/14/21
Last updated: 2021-06-14 14:35:47

As the country carefully begins to revive from its long covid pause, the value of parish life, traditions and just being together with other Orthodox Christians, takes on a new vitality. One such time-honored tradition took place at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Yonkers NY on Sunday, June 13, 2021 immediately following Divine Liturgy: A Flag-Raising ceremony.


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Addendum to the Diocesan Guidelines on the Continuing Re-Opening of Our Churches - 06/13/21
Last updated: 2021-06-13 07:17:23

Below, please find an Addendum to the May 26 Diocesan Guidelines on the Continuing Re-Opening of Our Churches, Missions, and Chapels.  The intent of this Addendum is to address issues not articulated in the May 26 Guidelines.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ADDENDUM


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St. Andrew's Camp: Help Us To Reach Our Goal! - 06/08/21
Last updated: 2021-07-18 05:56:48

We ask for the assistance of our
faithful and our parishes to meet the
goal of $300,000 by the end of July.


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CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD FORMATION TRAINING COMPLETE - 06/02/21
Last updated: 2021-06-03 22:51:09

Glory to God! The Department of Christian Education congratulates the following Diocesan family members who have completed their Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Training.


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Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Announces Search for Two Full-Time Positions - 06/01/21
Last updated: 2021-06-01 17:55:47


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Guidelines for the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, On the Continuing Re-Opening of Our Churches, Missions, and Chapels Issued May 26, 2021 - 06/01/21
Last updated: 2021-06-01 09:36:34


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It's time to celebrate! - 05/13/21
Last updated: 2021-05-13 07:27:27

With the blessing of Archbishop MICHAEL, the Department of Youth Ministry would like to honor all high school and college graduates from our diocese by featuring their accomplishments in Jacob's Well, the official magazine of our diocese.

In order for this to happen, we need your help!


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HONORING ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL ON THE 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS EPISCOPACY - 05/08/21
Last updated: 2021-05-08 15:41:29

This weekend marks the eleventh anniversary of Archbishop Michael’s consecration to the Episcopacy, on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Jersey City, and His Eminence’s enthronement as the Bishop of New York and New Jersey, on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in New York City. 

Dearest Vladyka: In expressing the love of your Diocesan family for you, the sentiments spoken long ago by a seminary student of yours, now a parish priest, ring true across the years – and they ring true not only for students of theology, but for all the parishes under your archpastoral care and for each of your spiritual sons and daughters within this God-protected Diocese.  The seminarian said:

“Saint Paul says that ‘though I have all faith, so that I could move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.’ (1 Cor 13:2)  In considering the many obstacles facing those striving to give their lives to the service of the Lord, we must take great notice when God sends an instrument of love to aid us in our struggle.  Whenever we struggled, Archbishop Michael was there.  When we needed encouragement, Archbishop Michael was there.  When we needed love, Archbishop Michael was there.  Archbishop Michael made the words of Saint Paul come alive to us, and by his example, he has written those words on our hearts.”

Your Eminence: Last May, your tenth anniversary came at a difficult time in the life of the Diocese, of Churches everywhere, and of the whole world. We know that your heart was heavy not to be able to celebrate in full churches, gathered with great numbers of the faithful.  Yet, still, as we your spiritual children have struggled in so many ways through this past year of the pandemic, you have been there: in person whenever you could be … on the phone if that was all that was possible … but with prayer and patience and kindness – always.

May your Eleventh Anniversary bring you all the joy that is fitting for this milestone; and may the Great High Priest bless you and reward you for your selfless service, as the “instrument of His love” in the lives of thousands of His children.  Eis Polla Eti, Despota!


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In Memoriam: Archpriest Nilus Lerro - 05/04/21
Last updated: 2021-05-04 20:41:08

Archpriest Nilus Lerro fell asleep in the Lord on Holy Wednesday afternoon, April 28, 2021, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, NY.

Ordained a deacon in 1971 and a priest in 1972, Father Nilus converted to Holy Orthodoxy in 2006. He served for a number of years as the Director of Student Life and Instructor at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.

After his retirement from Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, Father Nilus was attached to the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, Manhattan, NY, where he was an assistant to Archimandrite Christopher (Calin) until his health limited his activities. He continued on, however, as a father confessor to the parishioners of the Cathedral parish and several Orthodox clergy and faithful in the greater New York City area, until his recent move to an extended care facility.

Funeral Services for Archpriest Nilus will be celebrated at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral, 59 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003.

Bright Thursday, May 6
3pm - 8pm viewing
6 pm Service of Burial

Bright Friday, May 7
9:30 am Divine Liturgy

Burial will take place at St Mary’s Cemetery, Cockeysville, MD. By request of Archimandrite Christopher, Dean of the Cathedral: face coverings are mandatory in the Cathedral.

The altar is limited to 10 persons total, so a maximum of 5 serving visiting priests can be accommodated.

May Father Nilus’ memory be eternal!


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Saint Andrew's Camp Open House: Biright Saturday Paschal Divine Liturgy - 05/01/21
Last updated: 2021-04-30 14:06:35


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Palm Sunday, April 25 2021 - 04/27/21
Last updated: 2021-04-27 17:06:49


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LENTEN TIPS OF THE WEEK: HOLY WEEK & HOLY PASCHA - 04/26/21
Last updated: 2021-04-26 18:30:59


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA 2021 - 04/26/21
Last updated: 2021-04-26 16:46:04


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt) - 04/19/21
Last updated: 2021-04-19 22:31:31


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday of St John Climacus, April 11, 2021. - 04/12/21
Last updated: 2021-04-12 14:26:38


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LENTEN TIPS OF THE WEEK: FIFTH WEEK OF GREAT LENT - 04/11/21
Last updated: 2021-04-11 07:13:52


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From Archbishop Michael: Lenten Charity Appeal, St. Andrew's Camp - 04/09/21
Last updated: 2021-04-09 15:46:05

Click here to read Archbishop Michael's letter.

 

Click here to visit St. Andrew's Camp's website and make a donation.


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LENTEN TIPS OF THE WEEK: FOURTH WEEK OF GREAT LENT - 04/06/21
Last updated: 2021-04-06 10:25:37


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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Level I Formation Training - 04/03/21
Last updated: 2021-04-03 16:30:05

Want to help your parish kids make a quantum leap in their Christian Formation? Then please consider bringing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to your parish. 

We are thrilled to announce the formation courses of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Please consider sharing this news with everyone - our goal is to make as many catechists as possible! Please download, print, and share the following flyer in your parish.


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Lenten Tips of the Week: THIRD WEEK OF GREAT LENT - 03/31/21
Last updated: 2021-03-31 14:03:07


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St. Andrew's Camp: Announcing 2021 Season! - 03/30/21
Last updated: 2021-03-30 23:07:41

It's time to beat the quarantine blues this summer at Camp! We are very excited to be reunited with our beloved campers for our 64th Camp Season of 5 glorious weeks in the beautiful outdoors on Lake Oneida, New York!

FAMILY WEEK HORSE WEEK 1 MISH MASH WEEK
July 5-10 July 11-17 July 18-24
     
HORSE WEEK 2 TEEN WEEK  
July 25-31 August 1-7  

Click here to REGISTER your child for a summer of fun!

 

WAIT! WE WANT YOU TOO!

Are you ready to get out and interact with people? 

Want to make a difference in the lives of youth, while growing your faith and enjoying nature? Then helping out at Saint Andrew's Camp is for you!

We have a need for counselors, cooks & kitchen assistants, nurses, and weekend work crews. Join us for a weekend, a week, or more!

Take your summer to the next level and join the fun and important ministry at Saint Andrew's Camp!

For more information about the camp program or helping out, contact the Camp Office at (315) 675-9771 or saintandrewscamp@aol.com

www.saintandrewscamp.org

www.facebook.com/standrewsorthodoxcamp

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER


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YOUTH ZOOM CALLS WITH OUR HIERARCHS SPONSORED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF BISHOPS! - 03/29/21
Last updated: 2021-03-30 00:09:29

The Assembly of Bishops has declared 2021 as the "Year of the Youth"! We are excited to announce that part of this is a monthly Zoom call for our youth with our Orthodox hierarchs! These Zoom calls have been organized by region, and we ask that you check out the information below. We're excited that our own hierarch, Archbishop Michael of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey will be on the first call which is for the Northeast region on Tuesday, April 13th at 7pm EST!

 

Register here: https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/ministries/year-of-the-youth/


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The Latest Issue of "First Fruits" Newsletter - 03/23/21
Last updated: 2021-03-23 16:12:23

The latest issue of "First Fruits" is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. "First Fruits" is a quarterly newsletter on Christian Stewardship, under the editorship of Archpriest Jason Vansuch and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday of Orthodoxy - March 21, 2021 - 03/22/21
Last updated: 2021-03-22 13:39:34


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SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY VESPERS WITH ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL, TO BE LIVE-STREAMED THIS SUNDAY, 5:00 PM - 03/19/21
Last updated: 2021-03-19 17:34:52

On Sunday evening, March 21, at 5:00 PM, His Eminence Archbishop Michael will celebrate Vespers for the Triumph of Orthodoxy, at Holy Trinity Church, Elmira Heights, New York.  The service will be live-streamed on the parish's Facebook and YouTube pages.  See below for the links.

Because we are not holding area-wide events for the Sunday of Orthodoxy this year, His Eminence hopes that all the faithful who are not able to attend an Orthodoxy Sunday celebration in their area will be encouraged by this live-streamed service, as we continue our Lenten journey together!

Watch the Services via Live-Stream at:
www.facebook.com/htocelmiraheights
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCleYZV1JQD_ 10cCparcSAkg


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Lenten Tips of the Week: SECOND WEEK OF GREAT LENT - 03/19/21
Last updated: 2021-03-19 08:35:59


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Lenten Tips of the Week: FIRST WEEK OF GREAT LENT - 03/15/21
Last updated: 2021-03-15 10:31:32

FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES... Journey to Pascha
Click here for Lessons on Each Week of Lent
from the OCA Department of Christian Education


FOR YOUNG CHILDREN... Tending the Garden of Our Hearts
Click here for a low-cost downloadable Activity Book
Click here for a cookie recipe from Adventures of an Orthodox Mom


FOR TEENS & ADULTS... Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Click here for a Lesson on Forgiveness
Click here for a Video Lesson on Forgiveness


FOR FAMILIES... Lenten Reflections for Families
Click here for Reflections on Each Week of Lent
from the OCA Department of Christian Education

For more info or support, contact
Mat. Tamara Cowan, Department of Christian Education
tamarancowan@hotmail.com
www.facebook.com/nynjocaeducation


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FOCA VIRTUAL YOUTH LENTEN RETREAT - 03/14/21
Last updated: 2021-03-14 07:44:38

Sunday, April 11, 2021 4pm - 7pm ET

WHAT: Virtual Youth Lenten Retreat
WHEN: Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 4PM - 7PM EST
WHERE: Online - Zoom Link provided after online registration

Calling all Orthodox Youth - grades K-12! Join Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki and Archpriest Benjamin Tucci via Zoom on Sunday, April 11 from 4-7pm EST as they remind us the pathway to the Feast of Feasts - OUR LORD’S RESURRECTION!

This Lenten Retreat “Rediscovering Pascha - After a Year of Pandemic” is aimed at bringing Orthodox Youth from all jurisdictions and locations together during Great Lent.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

DOWNLOAD THE EVENT FLYER

OUR SPEAKERS
Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki - Holy Apostle Mission, Mechanicsburg, Pennyslvania
Archpriest Benjamin Tucci - St. Mary's Cathedral, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

 


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The Latest Issue of KOINONIA is now available - 03/13/21
Last updated: 2021-03-13 11:18:38

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.

Click here to download the latest KONONIA issue.


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Diocesan Guidelines for the Parish Communities, for Liturgical Celebrations and Related Activities During Great Lent, Holy Week, and PASCHA of 2021 - 03/13/21
Last updated: 2021-03-13 08:32:27


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Archpastoral Letter for the Great Fast 2021 - 03/12/21
Last updated: 2021-03-12 22:57:55


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Virtual Lenten Teen Retreat - 03/11/21
Last updated: 2021-03-11 16:37:28

The Department of Youth Ministry will be hosting its Annual Lenten Teen Retreat VIRTUALLY for Teens in Grades 7-12 on Saturday, April 17th. The day will begin at 12pm EST and be split into two sessions, 12-3pm EST and 7-8:30pm EST. There is NO FEE to participate.

Our guest speaker, Fr. Joshua Makoul of the Antiochian Archdiocese, will lead a discussion on Finding Balance Through Self-Care and the Church. His Eminence, Archbishop Michael will also be with us for a portion of the day.

All Teens in Grades 7-12 are invited and encouraged to attend, including those from other OCA dioceses and Orthodox jurisdictions. Based on feedback from our Virtual Winter Retreat, there will be more opportunities for fellowship throughout the day! 

Register here before April 16th. Please note that a link to the live Zoom sessions will be sent out closer to April 17th.

We look forward to welcoming both old and new faces! If you have any questions, email our Youth Department Chairperson, Danielle Geeza.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER


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Archbishop Michael's Homily - Sunday of the Last Judgement - March 7, 2021 - 03/07/21
Last updated: 2021-03-07 21:03:31


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee, February 21, 2021 - 02/25/21
Last updated: 2021-02-25 17:51:25


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Resource Recommendations for a Fruitful Lenten Season! - 02/22/21
Last updated: 2021-02-22 21:06:58

This Week's Theme: The Publican and The Pharisee

For Children... check out Orthodox Pebbles.com
Lessons with Activities that you can work on at home with your families.
Click here for a lesson on The Publican and the Pharisee

For Teens... check out Y2AM.org
Click here for a great lesson on PRIDE & DELUSION

For Elementary through Adults...go deeper with Orthodox Journeys.com
Try a sample comprehensive lesson with handouts on Seeing Ourselves (click here)


For more info or support contact
Mat. Tamara Cowan, Department of Christian Education
tamarancowan@hotmail.com
www.facebook.com/nynjocaeducation


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Memory Eternal: + Archpriest John Tkachuk (Updated) - 02/19/21
Last updated: 2021-02-20 20:52:23

The Deepest Sympathies of the clergy and faithful of the Diocese are expressed to Matushka Mary Tkachuk, daughter Vera, and grandchildren Alexandra and Peter; all the members of the Tkachuk family and their loved ones; and all the clergy and faithful parishioners of Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers; on the falling-asleep in the Lord this evening of beloved husband, father, and grandfather, + Archpriest John Tkachuk.  

Following is the schedule of services for the newly-departed + Archpriest John Tkachuk:

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
3:00 PM - Vesting (clergy only) at the funeral home.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Visiting Hours
(Holy Trinity Church, 46 Seymour St, Yonkers, NY)
7:00 PM - Priest Funeral Service
(Holy Trinity Church, 46 Seymour St, Yonkers, NY)


Wednesday, February 24, 2021
9:30 AM - Divine Liturgy followed by Memorial Litija
(Holy Trinity Church, 46 Seymour St, Yonkers, NY)

Burial at Saint Tikhon's Cemetery (South Canaan, PA)

Grant rest eternal in blessed repose with the Saints, O Lord, to the soul of Thy newly-departed servant, the ever-to-be-remembered + Archpriest John, who has fallen asleep in the Lord; and make his memory to be eternal!  "Vechnaya Pamyat!"

With love,
Archbishop +Michael


00278
Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday of Zacchaeus - February 14 2021 - 02/16/21
Last updated: 2021-02-16 10:53:41


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Memory Eternal: + Archpriest John Chupeck - 02/10/21
Last updated: 2021-02-12 03:13:00

Deepest sympathy is expressed to Matthew and Timothy Chupeck, and all the members of their family;  and to all the parish family of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Syracuse NY; on the falling asleep in the Lord of their beloved father, and their pastor of many decades, + Archpriest John Chupeck, who fell asleep in the Lord today, February 10.

Following is the schedule of services for the newly-departed + Archpriest John Chupeck:

Tuesday, February 16
3:00 PM Vesting of the Body
5:00 - 7:00 PM Viewing at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 401 Hamilton St., Syracuse NY
7:00 PM Service for the Burial of a Priest

Wednesday, February 17
9:00 - 10:00 AM Viewing at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 401 Hamilton St., Syracuse NY
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy and Litya

Interment will take place at St. Tikhon's Monastery, time to be determined.

Grant rest eternal in blessed repose with the Saints, O Lord, to the soul of Thy newly-departed servant, the ever-to-be-remembered + Archpriest John, who has fallen asleep in the Lord; and make his memory to be eternal!  "Vechnaya Pamyat!"

With love,

Archbishop +Michael


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Archbishop Michael's Homily On 35th Sunday After Pentecost, February 7, 2021 - 02/08/21
Last updated: 2021-02-08 21:38:46


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Memory Eternal: + Protodeacon John Eby - 02/04/21
Last updated: 2021-02-04 22:35:28

The deepest sympathies of the clergy and faithful of the Diocese are expressed to the family and loved ones of the newly-departed + Protodeacon John Eby -- particularly, to the parish family of Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers NY, and to the community of St. Vladimir's Seminary.

Protodeacon John served the Yonkers parish faithfully for four decades, first as a devoted layman and then, for the past 22 years, as their parish deacon, retiring recently from active diaconal service. His passing into eternity is a great loss to the many parishioners touched by his ministry, and also to the countless students, faculty, and customers whom he served as Assistant Manager of Saint Vladimir's Seminary Bookstore.

Viewing hours will be on Friday, February 5, from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 46 Seymour Street, Yonkers, NY, immediately followed by a Panikhida at 7:30 PM. Divine Liturgy will be held on Saturday, February 6, at 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.

Grant rest eternal in blessed repose with the Saints, O Lord, to the soul of Thy newly-departed servant, the ever-to-be-remembered + Protodeacon John, who has fallen asleep in the Lord, and make his memory to be eternal! "Vechnaya Pamyat!"

With love,
Archbishop +Michael


00282
Archbishop Michael's Homily on 34th Sunday After Pentecost (January 31, 2021) - 02/02/21
Last updated: 2021-02-02 13:14:27


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday January 24 2021 (33rd Sunday After the Pentecost) - 01/26/21
Last updated: 2021-01-26 16:49:27


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FAMILY ACTIVITIES FOR THE GREAT FEAST OF THE MEETING OF THE LORD, FEBRUARY 2 - 01/21/21
Last updated: 2021-01-21 14:51:26

Archbishop Michael offers this List of Family Activities for the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, on February 2 (also known as the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord). These activities were prepared by Holy Trinity Church in East Meadow NY. Download the PDF file and enjoy them at home, as you keep the Feast!


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Orthodox Youth Directors in North America Announce Annual Youth & Camp Workers Conference, “The Ministry of Forming Beautiful Youth” - 01/11/21
Last updated: 2021-01-11 10:56:14

PITTSBURGH, PA [Orthodox Youth Directors in North America Communications]

Join The Orthodox Youth Directors in North America (OYDNA) virtually on Thursday, January 28th and Friday, January 29th for their Annual Youth and Camp Workers Conference!

