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!
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.
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.
A Series of FREE Online Workshops
for Diocesan Church School Teachers and Clergy
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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,
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.
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.
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!
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!
A video summary of the 2020-21 church school year at Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral in Jersey City, NJ.
FOR RECONCILIATION AND AN END TO CIVIL STRIFE
The clergy and faithful of the Diocese continue to mourn the tragic losses of life, the needless acts of violence, the divisions among races, and the civil strife which plague many of our cities and countrysides...