Press Releases - 2013

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Bishop Gregory Offers Keynote Address at OCF's College Conference East

Sunday, December 29, 2013

LIGONIER, PA [Antiochian Village] At the invitation of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Campus Ministry, His Grace, Bishop Gregory is serving as keynote speaker at the 2013 College Conference East at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA, which is in session until December 31, 2013. For the next three days, His Grace will be surrounded by 300 of North America's finest young Orthodox Christians, Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

I greet you with joy and love in the Name of our Incarnate Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks to Almighty God, by whose grace we have been given the opportunity to celebrate the Birth of His Son. If we look around, we find hatred, mistrust, suffering, and the absence of peace and love in our neighborhood, city, country, and in fact the whole world. This reality in life makes us cry out for God’s help, assistance, and intervention. Read more...

Patriarchal Encyclical for The Nativity 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Many centuries ago, the Prophet foresaw and announced with enthusiasm and joy the birth of the child Jesus from the ever-Virgin Mary. Naturally, even then, there was no period of census by Augustus Caesar, no place to stay for the safety of the Holy Virgin who was carrying a child by the Holy Spirit. So the holy Joseph as her betrothed and protector was obliged to lead her to a cave, a manger with animals, in order to give birth to a child. Heaven and earth received them, offering thanks to their Creator:The angels offered the hymn; the heavens a star; the wise men gifts; the shepherds a miracle; the earth a cave; the desert a manger; and we the Mother Virgin. Read more...

Be A Light In The Lives Of Our Orthodox College Students!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

BROOKLINE, MA -- Christ is born! Glorify Him! The National Office and Student Advisory Board of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship extends its greetings on the upcoming Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. To spread the joy of the feast, they invite you to watch a short, 4-minute video we made as a fun way to share in the celebration of this joyous upcoming feast! Diocesan faithful and friends are kindly asked to be a light in the lives of our beloved Orthodox College Students Read more...

His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Exceptional Academic Honor

Thursday, December 19, 2013

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE -- On December 19, 2013, His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul's Bogaziçi University (formerly Robert College) for his extraordinary vision and initiatives for the protection of the natural environment. The award comes on the occasion of Bogaziçi University's 150th anniversary. Not only is this Turkish institution of higher learning the first ever to be ranked (as it has since 2012) among the top 200 universities in the world, but it is the first to bestow such an honor on His All-Holiness, and the first also publicly to acknowledge his status and position as Ecumenical Patriarch, a title which has been used since the 6th century A.D. Read more...

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