Thursday, January 28th

6:30 pm EST: Welcome, Opening Prayer, and Introductions

7:00 - 9:00 pm EST: Session 1 – Youth Panel Presentation & Discussion

Friday, January 29th

11:00 am - 1 pm EST: Session 2 - The Beauty in Youth Formation

2:00 - 4:00 pm EST: Session 3 - Practical Youth Formation

4:15 pm EST: Akathist for Youth

 

The objective of the Youth and Camp Workers Conference (YCC) is to offer an enriching and uplifting experience that will connect youth and camp workers and provide them with inspirational and challenging ideas to help them refine and improve their work. YCC is hosted by OYDNA, a working committee of individuals who serve as the departmental heads of the youth, college, and young adult ministry departments of the different Orthodox churches represented in the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States.

The Orthodox Church in America is co-hosting the Conference and invites all Clergy, Youth Group Advisors, Church School Teachers, Youth Workers, Camp Directors, Camp Counselors, and anyone with an interest in serving our young people to attend!

Two of the main speakers are from the OCA, Dr. Peter Bouteneff and Fr. Sergius Halvorsen, and OCA youth will be featured during a panel presentation and discussion on the evening of January 28th. Information on other speakers can be found on the Conference website.

Click here to register, and email Danielle Geeza with any questions.

Click here for the conference flyer.


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Archbishop Michael's Homily On The Feast Of Theophany Of Ourd Lord - 01/09/21
Last updated: 2021-01-09 16:12:24


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Holy Synod of Bishops issues Encyclical of Hope - 12/31/20
Last updated: 2020-12-31 15:10:33

On Thursday, December 31, 2020, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has issued an encyclical entitled, “We Rejoice Even in Tribulation”: An Encyclical of Hope. The Holy Synod offers this work out of love and gratitude to its faithful at the end of this year. The Synod also intends for the encyclical to be seen as an encouragement for the year to come. In the encyclical, the Synod seeks to find meaning in the year that has past, which has been marked by a pandemic, political polarization, economic anxiety, and civil unrest, and calls the faithful to a renewed faith and hope in Jesus Christ, and service to one another.

Presently the encyclical is available as a PDF for download. In January 2021, printed copies will be mailed to all parishes, monasteries, and institutions of the Orthodox Church in America.

This article first appeared on www.oca.org on December 31, 2020.


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Archpriest Paul and Matushka Mary Shafran Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries. - 12/31/20
Last updated: 2020-12-31 15:12:28

Archpriest Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus (retired) at St. Vladimir's Church in Trenton, on December 28th celebrated the 73d anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood.  He was ordained by Bishop Nikon at Holy Protection Cathedral in NYC when the famous "Blizzard of 1947" dropped several feet of snow on the city.  He and Matushka Mary also celebrated their 73d wedding anniversary in November.  Congratulations and may God bless them for their continued love and ministry in the Church.  M'nogaya L'yeta!    


00289
Archbishop Michael's Homily On The Feast Of Protomartyr Stephen - December 27, 2020 - 12/28/20
Last updated: 2020-12-28 10:03:47


00290
Happy Birthday To Mitred Archpriest Joseph Lickwar - 12/23/20
Last updated: 2020-12-23 21:04:30

Our Diocesan Chancellor, Mitred Archpriest Joseph Lickwar, celebrating his birthday today, December 23.

Grant, O Lord, peace, prosperity, health, salvation, visitation, and good hastening in all things, to Thy servant, the Mitred Archpriest Joseph, celebrating his birthday today; and protect and preserve him for many blessed years!  "Mnogaya Lyeta!"


00291
December Issue of KOINONIA is Now Available - 12/23/20
Last updated: 2020-12-23 10:39:26

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.

Click here to download the latest KONONIA issue.


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Archbishop Michael's Homily On Sunday Before Nativity - December 20, 2020 - 12/21/20
Last updated: 2020-12-21 21:12:24


00293
ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY 2020 - 12/19/20
Last updated: 2020-12-19 22:05:08


00294
Discerning a Priestly Vocation (Video) - 12/18/20
Last updated: 2020-12-18 10:13:13

Fr. Sergius, Archbishop Michael, and Fr. John all talk about discerning a vocation to the priesthood.


00295
VIRTUAL WINTER TEEN RETREAT - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 11:30 AM - 12/16/20
Last updated: 2020-12-16 14:50:17

The Department of Youth Ministry is sponsoring a Virtual Winter Retreat for Teens in Grades 7-12 on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. There is no fee to participate. The day will begin at 11:30 AM EST and be split into two sessions (11:30am-2:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm). 

 


00296
Archbishop Michael's Homily at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Jersey City, NJ, December 6, 2020 - 12/07/20
Last updated: 2020-12-07 17:57:03


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ST. NICHOLAS DAY A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION - 12/01/20
Last updated: 2020-12-02 09:50:10

An online gala showcasing the musical talents of the Saint Tikhon's community & other churches across North America.

DECEMBER 6, 2020 | 7-9 PM
ONLINE AT YOUTUBE.STOTS.EDU
& FACEBOOK.COM/SAINTTIKHONS

Watch and sing along as the choirs and musicians of St. Tikhon's sing and play music celebrating St. Nicholas and the Christmas season.

With Performances By:
The St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir
The St. Tikhon's Monastery Mixed Choir
The Sheehan Family Singers
Soloists from the St. Tikhon's community
Choirs from parishes across North America
...and a special guest!
For more information call (570) 561-1818 or email info@stots.edu

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE EVENT FLYER


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on the Feast of Holy Apostle Andrew - November 30, 2020 - 12/01/20
Last updated: 2020-12-01 11:15:45


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on 25th Sunday After Pentecost - 11/30/20
Last updated: 2020-12-01 11:17:08


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in Memoriam: His Eminence Archbishop David - 11/28/20
Last updated: 2020-11-28 15:02:18

On November 27, 2020, His Eminence, the Most Reverend David (Mahaffey), Archbishop of Sitka and Alaska, fell asleep in the Lord after a grave illness. He was the ruling hierarch of the Diocese of Alaska of the Orthodox Church in America from 2014 until his repose.


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on 24th Sunday After Pentecost - 11/23/20
Last updated: 2020-11-23 23:34:51


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on 23rd Sunday After Pentecost - 11/16/20
Last updated: 2020-11-16 22:32:50


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Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity Fast 2020 - 11/14/20
Last updated: 2020-11-14 23:07:47


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Archbishop Michael's Homily and Address to the 2020 Diocesan Assembly - 11/14/20
Last updated: 2020-11-14 09:44:00


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Photo Gallery: 2020 Diocesan Assembly - 11/10/20
Last updated: 2020-11-10 13:27:55

Courtesy of John Penkrat, Holy Resurrection Church, Wayne, NJ.


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ARCHPASTORAL VISITATION TO NATIVITY OF THE HOLY VIRGIN PARISH (Jackson, NJ) - 11/09/20
Last updated: 2020-11-09 22:08:14

On the weekend of November 7th and  November 8th, the Parish of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin, located in Jackson, NJ was blessed to have His Eminence Archbishop Michael join the faithful for his annual Archpastoral visitation.


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Archbishop Michael's Homily - Sunday, November 1, 2020 - Endicott, NY - 11/04/20
Last updated: 2020-11-04 16:05:21


00308
Jacob's Well Fall 2020: Black Voices - 11/02/20
Last updated: 2020-11-02 18:55:58


00309
Archbishop Michael's Homily On The 19th Sunday After Pentecost - Manville, NJ - 10/19/20
Last updated: 2020-10-19 17:28:27


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In Memoriam: His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor) - 10/19/20
Last updated: 2020-10-19 17:22:08

SYOSSET, NY [OCA]

On Monday morning, October 19, 2020, His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor), former Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All-America and Canada, fell asleep in the Lord in Canonsburg, PA after an extended illness. He was the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America from 1977 until his retirement in 2002.


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CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THE 2020 DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY:
2020 DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD BY ONLINE VIDEO CONFERENCE
- 10/17/20
Last updated: 2020-10-17 11:21:57

The Diocesan Council, with the blessing of Archbishop Michael, has changed the venue of the 2020 Diocesan Assembly. This year’s Diocesan Assembly will be held on the original date and time, Thursday, November 5, 2020, 11:00 AM, by video conference.

To read the full announcement from the Chancellor of the Diocese, visit the 2020 Diocesan Assembly Website, here.


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ASSEMBLY OF BISHOPS ISSUES STATEMENTS FROM TENTH ANNIVERSARY MEETING - 10/15/20
Last updated: 2020-10-15 07:48:03

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops held its Tenth Anniversary Meeting online, on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 6-7, 2020. His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, serves as the Treasurer of the Assembly
of Bishops. Please read these news releases published at the Assembly's website, sharing the hierarchs' strides toward ever-stronger bonds of love and witness among the Orthodox faithful of our nation.

Assembly of Bishops Convenes Digitally, Declares “2021 the Year of the Youth”

A Message of Hope from the Assembly of Bishops - Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Assembly of Bishops Agrees on a New Common Vision - Thursday, October 8, 2020

Learn much more about the the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the U.S.A., at their website, www.assemblyofbishops.org.


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UPCOMING: 2020 DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY
(thursday, November 5, 2020)
- 10/06/20
Last updated: 2020-10-06 14:49:09


00314
Archbishop Michael's Homily On The 17th Sunday After Pentecost
(October 4, 2020 - Shirley, NY)
- 10/05/20
Last updated: 2020-10-05 15:06:11


00315
Archpastoral Letter for Church Musician Appreciation Day - 10/02/20
Last updated: 2020-10-02 15:50:36


00316
Archbishop Michael's Homily at St. Olympia Church in Potsdam, New York on Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 09/29/20
Last updated: 2020-09-29 16:08:58


00317
Archbishop Michael's Homily On The 60th Anniversary of Christ the Savoir Churcn in Paramus, NJ. - 09/21/20
Last updated: 2020-09-21 21:15:40


00318
HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH HELD 9-11 MEMORIAL SERVICE AND PRAYERS FOR PROTECTION FROM COVID-19 - 09/13/20
Last updated: 2020-09-13 06:26:10

Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, 102 Rt. 284, in Wantage, held its 19 th annual 9-11 Memorial Prayer Service on Friday, September 11th, 2020, in honor and remembrance of the firefighters, police, first responders, and all who lost their lives on September 11th at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.


00319
Latest Issue of KOINONIA is Now Available - 09/09/20
Last updated: 2020-09-09 09:07:10

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.

Click here to download the latest KONONIA issue.


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on 13th Sunday After Pentecost - 09/07/20
Last updated: 2020-09-07 23:37:21


00321
Archpastoral Visitation: Saints Peter and Paul Church, Herkimer NY - 09/07/20
Last updated: 2020-09-07 13:48:37

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael visited Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in East Herkimer, New York on Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th. His Eminence joined us for Great Vespers on Saturday and served the Divine Liturgy on Sunday.


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Good News from our Department of Christian Education! - 09/01/20
Last updated: 2020-09-01 11:29:12

As we go back to a school year that is vastly different from the last,

many of our Diocesan parishes are in need of a timely, streamlined

Christian Education Program

One that is…


00323
Archbishop Michael's Homily On The 12th Sunday After Pentecost (August 30, 2020) - 08/31/20
Last updated: 2020-08-31 14:17:51


00324
SEVEN DECADES OF FAITH: HONORING OUR ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL ON HIS 70TH BIRTHDAY - 08/29/20
Last updated: 2020-08-29 03:51:46

Our world has changed drastically since 1950... with each decade there have been changes that never could have been imagined ... and yet the most important thing about our beloved Vladyka has not changed across those years:

FAITH

In honor of His Eminence’s seven decades, we reflect on seven ways in which his FAITH has shaped his life … shaped the lives of countless clergy and faithful across the Church … and most especially, shaped the life of our Diocese!

FAITH in the Stories of the People of God …

… taught to pray and to read by his beloved mother, + Ann, who opened to him the Holy Scripture and the Lives of the Saints …

FAITH In the Worship of the Holy Trinity …

… brought to know the Services, to serve the Services, and to love the Services, by his first spiritual father, Father Stephen Dutko …

FAITH in the Ministry of Teaching …

… sent to graduate school as a young priest by his Bishop, the Right Reverend John of blessed memory, who saw a great teacher in his young charge and left as His Grace’s legacy a scholar and a professor in Scripture, Ethics, and Pastoral Theology …

FAITH in the Joy of Giving …

… determined to carry forward the spirit of sacrifice demonstrated by his bishop and benefactor, he imitated that generosity by supporting seminarians, clergy and their families, and parishes in need …

FAITH in the Vocation of Spiritual Fatherhood …

… desiring to guide the souls entrusted to His care toward the Kingdom of Heaven, mirroring the example of the Holy Apostle Paul: “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” …

FAITH in the Imitation of the Good Shepherd …

… zealously guarding, feeding, and keeping his flocks in the safety of the sheepfold of the Lord: “The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. … The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”

And FAITH in Growing His God Given Talents …

… refusing to squander the skills and strengths God has given him, but to grow them twofold, fivefold, tenfold and beyond: to teach, to preach, to evangelize … to console, to correct, to encourage … that he may be found worthy of those longed-for words from our Lord: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Vladyka: We are thankful for your faith … your dedication … your vision for this Diocese.  We are grateful to God that he has chosen you as our shepherd, and us as your flock.  May He grant you a most joy-filled birthday … the happiness of seeing your tireless efforts bear fruit … and many, many more blessed years!

 

Grant, O Lord, a prosperous and peaceful life, health, salvation, visitation and good hastening in all things, unto Thy servant, His Eminence, the Most Reverend Michael, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, celebrating his 70th birthday, and protect and preserve him for many blessed years!  "Mnogaya Lyeta!"  “Eis Polla eti, Despota!”


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HOLY SPIRIT CHURCH PLANS 9-11 MEMORIAL SERVICE & PRAYERS FOR PROTECTION FROM COVID-19 - 08/26/20
Last updated: 2020-08-26 13:55:30

Wantage, NJ - Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, 102 Rt. 284, in Wantage, invites the public to attend a very special outdoor 9-11 Memorial Prayer Service at 6pm, Friday, September 11th, 2020, in honor and remembrance of the firefighters, police, first responders, and all who lost their lives on September 11th at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.


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In Memoriam: Matushka Anastasia Karlgut (Updated: 8-27-2020) - 08/25/20
Last updated: 2020-08-27 12:43:20

The Deepest Sympathies of the clergy and faithful of the Diocese are expressed to the Very Reverend Archpriest Alexey Karlgut, his children, children-in-law, grandchildren and loved ones, on the falling-asleep in the Lord of his wife and their beloved mother, grandmother, and mother in Christ, + Matushka Anastasia, early in the morning of Tuesday, August 25.

Her loved ones will forever remember + Matushka Anastasia as a woman of the deepest and strongest faith; a devoted helpmate to her husband; a tireless teacher and example of motherhood to their 12 children and 11 grandchildren; and an incredible Matushka, choir director, and mother and sister in the Faith in the parishes where she served alongside Father Alexey, especially over the past three decades at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Endicott.

+ Matushka Anastasia held degrees from Juilliard School of Music and St. Vladimir’s Seminary and as a Registered Nurse, a profession she practiced for many years while homeschooling their children and
nurturing their growing family.  Father Alexey and Matushka Anastasia celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary this year.

The Funeral for + Matushka Anastasia will take place this Friday, August 28, at 11:00 AM, at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 210 Hill Avenue, Endicott, NY.  A one-hour viewing at 10:00 AM will precede the Funeral.

Grant rest eternal in blessed repose with the Saints, O Lord, to the soul of Thy newly-departed handmaiden, the ever-to-be-remembered + Matushka Anastasia, who has fallen asleep in the Lord, and make her memory to be eternal!  "Vechnaya Pamyat!"

With love,

 

 

Archbishop Michael


00327
Archbishop Michael's Homily - 11th Sunday After Pentecost, 2020 - 08/24/20
Last updated: 2020-08-24 13:49:33


00328
Archbishop Michael's Homily on the 10th Sunday After Pentecost, August 16, 2020 - 08/16/20
Last updated: 2020-08-16 23:43:00


00329
You're Invited! Orthodox Christian Fellowship Information Session. - 08/15/20
Last updated: 2020-08-15 21:39:21

Have you ever wondered what Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) does, or how you can get involved?

Join Danielle Geeza and His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, this Thursday, August 20th at 8pm EST, for a Zoom Information Session with two members of OCF's Student Leadership Board: Andrew Gluntz (Chairman) and George Powell (Northeast Regional Student Leader).

Andrew and George will discuss the organization, their personal experiences, and what's in store for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

OPEN TO: Incoming College Freshman | Current College Students | Parents | Youth & Young Adult Coordinators | Clergy in the Orthodox Church in America

WHEN: Thursday, August 20th -- 8pm EST

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Click here.

Please spread the word! All dioceses are welcome. If you have any questions, reach out to Danielle Geeza via email: nynjocayouth@gmail.com.


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ORTHODOX ADVANCED LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
SEPTEMBER 18-19, 2020, ONLINE
- 08/15/20
Last updated: 2020-08-15 17:01:46

The Fourth Orthodox Advanced Leadership Conference (usually held at St Vladimir's Seminary in late September) will now be totally online due to COVID-19. What would typically cost some $2,000 for registration fees, travel, and lodging is now available for a nominal registration fee of $200 -- with some extra benefits not normally offered. You will get to see and hear some great presenters plus get your material ahead of time plus participate in online discussions...and more!

Please see the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative website (click here or use the link below) for information and registration. The conference will be held Friday-Saturday, September 18-19, 2020. Registrants can attend any or all of it but you will receive all the presentations ahead of time and have access afterwards as well.

Next year we will hopefully be able to get back to the in-person conference - at which we normally have some 70-90 people in attendance. But for right now, here's your chance to get some of the same experience for one-tenth the cost and in the comfort of your own home.

To register or for more information, please visit the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative online at: 

https://www.orthodoxservantleaders.com/national-conference.html


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ST. HERMAN SEMINARY ANNOUNCES SEARCH FOR A NEW DEAN - 08/15/20
Last updated: 2020-08-15 16:53:45

The Board of Trustees of Saint Herman Seminary, Kodiak, AK, has announced a search for a new Dean of the Seminary.  After a long tenure as Dean of the Seminary, Archpriest John Dunlop has decided to step down and pursue other interests.  

More information about St. Herman Seminary and the position of the Dean can be found on the OCA Website.  Click here for details.


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AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP REBUILD HOMES IN BEIRUT - 08/14/20
Last updated: 2020-08-14 14:11:17

In recent news you have no doubt read of the massive explosion that devastated the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on August 4 – killing at least 170 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.

The faithful of the Diocese are offered the opportunity to help, via a GoFundMe campaign called Glass for Lebanon...


00333
ORDINATION AT ST. BASIL’S CHURCH, WATERVLIET NY - 08/11/20
Last updated: 2020-08-11 12:52:36

At St. Basil’s Church, Watervliet, NY, Sunday, August 9, 2020, the feast of the Glorification of Venerable Herman of Alaska, Sub-deacon Jason Gagnon was ordained Deacon by His Eminence Archbishop Michael.  Concelebrating with His Eminence were Archpriest Peter Olsen, Rector; Archpriest Alexey Karlgut, Dean; and Deacon Stephan Karlgut.


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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWLY ORDAINED
DEACON JOHN MORRIS
- 08/10/20
Last updated: 2020-08-10 21:11:15

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL, ordained Sub-deacon John (Keith) Morris to the Diaconate at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in East Meadow, NY, on behalf of His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON. Deacon John is entering his senior year at Saint Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY and is a son of the East Meadow parish.


