[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!
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.
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.
The (upstate) New York State Deanery will host “YOUTH DAY” at SeaBreeze Amusement & Water Park in Rochester NY on Thursday, 22 August 2019. The event will begin with registration and a pancake breakfast/brunch at 10:00 a.m. followed by a day of fellowship and fun at one of the highest rated medium sized amusement venues in the nation. Parents will also be offered a program during the day if not helping as escort chaperones at the park. The event is sponsored by the Diocese of New York and New Jersey at no cost to participants.
Pianist Gleb Ivanov will perform works by Brahms & Mussorgsky at a benefit for the Saint Andrew's Camp Building Program in Binghamton NY on 17 August 2019. Following the performance beginning at 5:00 PM, a festive banquet will be served at Saint Michael's Recreation Center, 296 Clinton Street, Binghamton NY 13905. The event is hosted by Saints Peter & Paul Church in Endicott NY. Tickets are $25 with children 12 years and under admitted free of charge. Call (607)759-1833 or (607)759-0247 to reserve tickets.
Do a charity bike ride this year! Mark your calendar for Saturday, 24 August 2019 and bike for Saint Andrew’s Camp. This ride is ideal for the person who has never attempted a charity bike ride. You CAN do this ride! The Ride offers 3 distances to choose from, each on flat to rolling terrain. Overnight accommodations are available at the camp.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.