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Archpastoral Letter on Great Lent 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

My beloved Faithful of the Diocese: As we begin the Great Lenten Season, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts so that we may journey through the season and approach Pascha with the proper frame of mind. In the hymn of Cheese Fare Vespers we hear, Let us set out with joy upon the season of the fast preparing ourselves for spiritual combat. Let us purify our souls and cleanse our bodies. As we fast from food let us also fast from every evil, rejoicing in the virtues of the spirit. Let us persevere with love and so be deemed worthy to venerate the passion of Christ our God and with great spiritual gladness to behold His Holy Resurrection. Read more...

2013 Catechetical Homily of His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On The Beginning of Great Lent

Friday, March 15, 2013

Beloved brothers and sisters, children in the Lord, The holy fathers, who arranged everything in an orderly manner, instituted a period of ascetic discipline and spiritual purification for forty days prior to the great feast of the Lord’s resurrection. This ascetic rule assumes the form of a limitation on foods through fasting, but especially an abstinence from evil. The saintly hymnographer characteristically emphasizes that a genuine and favorable form of fasting for God is the estrangement from wrongdoing, control of the tongue, alienation from anger, separation from evil desires, including gossip, deceit and swearing, Read more...

Bishop Gregory To Preside Over Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers in Perth Amboy

Thursday, March 14, 2013

JOHNSTOWN -- The Diocesan Chancery is pleased to announce that His Grace, Bishop Gregory will preside over the Sunday of Orthodox Vespers on Sunday, March 24th at our Diocesan St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, located on 145 Broad Street in Perth Amboy, NJ. The service will begin at 4 PM. Bishop Gregory will also deliver the homily. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the clergy and laity of the Central New Jersey region to hear His Grace preach the Word and to meet him informally in the Fellowship Hour that will follow Vespers. Read more...

Diocesan Priests Gather In Retreat At Camp Nazareth

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MERCER, PA -- At the invitation of His Grace, Bishop Gregory, the Diocesan Priests gathered today in retreat at Camp Nazareth. The retreat was called to offer the Priests time to get acquainted with their new Hierarch and spiritually prepare for the pastoral rigors of Great Lent. Read more...

March Is ACRY Ambassador Fund Drive Month

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, PA [National SR ACRY] -- As the season of Great and Holy Lent draws closer once again, The National Senior ACRY has designated the Month of March to be ACRY Ambassador Month. The ACRY Ambassador is a leadership position that has been created to generate awareness of and interest in the ACRY. The Ambassador is called upon to exemplify the values and commitment of service to others that the ACRY holds itself to. Read more...

Diocesan Priest Leads Real Break Trip to Toronto

Sunday, March 10, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the Blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, Very Rev. Fr. Miles Zdinak, Diocesan representative to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Campus Ministry, has arrived at St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Canada where he is serving as the leader of an Orthodox Christian Fellowship sponsored Real Break Trip. Fr. Miles' team will actively take part in the life of our Diocesan St. John the Compassionate Mission and will assist with general maintenance projects as well. Read more...

Diocesan Youth In Action: Real Break New Orleans And The National ACRY

Thursday, March 07, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Underscoring the conviction of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa that our youth are not the future of the Church, but rather are full members from the moment of their baptism, Alex Righetti, a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Ambridge, PA and a third year student at the University of Pittsburgh has decided this Spring Break to offer his time and talents to help others in need. This week Alex has been a part of an Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Ministry Real Break Service team that has been dispatched to New Orleans to work with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Habitat for Humanity to rebuild several homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Read more...

2013 Lenten Youth Project To Benefit St. John the Compassionate Mission

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory, the National Junior ACRY, as in previous years, has taken it upon itself to aid the Diocesan ministry of Saint John the Compassionate, which is located in Toronto, Canada. The decision to assist this ministry to those in need was made by the National Junior ACRY at the National ACRY Convention held over Labor Day Weekend 2012 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Read more...

Bishop Gregory Makes First Pastoral Visit to Morgantown

Monday, March 04, 2013

MORGANTOWN, WV -- Over the weekend of March 1st to 3rd, 2013 His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa made his first pastoral visit to Morgantown, WV. His Grace was able to meet with the parishioners of St. Mary's on Friday evening. On Saturday, he was able to join West Virginia University OCF students and their friends from other local colleges and many visitors at a Pre-Lenten Retreat. Read more...

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For March 1-27, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for March 1-27, 2013 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

 

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