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Archbishop Michael's Homily On The Feast Of Transfiguration of Our Lord - August 6, 2020
St. Andrew's Camp
- 08/08/20
Last updated: 2020-08-08 14:05:12


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on the 8th Sunday After Pentecost - August 2, 2020 - 08/08/20
Last updated: 2020-08-08 10:23:36


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on 7th Sunday After Pentecost, July 26, 2020. - 07/26/20
Last updated: 2020-07-27 00:13:08


00338
STATEMENT ON THE GREAT CHURCH OF HAGIA SOPHIA:
A DIOCESAN “DAY OF MOURNING” -- FRIDAY, JULY 24
- 07/20/20
Last updated: 2020-08-24 13:37:42

The Diocese of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America joins our fellow brothers and sisters in the Faith in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and 300 million Orthodox Christians throughout the world, in mourning the recent decision to convert the Great Church of Holy Wisdom, Hagia Sophia, for nearly a millennium the cathedral of the Patriarch of Constantinople, into a mosque for a second time.

It was this magnificent basilica that drew the envoys of Saint Vladimir to bring Kievan Rus, the ancestral home of so many of our forebears, to Holy Orthodoxy.  This is their testimony:  “We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth, for surely there is no such splendor or beauty anywhere upon earth.  We cannot describe it to you: only this we know, that God dwells there among humans, and that their service surpasses that of all other places. For we cannot forget that beauty.”

In solidarity with the Orthodox Christians in Turkey and throughout the world, I urge our clergy and faithful to join in a “day of mourning” for this act of religious aggression – on Friday, July 24, when Islamic rites will be reinstituted in Hagia Sophia.  I ask that every church toll its bells in lamentation at 12:00 noon on this day. I call on every flag that is raised on church property to be lowered to half-mast on this day.  And I enjoin every church in our Diocese to chant the Akathist Hymn in the evening of this day, just as we chant it on the fifth Friday of the Great and Holy Fast.

In this time of grief and mourning, let us appeal to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.  She is the “only Hope of the Hopeless”; she is “the Repository of the Wisdom of God,” as the Akathist proclaims.  Through her intercession, may this violation of religious toleration be overturned – lest we must ask, What houses of Christian worship will be next?

- Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey 


Image Credit: Arild Vågen / CC BY-SA


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on the 6th Sunday After Pentecost - July 19, 2020 - 07/20/20
Last updated: 2020-07-20 00:06:23


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ARCHPASTORAL VISITATION TO CHRIST THE SAVIOR CHURCH, BALLSTON LAKE, NY - 07/19/20
Last updated: 2020-07-19 23:00:50

BALLSTON LAKE, NY - On July 19, Archbishop Michael presided at Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Church in Ballston Lake, NY. On this day we had two ordinations: Deacon Paul Fedoroff, a longtime member of Christ the Savior, was ordained to the holy priesthood (married to Matushka Jessica and with their children, Catherine and Rachel); and Reader Paul Giokas, a lifelong member of Christ the Savior, was...


00341
Family Reatreats at Saint Andrew's Camp
Not Too Late To register
- 07/16/20
Last updated: 2020-07-16 08:45:06


00342
Archbishop Michael's Homily on 5th Sunday After Pentecost July 12, 2020 - 07/12/20
Last updated: 2020-07-13 12:38:47


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Statement on the Tragic Conversion of Hagia Sophia from Museum to Mosque - 07/10/20
Last updated: 2020-07-10 17:02:56

Friday, July 10, 2020

 

We, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, protest the decision of the civil courts in Turkey, as well as the clear direction of their government, to re-convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque


00344
Archbishop Michael's Homily on 4th Sunday After Pentecost
July 5, 2020
- 07/05/20
Last updated: 2020-07-05 22:44:53


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Latest Edition of Jacob's Well: Hierarchy & Equality - 07/04/20
Last updated: 2020-07-04 12:05:51

The latest edition of Jacob's Well titled "Hierarchy & Equality" is now available in digital format. Click here to start reading Jacob's Well online.


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UPDATED: ARCHPRIEST PAUL SHAFRAN CELEBRATES HIS 98TH BIRTHDAY - 07/02/20
Last updated: 2020-07-11 14:35:58

On July 2, 2020, Archpriest Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus (retired), Trenton, NJ,  celebrated his 98th birthday at a small outdoor gathering with Matushka Mary and other family members, including his two great-grandchildren.  Archpriest Daniel Skvir made a surprise guest appearance, along with Matushka Tamara, and intoned Mnogaya L'yeta.  On Sunday, July 5th, Fr. Volodymyr Chaikivskyi, Rector, St. Vladimir's Church in Trenton, continued the celebration and intoned Many Years for Fr. Paul at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. 


00347
Archbishop Michael's Homily: Third Sunday After Pentecost - 06/30/20
Last updated: 2020-06-30 00:46:56


00348
“Streaming for Living Waters“
Tomorrow, June 30, 2020
From 8am to 9pm
- 06/29/20
Last updated: 2020-06-30 08:28:16

To watch: Go to either www.facebook.com/SaintTikhons  OR   www.youtube.com/SaintTikhonsSeminary

  • 3 Encouraging Speeches by Archbishop Michael, Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary
  • Testimonies of Students--so rich!
  • Reflections of Alumni--amazing (wait till you see Fr Daniel Ressetar!)
  • Words from the Board
  • As we advance through the day--major interviews each hour--5 of them-->
  • Meet Fr Teo Merras at the Dormition Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland, where St Alexander Hotovitsky served.  
  • Meet Fr Khader George Baramki, Rector of St James Cathedral, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem--who is the Principal of the
  • Bethany School for Girls, near the tomb of Lazarus.
  • Meet Actor and Musician Jonathan Jackson.  
  • Meet Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man.  
  • Meet Nikos Gouraros, head of Pemptousia, Vatopedi's digital-evangelism arm.  
  • And a most special guest in the 8pm hour (announced at noon).
  • And a brief service of Thanksgiving in Abp. Michael's chapel, live, thanking the donors.


00349
Archbishop Michael's Homily
2nd Sunday After Pentecost
All Saints of North America
- 06/21/20
Last updated: 2020-06-22 11:15:04


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Streaming For Living Waters
Live-Stream Event From St. Tikhon's Seminary
- 06/21/20
Last updated: 2020-07-02 14:09:52

Please join us on the Feast of the Holy Apostles, Tuesday, June 30, for "Streaming For Living Waters": an online, live-streamed "friend-raising and fund-raising" event for St. Tikhon's Seminary.  We will share the life and work of St. Tikhon's through talks, interviews, and even entertainment provided by various members of the St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary community...


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Metropolitan Tikhon Requests Prayers for Metropolitan Theodosius - 06/21/20
Last updated: 2020-06-21 18:49:52

SYOSSET, NY [OCA]

On Wednesday, June 10, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon was informed of the hospitalization of Metropolitan Theodosius, Former Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada.

 

In a tweet this morning His Beatitude asked for prayers from the faithful for Metropolitan Theodosius.

Metropolitan Tikhon spoke with Metropolitan Theodosius via FaceTime this morning and reports that he is doing well, but will remain in the hospital for the immediate future.

Cards of support can be sent to Metropolitan Theodosius at: 601 Boone Avenue, Canonsburg, PA 15317.

 

Please keep His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius in your prayers.

Originally posted on OCA.org.


00352
Latest Issue of KOINONIA is Now Available for download and distribution in the parishes - 06/19/20
Last updated: 2020-06-19 12:23:52

The latest issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KOINONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.

Click here to download the June 2020 issue of KOINONIA.


00353
Archbichop Michael's Homily of Sunday of All Saints 2020 - 06/15/20
Last updated: 2020-06-15 14:34:01


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FOR DOWNLOAD: AKATHIST SERVICE TO THE AFRICAN MARTYRS, WITH PRAYER FOR RACIAL RECONCILIATION - 06/15/20
Last updated: 2020-06-15 12:08:16

By popular request, the Akathist Service to the African Martyrs, including the Prayer for Racial Reconciliation, is available for download.  This service was celebrated by Archbishop Michael, together with the Clergy of St. Simon of Cyrene Mission and our Diocese, at the mission parish in New Brunswick, NJ, in 2017.  Download the text of the service here.


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SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP ANNOUNCES 2020 SEASON! - 06/12/20
Last updated: 2020-06-17 21:12:47

Good News! Our Diocesan Camp of St. Andrew’s will be holding a Family Retreat at the end of July and beginning of August. Please download the flyer below, mark your calendar, and share the news with other families who are looking for a spiritually enriching summer! Download the flyer here.


00356
Archbishop Michael's Homily On Feast Of Pentecost 2020 - 06/07/20
Last updated: 2020-06-07 22:38:43


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MEMORY ETERNAL: MATUSHKA NADINE ESKOFF BROWN - 06/05/20
Last updated: 2020-06-05 20:27:32

Nadine Eskoff Brown, belovedly known as Matushka, reposed in the Lord in the early morning of June 4, 2020.  Born to +Michael and +Natalie Eskoff on January 17, 1947 in Binghamton NY, she is survived by immediate family: sister Natalie (Father Ken James) Stavrevsky, niece Victoria Stavrevsky, and great-niece Layla Natalie Cole. Interment will be at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan PA, beside her deceased husband, Father Thomas Brown.


00358
Archpastoral Letter for Pentecost 2020 - 06/04/20
Last updated: 2020-06-04 18:40:02


00359
Assembly of Bishops Calls All to Prayer, Wednesday, June 3 - 06/02/20
Last updated: 2020-06-03 06:18:43

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, has asked me to share with you the following Call to Prayer concerning the present unrest in our country, released yesterday, from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the U.S.A.  In conjunction with this statement, Archbishop Michael asks that each of us observe a moment of prayerful silence at 12 Noon tomorrow (Wednesday, June 3), entreating our Lord to bless and bring peace upon our country.


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday After Ascension - 06/01/20
Last updated: 2020-06-01 22:44:43


00361
Archbishop Michael's Homily On The Feast of Ascension - May 29, 2020 - 05/29/20
Last updated: 2020-05-30 12:10:43


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"Nothing To Worry About" - 05/28/20
Last updated: 2020-05-28 23:54:32

A New Reflection by Archpriest Peter BaktisRector, Church of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow, Princeton, NJ.

Father Peter's inspiring meditation was originally published by the National Council of Churches as part of its series of reflections for the Easter season of 2020.  Read it here.  

 


00363
Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday of a Man Born Blind, May 24, 2020 - 05/25/20
Last updated: 2020-05-25 02:12:27


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday of Samaritan Woman - 05/17/20
Last updated: 2020-05-17 23:03:49


00365
Archbishop Michael's Homily on Mother's Day - 05/10/20
Last updated: 2020-05-11 01:09:13


00366
Archbishop Michael's Homily On The Gospel Of The Sunday Of Paralytic - 05/10/20
Last updated: 2020-05-10 15:24:26


00367
Department of Youth Ministry: Happy 10th Anniversary, Archbishop Michael! - 05/10/20
Last updated: 2020-05-10 14:21:19


00368
Archbishop Michael's Homily On The10th Anniversary of Episcopacy - 05/09/20
Last updated: 2020-05-10 00:08:46


00369
Diocesan Directives on the Gradual Re-Opening of Diocesan Churches - 05/08/20
Last updated: 2020-05-08 19:56:37


00370
ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF CONSECRATION - 05/07/20
Last updated: 2020-05-08 01:23:08

The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey express prayerful congratulations to our beloved Archpastor, His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL, on the 10th Anniversary of his Consecration to the Episcopacy, which took place May 8, 2010 at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Jersey City, New Jersey, and his enthronement as the Ruling Hierarch of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, on May 9, 2010, in his Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, New York, New York.

Over the past decade, Archbishop Michael has brought incredible renewal, vision, and paternal guidance to the life of our Diocese. He ministers with tireless devotion to the clergy and their families, to every one of the parishes, missions, and chapels, and to all who seek his guidance or ask for his prayers. His archpastoral presence and wise words have inspired everyone who has heard him preach and teach, spent time with him at church events, Camp sessions and Retreats, or received the Holy Mysteries from his hands.

We are grateful to God for blessing us with such a caring and faithful Spiritual Father … and we are thankful to Vladyka for his continual outpouring of love, leadership, and dedication to the spiritual growth and salvation of his flock in this God-protected Diocese!

Your Eminence: We all wish that we could have gathered as a Diocese to honor you in person at the Anniversary Celebration that was to happen on Saturday, May 9. Still, we look forward to the next time we can be together in your presence — and we take this moment to say to you, dear Vladyka: We love you ... we thank God for you ... and we pray that our Lord will grant you continued strength, good health, and MANY, MANY BLESSED YEARS!

Eis polla eti Despota!


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Let us light up the map of the world in ceaseless prayer to our merciful Lord - 05/05/20
Last updated: 2020-05-05 11:43:51

Join people from around the world at CeaselessPrayer.org in prayer for God's mercy, for our repentance, and the granting of wisdom, compassion, healing and strength in this time of trial.

We invite you to pray with the help of this simple app, just a few minutes a day. We include a variety of prayers and helpful materials. Let us light up the map of the world in ceaseless prayer to our merciful Lord.


00372
Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday of Myrrhbearing Women - 05/03/20
Last updated: 2020-05-03 21:47:16


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Sunday of Saint Thomas - 04/26/20
Last updated: 2020-04-26 21:41:33


00374
Archbishop Michael's Homily on Great and Holy Pascha - 04/19/20
Last updated: 2020-04-19 23:30:55


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Great and Holy Saturday - 04/18/20
Last updated: 2020-04-18 21:32:42


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Great and Holy Friday - 04/18/20
Last updated: 2020-04-18 18:48:21


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PASCHA ACROSS THE DIOCESE: SHARE YOUR FAMILY PICTURES AND VIDEOS! - 04/15/20
Last updated: 2020-04-15 12:22:54

We know – You are most likely “sheltering at home” for Holy Week and Pascha … but you’ll still be celebrating the Feast of Feasts at home with your family!  Would you share your family celebration with the rest of the Diocese … in pictures and videos?

Let's make the best of this unusual Pascha season, and share with each other how we are celebrating this holiest time of the year. We would love to see photos of how you and your family are celebrating Pascha:  egg dyeing, egg hunting, baking, sitting down to a family dinner, saying your prayers together, opening your Paschal baskets, singing hymns … your brothers and sisters across the Diocese would like to join their families with yours for the Feast! 

We'll take your photos and make a slideshow for everyone to see.

We also want to hear you shout “Christ is Risen!” and sing the Paschal Troparion. Take a video and share it with us, and we'll edit together a video “montage” for all to hear.

We might be confined to our homes for Pascha … but the joy of our Lord’s Resurrection can NOT be contained! 

You can send us your pictures and videos one or both of the following ways, by April 22, 2020:

Email them to Father Vlad Zablotskyy at frvlad@nynjoca.org – OR, 

Use the #PumpedForPascha Google Classroom link [link: www.classroom.google.com] to send them in. You will need to enter class code vlr6uve to enter.  For more information about #PumpedForPascha, click here.  [link https://nynjoca.org/news_200409_1  ]

Thank you for celebrating Holy Pascha with your Diocesan family!   


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA 2020 - 04/15/20
Last updated: 2020-04-15 10:10:11

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA 2020


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Practical Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Live-Streamed Divine Services - 04/13/20
Last updated: 2020-04-13 13:58:43


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Archbishop Michael's Homily on Palm Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 04/12/20
Last updated: 2020-04-12 21:45:47


00381
Diocesan Guidelines for the Clergy and the Parish and Mission Communities, Concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 04/10/20
Last updated: 2020-04-10 21:52:10

These Guidelines are issued in accordance with and as an explication of the Synodal Directives for the Clergy and the Parish, Mission, and Monastic Communities of the Orthodox Church in America Concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19), issued Monday, March 30, 2020. These Guidelines are in effect through April 30, 2020.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE GUIDELINES


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Resources for Youth and Families for Holy Week and Pascha at Home - 04/09/20
Last updated: 2020-04-09 16:47:55

The Department of Christian Education, in collaboration with the Department of Youth Ministry, is pleased to introduce two programs for our youth and families who are “sheltering in place” leading up to Pascha: #PumpedForPascha and Holy Week and Pascha at Home: A Guide for Families.

#PumpedForPascha is a Google Classroom filled with nine fun “virtual” activities for children, teens, and families.  With the help of Allison Steffaro, President of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (FOCA) and member of Saints Peter and Paul Church in South River, NJ, the program was created to help the members of our Diocesan family stay connected to the Church and to our friends throughout the Diocese and beyond! 

#PumpedForPascha has something for everyone, adults included. Please visit classroom.google.com and enter our class code, vlr6uve, to access the activities. Note: you WILL need to create a Google account if you do not have one already.  If you have difficulty accessing or navigating the site, please contact Allison Steffaro

We know you are talented, so share your creativity with us!  We look forward to seeing your submissions!

“Holy Week and Pascha at Home: A Guide for Families” is an interactive, daily journey through Holy Week and Pascha specifically tailored to the traditions commonly celebrated in our Diocesan churches for each day from Lazarus Saturday through Holy Pascha.  It will be a companion as you participate in live-streamed services, and it will fill your Holy Week and Pascha with purposeful, prayerful action.

Access the Guide here.

We pray that these exciting, engaging offerings will be embraced in your homes and by your families, as we faithfully complete this season of Great Lent and spread the joy of Pascha no matter where we are!


00383
Archbishop Michael's Message on the 5th Sunday of Great Fast - Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt - 04/05/20
Last updated: 2020-04-05 21:41:19


00384
FOR ORTHODOX FAMILIES: COPING WITH COVID-19 AND "STAYING-AT-HOME" - 04/03/20
Last updated: 2020-04-03 15:05:33

Read this helpful guideline, provided by the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (OCAMPR), for helpful suggestions to structure your family life in these unprecedented conditions. You can download it here.


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A Message from Archbishop Michael on the 4th Sunday of Great Fast - 03/29/20
Last updated: 2020-03-29 20:19:12


00386
THIS FRIDAY AT 3 PM: JOIN IN PRAYER WITH ALL THE MONKS OF MOUNT ATHOS, FOR PROTECTION FROM THE PANDEMIC - 03/26/20
Last updated: 2020-03-26 12:43:19

This Friday at 3:00 PM, Eastern Time, His Eminence Archbishop Michael urges the clergy and faithful of the Diocese to join in prayer with the entire Community of the Holy Mountain of Mount Athos, where every monastery will hold an All-Night Vigil dedicated to the Mother of God and to St. Haralampos – known as the healer of infectious diseases – asking for their holy intercessions against the worldwide pandemic. Please help to communicate this message to all Orthodox Christians, that all together we might join in prayer on Friday at 3 PM, beseeching God to have pity on us and deliver us from this evil.

The Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos is a fitting service to pray for her intercession in times of crisis. It can be prayed before your icon corner or in your parish via phone or video.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE AKATHIST TO THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS


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A Message From Archbishop Michael On The Feast Of Annunciation Of The Most Holy Theotokos - 2020 - 03/25/20
Last updated: 2020-03-25 18:10:32


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ANNUNCIATION: LITURGY LIVE-STREAMS AND SERVICE TEXT - 03/25/20
Last updated: 2020-03-25 08:36:15

Below are links to live-stream videos of today's Annunciation Liturgy in some of our parishes, and also the service text.  There may be small differences between the text and the particular practices across the various parishes.  If possible, have your Liturgy and Vespers books in hand, to follow the fixed parts of the service.

