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Discovering the Liturgy: Bridging Understanding and Participation - 07/12/24
Last updated: 2024-07-12 08:45:58

[Sea Cliff, NY] - Recently, an “instructional Liturgy” took place at the Church of Our Lady of Kazan in Sea Cliff, NY. This special service, led by Father John Bartholomew with the assistance of Deacon Paul Hunchak, was designed to give the children (and adults) in our parish a better understanding of the Liturgy.


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Annual Diocesan Altar Server's Retreat in Wayne, NJ: Nurturing Reverence and Understanding in Service - 07/11/24
Last updated: 2024-07-11 14:05:23

[Wayne, NY] - The Annual Diocesan Altar Server's Retreat was held on Saturday, June 29th, at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Wayne, NJ.  His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, and over thirty altar servers participated. The beautiful Eucharistic celebration was followed by a wonderful brunch provided by the parish.


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Photogallery: St. Andrew's Camp - Family Week - 07/08/24
Last updated: 2024-07-08 22:05:00


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Fr. Shafran Celebrates His 102d Birthday Milestone - 07/05/24
Last updated: 2024-07-11 16:05:18

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Archpriest Paul Shafran, who reached the ripe old age of 102 on July 2d! By God's grace, he continues to serve in the altar with Father Volodymyr Chaikivskiy, Rector, St. Vladimir Church, Trenton, NJ, as he did on Sunday, June 30th, for the Divine Liturgy. Also co-celebrating that morning were visiting clergy, Rev. Bohdan Chaikivskiy and Rev. Dn. Mark Bohush (both currently attached at St. Athanasius Chapel, Bronxville, NY). Father Paul was feted afterward by parishioners, his daughters, son-in-law, and granddaughter at the fellowship hall next door. Although Matushka Mary was unable to attend, she joined family members later that day as the birthday celebration continued at home. Thank you, Father Paul, for your wonderful ministry to the Orthodox Church over these many decades, and may God grant you enduring strength and good health! Mnogaya L'yeta!


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Centennial Jubilation: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Celebrates 100 Years of Faith and Community in East Meadow - 07/05/24
Last updated: 2024-07-05 08:42:19

[East Meadow, NY] (June 23, 2024) - Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in East Meadow, NY, joyously celebrated its 100th anniversary on the Day of Pentecost, coinciding with the church's Patronal Feast Day. This momentous occasion, filled with faith and community spirit, marked a significant milestone in the parish's rich history.

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael celebrated Vigil on Saturday and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy followed by Kneeling Vespers on Sunday. Archbishop Michael awarded Fr. Martin Kraus the Jeweled Cross for his many years of priestly service.


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Celebrating 110 Years: St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church - Spring Valley, NY - 07/01/24
Last updated: 2024-07-01 15:58:24

On June 1, 2024, Archbishop Michael and Father Gary Breton, Dean of the NJ Deanery, joined the faithful and guests of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Spring Valley, NY, to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the setting of the cornerstone of the parish church.

A highlight of the celebration was seeing Dr. Damien Havriliak and Sonia Arthur, lifelong parishioners, receive the Gramota of the Holy Synod of the OCA. This recognition underscores their enduring commitment to the church and its mission.

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was followed by a luncheon reception at a local restaurant, where the community gathered to share in fellowship and joy. The day was a testament to the strength and unity of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church.

His Eminence presented Father John Holoduek with his first priestly award -- the nabedrennik -- for his faithful service to the Spring Valley parish.

Axios! Axios! Axios!


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St. Andrews Camp: Orientation Week Sets the Stage for a Great Summer Camp Season! - 07/01/24
Last updated: 2024-07-01 15:52:48

St. Andrews Camp had a wonderfully blessed Orientation Week! The staff learned a lot and worked hard to get everything ready for camp to begin. Archbishop Michael also visited and offered words of encouragement to the staff for the important ministry they are undertaking. It's going to be another great summer!

