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Archpastoral Letter For Great Lent 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

My beloved Faithful Clergy and Laity of our God-Protected Diocese:

As we begin Holy and Great Lent this year on February 27th, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts so that we may journey through the season and arrive safely at the Great Feast of Feasts, Holy Pascha with the proper frame of mind.

Holy and Great Lent is a truly beautiful period of time filled with moments in which we can focus our hearts and our minds on the grace of God. Through daily prayer, fasting, worship, and giving to others, and by the grace of God our lives will continue to be transformed by Him and our souls will be drawn closer and closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.

The primary goal of the Lenten season and all the disciplines of our Orthodox faith is to lead us to Christ. Read more...

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For March 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for March 2017 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Eternal Memory: +Jack Cochran

Sunday, February 12, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that Jack Cochran, the father of Protopresbyter David Cochran, reposed in the Lord on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Jack was born on June 12, 1940 in Webster Springs, WV, he was the son of the late Cleremont Cochran & Elladean (Schrader) Been. He married Lona (Carnegie) Cochran on June 12, 1964 in Lake Station, IN. He was a member of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Osceola Mills, PA. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a member of the Operating Engineers Local 150, a retired Operating Engineer Image of the U.S. Navy Sealfor Heckett Engineering of East Chicago Indiana and a 1958 graduate of the Hobart High School in Hobart, IN. Read more...

Register Now For 2017 Diocesan Lenten Retreats!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA - The Diocesan Chancery is pleased to announce the schedule of the annual Diocesan Lenten Retreats, which are sponsored by the ACRY for the upcoming Lenten Season. These retreats are open to everyone and contain special programing for youth and adults of all ages. Bishop Gregory, along with other talented clergy of the Diocese will offer insightful and inspiring presentations designed to encourage and challenge the faithful to stay focused on the spiritual life as they continue their Lenten Journey to Pascha.

Central Region: Saturday March 25, 2017 at St. Nicholas Church, Homestead, PA from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Eastern Region: Saturday April 1, 2017 at St Francis Center For Renewal, Bethlehem, PA from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (EST). Read more...

Eternal Memory: Archon George Smisko

Sunday, February 05, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that George Smisko, the brother of the late +Metropolitan Nicholas, reposed in the Lord on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

George, a parishioner of St. John The Baptist Orthodox Church of Perth Amboy, NJ, was an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, a trustee of St. John The Baptist Church, a member of St. John's Social club and a volunteer at the parish Soup Kitchen and Pirogi Sales.

He is preceded in death by his loving parents Andrew and Anna and is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years Rose Marie; beloved father of Rose Ann Smisko; loving brother of Michael and his wife Mary Ann Smisko, his brother-in-law- Peter Jr. and his wife Lorraine Fenenic Read more...

College Student and Young Adult Retreat

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

CAMP NAZARETH, [Mercer, PA] -- The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese are pleased to announce a co-sponsored retreat for College Students and Young Adults ages 18-35 entitled “Navigating Life Using Your Spiritual Compass”. The Retreat will be held at Camp Nazareth Retreat and Conference Center in Mercer, PA from March 17-19, 2017 and will feature keynote addresses by Very Rev. Dr. Edward Pehanich and Mr. Nick Lionas. The weekend event will be filled with learning, fun, fellowship, worship, and time for reflection and rejuvenation! Visit either or for more information and to register for the Retreat. Online registration begins on February 1. If you ever struggle with “staying on track”, or if you ever feel like you don’t know where you’re headed in your life, then don’t miss out on this unique retreat! I Read more...

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For February 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for February 2017 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Board Of Directors Announces Expansion Or Its Board, Continued Growth Of Its Ministry To College Students, and National Search For Executive Director

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

BROOKLINE, MA — Following its annual meeting, the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) has announced that it will begin its search for an Executive Director. The process for identifying and screening potential candidates is projected to begin in early February 2017, and details regarding the process and its progress will be made available through OCF’s website (

OCF is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States and serves as the official campus ministry for the twelve (12) Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that the Assembly represents. Its mission is to transform the lives of college students in the United States and Canada by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.

Led by His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, the Assembly Episcopal Liaison to OCF, and James P. Gianakis, serving as Chairman, the OCF Board of Directors gathered on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology to reflect on the past year’s successes, to affirm the ministry’s commitment to Orthodox Christian college students across the country, Read more...

2017 March For Life

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC --- On Friday, January, 27, 2016 Orthodox Christians from across the USA will be among those gathering in the Nation's Capital to participate in the The 43rd Annual March For Life which marks the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States [Due to the Presidential inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, this year’s March is being held one week later than usual] The theme of this year’s March is “The Power of One.”

The March will begin at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Orthodox Christian participants are asked to gather at the “Orthodox Christians for Life” banner, which will be prominently displayed to the right of the stage near Constitution Avenue, between 15th and 17th Streets North West Read more...

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For January 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for January 2017 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

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