9:00 AM, Holy Trinity Church, Elmira Heights NY, at

www.facebook.com/htocelmiraheights

 

9:30 AM, Annunciation Church, Brick NJ, at
www.facebook.com/Orthodox-Church-of-the-Annunciation-1134153 38707139/

 

9:30 AM, Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow NY, at
www.facebook.com/htocem/

 

10:00 AM Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Ellwood City PA, at
https://www.youtube.com/EllwoodCityChapel/live

 

1:00 PM, St. Gregory Orthodox Church, Wappingers Falls, NY

https://www.facebook.com/St-Gregory-Orthodox-Church-Wappingers-Falls-NY-213964761954900/

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERVICE TEXT


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A Message from Archbishop Michael on Sunday of the Cross 2020 - 03/22/20
Last updated: 2020-03-22 17:54:34


00390
UPDATED DIOCESAN GUIDELINES CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - 03/21/20
Last updated: 2020-03-21 15:58:09

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD UPDATED DIOCESAN GUIDELINES CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC


00391
A Message to Youth Workers - 03/19/20
Last updated: 2020-03-19 19:54:21

Dear Fellow Youth Workers in Christ,
What the Archangel Gabriel said to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the time of the Annunciation he says to all of us, “Do not be afraid…” Whether that is during a time of uncertainty, of distress, of natural disaster, or in our current time, those words of our Lord spoken through His archangel were given to us as well. “Do not be afraid…”


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From Archbishop Michael: Diocesan Guidelines & Archpastoral Letter, for Coronavirus Outbreak - 03/18/20
Last updated: 2020-03-18 16:56:50

Archpastoral Letter Regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic

DIOCESAN GUIDELINES CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC


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FROM ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: UPDATED STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 - 03/17/20
Last updated: 2020-03-17 17:39:53

Beloved Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese:
Christ is in our midst!

An updated Statement of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America on the Corona Virus Outbreak has been issued today. Additional guidance is forthcoming that will be tailored to the particular situations unfolding within the territory of our Diocese.

The Statement may be viewed online, at:

https://www.oca.org/holy-synod/statements/holy-synod/holy-synod-issues-further-statement-on-coronavirus-outbreak

or downloaded (as a PDF file, one page) at:

https://www.oca.org/cdn/PDFs/synod/2020-0317-holy-synod-statement-COVID19.pdf

In addition:  Parish rectors reporting on specific situations in their churches, or seeking instruction on how to implement the directives contained in the Statement of the Synod or subsequent guidance issued by the Diocesan administration, are to contact their Deans, the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, or the Office of the Archbishop.

Should you have any questions on the guidelines being implemented in the Diocese, contact your parish priest or click here to visit our "Contact" page

Truly, this is the most trying Lenten season many of us have ever faced.  Please, my beloved, be steadfast in your prayers; search for opportunities to serve those in need; and remember the words of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Who encourages us:  "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

Assuring you of my prayers, my blessings, and my love,
+ Archbishop Michael


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Online Live Streaming of Divine Services - 03/13/20
Last updated: 2020-03-14 00:10:05

In light of our country's efforts to deal with the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 disease, which continues to cause many people to be quarantined and is affecting the accessibility of liturgical services in some parishes, we would like to point out the following churches that offer online live streaming of their Divine Services.

Holy Trinity Church in East Meadow NY:
http://www.facebook.com/htocem

The Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City PA
https://www.youtube.com/user/EllwoodCityChapel/

and
http://www.orthodoxmonasteryel lwoodcity.org/chapel

As we face this current crisis, we must remember always that we are the Body of Christ -- and as such, we strive to be united in love and prayers with one another, especially on occasions when we cannot be together in person.


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A BEAUTIFUL CELEBRATION – SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY VESPERS, WAYNE, NEW JERSEY - 03/11/20
Last updated: 2020-03-11 11:04:49

Twenty-five priests, three deacons and over two hundred faithful joined His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL for the celebration of Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne, NJ. A sun-drenched, 60-degree day was the perfect setting for this celebration that began with a procession of the clergy from the parish center to the church.  After the official greeting by the host rector, Archpriest Stephen Evanina, His Eminence expressed his profound joy at being able to share this celebration with not only our own OCA clergy, but with so many others from various Orthodox jurisdictions.


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"Come Unto Me" by Rena Fadis - 03/10/20
Last updated: 2020-03-10 23:31:31

During Lent, the Church invites us to pray more, by adding extra services to the liturgical schedule. We are also prescribed a discipline of strict fasting based on what each person’s health allows.

It is a time of reflection and repentance, a time to draw nearer to God, a time to renew our relationship with God...


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Archpastoral Visitation: Clifton, NJ - 03/04/20
Last updated: 2020-03-04 11:30:37

On February 29th and March 1st, 2020, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, made his annual pastoral visitation to Holy Assumption Church in Clifton, NJ. Archpriest Terence Baz, the parish rector, was presented with a Palitza and Diocesan Gramota by His Eminence, in celebration of his 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood.


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Archpastoral Letter for the Great Fast 2020 - 02/26/20
Last updated: 2020-02-26 16:16:33

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE GREAT FAST 2020


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Saint Andrew's Camp Announces 2020 Schedule! - 02/24/20
Last updated: 2020-02-24 22:44:48

Saint Andrew's Camp is excited to announce its 2020 schedule!

CLICK HERE FOR PDF FLYER

About Saint Andrews Camp: Saint Andrew’s Camp has been providing an Orthodox sleep-away camping program for over 50 years. It is located on 30 acres of woods, fields, and waterfront property on the beautiful shores of Lake Oneida in Jewell, New York. The camp is a valuable resource of the OCA‘s Diocese of New York and New Jersey, but has traditionally welcomed campers and staff from all geographies and jurisdictions for a pan-Orthodox camping experience. The camp is the place where Orthodox youth ages 7 and older meet, make friends, and live in a community of brothers and sisters in Christ. Camp also provides the opportunity for Orthodox adults of all ages to come together as staff, volunteers, clergy and parents.


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Archpastoral Visitation to Saint Vladimir's Church in Trenton, NJ - 02/24/20
Last updated: 2020-02-24 19:16:18

On Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday, February 23rd, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Saints Vladimir's Church in Trenton, New Jersey. During the Hierarchical Liturgy on Sunday, Father Volodymyr Chaikivskyi was awarded Kamilavka for his faithful service to the Church. Several parishioners received gramotas (certificates of appreciation) for their dedication and untiring service to Saint Vladimir's Church.


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DDB Appreciation Dinner in Wayne, NJ - 02/24/20
Last updated: 2020-02-24 15:22:39

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, approximately 60 people from across New Jersey Deanery attended Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors appreciation dinner hosted by Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne, NJ. His Eminence Archbishop Michael thanked everyone for their generous contributions to last year's DDB Program making it the most successful year thus far!

 


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Latest Issue of KOINONIA is Now Available - 02/22/20
Last updated: 2020-02-22 09:41:40

The second issue of KOINONIA is now available for download and distribution in the parishes. KONIONIA is the quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.

Click here to download the latest KONONIA issue.


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Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers - Wayne, NJ - 02/19/20
Last updated: 2020-02-19 10:10:36

You are cordially invited to join His Eminence Archbishop Michael on Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 8, 2020, at 5:00 PM for a celebration of Lenten Vespers at Holy Ressurection Church in Wayne, NJ. Clergy from different Orthodox jurisdictions will join His Eminence. The Spirit of Orthodoxy choir will sing the responses. A reception will take place following the Vespers. 


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DDB Appreciation Dinner in Dix Hills, NY - 02/17/20
Last updated: 2020-02-17 16:19:15

Approximately 60 people attended the New York City Deanery’s 2020 DDB dinner last night at St. Andrew’s Church in Dix Hills, NY. It was a serene, picaresque day as the sun was setting and the attendees began to arrive. Host pastor, Fr. John Klingel, welcomed the guests, many of whom took the opportunity to visit the church temple to see its beautiful iconography and stunning, newly refurbished copper-clad cupola.


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Archpastoral Visitation to Holy Spirit Church, Wantage, NJ (photogallery) - 02/17/20
Last updated: 2020-02-17 15:56:19

On February 15th and 16th, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Holy Spirit Church in Wantage, NJ. Click the image above for more information and photo gallery.


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2020 Teen Retreat Registration! - 02/17/20
Last updated: 2020-02-17 11:18:44

Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory forever!

The Great fast is quickly approaching which means our Annual Lenten Teen Retreat is, as well!  Please mark your calendars- AND REGISTER- for the weekend event being held April 3-5, 2020 at a new venue, Greenkill YMCA Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York, conveniently located on the borders of New York State, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania near Port Jervis!  

All jurisdictions and dioceses are welcome to attend.

The registration deadline is Thursday, March 19th. After that date, we cannot guarantee your participation.

Below you will find additional information about the event, as well as links to register online. Our weekend discussions will be centered around Prayer and Saint Herman of Alaska, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of his consecration as North America's first saint.

Our new venue this year has excellent amenities and lots of fun activities! Please plan to join us, and reach out to me with any questions!

With love in Christ,

Danielle Geeza
Chair, Department of Youth Ministry
OCA Diocese of New York & New Jersey
Email: nynjocayouth@gmail.com
Visit us online: http://nynjoca.wixsite.com/nynjocayouth


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2020 Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors - 02/11/20
Last updated: 2020-02-11 11:09:40

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey are grateful beyond words for the incredible generosity of the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors of 2019. This past year proved the biggest year yet for the DDB program, raising over $200,000 to fund the ministries of the Diocese!

The new year is off to a promising start as well, with contributions totaling almost $20,000 for the year to date.  (Click here to see the 2020 Honor Roll of Donors).

To be a part of this bold charitable initiative, click here to offer either a recurring donation or a one-time gift. You can designate your offering for either Diocesan Seminarian Scholarships, Aid to Existing Parishes, Support of Mission Parishes, or For Use As Needed By The Diocese. You will receive a letter of confirmation by email, and a personally signed letter in the mail from His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, thanking you for your support and documenting your donation for your tax records.

Each DDB donor will also receive a gramota certificate of appreciation at the end of the annual campaign.

May God bless you richly with all the good things that come from His hands!


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Archpastoral Visitation to Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers, NY - 02/09/20
Last updated: 2020-02-09 21:30:16

On Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers, NY.


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10th Anniversary of the Consecration of Archbishop Michael - May 9, 2020 - 02/06/20
Last updated: 2020-02-06 16:20:04

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Christ the Saviour Church, 365 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey at 9:30 a.m.


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Archbishop Michael Celebrates 47th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination - 02/06/20
Last updated: 2020-02-06 09:48:47

On February 2, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael celebrated Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers, NY in thanksgiving for the 47th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.


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2020 Orthodox Scouting - 02/03/20
Last updated: 2020-02-03 07:12:40

On Sunday, February 9th, Orthodox Christian scouts will be honored in their parish communities. The Department of Youth Ministry wanted to take the opportunity to recognize Eva Czukkermann who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award at St. Gregory The Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY.

If any other parishes want to submit “Scout Sunday” photos, they can submit them to nynjocayouth@gmail.com.

Click here to read a letter from Archbishop DAVID, Episcopal Liaison to the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting.


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Photo Gallery: Archpastoral Visitation to Saint Nicholas Church in Whitestone, NY - 02/03/20
Last updated: 2020-02-03 06:46:02


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Patronal Feast at Saint Nino Orthodox Church - 01/28/20
Last updated: 2020-01-28 00:47:27

On January 27, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Saint Nino Georgian Orthodox Church to celebrate the patronal feast of the parish.


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Archpastoral Visitation: St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church, Wappingers Falls, NY - 01/27/20
Last updated: 2020-01-27 23:25:36

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael made archpastoral visit to Saints Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY.


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Consecration to the Episcopacy of Archimandrite Alexis (Trader) - 01/27/20
Last updated: 2020-01-27 22:33:56

On January 24-25, 2020 Hi Eminence Archbishop Michael joined the bishops of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America for consecration to the episcopacy of Archimandrite Alexis. 


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47th March For Life - 01/27/20
Last updated: 2020-01-27 21:25:47

On Friday, January 24, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael, together with the clergy and the faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, joined other Orthodox Christians, and tens of thousands of people from across the country in Washington DC for the 47th March for Life. 


00417
Archpriest Paul Shafran Celebrates 72nd Anniversary of Ordination - 01/23/20
Last updated: 2020-01-23 23:19:17

By the grace of God, Archpriest Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus at St. Vladimir's Church, Trenton, NJ, celebrated his 72d anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood on December 28, 2019. 


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THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE! - 01/22/20
Tags: 2019DDB
Last updated: 2020-01-27 22:42:30

During 2019, we were able to raise a record $204,000 through our Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors (DDB) program.  Because of your great generosity, we are able to sponsor 6 seminarians, help numerous missions and established parishes, and fund our record-attended Youth Ministry programs.

 

In addition to DDB, we have been able to raise $119,000 in donations and pledges towards St. Andrew's Camp's $300,000 New Building Project.

 

Thank you for making such a huge difference! -- May God bless and keep all of you in His loving care always!

 

With deep gratitude, sincere love and humble prayers,

+ Archbishop Michael

and the Diocese of NY and NJ

 


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Theophany (Julian Calendar) at Saint Spiridon Church, Perth Amboy NJ - 01/19/20
Last updated: 2020-01-19 23:37:17

On January 18th and 19th, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Saint Spiridon Orthodox Church in Perth Amboy, NJ with annual parish visitation. The visit coincided with parish's celebration of the Feast of Theophany of Our Lord on Julian Calendar.


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Patronal Feast and Dome Blessing at Saint Andrew's Church in Dix Hills, NY - 01/09/20
Last updated: 2020-01-09 18:49:27

During his visit to Saint Andrew's Church in Dix Hills, NY, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy blessed the newly refurbished church dome.


00421
Archpastoral Visitation to Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn, NY - 01/08/20
Last updated: 2020-01-08 12:32:12

On the eve of the Feast of Nativity of Our Lord (Julian Calendar), His Eminence, Archbishop Michael presided over all-night vigil and Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, NY.


00422
Feast of the Nativity (Julian Calendar) - Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Brooklyn NY - 01/08/20
Last updated: 2020-01-08 11:57:31

On January 6th and 7th, 2020, Archbishop Michael visited Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Brooklyn NY to celebrate the feast of Nativity of Our Lord according to Julian Calendar.


00423
Feast of Theophany: St. Andrew's Church, Dix Hills, NY - 01/08/20
Last updated: 2020-01-08 09:23:44

On January 5th and 6th, 2020, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael visited Saint Andrew's Church in Dix Hills, NY.


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Blessing of Water: Great South Bay - 01/08/20
Last updated: 2020-01-08 12:10:39

On January 7, 2020, the Feast of Theophany of Our Lord, The faithfull of several Orthodox Christian communities of Long Island joined Archbishop Michael for the Great Blessing of Waters at Great South Bay.


00425
Archpastoral Visitation to Holy Trinity Church, Rahway, NJ - 01/05/20
Last updated: 2020-01-05 16:47:50

On January 4th and 5th, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Holy Trinity Church in Rahway, NJ.


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Video-highlights: Patronal Feast at Saint Basil Church in Watervliet, NY - 01/03/20
Last updated: 2020-01-03 15:35:46


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Archpastoral Visitation to Saint Basil Church, Watervliet, NY - 01/01/20
Last updated: 2020-01-01 19:15:26

On December 31, 2019, and January 1, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Saint Basil Church in Watervliet, NY.


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Archpastoral Visitation to SS. Peter & Paul, South River NJ (Photo gallery) - 12/30/19
Last updated: 2019-12-30 11:29:56

On December 28th and 29th, 2019, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, made Archpastoral visitation to Saints Peter and Paul Church in South River, NJ


00429
2019 DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS - 12/26/19
Last updated: 2019-12-26 08:36:22

This year, as throughout the past decade, DDBs continue to support the vital ministries of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey.  They have provided much-needed financial assistance to our seminarians, mission parishes, youth programs, and struggling parishes.  As the year draws to an end, we express our sincere gratitude and thanks to GOD for these dedicated laborers in our diocesan family ... and we gladly welcome anyone who wishes to still donate an offering in this calendar year to help us meet our budget for 2019 to please do so.  See the complete “Honor Roll” of DDBs here.  To learn more or to join them now, visit here.


00430
HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY TO OUR DIOCESAN CHANCELLOR, MITRED ARCHPRIEST JOSEPH LICKWAR - 12/23/19
Last updated: 2019-12-23 22:40:35

Today -- December 23 -- marks the 80th Birthday of our beloved Chancellor, the Very Reverend Mitred Archpriest Joseph Lickwar, the Rector of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Jersey City, New Jersey.


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Archpastoral Visitation to SS. Peter & Paul, Syracuse NY - 12/23/19
Last updated: 2019-12-23 10:33:37

On December 21st and 22nd, 2019, His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, visited Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Syracuse, New York. 


00432
Photo Gallery: Retreat in Syracuse NY - 12/21/19
Last updated: 2019-12-21 22:20:29


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Archpastoral Letter: Feast of Our Lord's Nativity 2019 - 12/21/19
Last updated: 2019-12-21 09:14:38


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37th Annual Fr. Schmemann Lecture - 12/20/19
Last updated: 2019-12-20 15:46:09

[SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY]  A special edition of the Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture at St. Vladimir’s Seminary will commemorate fifty years of autocephaly for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey will headline events on January 30, 2020, the Feast of the Three Hierarchs. As part of the special celebration, three more distinguished speakers will be featured in workshops throughout the day along with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Mid-Year Commencement, the launch of a special 50th anniversary commemorative book (published by SVS Press and edited by Academic Dean Dr. Alexandru Tudorie), and a reception.


00435
BeeTreat in Union, New Jersey - 12/05/19
Last updated: 2019-12-05 13:22:04

St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is hosting a Youth Retreat on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

The retreat is based on the popular YouTube catechetical video series "Be the Bee" hosted by Steven Christoforou, Director of the Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese --thus the retreat's nickname "Be the Bee Retreat", or simply BeeTreat.


00436
KOINONIA: Newsletter of Commission on Missions and Evangelism - 12/04/19
Last updated: 2019-12-04 20:11:12

The quarterly newsletter published by the Diocesan Commission on Missions and Evangelism, under the editorship of the Director of that Commission, Archpriest Eric Tosi, and with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, is now available for download and print for use in the parishes.

Click here to download the latest issue of KOINONIA.


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Giving Tuesday: St. St. Olympia Orthodox Church - 12/01/19
Last updated: 2019-12-01 08:30:54

Donate now!


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Jacob's Well - Fall 2019 - Trust - 11/29/19
Last updated: 2019-11-29 23:29:24

The Fall issue of Jacob's Well is due for digital release Sunday, December 1st. The print version will be available in parishes by Dececember 8th. You can sign up for a digital subscription HERE.


