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Real Break Thessaloniki - II March 10-18, 2017
Eight Diocesan college students, accompanied by Diocesan Priests, Jonathan Bannon and William Bennett, were blessed to take part in an OCF Real Break Trip to Thessaloniki, Greece, from March 10-18, 2017 in order to personally experience the living μαρτυρiα (witness) and διακονiα (service) of the Christian communities of Northern Greece. The host institution is the historic Great Church of the Theotokos, that is, the Church of the Acheiropoietos, which was built in the center of Byzantine Thessaloniki in the fifth century. During Real Break Thessaloniki, the students will visit many of the region’s sacred sites and venerate the numerous relics and icons that have adorned them for centuries. This includes the churches and relics of St. Demetrios, Sts. Cyril and Methodios, St. Gregory Palamas, St. Theodora and St. David, as well as the churches of Rotunda, Haghia Sophia, St. Nicholas Orphanos and the Holy Apostles. Participants will also visit the Holy Monasteries of Meteora and Ormylia. Additionally, trip participants will have the opportunity to experience several outreach ministries of the Metropolis of Thessaloniki. Thanks in a large part due to a generous grant from the Kulis Foundation, our Diocesan Students have joined approximately two dozen Orthodox College Students from various Dioceses on this once in a life time, service learning trip.
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For their final day in Thessaloniki, the Real Break crew had the opportunity to visit multiple ministries that aim to serve local communities. After celebrating Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, they visited the ...
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We were blessed with yet another beautiful day! Real Break Thessaloniki has been up close and personal. From the scents of incense rising as we began the week with Liturgy to the very holy fragrance ...
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Yet again, God blessed us with another day! One of the goals of this Real Break Thessaloniki trip was to not treat the city as a museum but as a culture that is very much alive. From traveling to the ...
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God blessed us with yet another day! To Meteora we went, translated as "the barrier between heaven and earth", visiting monasteries built on immense cliffs. Yana Skrypai shared with us some ...
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Today the Lord blessed us again and first with His light, shining over the mountains this morning in Thessaloniki as we made our way to Vergina to visit the tomb of Philip II father of Aleksander the Great. ...
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Day 2 in Greece... Wow. How can we begin to share the glory of God from this packed day starting with the Divine Liturgy? Fr. William and Fr. Jonathan were invited to serve with Fr. Spyridon and Fr. ...
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After an hour delay getting ice off our plane in Boston we traveled to Istanbul and then landed safely in Thessaloniki, Greece where we were warmly greeted by the hosting parish priest and others helping ...
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On Friday evening, March 10, 2017 eight Diocesan college students, accompanied by Frs William Bennett and Jonathan Bannon, joined the remainder of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Real Break Thessaloniki ...
2014 International Orthodox Youth Workers Forum May 2-4, 2014 - Constantinople
At the invitation of His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Orthodox Youth Workers from the various Eparchies of the Ecumenical Patriarchate throughout the world gathered in the queen of cities, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) from May 2-4, 2014 for an International Orthodox Youth Workers Forum. With the Blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, Very Rev. Fr. Stephen Loposky, The Diocesan Director of Youth, represented the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA. The youth workers were called together by the Ecumenical Patriarch to participate in a forum for an exchange of opinions and experiences in order to deliberate on the vital subject of ministering to our youth with a view to establishing a youth network with the blessing of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The participants spent time in formal session, listening to speakers presenting on various topics of interest to their common work in keeping youth connected to the Church. The key note address was given by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and can be read on line here: www.patriarchate.org/documents/patriarchal-address-intern.... Posted photos in the various forum photo galleries show scenes from the forum sessions, tours of Churches and institutions of historic and spiritual importance, liturgical services and informal gatherings of the youth workers. Read Complete Summary and Reflection on the International Orthodox Youth Forum By Fr. Stephen Loposky here: acrod.org/readingroom/ethics/2014-intl-youth-workers-forum

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Camp Nazareth Photos
Diocesan Camping Program and Events Photos at Camp Nazareth

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Diocesan Summer Camp 2016
Camp Nazareth, our Diocesan Summer Camp, hosts children during its Summer Program each year.
2011 Holy Land Pilgrimage
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, of blessed memory, a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land took place from May 9-17, 2011. The 32 members of the group visited all of the holy sites associated with the life of our Lord Jesus Christ including the site of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where an Orthodox Church has been built over the cave of the Lord's birth, Cana where our Lord worked his first miracle, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Jordan River and Mt. Tabor: the site of the Transfiguration. As they visited each holy place the group paused to read the Gospel account of the event and also prayed. In Jerusalem the pilgrims visited the Eleona Convent on the Mount of Olives, the Chapel of the Ascension and the Monastery of St. Mary Magdalene which enshrines the relics of the Holy New Martyrs of Russia Grand Duchess Elizabeth and the Nun Barbara. While in Jerusalem the group retraced the final hours of the Lord's life as they prayed at each of the holy places where our Lord suffered: the chapel of the Flagellation, the Ecce Homo Arch, the Prison of Christ and finally the highlight of the journey: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built in the 4th century which marks the place of our Lord's crucifixion and also the tomb of His resurrection. The pilgrimage included a midnight Divine Liturgy conducted at the very place where our Lord rose from the dead and each person shared in His Passion, Death, and Resurrection as they received the Holy Eucharist in that most sacred place on earth. While in the Holy Land the tour was escorted by an Orthodox travel guide, Mr. Tanas Baddour, the son of an Orthodox priest. The Holy Land pilgrimage was led and organized by Father Edward Pehanich and is accompanied by Diocesan clergy: Very Rev. Myron Zuder, Very Rev. Kenneth Bachofsky, Father Nicholas Wyborski, and Deacon Edward Brisbine. Additional photos of the Pilgrimage may be found at the St Nicholas Orthodox Church of Warren, Ohio Website Day 1-3 www.stnicholaswarren.org/news/holyland Day 5 www.stnicholaswarren.org/news/holyland2 May 15 www.stnicholaswarren.org/news/holyland3 May 16 www.stnicholaswarren.org/news/holyland4 Holy Sepulchre www.stnicholaswarren.org/news/holyland5 May 18 www.stnicholaswarren.org/news/holyland6

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