Photo credit: Kristy Zaitseva


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PARISH COUNCIL CONFERENCES, JULY-AUGUST 2024 - 06/21/24
Last updated: 2024-06-21 20:45:01

NY State Deanery, East, 7/6/24

New York City Deanery, 8/3/24

New Jersey Deanery, 8/10/24


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ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE FEAST OF HOLY PENTECOST 2024 - 06/21/24
Last updated: 2024-06-21 12:02:11


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Archbishop Michael's Visit: Deacon Demetrios Richards Honored at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Herkimer, NY - 06/21/24
Last updated: 2024-06-21 17:33:11

by Fr. Vasil Dubee

On the weekend of June 8-9, His Eminence Archbishop Michael visited SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Herkimer, New York. On Sunday morning, the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated, and our Deacon Demetrios Richards was awarded the double orarion for his dedication to serving the Lord. AXIOS!

Following the Divine Liturgy, a luncheon was held in the parish hall. What a beautiful weekend in the life of our parish! Glory to God!


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A Day of Learning and Fellowship at the Altar Server's Retreat in Endicott, NY - 06/20/24
Last updated: 2024-06-20 21:13:00

On Saturday, June 15th, the Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Endicott, NY, hosted the New York State Deanery Altar Server’s Retreat, led by His Eminence Archbishop Michael. The event brought together 1 Hierarch, 11 Priests, 3 Deacons, 4 Subdeacons, and 40 Altar Servers for a day of spiritual enrichment. The day began with Altar Servers greeting and assisting in vesting His Eminence for a beautiful Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, during which they learned various responsibilities. Following the liturgy, a delicious luncheon allowed for fellowship among clergy, altar servers, and the congregation.

In the afternoon, younger Altar Servers learned about the Altar, Liturgical Items, and Priest Vestments with His Eminence, while older servers focused on vesting procedures with Subdeacons and Readers. The retreat was a joyful and successful day, especially for the enthusiastic Altar Servers who did a great job. Building on this success, another Altar Server Retreat is scheduled for June 29, 2024, at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Wayne, NJ.

"Glory to Thee, O God, for all things!"


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SUMMER CHORAL WORKSHOP FOR SINGERS AND CONDUCTORS With Juliana Woodill - 06/20/24
Last updated: 2024-06-20 20:40:37


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Nurturing Faith: The Impact of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program on Young Orthodox Christians - 06/19/24
Last updated: 2024-06-19 23:00:13

By Olga Ptach

Several years ago, Archbishop Michael blessed an educational program for 3-6-year-olds which was developed at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary and then brought to the parishes of the NY-NJ diocese in 2019. Since then, this program, called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), has been training volunteers to go back to their home parishes and establish an atrium (classroom). The most recent of these trainings took place on June 3rd through 7th, 2024, on the grounds of St. Tikhon’s Seminary.


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IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE THE CLASS OF 2024! - 06/19/24
Last updated: 2024-06-19 22:59:43

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 on the Diocesan website and  in Jacob's Well, the official magazine of our diocese.

To be included, scan the QR code or use this link to complete the required form by Monday, July 8

Questions? Please email admin@nynjocayouth.org with any questions or concerns.


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St. Andrew’s Orthodox Camp Summer 2024 Newsletter - 06/01/24
Last updated: 2024-06-01 13:01:56


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High School Graduate Recognition ~ St. Basil Orthodox Church, Watervliet, NY - 05/29/24
Last updated: 2024-05-29 11:11:09

On Sunday, May 26, 2024, St. Basil Orthodox Church, Watervliet, NY,  recognized Hannah Holowach who graduated from Catholic Central High in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Hannah will be studying civil engineering at RPI in the fall.  Hannah, who was a part of our church school and is a member of our choir, received a monetary scholarship, an icon, and a copy of the Orthodox Study Bible.  We wish Hannah continued success in her studies and in all future endeavors.  Many years!