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Choir Director Urgently Needed in Trenton Parish - 11/25/19
Last updated: 2019-11-26 08:15:03

Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton, NJ, is in need of a Choir Director, starting December 1.  The parish serves Vespers on Saturdays at 5:00 PM and Divine Liturgy on Sundays at 10:00 AM, as well as Vespers/Matins prior to Holy Days, and Divine Liturgy on Feast Day/Holy Day mornings.  They have a small choir and need someone to give tones as well as sing and encourage the congregation to sing along.  For more details please contact Father Volodymyr Chaikivskyi at 908-494-3620 (cell),  609-393-1234 (rectory), or email volodymyr88@gmail.com.


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ARCHPASTORAL VISITATION TO NATIVITY OF THE VIRGIN PARISH (Jackson, NJ) - 11/21/19
Last updated: 2019-11-26 08:02:59

On the weekend of November 16th and 17TH, the Parish of the Nativity of the Virgin, located in Jackson, NJ was blessed to have His Eminence Archbishop Michael join the faithful for our annual Pastoral visitation.


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2019 Girls Retreat: Please Register Today! - 10/08/19
Last updated: 2019-10-08 09:50:01

The registration for the upcoming 2019 Girls Retreat is now opened. Please register by November 8, 2019. We cannot guarantee spots past this deadline.


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SAVE THE DATE! 2019 GIRLS RETREAT ~ NOVEMBER 22-24. - 10/07/19
Last updated: 2019-10-07 07:50:24

Save the date for the upcoming 2019 girls retreat.

November 22-24


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COLLEGE STUDENT SUNDAY IS OCT. 6; SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF O.C.F.! - 10/02/19
Last updated: 2019-10-03 01:24:07

Archbishop Michael is asking that a special collection be taken on College Student Sunday -- October 6, or another October Sunday at the rector's discretion -- in support of the good work of OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship).  The Assembly of Bishops and OCF encourage the entire faithful family—clergy, parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles, and friends of our treasured college students—to be generous in your offering of support to this ministry on their behalf. Your support enables OCF to open and maintain its Chapters and Chaplains on college campuses, to be an integral part of students’ spiritual formation by challenging them to explore the Faith and to inspire students to commit to living an Orthodox Christian way of life daily.  Donations may be sent to the OCF National Office, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445 or made online at www.ocf.net/donate.

Read the announcement of OCF College Student Sunday 2019 << here >>


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2019 Diocesan Assembly - 10/02/19
Last updated: 2019-10-25 13:34:01

The 2019 Diocesan Assembly webpage is now available with related documents and the agenda. The various reports will be published as they are submitted to us.

UPDATED 10/25/2019: New report(s).


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Potsdam, NY: Upcoming Archpastoral Visit and Lecture by Dr. Mary Ford - 10/02/19
Last updated: 2019-10-02 14:08:50

In conjunction with Archpastoral visit of His Eminence Archbishop Michael to St. Olympia Mission in Potsdam NY, Dr. Mary Ford, Ph. D. will present a public lecture at St. Lawrence University, on Saturday October 5th. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by Archbishop Michael on Sunday, October 6th at 9:45 am. St. Olympia Mission is located at 123 Main St., Potsdam NY. Everyone is invited to join these events! Click here to download the poster of Dr. Ford's presentation.>>


00446
CHURCH MUSICIAN APPRECIATION DAY - 09/28/19
Last updated: 2019-09-28 19:33:33

The Diocese of New York and New Jersey will mark Church Musician Appreciation Day on Sunday, September 29, 2019 - the Sunday before the feast day of Saint Romanos the Melodist. Truly, we need to nurture and encourage our church musicians – and thank them on this day for their pious work! Read more here >


00447
CLIFTON NJ: Saint Anna Icon - 09/26/19
Last updated: 2019-09-26 15:16:20

The Blessed Healing Icon of Saint Anna, the Mother of the Holy Virgin Mary (from Saint Tikhon’s Monastery) will visit Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 35 Orange Avenue, Clifton NJ on Sunday, 6 October 2019. A Moleben Prayer Service with an Anointing will be held at 4:00 p.m.

event flyer >


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WANTAGE NJ: Remembering 9-11 - 09/25/19
Last updated: 2019-09-26 13:42:40

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, attended an annual Memorial Service in Wantage NJ (Holy Spirit Orthodox Church) commemorating the sacrificial actions of first-responders during the attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001. First responders from the area attended and were especially honored for their service. In this photo (above; credit Cheryl Fleishman), Archbishop Michael blesses the Unionville NY Fire Department following the service.


00449
PEARL RIVER NY: Archpastoral Visit - 09/24/19
Last updated: 2019-09-26 14:31:37

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, made an Archpastoral visitation to the Orthodox Christian Church of the Holy Transfiguration, Pearl River NY on Saturday, 7 September 2019, the Fore-Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. After the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence presented Tatiana (Tanya) Jelenevsky Tjoa with a Diocesan Gramota (certificate of recognition) honoring her 31 years of service as the Choir Director at Holy Transfiguration Church. A festive banquet in honor of Archbishop Michael’s visitation and the recognition of Tatiana Jelenevsky Tjoa was held in the parish hall.


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SECOND ANNUAL "BIBLE BOWL" - 09/17/19
Last updated: 2019-11-06 13:26:38

The Second Annual Diocesan BIBLE BOWL is coming up on Saturday, 16 November 2019, at Holy Resurrection Church in Wayne, New Jersey (10 am to 2 pm)! The first Bible Bowl was a great opportunity for children and adult contestants to deepen their knowledge of the Holy Scriptures while building friendships in fun-filled fellowship. Age groupings are Pre-teens (ages 9-12), Teens (ages 13-19), and Adults (ages 20+). Plan now to attend, to learn, to grow, and to better appreciate the Good News of our Lord found in the Bible. 

event flyer >

ONLY 9 DAYS LEFT! HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET???

Do not wait, register today by emailing Matushka Tamara Cowan at tamarancowan@hotmail.com.

MAKE SURE TO PRACTICE IF YOU WANT YOUR TEAM TO WIN!

BIble Bowl-2019 Study Questions Luke Chapters 1-8

Bible Bowl 2019 Study Questions Luke Chapters 9 16

Bible Bowl 2019 Study Questions Luke Chapters 17-18 and 20-24


00451
BEGINNING OF THE LITURGICAL YEAR: SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 - 09/01/19
Last updated: 2019-09-02 09:52:26

An insightful reflection on the beginning of a new Liturgical Year of grace is offered by Father Terence Baz. In part, he writes: "As we come to the beginning of the New Liturgical Year, the Orthodox Church calls us to lift up our hearts, minds and souls to Christ as we journey through the Church’s seasons in our worship. The beauty of our church buildings teaches us that Christ, through Whom the universe was created, is the foundation of the universe in all its beauty. Likewise, in the Church’s iconography, we see stories that reveal how God has intervened in human history."


00452
NY STATE (UPSTATE) DEANERY: “YOUTH DAY 2019” - 08/31/19
Last updated: 2019-08-31 10:48:19

“YOUTH DAY 2019” for the New York State Deanery was held on 22 August hosted by Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY. For the 47 participants the day began with breakfast and prayers in the church (with Archbishop Michael presiding); followed by an afternoon/evening of fun and fellowship at one of the top 10 mid-sized amusement and water parks in the nation: Sea Breeze.  Those brave enough rode on the “Jack Rabbit” … the oldest continuously operated wooden roller-coaster in America. Using a large pavilion as home base, many friendships were formed and a beautifully fun day was enjoyed by all.


00453
NY CITY AND NJ DEANERIES: “YOUTH DAY 2019” - 08/29/19
Last updated: 2019-08-30 06:31:33

Nearly 40 teens, young adults, children, and their families sat in the summer heat of Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 6 to 5 on Saturday, August 17th. Ten parishes of our diocese participated in this year's “Youth Day” as well as a contingent from Saint Anthony's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bergenfield NJ. Following the game youth gathered for Vespers and an ice cream social at Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers NY.


00454
ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: “Happy Birthday!” - 08/28/19
Last updated: 2019-08-28 14:08:57

On August 29th our beloved Spiritual Shepherd and Father in Christ ... His Eminence, Archbishop Michael ... celebrates his birthday. May God grant him many, many blessed years as he serves, protects, inspires, teaches, and above all loves the flock of Christ abiding in New York and New Jersey. "Eis Polla, Eti Despota!"


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COUPLE'S RETREAT: SPACE LIMITED, REGISTER SOON! - 08/23/19
Last updated: 2019-08-24 19:42:08

Saint Andrew’s Camp and Religious Center is located on the shore of Lake Oneida in upstate New York, about 30 minutes north of Syracuse NY. Couples attending the retreat will receive lodging, meals, and all retreat materials as part of their registration. We are honored to feature Dr. Mary and Dr. David Ford of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary as retreat leaders. Following on-line registration, participants will receive further details and travel information. The retreat is limited to 12 couples! This will facilitate an opportunity for fellowship and friendships to be formed as the retreat unfolds, with everyone having ample opportunity for sharing and involvement.

EVENT FLYER >

REGISTER ON-LINE NOW >


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In Memoriam: Deacon Simeon Peet - 08/16/19
Last updated: 2019-08-17 09:11:00

[Binghamton NY]  Rev. Deacon Simeon (Terry) C. Peet, 74, of Binghamton NY, born August 22, 1944 in Penn Yan NY, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital after a 23-year battle with cancer. The family will receive friends at Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, 54 Baxter Street, Binghamton, New York, on Tuesday, August 20, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  A Panikhida service will be celebrated at 6:30 PM.  On Wednesday, August 21, the Divine Liturgy with Litya for the Departed, celebrated by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, will begin at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in Floral Park Cemetery, Johnson City, New York. May Deacon Simeon’s memory be eternal!


00457
“OPERATION PEARL RIVER”: An Overwhelming Success! - 08/12/19
Last updated: 2019-08-13 12:52:22

Volunteers from throughout the Diocese descended upon the little Holy Transfiguration Church in Pearl River NY, 22-26 July 2019, transforming its shabby ceiling and walls, covered with years of candle and incense soot, into a bright and welcoming place of worship once again. Archbishop Michael was the first volunteer to show up, serve the Molieben for “The Beginning of Any Good Work,” and roll up his cassock sleeves to scrub down the walls in preparation for painting.


00458
MATCHING PLEDGE FOR SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP NEW BUILDING PROJECT - 07/10/19
Last updated: 2019-07-11 10:32:50

Saint Andrew’s Camp is raising funds for the building of a new Kitchen, Dining Hall and Activities Center. An architectural drawing of the proposed facility, which will cost an estimated $300,000, is shown below. At last year’s Diocesan Assembly, it was decided that every parish would take up a Collection for the benefit of this building project, and benefactors who have been blessed by God would be urged to contribute toward the cost of this new facility for our youth. Already $60,000 has been donated or pledged! An Anonymous Donor has offered a Matching Pledge: For every dollar donated for the new building in the month of July, the Anonymous Donor will match each contribution – up to $10,000! Our diocesan parishes, organizations and faithful are urged to help the Camp’s Building Project by donating this month, and having their contribution matched by this Anonymous Donor. All contributions should be made out to “Saint Andrew’s Camp” – earmarked for the “New Building Project” – and mailed to: Diocesan Chancery, 33 Hewitt Avenue, Bronxville NY 10708. "May God bless all those who contribute toward this new facility at our youth camp – with all the good things that come from His hands." ~ With love and prayers, + Archbishop Michael

see the building plans here >


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PILGRIMS WELCOME! - 06/25/19
Last updated: 2019-07-12 07:03:54

You are invited to be a part of this one of a kind religious pilgrimage and educational tour. This 13-day pilgrimage will include visits to the Holy Sites of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho and the region of Galilee; monasteries in the Judean Desert, along with the tour to the majestic Rose-city of Petra, ruins of Jerash and so much more!

information and details >


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PILGRIMAGE TO ALASKA - 06/20/19
Last updated: 2019-06-20 08:10:39

Join His Eminence, Archbishop Michael and fellow pilgrims from our Diocese on July 15-21, 2020 for a very special journey to the cradle of Orthodox Christianity in North America – Kodiak, Alaska! Participate in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Saint Herman of Alaska's canonization and the 50th Anniversary of the OCA's autocephaly in 2020. There will be weekly trips to Alaska over the summer of 2020 sponsored by each of the dioceses of the OCA. This will be a special trip for all Orthodox believers. Regular price $2,525/person.

more information & registration >


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DIOCESAN TREASURER: We welcome Jan VanDuyn! - 06/18/19
Last updated: 2019-06-18 09:17:40

After years of dedication in faithful, professional service as our Diocesan Treasurer, Matushka Mary Buletza Breton has handed these duties over to Jan VanDuyn of Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY. Our sincere gratitude and admiration are expressed to Matushka Mary for her labors of time and talent that cannot be adequately praised. For contact information, please see our Diocesan Administration webpage. Welcome … Jan VanDuyn, to our diocesan administration! “Many Years” to you and our beloved Matushka Mary!


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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - 06/13/19
Last updated: 2019-06-14 16:56:44

Formation Courses are the method by which the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered to adults. Adults will have the opportunity to see and practice presentations and work with materials given to children in a specific age group. Courses are both educational and a retreat, forming the adult to serve the child. This program is of special interest to religious education coordinators and teachers throughout the the diocese.

details and registration >


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2019 CHURCH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS - 06/12/19
Last updated: 2019-06-14 16:57:30

The annual diocesan Church School Workshops will feature “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level II.” Participants will experience a sample of Level II of this Montessori-based Orthodox Christian Education for ages 7-9, and learn first-hand what distinguishes this great program! Parish religious education coordinators and teachers are encouraged to attend. Two regional workshops are scheduled.

details >


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SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: Bike Ride and Summer Camping Programs - 05/17/19
Last updated: 2019-05-18 18:25:04

It's that time of year again! Saint Andrew's Camp is preparing for an annual Bike Ride Fundraiser and 5 weeks of camping programs for kids ... featuring fun, fellowship, and worship at a premier Orthodox Christian Camp. Whether you're looking for a life-changing camping experience for your children, considering a summer as a camp counselor/staff member, or wanting to volunteer in the raising up of our youth in the Lord ... take a serious look at Saint Andrew's Camp!  Go here >


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ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: 9th Anniversary of Consecration - 05/06/19
Last updated: 2019-05-06 12:37:10

The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey express prayerful congratulations to our beloved Archpastor, His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL, on the 9th Anniversary of his Consecration to the Episcopacy (8 May 2010) and of his enthronement as the Ruling Hierarch of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey (9 May 2010). We are grateful to God and Vladyka for his continual outpouring of love, leadership, and dedication to the growth and salvation of his flock in this God-protected Diocese!


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PASCHA: The Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ - 04/28/19
Last updated: 2019-04-24 08:37:52

This is the day of resurrection! Let us be illumined by the feast! Let us embrace each other! Let us call “brothers” even those that hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!” (Paschal Canon)

Paschal Letter from Archbishop Michael >


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Great and Holy Saturday - 04/27/19
Last updated: 2019-04-24 08:22:17

The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day when he said: “God blessed the seventh day.” This is the blessed Sabbath; this is the day of rest, on which the only-begotten Son of God rested from all His works. By suffering death to fulfill the plan of salvation, He kept the Sabbath in the flesh; by returning again to what He was, He has granted us eternal life through His Resurrection, for He alone is good and the Lover of man.  (Vespers of Holy Saturday)


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Great and Holy Friday - 04/26/19
Last updated: 2019-04-24 08:20:54

Today the Master of creation stands before Pilate. Today the Creator of all is condemned to die on the Cross. Of His own will He is led as a Lamb to the slaughter. He Who fed His people with manna in the desert is transfixed with nails. His side is pierced, and a sponge of vinegar touches His lips. The Redeemer of the world is slapped on the face. The Maker of all is mocked by His own servants. How great is the Master’s love for mankind! For those who crucified Him, He prayed to His Father, saying: “Forgive them this sin, for they know not what they do!”  (Vespers of Holy Friday)


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Great and Holy Thursday - 04/25/19
Last updated: 2019-04-24 08:19:27

When Your glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet before the supper, then the impious Judas was darkened by the disease of avarice, and to the lawless judges he betrayed You, the Righteous Judge. Behold, O lover of money, this man Judas who because of avarice hanged himself. Flee from the insatiable desire which dared such things against the Master! O Lord who deals righteously with all, glory to You! (Troparion of Holy Thursday)


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PEARL RIVER NY: Mystery of Holy Unction - 04/24/19
Last updated: 2019-04-24 08:16:03

Parishioners of Holy Transfiguration Church in Pearl River NY were joined by many other area Orthodox Christians on 16 April 2019 for the 12th annual unabridged sacrament of the Holy Mystery of Unction, celebrated by seven priests. The service was hosted by the Right Reverend Archimandrite Joseph (Hoffman), rector of the parish.  His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, was the main celebrant.


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"Glory to Your Passion, O Lord!" - 04/22/19
Last updated: 2019-04-20 08:24:39

We have reached the saving Passion of Christ our God. Let us, the faithful, glorify His ineffable forbearance, that in His compassion He may raise us up who were dead in sin, for He is good and loves mankind!

(Bridegroom Matins of Holy Monday)


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2019 DDB: Your Opportunity to Support Vital Ministries - 04/21/19
Last updated: 2019-04-23 15:40:44

UPDATED: Many Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors have already joined in supporting mission parishes, seminarians, and parish ministries throughout the Diocese of New York and New Jersey through their financial contributions. An "honor roll"  listing of current 2019 DDBs is available here >.  To learn more about the DDB and join them, please go here >


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PALM SUNDAY: Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem - 04/20/19
Last updated: 2019-04-20 07:38:23

You have entered the Holy City, O Lord, riding on the colt of an ass; hastening to Your Passion that the Law and the Prophets might be fulfilled. The Hebrew children greeted You with palms and branches heralding Your victorious Resurrection. Blessed are You, O Savior!  Have mercy on us!  (Vespers of Palm Sunday)


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2019 PARISH COUNCIL CONFERENCES - 04/07/19
Last updated: 2019-04-08 10:12:45

This year’s Annual Diocesan Parish Council Conferences will feature guest speaker/leader Bill Marianes. The topic will be: “Discipleship through Stewardship – Becoming Closer Followers of Christ through Use of Our Time, Talent, and Treasure.”  Two regional conferences are scheduled. Saturday, June 8th at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Syracuse NY, and Saturday, June 1st, at Saints Peter and Paul Church in South River NJ. Attendance by clergy and parish council members should be of top priority; interested parishioners are welcome to participate as well. See the event flyer with complete details here >


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DISCOVER SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP - 03/28/19
Last updated: 2019-03-28 12:13:07

Saint Andrew’s Camp has been providing an Orthodox sleep-away camping program for over 50 years.  It is located on 30 acres wooded, field, and waterfront property on the beautiful shores of Lake Oneida in Jewell, New York. The camp is a valuable resource of the OCA‘s Diocese of New York and New Jersey, but has traditionally welcomed campers and staff  from all geographies and jurisdictions for a pan-Orthodox camping experience. Camp is the place where Orthodox youth ages 7 and older meet, make friends, and live in a community of brothers and sisters in Christ.  Camp also provides the opportunity for Orthodox adults of all ages to come together as of staff, volunteers, clergy and parents. See "more information" to view a camp video!


