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JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] - With the Blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory and the approval of the Diocesan Board of Trustees, the Camp Nazareth cabins and other infrastructure are undergoing a significant upgrade in the off-season. The project is well underway and is scheduled to be completed by March 1, 2016, in time for the 2016 Summer Camping Season. Those who received a parish visit from His Grace, Bishop Gregory since last year at this time, or who had a family member attend Camp this past summer, undoubtedly have heard about the project, but may still not know all its details. The project is extensive and when it is completed it will be a major improvement to the quality of the camping experience for our children. Read more...
My beloved Faithful Clergy and Laity of our God-Protected Diocese: It is hard to believe that this month marks the third anniversary of my Consecration and Enthronement as your Bishop. I have enjoyed travelling throughout the Diocese and visiting your parishes and getting to know you. I have been encouraged that while the majority of our Diocesan parishes are small in size, the clergy and faithful who labor in the Vineyard of the Lord are doing much to further the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. As you have heard me preach, I am deeply concerned about the state of affairs in the world. There is strife and conflict in every corner of the globe, including our own country, our local communities and even our families. Read more...
MERCER, PA [Camp Nazareth] -- On Thursday morning, October 18, 2015, a few priests and lay people gathered together at Camp Nazareth to celebrate the groundbreaking service for the beginning of the Camp’s Cabin Expansion Project. It turned out to be a beautiful day on which to celebrate outdoors and say the prayers together to begin this project. The service was celebrated at the Holy Innocents Shrine. The Holy Innocents are the patron saints of the Camp itself. Their shrine is located in the grove of trees in front of cabins 4 & 5. The shrine was beautifully adorned with Fall plants and flowers; fitting for the task at hand. The service itself was beautiful. The Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, who is the Camp Overseer, mentioned after the service was over that St. Paul exhorts us to pray at all times, to pray constantly, as a way of both putting and showing our trust in God, and as a way of defeating the evil one. Read more...
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] – Due to planned renovations at Camp Nazareth, The National Jr. ACRY will be hosting its Weekend Encounter at St Nicholas Orthodox Church in New York City over Veteran’s Day Weekend. The event will be held from November 6 –8, 2015, and is open to youth ages 8 – 18. You do not have to be a member of the Jr. ACRY to attend. The weekend’s activities will include time for prayer, recreating, learning more about the Faith, and more. During the weekend, you can catch up with old friends, make new friends, and have fun while living the Faith Read more...
JOHNSTOWN, PA - The Chancery is pleased to announce that registration for the 2015 College Conferences is now open. The conferences will be held during Christmas Break in two locations: St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, Calif and Antiochian Village in Bolivar, Pa.; each centering on Orthodox Christian Fellowship's (OCF) theme for the year - "Modern Martyrs: Witnesses of the Word." This College Conference theme will address our calling to be martyrs for Christ by being witnesses of the Faith. As college students living in a secularized world, there are numerous opportunities for us as Orthodox Christians to be witnesses/martyrs for Christ on college campuses: in the dorm room, on social media, and in every aspect of our lives. This theme will also address the current-day persecution of Christians and provide some insights into how we can best aid our Christian brothers and sisters across the globe. Read more...
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