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Commission on Missions and Evangelism Announces Third Annual Evangelism School on August 7 to August 9 - 05/22/24
Last updated: 2024-05-22 13:05:49

The Commission on Missions and Evangelism announces the third annual Evangelism School to be held from August 7 to August 9 at St. Gregory, the Theologian Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY. The school is fully funded by the Diocese and there is no cost to the participants. This year the School will focus on parish revitalization. The School combines case studies, practical instruction and roundtable discussions. Each Deanery is asked to provide one clergy and one layperson to participate (preferably from the same parish). All materials will be provided.

This year's speakers include Mitred Archpriest Joseph Lickwar, chancellor of the Diocese, Archpriest Thomas Soroka, rector of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rock, PA, Archpriest David Garretson of Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in South River, NJ, and Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, rector of St. Gregory Orthodox Church in Wappingers Falls, NY and Director of the Commission.

If you are interested in attending the School, contact your local dean. Names must be submitted by the end of June. The prospectus of the school can be found in the link.


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Koinonia Request Your Story - 05/22/24
Last updated: 2024-05-22 11:59:02

The Commission on Missions and Evangelism publishes the newsletter Koinonia on a quarterly basis. The newsletter explores the many aspects of evangelism in the Diocese and keeps the Diocese informed about the activities of the various missions. This year's issues are focusing on stories on people intentionally entering the Orthodox Church, a phenomenon we are experiencing around the Diocese. The January issue had two such stories. We are looking for more stories for the upcoming June issue as well as those for the rest of the year. Please send your one page story and pictures by June 7 to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi at egtosi@gmail.com. Please contact him if there are any questions.


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Archbishop Michael Visits Plattsburgh Mission - 05/09/24
Last updated: 2024-05-09 10:34:23

On Saturday, April 27th, Lazarus Saturday, 21 members of the Plattsburgh Community of St. Olga of Alaska Mission came together to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with His Eminence, Archbishop Michael. Fr. Terenti blessed palm crosses at the end of the Liturgy, which were distributed to the faithful. A brunch was provided, and a discussion of the mission followed. We welcomed two new inquirers to the service. More posters were made, and the faithful took them to place them around the Plattsburgh area. Our next Divine Liturgy will be on Saturday, May 18th.


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Archbishop Michael Inspires Faithful During Annual Visit to Holy Apostles Parish - 04/29/24
Last updated: 2024-04-29 10:34:00

On the weekend of Palm Sunday, April 27-28, Archbishop Michael made his annual Archpastoral visit to Holy Apostles Parish in Lansing, NY. At Saturday evening Vespers, Vladyka shared a moving sermon on confession by St. Innocent of Alaska and Moscow, and palms and pussy willows were blessed.


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Mother Christophora's Presentation In Trenton Draws 130 in Attendance - 04/23/24
Last updated: 2024-04-23 10:40:00

The event, "Spirituality During the Lenten Season," presented by Mother Christophora from Holy Transfiguration Monastery at St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton, NJ, on Sunday, April 21st, was an outstanding success, drawing an impressive attendance of 130 individuals. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us for this enriching and meaningful occasion. Your presence contributed immensely to the warmth and spirit of the gathering. Thank you for being a part of it.


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A Transformative Teen Retreat Amidst Snow and Rain - 04/20/24
Last updated: 2024-04-20 12:26:09

The Lenten Teen Retreat at Frost Valley YMCA unfolded against a backdrop of natural beauty and wintery surprises. Nestled in the serene Catskill Mountains, this retreat provided a sanctuary for 29 participants, including 16 enthusiastic teens and dedicated chaperones. As raindrops and snowflakes danced together, hearts warmed, and souls were nourished.


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You Are Invited to Mother Christophora's Presentation in Trenteon, NJ - 04/19/24
Last updated: 2024-04-19 21:21:48

You're warmly invited to join us on Sunday, April 21st, as Mother Christophora from Holy Transfiguration Monastery shares insights on "Spirituality During the Lenten Season" at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Church in Trenton, NJ. We would be delighted to have you with us. The talk will commence promptly after our 10:00 am Divine Liturgy.


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JOIN ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL, TO PRAY AND FAST
FOR RECONCILIATION AND AN END TO CIVIL STRIFE
Last updated: 2020-08-31 18:33:15

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...


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