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PILGRIMS, WELCOME! - 03/27/19
Last updated: 2019-03-28 10:03:46

A very special pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be led by Archbishop Michael on 14-26 October 2019. Spaces are still available. Download the announcement flyer here >


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER: Beginning of Great Lent - 03/07/19
Last updated: 2019-03-22 08:36:13

In his annual letter to the faithful as we enter into the season of the Great Fast, Archbishop Michael writes, in part: "During the Great Fast, we are given the opportunity to increase the use of these tools provided for us for our continued healing . . . If we see Lent as a time for healing, it is like going to a wellness center or health spa for two months."

read the Archpastoral Letter >


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MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY: SCHOLARSHIP FOR ORTHODOX STUDENTS - 03/04/19
Last updated: 2019-03-05 08:09:22

Students at Marywood University in Scranton PA who self identify as communicants of the Orthodox Church are eligible to apply for the Peter Kohudic Scholarship which is available exclusively to Orthodox students. Preference is given, but not limited to, students at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. For complete details please contact Barbara Schmitt, Director of Financial Aid, at schmitt@marywood.edu or 570-348-6225

University website >


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STEWARDSHIP - 02/19/19
Last updated: 2019-02-19 08:06:24

A new issue of our diocesan newsletter, "First Fruits," is now available. In this edition, Father Gary Joseph Breton discusses "Stewardship of the Priest."  In his article he writes, in part: "How should one care for one’s parish priest? I would like to offer five particular ways in which one can do so: 1) Pray for him, 2) Understand his role, 3) Support his work, 4) Offer to help him, 5) Compensate him."

read "First Fruits" >


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TRENTON NJ: Archpastoral Visit and Ordination to the Diaconate - 02/17/19
Last updated: 2019-02-18 08:19:30

On 2 February 2019, Archbishop Michael visited Saint Vladimir Church in Trenton NJ to celebrate the Feast-Day of the Meeting of the Lord. During the festal Divine Liturgy, His Eminence ordained Bohdan Chaikivskyi to the Holy Diaconate. “Many Years” to newly-ordained Deacon Bohdan!


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WEST POINT: Archpastoral Visit - 02/15/19
Last updated: 2019-02-17 19:31:15

Archbishop Michael made his annual visitation to the United States Military Academy at West Point on Sunday, 27 January 2019, celebrating the Divine Liturgy in Saint Martin's Chapel for the Orthodox cadets. Caring for the spiritual needs of these future military leaders of our armed forces in the US Army are Archpriest Joseph and Presbytera Irene Frawley.


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DDB 2019 - 02/10/19
Last updated: 2019-02-11 09:12:11

As part of a "Vision for Our Future," Archbishop Michael launched the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactor [DDB] program in January 2011. Your generous support is what being a Distinguished Diocesan Benefactor is all about. Your love, your prayers, and your sharing of the riches with which you have been blessed make it all possible.

see the 2018 DDB "Honor Roll" >

learn more about the DDB >


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NY STATE DEANERY: Holiday Gathering for Clergy Families - 01/28/19
Last updated: 2019-01-28 10:01:06

Archbishop Michael hosted the clergy families of the New York State Deanery for a holiday gathering at Basil Leaf Ristorante in Syracuse NY on Sunday evening, 27 January 2019. The evening brought together priests, deacons, and their families for a spirited fellowship with their Archpastor. “It is always a joy,” said Father Ken James Stavrevsky (Rochester NY), “when our deanery family of clergy, spouses, and children, gather in grateful celebration of their ministries and common labors of love in the church. We thank His Eminence for nurturing our pastoral brotherhood in Christ!”


00484
71st Anniversary of Ordination & 71st Wedding Anniversary - 01/14/19
Last updated: 2019-01-18 07:14:59

Archpriest Paul Shafran, Pastor Emeritus at Saint Vladimir Church in Trenton NJ celebrated his 71st Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood on 28 December 2018. Father Paul and Matushka Mary also recently marked their 71st wedding anniversary (November 27th). Following the liturgy on 30 December the congregation sang "Many Years" for both of them. Matushka had been in a rehab facility for a few months following surgery for a broken leg, but returned home just in time for Christmas. She and Father Paul are truly grateful for everyone's prayers. "Many Years" and warmest congratulations to them on the occasions of their remarkable anniversary milestones!


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WATERVLIET NY: Parish Feast-Day - 01/07/19
Last updated: 2019-01-07 22:58:40

On December 31st and January 1st, Archbishop Michael joined the faithful of Saint Basil's Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY for their Parish Feast-Day. Dragan Vujicic, a seminarian from Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville NY, was tonsured a Reader during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Parishioner Anna MacPherson was awarded a Diocesan Gramota (certificate of appreciation) for her many years of dedicated service to the parish. “A wonderful festive meal was served afterwards in the Parish Center," said Father Peter Olsen (parish Rector).


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NEW YORK NY: Archpastoral Visit and Recognition - 01/06/19
Last updated: 2019-01-07 18:16:27

On 29-30 December 2018, Archbishop Michael made an Archpastoral visit to Christ the Savior Church in Manhattan. His Eminence presented a Gramota (certificate of appreciation) on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops (Orthodox Church in America) to the parish rector, Archpriest Michael Meerson, in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood.


00487
Helping to Feed the Hungry - 01/04/19
Last updated: 2019-01-07 18:00:30

On Saturday, 29 December 2018, Orthodox faithful from the New York Capital area gathered at the Regional Food Bank to spend two hours working, sorting, and packaging food that will be distributed to food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and battered women's shelters in the 23 counties of North Eastern New York. The Regional Food Bank serves people and families in distress from Rockland and Putnam Counties up to the Canadian border.


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WATERVLIET NY: “Yolka” Celebration - 01/03/19
Last updated: 2019-01-04 07:11:51

On the Sunday following the Feast of Saint Nicholas, 9 December 2018, the faithful of Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY celebrated their annual “Yolka” and luncheon.  The children had spent weeks preparing for the day, practicing a Nativity play called, “The Gifts of Christmas.”


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FEAST OF THE LORD'S NATIVITY: Archpastoral Letter to the Faithful - 12/20/18
Last updated: 2018-12-21 18:57:25

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM!  As we celebrate the Nativity of Christ, our Archbishop Michael offers us his annual letter of joy and love. His Eminence writes, in part: "Beloved fathers and brothers and sisters:  We are being called by Our Lord Himself to partake of His very life.  To be united to Him.  He is inviting us to enter into union with Him, asking us if we will allow Him to enter into us, to take His abode in us.  God has taken on our material body, so that He might give us the greatest gift – His eternal, heavenly, immaterial life.  In so doing, we are given the opportunity to become saints – if not canonized Saints, with a capital "S" … then at least everyday saints, with a small "s."   Read the entire letter here >


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ENDICOTT NY: Archpastoral Visit with Baptisms, Chrismations, Readers Tonsured - 12/02/18
Last updated: 2018-12-03 08:26:50

During the Archpastoral visit of Archbishop Michael to Saints Peter and Paul Church in Endicott NY on the weekend of 10-11 November 2018, sixteen Catechumens (the Card family) were received into the church by Holy Baptism and Chrismation (anointing). The presence of the Holy Spirit was truly felt by all as His Eminence exclaimed: “The Seal of the Gift of The Holy Spirit!” 180 times with the choir and congregation singing “Amen!” as many times in response. During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Michael tonsured five young men to the rank of Reader.


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THREE MIRACLES - 11/30/18
Last updated: 2018-11-30 15:38:23

In an essay entitled, "Three Miracles," Deacon David Donch begins by writing: "Nearly 2000 years ago, a man named Jairus had a little girl who had become seriously ill, and because the medicine of their day provided no cure for her illness, she was dying. With no hope left him but his hope in the power of God, Jairus set out to find an unusual preacher that he and so many others had been hearing so much about: a certain Jesus, Who people were saying wielded God’s miraculous power to heal all sorts of afflictions and diseases." To read his entire essay, please go here >


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A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Day! - 11/22/18
Last updated: 2018-11-22 09:26:23


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FEAST-DAY: ENTRY OF THE THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE (NOV 21st) - 11/20/18
Last updated: 2018-11-19 17:57:55

Today is the prelude of the good will of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: "Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation!"  (Troparion Hymn)


00494
“My Experience as a Missionary in Albania” - 11/18/18
Last updated: 2018-11-19 17:56:52

Stacey Anastasia Gleeson writes: “What would it be like to be an Orthodox missionary? How would I know unless I experienced it? Over the years, I have expressed this desire with family and friends, but struggled to act. My professional career and local volunteer work at my church took priority. However, a life experience motivated me to finally put my desire of a missionary trip into action.”


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YONKERS NY: FIRST DIOCESAN BIBLE BOWL - 11/16/18
Last updated: 2018-11-16 05:26:19

On Saturday, 3 November 2018, nearly 50 youth and adults from across the diocese gathered at Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers NY together with Archbishop Michael for the first annual Diocesan “BIBLE BOWL.” The Bible Bowl combined competition, camaraderie, and the culmination of months of diligent study of the Scriptures. Eleven teams from six parishes competed in three divisions (Junior Youth, Senior Youth, Adult) and responded to challenging questions from the Gospel of Saint Mark.


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PEARL RIVER NY: Archpastoral Visit on 50th Anniversary - 11/04/18
Last updated: 2018-11-05 11:06:33

On Saturday, 27 October 2018, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael made an Archpastoral visit to the Orthodox Christian Church of the Holy Transfiguration in Pearl River NY. The parish celebrated the Fiftieth Anniversary of its formation. During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Igumen Joseph (Hoffman), Parish Rector, was elevated by Archbishop Michael to the dignity of Archimandrite.


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"BEYOND THE PLATEAU" - 10/24/18
Last updated: 2018-10-26 20:48:17

The latest issue of our diocesan newsletter, "Beyond the Plateau" is now available. Please go here >


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NEW ISSUE: "Jacob's Well" Diocesan Magazine-Journal - 10/23/18
Last updated: 2018-10-24 09:56:48

The Fall 2018 edition of our diocesan publication, "Jacob's Well," is now available. Click on the image above to view and read this informative and interesting magazine-journal. To see past issues, please go here >


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Green Attica Symposium - 10/22/18
Last updated: 2018-10-22 07:57:03

Father Terence Baz of Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Clifton NJ writes: "This past June, I was privileged to be invited to a four-day symposium on the environment, hosted in Greece by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. I received this invitation as a member of the Fellowship of the Transfiguration, a body of Orthodox clergy and laity concerned about environmental matters and endorsed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. At this event, called the Green Attica Symposium, I joined about 200 other international guests and world leaders to hear presentations outlining concerns about the environment."

see a full report by Father Baz >


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ALPHA NJ: Archpastoral Visit and Celebration - 09/22/18
Last updated: 2018-09-22 19:22:05

On weekend of 15-16 September 2018, Archbishop Michael visited Saint John the Baptist Church in Alpha NJ and presented a Synodal Gramota to Archpriest Bohdan Ostash (Parish Rector) in recognition of his 30 years of priesthood. His Eminence also brought a new Antimension for the altar containing the relics of a saint. Following the Liturgy, in the newly renovated Church Hall, there was a festal dinner. His Eminence had a dialogue with parishioners during which he shared experiences about his recent pilgrimage visit to the Holy Land and Slovakia.


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ANNUAL DIOCESAN GIRLS RETREAT - 09/20/18
Last updated: 2018-11-16 05:29:54

The theme of this year’s retreat is “Finding Your True North: Where Does Christ Fit into Your Life?” The retreat is open to Young Women in Grades 7-12 at Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY from November 9-11, 2018.


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DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS - 09/11/18
Last updated: 2018-09-12 11:45:43

The ever-growing list of Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors is rising as the leaves of Fall are falling. Thanks to our DDBs the vital ministries of the diocese are being funded as never before. The financial resources provided support our youth, our seminarians, mission parishes, clergy/parish growth, and more! See the DDB “Honor Roll” here > and learn more about the DDB here >


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BUFFALO NY: Archpastoral Visit - 09/04/18
Last updated: 2018-09-04 04:04:46

Archbishop Michael visited Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo NY on 1-2 September 2018. The visit began with a celebration of Great Vespers on Saturday. During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, His Eminence tonsured Caleb Henry to be a reader and blessed reader Steven Camp to wear a Sub-Deacon Orarion. Father Jason Vansuch along with the faithful of nearby Saint George Orthodox Church also joined in the celebration. The Dean of New York state, Father Alexey Karlgut, was present as his wife, Matushka Stacey Karlgut, directed the parish choir.


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ANNUAL DIOCESAN "YOUTH DAY" on Broadway - 08/30/18
Last updated: 2018-08-30 08:58:18

Over 100 faithful and clergy from the Diocese of New York and New Jersey, along with guests from other Orthodox churches, attended our Annual Diocesan Youth Day on 22 August 2018. The day began at Christ the Savior parish in Paramus NJ with a Molieben (service of thanksgiving) presided by Archbishop Michael. A breakfast was offered by parishioners and then His Eminence accompanied everyone to see “Aladdin on Broadway,” along with a talk-back with some of the crew and actors.


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ROCHESTER NY: Anniversary and Blessing of Church Hall - 08/08/18
Last updated: 2018-08-08 13:00:46

On Sunday, 5 August 2018, Archbishop Michael visited Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY. During the visit, His Eminence presented a Synodal Gramota (certificate of appreciation) and an honorary palitza (priest’s vestment) to the parish rector, Archpriest Ken James Stavrevsky, on the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood. Following the Liturgy, the newly renovated Church Hall was officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Michael.


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RAHWAY NJ: Blessing for First Responders - 07/31/18
Last updated: 2018-07-31 20:39:46

Holy Trinity Church in Rahway NJ sponsored an event for the blessing of First Responder vehicles on Sunday 22 July 2018. In commemoration of Prophet Elijah (remembered on 20 July), the parish invited First Responders of the city of Rahway for a vehicle blessing. The day began with a short prayer service in front of the church, followed by the blessing of fire trucks, police cars, ambulance, and parish vehicles.


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ROCHESTER NY: Parish "Project Mexico" Team - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - 07/20/18
Last updated: 2018-07-27 14:51:26

UPDATED: VIDEO  On Sunday, 24 June 2018, the ten-member “Project Mexico Team” from Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY received a blessing for their humanitarian journey to northern Mexico to build a home for a family in desperate need. The team departed on June 27th and returned home on July 4th. Organized by team-leaders Deacon Sean McNulty and Jeremy Heise, the team raised funds and received supporting contributions from parishioners to make this long journey of love possible.


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Diaconal Formation & Parish Leadership Training Program - 07/16/18
Last updated: 2018-07-16 11:05:11

Saint Tikhon’s Seminary is opening enrollment into its Diaconal Formation and Parish Leadership Training Program held in Philadelphia PA. The program is designed for laypeople who are seeking to play an active role in the life of their parishes. The program offers two educational tracks: 1) is structured to satisfy the educational requirements of ordination into the Diaconate and provides classes and training sessions for men who are discerning their call of serving at the altar; 2) is intended for faithful men and women who would like to deepen their knowledge of Orthodox theology and spiritual life to be more effective in their ministry in the Church.

program flyer >
detailed information >


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NY STATE DEANERY: Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors Honored - 07/15/18
Last updated: 2018-07-16 13:40:18

On 3 June 2018 clergy and faithful from around the northeastern half of the New York State Deanery gathered for a dinner at Saint Basil's Church (Watervliet NY) with Archbishop Michael, and the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors of the region.


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ARCHPRIEST JOSEPH LICKWAR HONORED - 06/15/18
Last updated: 2018-06-15 11:00:55

Archpriest Joseph Lickwar, Chancellor of the Diocese, was awarded the Mitre (honorary “crown”) and diocesan Gramota (certificate of appreciation) in honor of the 55th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood (July 7, 1963), by His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, in Saints Peter and Paul Church, Jersey City NJ, on Sunday, 10 June 2018.  "Axios! Axios! Axios!"


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NEW BRUNSWICK NJ: Ordination of Father Samuel Davis to the Priesthood - 05/12/18
Last updated: 2018-05-12 06:03:14

[from Saint Tikhon's Seminary communications]  Deacon Samuel Davis, who enrolled in a one-year program of studies at Saint Tikhon's Theological Seminary this fall and decided to complete the whole degree program, was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Michael, Archbishop of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey om 21 April 2018. He was ordained in what has been a mission parish in the diocese, Saint Simon of Cyrene Mission in New Brunswick NJ. The mission anticipates reaching out to the African-American and Hispanic communities in the local area, and Father Samuel’s ordination will allow this mission to work toward a more complete liturgical life.  Axios!  May God grant Father Samuel, Matushka Julitssa, and their children Isaac, Morgan, Ava, and Alexander, "Many Years!"  View photos here >


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NEW YORK STATE DEANERY: Celebration of Archbishop Michael's Consecration Anniversary - 05/10/18
Last updated: 2018-05-10 15:47:36

Clergy and faithful of the New York State Deanery gathered in celebration of Archbishop Michael's 8th Anniversary of Consecration to the Episopacy on 9 May 2018 at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Endicott NY. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was a joyous expression of rejoicing in the Lord and the blessing we have been given in the episcopal ministry of our pastor and shepherd who's perserverance, guidance, leadership, and faith are only surpassed by his fervent love for his spiritual flock. "Many Years!"


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ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: 8th Anniversary of Consecration - 05/08/18
Last updated: 2018-05-10 11:26:16

The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey express our prayerful congratulations to our beloved Archpastor, His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL, on the eighth Anniversary of his Consecration to the Episcopacy (May 8th) and of his enthronement as the Ruling Hierarch of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey (May 9th). We are grateful to God and Vladyka for his continual outpouring of love, leadership, and dedication to the growth and salvation of his flock in this God-protected Diocese!


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LITURGICAL MUSIC WORKSHOP: "Inspiring Children to Sing" - 05/05/18
Last updated: 2018-05-05 14:35:51

Nothing is more beautiful than the sound of children singing -- at home, at school and at church. We invite parents, church school teachers, clergy, choir directors and others who may be interested in learning about how the child’s singing voice develops from pre-school through the early teens. Songs and age-appropriate activities will be presented that will both inspire children to sing and help to develop their vocal and aural skills. The workshop is on SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018 at Holy Apostles Church in Saddle Brook NJ.

information and registration >


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SUMMER CAMP CLEAN-UP - 04/27/18
Last updated: 2018-04-27 08:06:51

Saint Andrew's Camp (Jewell NY) is organizing a cleanup and work weekend for any and all volunteers that can assist. Projects this year include installing new flooring for the girls' and boys' dorms, general cleanup, and other projects depending on the number of people who can come. The dates are May 19-20, 2018. Come for as long as you are able! Accommodations are available at the camp. We are also working on obtaining a priest for Sunday morning on the camp grounds. If you are interested and able to help, please contact Tim Macko at georgetimothymacko@gmail.com


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FIRST ANNUAL "BIBLE BOWL" - 04/24/18
Last updated: 2018-04-25 16:19:29

The Bible Bowl is a quiz competition for teams of young people and adults. This year, all questions will come from the Gospel of Saint Mark as found in the Orthodox Study Bible. Teams are already forming in Yonkers NY, Syracuse NY, Princeton NJ, East Meadow NY, Clifton NJ, Endicott NY, Manville NJ, Saddlebrook NJ, and Ballston Spa NY. The competition will be held in Yonkers NY on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018.

details and registration >


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NEW ISSUE OF "FIRST FRUITS" - 04/13/18
Last updated: 2018-04-13 11:56:32

The newly released issue of the diocesan publication ... "First Fruits" ... is now available. Go here >>>


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MEMORY ETERNAL! CHRIST IS RISEN! - 04/13/18
Last updated: 2018-04-13 11:12:32

Archpriest John Nehrebecki, 89, fell asleep in the Lord on Great and Holy Saturday morning, April 7, 2018.  Father John was Pastor Emeritus of Christ the Savior Church, Paramus NJ, which he and his beloved wife, Matushka Eugenia, founded and faithfully served until his retirement in 2003.

read more >>>


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- 04/02/18
Last updated: 2018-04-02 12:18:51

As the Savior went to his passion, he said to his friends: “Everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another. Be at peace with one another and with every one. Be of humble mind, and you will be exalted. Acknowledge me as Lord! Praise and extol me to all ages." (Matins of Holy Monday)


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2018 DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS - 03/02/18
Last updated: 2018-03-02 18:50:33

Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors have funded vital ministries throughout New York and New Jersey for several years. Parishes, youth, seminarians, and clergy have all benefitted through financial assistance, retreats, workshops, programs, and social/educational opportunities that help to nurture and grow the Body of Christ. Thanks to our DDBs, much has been accomplished as is being accomplished to this day. The fruits of their investment in the life of our diocese are obvious and the source of much joy. As we are in the midst of the Lenten journey to PASCHA, perhaps you will consider making a contribution to the 2018 DDB program, and join with many others in this blessed work. To learn more, please "click" on the image above ... and, thank-you!


