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Saint Andrew's Camp Announces 2020 Schedule! - 02/24/20

Saint Andrew's Camp is excited to announce its 2020 schedule!


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.

Archpastoral Visitation to Saint Vladimir's Church in Trenton, NJ - 02/24/20

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.

DDB Appreciation Dinner in Wayne, NJ - 02/24/20

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!


Latest Issue of KOINONIA is Now Available - 02/22/20

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.

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers - Wayne, NJ - 02/19/20

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. 

DDB Appreciation Dinner in Dix Hills, NY - 02/17/20

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.

Archpastoral Visitation to Holy Spirit Church, Wantage, NJ (photogallery) - 02/17/20

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.

2020 Teen Retreat Registration! - 02/17/20

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
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2020 Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors - 02/11/20

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!

Archpastoral Visitation to Holy Trinity Church, Yonkers, NY - 02/09/20

On Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Holy Trinity Church in Yonkers, NY.

10th Anniversary of the Consecration of Archbishop Michael - May 9, 2020 - 02/06/20

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Christ the Saviour Church, 365 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey at 9:30 a.m.

Archbishop Michael Celebrates 47th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination - 02/06/20

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.

2020 Orthodox Scouting - 02/03/20

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

Click here to read a letter from Archbishop DAVID, Episcopal Liaison to the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting.

Photo Gallery: Archpastoral Visitation to Saint Nicholas Church in Whitestone, NY - 02/03/20

Patronal Feast at Saint Nino Orthodox Church - 01/28/20

On January 27, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Saint Nino Georgian Orthodox Church to celebrate the patronal feast of the parish.

Archpastoral Visitation: St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church, Wappingers Falls, NY - 01/27/20

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael made archpastoral visit to Saints Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY.

Consecration to the Episcopacy of Archimandrite Alexis (Trader) - 01/27/20

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. 

47th March For Life - 01/27/20

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. 

Archpriest Paul Shafran Celebrates 72nd Anniversary of Ordination - 01/23/20

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. 


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


Theophany (Julian Calendar) at Saint Spiridon Church, Perth Amboy NJ - 01/19/20

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.

Patronal Feast and Dome Blessing at Saint Andrew's Church in Dix Hills, NY - 01/09/20

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.

Archpastoral Visitation to Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn, NY - 01/08/20

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.

Blessing of Water: Great South Bay - 01/08/20

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.

Feast of the Nativity (Julian Calendar) - Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Brooklyn NY - 01/08/20

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.

Feast of Theophany: St. Andrew's Church, Dix Hills, NY - 01/08/20

On January 5th and 6th, 2020, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael visited Saint Andrew's Church in Dix Hills, NY.

Archpastoral Visitation to Holy Trinity Church, Rahway, NJ - 01/05/20

On January 4th and 5th, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Holy Trinity Church in Rahway, NJ.

Video-highlights: Patronal Feast at Saint Basil Church in Watervliet, NY - 01/03/20

Archpastoral Visitation to Saint Basil Church, Watervliet, NY - 01/01/20

On December 31, 2019, and January 1, 2020, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited Saint Basil Church in Watervliet, NY.

Archpastoral Visitation to SS. Peter & Paul, South River NJ (Photo gallery) - 12/30/19

On December 28th and 29th, 2019, His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, made Archpastoral visitation to Saints Peter and Paul Church in South River, NJ


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.


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.

Archpastoral Visitation to SS. Peter & Paul, Syracuse NY - 12/23/19

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. 

Photo Gallery: Retreat in Syracuse NY - 12/21/19

Archpastoral Letter: Feast of Our Lord's Nativity 2019 - 12/21/19

37th Annual Fr. Schmemann Lecture - 12/20/19

[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.

BeeTreat in Union, New Jersey - 12/05/19

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.

KOINONIA: Newsletter of Commission on Missions and Evangelism - 12/04/19

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.

Giving Tuesday: St. St. Olympia Orthodox Church - 12/01/19

Donate now!

Jacob's Well - Fall 2019 - Trust - 11/29/19

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.

Choir Director Urgently Needed in Trenton Parish - 11/25/19

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

On the Diocesan Calendar
Spring 2020 Woman's Retreat
Saturday, February 22
Saint Tikhon Monastery
Diocesan Council Meeting
Thursday, May 14
11:00 AM Diocesan Chancery
Bronxville, NY
Altar Servers Retreat
May 15-17
St. Basil Academy
Garrison NY

Diocese of New York

and New Jersey
33 Hewitt Avenue
Bronxville NY 10708
914-779-6580 (Phone)
914-779-6581 (Fax)

Diocese of New York-New Jersey; 33 Hewitt Avenue; Bronxville, NY 10708; 914-779-6580

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