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2018 LENTEN TEEN RETREAT - 03/01/18
Last updated: 2018-03-01 12:36:05

Registration is now open for the 2018 Teen Retreat for those in Grades 7-12. The retreat will be held at Saint Basil's Academy in Garrison NY from Friday, March 16th - Sunday, March 18th. The retreat theme is "In the World, But Not of the World: Orthodox Christianity in a Complicated Religious Landscape." For addition information and easy on-line registration, please go HERE >>>


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MEMORY ETERNAL: Matushka Barbara Kucynda - 02/20/18
Last updated: 2018-02-20 11:23:40

Barbara Anne Kucynda, age 71, of Wayne NJ passed peacefully at home on Friday, February 16, 2018. She was born to John and Anna Kuntzevich and raised at 5905 Glenwood Road in Brooklyn. She graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn and for one year attended Saint Johns University in Brooklyn. Her family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut and Barbara finished her education at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  Barbara met a young man named Paul Kucynda who was doing seminary field work at her parish, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Brooklyn.


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT - 02/15/18
Last updated: 2018-02-15 09:58:38

The season of the Great Fast (Lent) in preparation and anticipation of the joyous celebration of Our Lord's PASCHA begins on Monday, 19 February 2018. As we enter this holy season of increased prayer, ascetic fasting, and philanthropic charity, Archbishop Michael offers a letter to us with an invitation of encouragement to enter the Lenten journey with seriousness in faith, hope, and love. In part, he writes: "Truly, the way for us to see Lent is as a journey of repentance – a return home, like the Prodigal Son, to the house and embrace of the God Who loves us more than we love ourselves. As he rediscovered his place in the household of his Father, so we must rediscover and recover what we were made to be through our baptismal death and resurrection. Lent is our pilgrimage to Pascha, to share in the Passion and Death of our Savior and in the Victory of His Resurrection."

read the Archpastoral Letter >


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WATERVLIET NY: Archpastoral Visit, Reader Tonsured - 02/14/18
Last updated: 2018-02-16 08:58:07

On Sunday, 4 February 4 2018, Archbishop Michael visited Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY. During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Artёm Timofeev was tonsured as a “Reader.” Artёm and his family first joined the parish ten years ago having emigrated from Russia. Artёm is a CPA having completed his higher education at SUNY Albany. He was an altar server at Saint Basil’s, attended summer camp as a camper and counselor at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, and participated Altar Servers Retreat of our diocese. Artёm also has assisted Archbishop Michael as his driver, traveling the lengths and breadths of the diocese.


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WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY - 01/26/18
Last updated: 2018-01-26 08:44:09

On 21 January 2018, Archbishop Michael visited Saint Martin's Orthodox Chapel at West Point Military Academy and presented a Synodal Gramota to Archpriest Joseph Frawley in recognition of his 40 years of priesthood, 20 years as chaplain at West Point, his work at the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of History and Archives, and his work on the lives of the saints. His Eminence also brought a new antimension for the altar containing the relics of the Holy New Martyr Saint Hilarion Troitsky (+1929).


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NEW JERSEY DEANERY: Clergy Family Gathering - 01/22/18
Last updated: 2018-01-22 13:24:38

Every year, Archbishop Michael hosts a holiday season dinner party for clergy families; a festive gathering for each of the three Deaneries (New Jersey, New York State, New York City). The first event was on 14 January for the NY City Deanery at Angelina’s Ristorante in Tuckahoe NY. On 21 January the dinner was at The Brownstone in Paterson NJ for the New Jersey Deanery. The final dinner will be on 28 January for the NY State Deanery at Basil Leaf Ristorante in Syracuse NY.


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WATERVLIET NY: Celebration of Saint Basil Day on January 1st - 01/05/18
Last updated: 2018-01-06 07:34:48

Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY celebrated its Patronal Feast Day on 31 December and 1 January 2018 with the presence of Archbishop Michael for Great Vespers with the Blessing of Loaves and the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. Children of the parish joyfully greeted Archbishop Michael, presenting him with flowers and receiving his blessing. As is customary on the Feast of Saint Basil, the blessing and distribution of the Vasilopita (Saint Basil’s Bread) took place following the Divine Liturgy.


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Gift and Grace: The Spiritual Legacy of Orthodox Christians in America - 01/04/18
Last updated: 2018-01-06 07:28:47

A series of insightful interviews (Gift and Grace: The Spiritual Legacy of Orthodox Christians in America) has been produced featuring esteemed clergy and laity of the Orthodox Church in America. Thanks to the efforts of Father John Shimchick, we gain an inspiring look into their lives and work to the glory of God in His Holy Church. Interviews include: Dr. Constantine and Arlene Kallaur, Dr. Albert Rossi, Father Paul and Mary Shafran, Father John and Eugenia Nehrebecki, Father Daniel Skvir, Father Daniel and Dunia Hubiak, Father Stephen Siniari, Father Sergius and Faith Kuharsky, Father Sergei Glagolev, and Father Thomas and Anne Hopko. See the interviews by clicking on the image above (which you will also find permanently displayed among the link icons on this homepage).


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ROCHESTER NY: Baptismal Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day - 01/03/18
Last updated: 2018-01-09 08:51:53

The servant of God, Christopher Mayhew, was baptized and Chrismated during the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day at Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester NY. Using the large adult baptismal font, Christopher was fully immersed and robed with the white garment of holy illumination. "The beauty and significance of celebrating a Baptismal Liturgy was a true joy for all blessed to be in attendance," said Father Ken James Stavrevsky (parish rector).


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0RDINATION & MARRIAGE: Celebrating 70 Years of Blessings - 12/28/17
Last updated: 2017-12-28 11:02:22

Archpriest Paul Shafran celebrated his 70th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood (28 December), and he and Matushka Mary celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary (27 November).  On 28 October at Saint Vladimir Church in Trenton NJ, where Father Paul had served as Rector for 55 years and is now a retired “Pastor Emeritus," a Jubilee Celebration was held in their honor including a joyous Divine Liturgy followed by a festive testimonial banquet.


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- 12/21/17
Last updated: 2017-12-19 10:22:37

Christ is born, glorify Him!
Christ comes from heaven,

go to meet Him!
Christ is on earth, be exalted!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth,
and praise Him in gladness,

O people,
for He has been glorified!
Ode 1 – Heirmos

Read the Letter from Archbishop Michael >


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ONEONTA NY: Mission Parish Celebrates Chrismations & Food Sale - 12/19/17
Last updated: 2017-12-19 08:29:50

Saint Innocent of Alaska Orthodox Mission in Oneonta NY celebrated the Chrismation (Holy Anointing) of Amy Johnson-Smith as she was received into the Orthodox Faith on Saturday, 9 December 2017 following the Vespers service. The following day, Sunday, after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy the entire parish family decorated the chapel for the Nativity. The parish held their Ethnic Food Sale for the Christmas season on 2 December. “Our parishioners worked very hard and God has blessed us for our labors,” said Father Vasil Dubee (parish rector).


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100th ANNIVERSARY OF PATRIARCH TIKHON - 12/09/17
Last updated: 2017-12-09 18:46:42

The Diocese of New York and New Jersey is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the restoration of the Patriarchate of Moscow, and the election of Metropolitan Tikhon, the former Archbishop of New York who served in America from 1898-1907, to the office of PatriarchThere will be a series of liturgical celebrations in the Diocese to mark this centennial. At each event, there will be an Akathist offered to Saint Tikhon; an opportunity for each of the faithful to venerate the Saint’s holy relics; and a fellowship reception afterward.  His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, is urging the faithful of each Deanery to make it part of their pre-Nativity Fast commitment to make the pilgrimage to pray before these relics. Please see "more information" below for the schedule of celebrations throughout the diocese.


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ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL'S MOTHER, ANN DAHULICH, REPOSES IN THE LORD - 12/07/17
Last updated: 2017-12-08 06:33:00

UPDATED  The deepest sympathies of all the clergy and the faithful of the Diocese are expressed to our beloved Archpastor, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael; his brother George and sister Barbara; and all their family, on the falling-asleep in the Lord of their mother, + Ann Dahulich, shortly after noon on Wednesday (6 December 2017) at Mercy House in Endicott NY.  Please see "more information" below for the schedule of services. Grant rest eternal in blessed repose with the Saints, O Lord, to the soul of Your newly departed handmaiden, the ever-to-be-remembered + Ann, who has fallen asleep, and make her memory to be eternal!


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REVISED & APPROVED DIOCESAN BY-LAWS - 12/01/17
Last updated: 2017-12-01 09:07:46

The By-Laws of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey have been revised and approved to be consistent and in agreement with the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America. Approval was unanimously granted at the Diocesan Assembly of 1 November 2017 and received the blessing of Archbishop Michael. View the By-Laws here >>>


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SYRACUSE NY: Advent Retreat on 16 December 2017 - 11/30/17
Last updated: 2017-11-30 13:27:52

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate -- the Election and Enthronement of Patriarch Tikhon to the throne of Moscow and All Russia -- Archbishop MICHAEL will celebrate the “Akathist to Saint Tikhon” in the presence of a reliquary with the relics of the saint. Clergy and faithful are invited to attend this wonderful and unique opportunity to come and pray together in Syracuse NY (Saints Peter & Paul Church) with our Archpastor on Saturday, 16 December 2017, at 9:30 a.m. and venerate the relics of the saint who was most foundational to the establishment and growth of the Orthodox Church in America. A retreat presentation by Archbishop Michael, “The Fullness of the Church” will follow the Akathist.

Details and invitation >


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WATERVLIET NY: Healing Service of Outreach & Evangelism - 11/20/17
Last updated: 2017-11-20 08:57:10

On Friday, 17 November 2017, a “Healing Service” was served at Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY. This was a parish effort of outreach and evangelism; the continuing duty of our church of missionary work to the local community, to family, and friends of parishioners.  After a welcoming sermon, everyone was anointed with oil from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.


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LITURGICAL MUSIC RESOURCE: Podcasts Available - 11/16/17
Last updated: 2017-11-16 07:13:10

The diocesan Commission on Liturgical Music (CoLM) has produced the first in a series of podcasts as resources to assist choir directors and singers. The first installment of the series, produced by Tanya Tjoa of the Church of the Holy Transfiguration in Pearl River NY, is now available on the CoLM website … here >>>


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10th Anniversary: Repose of His Eminence, Archbishop PETER - 11/15/17
Last updated: 2017-11-15 14:21:23

Sunday, November 19 is the 10th Anniversary of the Repose of His Eminence, Archbishop PETER (L’Huillier), who served as the Bishop of our Diocese for 26 years. Paul L’Huillier was born in Paris in 1926, and converted to Orthodoxy in 1945, while enrolled at St. Denys Institute. On August 30, 1954, he was tonsured as a monk and took the name of "Peter." On September 4 and 5, 1954, he was ordained hierodeacon and hieromonk by Archbishop Boris, Exarch of the Russian Patriarchate in Europe. Six years later, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite.


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JACKSON NJ: Archpastoral Visit, Anniversaries Celebrated - 11/11/17
Last updated: 2017-11-11 11:37:21

Archbishop Michael visited the Parish of the Nativity of the Virgin in Jackson NJ on 29 October 2017 to celebrate the 40th Wedding Anniversary of Archpriest John & Matushka Ludmila Prokopiuk and the Anniversary of Diaconal Ordination of Proto-Deacon John Morvay. “Even though torrential rains were falling in Jackson on this day,” said Proto-Deacon John, “we were blessed to celebrate this anniversary with our beloved Archbishop Michael, visiting clergy, family, friends, and faithful of our parish.”


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SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: ANNUAL MATUSHKI RETREAT - 11/09/17
Last updated: 2017-11-11 09:51:28

UPDATED  The Annual Matushki (“clergy wives”) Retreat was held at Saint Andrew’s Camp on Friday-Saturday, 3-4 November 2017. The well-attended yet personal gathering provided time for spiritual reflection and bonding in the life and ministry that are part of the vocation of the wives of priests and deacons. Dr. Harry Boosalis (Professor of Dogmatic Theology, Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary) was the retreat facilitator with insights and reflections on "The Theotokos, Personal Panagia."


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ANNUAL DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY - 11/07/17
Last updated: 2017-11-07 07:58:10

The Annual Assembly of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey convened in Endicott NY at Saints Peter & Paul Church on Wednesday, 1 November 2017. Clergy and laity delgates from diocesan parishes gathered with Archbishop Michael to discern the Lord's will in setting a course for the diocese and ensuring good order in all things, both spiritual and administrative. The passage of a revised Diocesan By-laws and a 2018 Budget were among the matters unanimously adopted. Next year's Assembly will gather in Brick NJ on 31 October 2018.


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DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS - 11/07/17
Last updated: 2017-11-11 11:38:05

As leaves turn color and fall from the trees, the days of 2017 are rapidly passing. Thanks to the generosity of our diocesan DDBs, it has been a blessed year thus far as vital ministries are being financially supported throughout New York and New Jersey: Mission Parishes, Seminarians, and Struggling Parishes are recipients of much-needed assistance. We are thankful to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon these faithful servants who, in turn, offer their blessings to the work of the Church. See the updated “honor roll” of our 2017 DDBs HERE >>>

To join them, go HERE >>>


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MEMORY ETERNAL: Father Stephen Mack - 10/23/17
Last updated: 2017-10-23 14:47:10

On Sunday morning, October 22, 2017, Archpriest Stephen Mack, long-time Rector of Saint Nicholas Church in Auburn NY, fell asleep in the Lord. See "more information" for the schedule of services. May the memory of Father Stephen be eternal, and may his familiy and parishioners be comforted by the hope of the Resurrection through our prayers!


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JERSEY CITY NJ: Historic Church Celebrates 110th Anniversary - 10/20/17
Last updated: 2017-10-20 08:12:35

On Sunday, 24 September 2017, Saints Peter & Paul Church in Jersey City NJ celebrated its 110th Parish Anniversary. The celebration mirrored what was done 110 years earlier by its immigrant faithful as Marius Anghel greeted Archbishop Michael, saying, “Seventeen years ago my family and I immigrated to America; now I am an adult. By the grace of God and prayers and lives of Saints Peter and Paul, I welcome you on behalf of our parish.”


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SADDLE BROOK NJ: Tamburitzans Concert a Success - 10/11/17
Last updated: 2017-10-11 14:03:39

Nearly 700 people gathered in the Clifton High School Auditorium on Saturday, 23 September 2017, to see the Tamburitzans perform their ethnic songs and dances. The group was hosted by Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Saddle Brook NJ. The crowd gave an enthusiastic standing ovation at the end; the request was repeatedly made for the parish to bring them back next year.


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NEW YORK CITY: Archbishop Michael visits Diocesan Cathedral - 10/07/17
Last updated: 2017-10-07 10:27:24

Archbishop Michael presided at the Diocesan Cathedral's patronal feast of the Protection of the Holy Virgin on the weekend of 30 Sept - 1 Oct 2017. In conjunction with the liturgical observance, a new external marquee was dedicated. The 150 year-old building, built in 1867, was purchased by the “Metropolia," which became the OCA, in 1943 and was its Pro-Cathedral until 1982.  The new marquee was designed by Archimandrite Christopher (Calin) and crafted by Melinni Brothers in Florence, Italy.


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CLIFTON NJ: "Go, Go, Go, Joseph!" - 10/06/17
Last updated: 2017-10-07 10:12:57

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was presented at the Church of the Holy Assumption in Clifton NJ on the weekend of 29-30 Sept 2017. This year the cast ranged from ages 6 thru 75 years. They came together from diocesan churches in Paramus NJ and Yonkers NY, from Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton NJ, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Roseland NJ, along with Holy Assumption Church in Clifton NJ, and community members. The cast put in so much of their time to put on a truly inspiring, entertaining, beautiful show. They sang, danced and acted their hearts out and learned a beautiful Bible Story they will never forget.


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BUFFALO NY: Streaming Icon of the Theotokos - 09/30/17
Last updated: 2017-09-30 08:09:19

Saint George Orthodox Church located in Buffalo NY has been blessed with the icon of the Annunciation of Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary streaming fragrant oil. “It is a great and humble miracle, and blessing, for our parish and for those who come and pray here,” said Father Jason Vansuch (parish rector). His daughters, Alexandra and Anna, witnessed the streaming Holy Oil following Great Vespers on the Eve of Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of Our Lord (September 13). The Holy Oil began streaming from the Cross on top of the Veil of the Theotokos and then also began streaming from the back of Her Veil; it has continued to stream down her face.

details & visitation schedule >>>


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SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP: 60th Anniversary - 09/28/17
Last updated: 2017-09-28 09:04:05

Saint Andrews Camp, on the shore of Oneida Lake in Upstate New York (Jewell NY), celebrated 60 years of faith, friendship, and fun on Saturday, 23 September 2017. Current and former campers, counselors, and staff members joined Archbishop Michael for the memorable occasion. Founded in 1957 by Father Alexander Warnecke, the establishment of the camp was inspired by the words of Saint John Chrysostom: “Let everything take second place to our care of our children, our bringing them up to the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”


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CHURCH MUSICIAN APPRECIATION DAY - 09/27/17
Last updated: 2017-09-27 10:08:27

Our diocese will offer recognition and gratitude to our dedicated directors, singers, composers, arrangers and teachers of liturgical music on Sunday, 1 October, the feast-day of Saint Romanos “the Melodist.” A letter marking the occasion from Archbishop Michael, along with special intercessions of prayer, is available here >>>


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PRAYER FOR RACIAL RECONCILIATION - 09/23/17
Last updated: 2017-09-23 20:00:12

Our newest mission parish community, Saint Simon of Cyrene in New Brunswick NJ, will host an Akathist service ("To the African Saints") with prayers for racial reconciliation on Sunday, 1 October 2017 at 6:00 p.m.. Following the service which will include pastors and members of faith communities in the area, Archbishop Michael will offer a brief address on the themes of racism, prejudice, and reconciliation. The faithful of the diocese are encouraged to attend!

information & invitation >


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ONEONTA NY: Archpastoral Visit - 09/16/17
Last updated: 2017-09-16 10:05:31

Archbishop Michael visited Saint Innocent Orthodox Mission in Oneonta NY on 26-27 August 2017. He offered an inspirational sermon at the end of Great Vespers service celebrated on Saturday evening by Father Vasil Dubee (parish rector) and Deacon Stephan Karlgut. The parish enjoyed dinner together with His Eminence at Nina's Restaurant in Oneonta. On Sunday, His Eminence was greeted with flowers presented by Veronika Dubee. He was also greeted with traditional bread and salt on behalf of the parish council by council member (Reader) Matthew Masterjohn.


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IOCC National “Serv-X-Treme” Conference - 09/16/17
Last updated: 2017-09-16 09:34:49

Reader Keanu Matthew Ortiz, a parishioner of Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow Church" in Princeton NJ, was nominated to represent the Diocese of New York and New Jersey at the annual IOCC Serv-X-Treme Conference in Minneapolis MN held July 29 – August 4, 2017.  He sent the following report sharing his experience:


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BALLSTON LAKE NY: Ordination of Deacon Paul Fedoroff - 09/16/17
Last updated: 2017-09-16 09:19:03

Deacon Paul Fedoroff completed the Diaconal Vocations Program at Saint Vladimir's Seminary and, with the blessing of Archbishop Michael, was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on Saturday, 19 August 2017 at Christ the Savior Church in Ballston Lake NY.  Reader Paul Giokas was also blessed to serve as a Sub-Deacon. In honor of this event, the parish also celebrated their patronal feast of the Image of Christ “Made Without Hands.”


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SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: 60th Anniversary - 09/15/17
Last updated: 2017-09-16 08:31:30

Sixty years ago there was a vision: to combine a traditional camping experience with education and fellowship in the Orthodox Faith. From this came Saint Andrew's Orthodox Camp, serving campers from around the Church for the past six decades. In celebration of our 60th year, the board and staff invite you to join us on September 23, 2017 as our honored guests. The day will begin with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am celebrated by Archbishop Michael. A festive meal, fellowship, and tour of the camp will follow.

invitation letter >

event flyer >

 


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HURRICANES IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA - 09/09/17
Last updated: 2017-09-09 19:31:53

Archbishop Michael writes: "All of us have seen on our televisions or computers images of the disaster and devastation that has occurred in the southern parts of our country as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  The loss of life, the destruction of property, and the displacement of whole families are staggering. Of course, I am asking that prayers be offered in all our churches for the victims of this horrific tragedy.  But our response to this national crisis must be more than that.  It must be what the Lord has asked of us in the Gospel:  “Whatever you do for the least of My brethren, you do it for Me” (Matthew 25:40). In the face of incredibly great need, I am requesting our immediate assistance with the relief efforts of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), which is already responding to the aftermaths of both hurricanes."

read Archbishop Michael's letter >

donate to IOCC >

 


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ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: "Happy Birthday!" - 08/27/17
Last updated: 2017-08-27 19:18:20

The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey convey love, admiration and sincere gratitude to His Eminence, our beloved Archbishop Michael, as he celebrates his birthday on August 29th.  His love, leadership, determination and wisdom have strengthened, inspired and encouraged dedicated service of the diocesan clergy and laity, and various institutions throughout the Church. We pray that the Lord will give him strength of soul and body, and many good and blessed years. Eis polla eti Despota!


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NEW BRUNSWICK NJ: A NEW ERA OF OUTREACH - 08/25/17
Last updated: 2017-08-25 07:30:26

UPDATED: Read "Beyond the Plateau" here >>>  Saturday, 1 July 2017, was the occasion of an historic event in the life of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey: 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’s Gospel in Holy Orthodoxy.


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ALPHA NJ: FEAST-DAY OF OUR LORD’S TRANSFIGURATION - 08/19/17
Last updated: 2017-08-19 10:06:25

The weekend of 5-6 August 2017 was inspirational and memorable for the Orthodox faithful of Saint John the Baptist Church in Alpha NJ, 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.


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2017 DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS - 08/18/17
Last updated: 2017-08-18 08:33:58

As the days of summer fly by, our Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors 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 $69,000 out of their dedication and love for the church.  See the “honor roll” of DDBs here >

Learn how to become a DDB now >


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TRENTON NJ: Archpastoral Visit on Parish Feast-Day & Anniversary - 08/11/17
Last updated: 2017-08-18 07:13:10

Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton NJ celebrated its patronal Feast-Day and 102nd anniversary on Saturday, 15 July 2017.  The festivities commenced with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Michael, presiding.  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.  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.


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SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: Another Great Summer of Camping! - 08/05/17
Last updated: 2017-08-05 13:18:27

The staff and campers at Saint Andrew's Camp in Jewell NY enjoyed another summer fo fun, fellowship. and faith during the 2017 season. See the photos in "more information" below. But summer has not ended! The camp will again sponsor a great BIKE RIDE charity event on SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th.  For details, see "upcoming events" on this website.


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WATERVLIET NY: St. Basil’s Church at the Regional Food Bank - 08/05/17
Last updated: 2017-08-05 09:47:46

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’s Church (Watervliet NY) along with parish rector Archpriest Peter Olsen.


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2017 YOUTH DAY at Six Flags Great Adventure - 07/29/17
Last updated: 2017-07-29 13:32:13

The Annual Diocesan Youth Day will again take place at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson NJ on Thursday, 24 August 2017. The day is open to all Orthodox Youth and their friends, from elementary school age to college students.  Information & REGISTER NOW >>>


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DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS: Appreciation Dinner - 07/22/17
Last updated: 2017-07-22 14:44:22

Nearly 60 Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors from the Upstate New York region joined together with their host, Archbishop Michael, for an evening of thanks and fellowship 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 here >>>


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Father Paul Shafran - 07/14/17
Last updated: 2017-07-15 12:06:46

Very Reverend Paul Shafran celebrated his 95th birthday on Sunday, 2 July 2017, 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 Saint Vladimir in Trenton NJ (where Father Paul is Pastor Emeritus, retired) honored and blessed him with the singing of  "Many Years!"  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.


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BRICK NJ: Father’s Day Celebrations - 07/06/17
Last updated: 2017-07-08 11:58:32

Archbishop Michael visited the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Brick NJ on "Father's Day" 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 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.


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DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS - 06/17/17
Last updated: 2017-07-07 07:18:19

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 Lords vineyard. Much of this is only possible thanks to our Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors. You are invited to join them!  Learn about the DDB >>>


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Celebrating 65 Years of Christ-centered Marriage - 06/16/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

On Sunday, 21 May 2017, the Feast-day of Saints Constantine and Helen, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael visited Christ the Saviour Church in Paramus NJ to celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and honor Archpriest John and Matushka Eugenia Nehrebecki on their 65th Wedding Anniversary.


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DIACONAL FORMATION PROGRAM: 2 Locations, Apply Now! - 06/05/17
Last updated: 2017-07-07 07:15:27

Our Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program 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’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. There are two campus locations: Endicott NY and Philadelphia PA (convenient for those in New Jersey and New York City). See the flyer here for general details of the program and specifics of the Philadelphia campus. For information on the Endicott program, contact Father Alexey Karlgut at ayk0@yahoo.com


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WATERVLIET NY: Saint Basil’s Church Acquires Holy Relics - 05/19/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

Archbishop Michael has blessed Saint Basils Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY with holy relics of the following saints:  Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, Innocent (Metropolitan of Moscow & Apostle to America), Grand Duchess Elizabeth the New-Martyr, Tikhon (Patriarch of Moscow & Enlightener of North America), Alexis of Wilkes-Barre (Confessor & Defender of Orthodoxy in America), Raphael (Bishop of Brooklyn), and Venerable Ambrose (Elder of Optina). Father Jason Vansuch prepared the relics by placing each in a special wax mixture called mastic. Our reliquary was sent to us from Russia, said Father Peter Olsen (parish rector). 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!


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MEDFORD NJ: “What’s It Like?” Covenant House Sleep Out - 05/16/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

What’s it like to feel or not feel safe? What do you do when you’ve been led to believe that you’re not capable or are worthless? What’s it like to be uncertain about your daily meals, where you’ll wash up, where you’ll sleep at night, and most other things in your life? These are among the questions raised during the Covenant House Sleep Out held Friday 28 April and Saturday 29 April at the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, Medford NJ.


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OUTREACH: Present-Day ways to Reach-Out - 05/09/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester NY invites participation in their weekly Adult Discussion Group, facilitated by Deacon Sean McNulty, by offering a convenient "call-in" opportunity. Participants call using a special phone number and group number to connect audibly with the group where they can both listen and comment during the session. The parish has also begun posting the Scripture Readings and Sermon of the weekly Divine Liturgy "live" on Facebook; the videos also remain on-line for viewing later. "It's amazing how many views we get every week," said Father Ken James Stavrevsky (parish rector). "Often, there are over a dozen views before we complete the Liturgy and 40 or more in the following days!"  The parish curently has 840 people who "follow" its Facebook page.


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NEW YORK STATE DEANERY: DDB Appreciation Dinner - 04/27/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

The New York State Deanery held its annual Appreciation Dinner for Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors on Sunday evening, 23 April 2017. Archbishop Michael expressed his gratitude to the DDBs and presented them with certificates of appreciation (Gramota) during the fellowship of an enjoyable meal in Syracuse NY.


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"Go and Make Disciples" - Evangelization & Outreach in Orthodox Parishes - 04/27/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

The first-ever national study on evangelization and outreach in Orthodox parishes in the United States has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. The report "Go and Make Disciples: Evangelization and Outreach in US Orthodox Parishes" explores the practices and strategies developed by some Orthodox parishes that can be viewed as "exemplary" in their missionary and outreach efforts.


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SAINT THOMAS SUNDAY: from doubt to belief - 04/22/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

"My Lord and my God!"


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Great and Holy Saturday - 04/15/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

The great Moses mystically foreshadowed this day when he said: “God blessed the seventh day.” This is the blessed Sabbath; this is the day of rest, on which the only-begotten Son of God rested from all His works. By suffering death to fulfill the plan of salvation, He kept the Sabbath in the flesh; by returning again to what He was, He has granted us eternal life through His Resurrection, for He alone is good and the Lover of man.  (Vespers of Holy Saturday)


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Great and Holy Friday - 04/14/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the tree of the cross.  The King of the Angels is adorned with a crown of thorns.  He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in a purple robe of mockery.  He who is the new Adam, manifested at His baptism in the Jordan, is slapped on the face.  The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the cross with nails.  The Son of the Virgin is crucified and pierced by a spear.  We worship Your passion, O Christ!  We worship Your passion, O Christ!  We worship Your passion, O Christ!  Show us also Your glorious resurrection!  (Antiphon Fifteen)


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ROCHESTER NY: “The Home as a Little Church” - 04/05/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

On Saturday, 1 April 2017, Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester NY sponsored a Lenten Retreat: “The Home as a ‘Little Church.'” The day featured presentations by Dr. Mary Ford and Dr. David Ford of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. We were inspired and enlightened by the insights and perspectives presented,” said Father Ken James Stavrevsky (parish rector). “It was an incredible joy to have these two gifted professors, who exhibit genuine humility and living faith, in our midst.” Parishioners were delighted to have David and Mary also join them for the Divine Liturgy the following day.


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PASCHAL OPEN HOUSE at SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP - 04/04/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

Clergy and faithful of the diocese are invited to a Paschal Open House at Saint Andrew's Camp (Jewell NY) on Bright Saturday, 22 April 2017.  Festivities will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in the camp chapel. A celebratory luncheon will follow along with tours of the camp and other activities. The event flyer may be found here > 


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ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: Visit to India - 03/30/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael traveled to Kerala, India on 2 February 2017 to be the Keynote Speaker and the Guest of Honor at the Centennial of the Diocesan Convention of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in the Diocese of Thumpamon.  Presiding over the five-day convention was His Holiness, Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and the Supreme Head of the Indian Orthodox Church.  He was assisted by numerous Metropolitans of the Holy Synod of the Indian Church.  His Holiness is the successor to Saint Thomas the Apostle, who brought the Gospel to India in the mid-first century.


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NEW JERSEY DEANERY: Vespers & Presentation on Supporting Life - 03/21/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

During the Lenten Sunday Divine Liturgies we hear as part of the prayer following the Anaphora, that God “knows the name and age of each, even from his (or her) mother’s womb.”  We as Orthodox Christians are inherently pro-life, but we often do not know what to do or what kind of response to make or provide.  During the reception following the Southern New Jersey Deanery Vespers on Sunday, 19 March 2017, at the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Medford NJ, representatives of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants offered suggestions on how to support and build “a Culture of Life and Family.”


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MAYS LANDING NJ: Ukrainian Easter Egg Class - 03/15/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

On the “Sunday of Orthodoxy,” 5 March 2017, a Ukrainian Easter Egg class was offered to the parish (Orthodox Church of the Mother of God) and greater community of Mays Landing NJ led by Mrs. Hala “Holly” Dawson. Twenty adults and children attended. Holly has made over 300 Pysanky eggs in the traditional Ukrainian wax-resistant method using melted beeswax and a wooden stylus.  Mrs. Lore Stefy, another Pysanky writer in the parish, assisted Mrs. Dawson. Young and old alike attended the class.


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BUFFALO NY: “SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY” - 03/12/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

On Sunday 5 March 2017, Saint George Orthodox Church in Buffalo NY celebrated a blessing of icons followed by the traditional procession of icons to celebrate “Sunday of Orthodoxy” (the first Sunday of Great Lent). The process of making the icons began three days earlier as Church School children, together with their teachers and families, gathered to make icons while learning about the importance of icons and how we are called to be “living icons” of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.


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SUPPORTING SEMINARIANS, MISSIONS, AND PARISHES - 03/09/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

For the past six years, a committed team of Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors has provided essential financial support to fund vital ministries throughout the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. You are invited and encouraged to join the team!  If the Lord has blessed you with the ability to offer support, you will participate in doing great things toward preparing our future priests & deacons, establishing new mission parishes, and giving a boost to struggling parishes. An easy and convenient way to join through secure on-line contributions is available! There is a growing list of DDBs this year; see the “honor roll” here >

 

learn more and join the DDB Team >

 


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“FIRST FRUITS”: New Issue of Diocesan Newsletter Released - 03/09/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

The newly released issue of “First Fruits” asks the question, Rich toward God? How does one become rich toward God?  … It seems that what we do with our own things in this life has a huge impact on the next. Read the current issue here and see previous issues here >


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WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY: Archpastoral Visit - 02/28/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

On 12 February 2017, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Archbishop Michael visited Saint Martin's Chapel at the US Military Academy at West Point. Four cadets were present at the Liturgy, including a member of the graduating class whose parents were also visiting. Following the Liturgy there was a delicious brunch at the Thayer Hotel for Archbishop where Archbishop Michael spoke with the cadets, asking about their future plans and promising to pray for them.


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ANNUAL LENTEN TEEN RETREAT: 10-12 MARCH 2017 - 02/13/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

The Annual Diocesan Lenten Teen Retreat is scheduled for 10-12 March 2017 at Saint Basil Academy located at 79 St. Basil's Rd, Garrison NY 10524. Teens in grades 7-12 are encouraged to attend! There is no charge to participate in this three day event. Participants may begin arriving for check-in on Friday, 10 March, beginning at 6:30 PM. The theme will be “The Challenge: Who Are We Called To Be?” Guest speaker Greg Fedorchak will have candid discussions addressing participants’ aspirations and suggest ways in which they can keep God and the Church in their lives while in pursuit of their goals. Additionally, as a Diocesan sponsored event, Archbishop Michael will be in attendance for part of the weekend. Saint Basil Academy sits on the Hudson River across from West Point Military Academy, approximately an hour north of New York City. During their free time participants will be able to take advantage of the center’s indoor gym/basketball court and quaint chapel. See "Upcoming Events" on this webpage for information, details, and registration.


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ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black - 02/09/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

The annual Conference of the Brotherhood of Saint Moses the Black will be convened on 6-8 October 2017 in Princeton NJ. The theme is: "Closer to Christ, Closer to Each Other." The Brotherhood is a pan-Orthodox organization committed to making the Orthodox faith available to the African American community in America.

event flyer >


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ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE: Washington DC, 27 January 2017 - 01/28/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

As in years past, Orthodox Christian hierarchs, seminarians, clergy, and faithful from around the country participated in the annual "March For Life." While in the nation’s capital, Metropolitan Tikhon attended the Vigil at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Other hierarchs  of the Orthodox Church in America participating in the march included our own Archbishop Michael, along with Archbishop Nathaniel and Archbishop Melchisedek. Other Orthodox hierarch in attendance were: Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Bishop John of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and Bishop Dimitrios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. “Gathering together in a peaceful way to give voice and raise awareness to the sorrowful effects of abortion and its legalization is very important,” said Priest Andrew Bartek (Rector, Saint Panteleimon Church, Summit IL).


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DDB 2017: Underway and Ready to Report! - 01/24/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

The 2017 Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors initiative is up-and-running, with many already enrolled as members! Soon, the first listing of DDBs for this year (the “Honor Roll”) will be published on this website. The complete listing of last year’s DDBs may be found here >. To learn all about this year’s DDB and discover how easy it is to join others in offering vital financial support to diocesan ministries, please visit Vision for Our Future” or go here >


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PRINCETON NJ: Letter to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow, Parish - 01/19/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

"A letter was found by my wife Jeanne under the door of the church when she came to set up for the potluck dinner we were going to have after Vespers on Saturday, 14 January," said Father Peter Baktis (parish rector). "I read the letter after liturgy on Sunday. When we had our first flea market this fall at the church neighbors came and visited the church. They told me they called the site the "dead house" (for the past four years before we started to complete the site). We are far from dead now and are a witness to the life that is given to us in Jesus Christ!"


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"Many Years!" - 01/18/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

On 28 December 2016, Father Paul Shafran celebrated his 69th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood and, on 27 November, he and Matushka Mary celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary at Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton NJ (where Father Paul is Pastor Emeritus).  The parish sang “Many Years” for both of them Sunday, 1 January 2017, in honor of Father Paul’s ordination anniversary; unfortunately, Matushka Mary unable to attend. “Many Years! Father Paul & Matushka Mary!”


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NEW MISSION PARISH FORMED: New Brunswick NJ - 01/14/17
Last updated: 2017-06-17 09:43:10

Reader Samuel Davis of the newly formed Saint Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission in New Brunswick NJ writes: “It is with great joy that I can greet you, on behalf of our Mission community. More than that, I would like to extend a welcome to you to join us in prayer whenever you are in the New Brunswick area for services. The Mission is a community dedicated to building up the Holy Orthodox Church in an area that has yet to be exposed to our faith. This is a monumental task! At present the laborers are few, having just started out, but with God’s grace and mercy we will grow and truly become a proper witness to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church on the ‘Western Shore.’”


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2016 GIRLS RETREAT HELD NOVEMBER 11-13, 2016 - 01/11/17
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