Saturday, July 11, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- This morning, July 11, 2015, the Orthodox Youth Mission Team (OYMT) left for a week- long mission trip to participate in the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) in Martin County, KY. The group, led by Fr. Luke Mihaly of Holy Trinity Church Danbury, CT along with Fr. David Cochran of St. John’s Church , Bridgeport, CT and Fr. Michael Chendorain of St. John’s Church, Perth Amboy, NJ, consists of 23 high school youth and 14 adult leaders. The group represents 7 parishes from the American Carpatho Russian Orthodox Diocese, the Orthodox Church in America, and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. The Orthodox Youth Mission Team will be working with families in some of the most impoverished areas of our country, helping to make their homes “warmer, safer, and drier”—which is ASP’s mission. The group has trained for the last 6 months participating in scripture study, sensitivity instruction, and construction and safety skills training to prepare for this opportunity to put their faith to work serving others.
The OYMT left from Holy Trinity in Danbury, CT this morning and will travel to Salem, VA tonight and then on to Warfield, KY on Sunday. Tommorow they will be visiting St. Mary’s in Bluefield, WV to celebrate liturgy with Fr. Mark Tyson and his parish. T Read more...
Saturday, July 11, 2015
NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the elevation of Bishop Philotheos of Meloa, the sole surviving Consecrating Bishop of +Metropolitan Nicholas, to the rank of Metropolitan of Meloa, according to an official announcement of July 9, from the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
The announcement states that the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, following a recommendation by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, elevated His Grace Bishop Philotheos of Meloa to active Metropolitan of Meloa.
His Eminence Metropolitan Philotheos came to the United States in 1960, as a deacon, on the invitation of Archbishop Iakovos and was ordained a priest in 1961. He was assigned to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Scranton. Pa., where he served until 1965. He was then transferred to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Eleftherios in Manhattan. He was elected to the episcopacy on April 29, 1971 by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and ordained bishop on June 6, 1971 by Archbishop Iakovos, in the Archdiocesan Cathedral Read more...
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
TORONTO, ON --- Nine young men and women from throughout the Diocese have arrived today at St. John The Compassionate Mission. This delegation of Diocesan Youth led by Very Rev. Miles Zdinak, National Junior ACRY Spiritual advisor and Josef Samilenko, National Jr ACRY President, have travelled to Canada to offer their assistance to the Mission for the next several days. Joining the team is Very Rev. Protopresbyter Peter Paproski, National Sr. ACRY Spiritual Advisor and Diocesan Webmaster.
During their stay they will take part in the daily life of the Mission, serving meals, breaking bread with the mission's extended family from the streets of Toronto, participating in the daily liturgical services and assisting with various maintenance projects.
In addition to their active participation in the life of the Mission, the team will present Fr. Roberto Ubertino, the priest in charge of the mission with the proceeds of the 2015 Diocesan Youth project, which was a huge success especially with the generosity of the Kulis Foundation which matched dollar for dollar what the youth raised. Read more...
Friday, July 03, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA [National ACRY] -- A.C.R.Y. Members and Diocesan Faithful are cordially invited to join us this Labor Day weekend, September 4-7th for the 2015 National Sr. and Jr. A.C.R.Y. Conventions. This year is especially meaningful to us as a son of St Michael's Church in Binghamton, Deacon William Bennett, grandson of our parish’s Deacon Charles Ellis and nephew of Father Michael Ellis will be ordained to Holy Priesthood at Sunday’s Divine Liturgy by His Grace, Bishop Gregory!
St. Michael’s Church and Sr. and Jr. A.C.R.Y. Chapter 40, is pleased to be your hosts, and have worked hard to plan a weekend we hope everyone will enjoy. We will be headquartered in the heart of downtown Binghamton at the newly remodeled Doubletree by Hilton Hotel for this year’s Convention headquarters. Many of you no doubt have fond memories of past events in Binghamton, and we are working with the hotel staff to exceed your expectations again this year! You will find a ‘new look’ not only to the hotel, but to downtown itself which has changed dramatically as our Binghamton University has expanded into the downtown since 2009 when St Michael's hosted their last event bringing hundreds of student apartments, new restaurants, brew pubs, cafes and specialty shops into the area! Read more...
Thursday, July 02, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Tribune-Democrat] -
Sixty-seven altar boys from 13 states are in Johnstown this week for a retreat that mixes faith and fun.
The three-day event brings together altar boys, who range in age from 8 to 18, and leaders of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese for education, prayer and fellowship.
The retreat is being held at Christ the Saviour Cathedral on Garfield Street and this year focuses around the theme of “To Serve is to Love.”
“I want you to not be just an altar boy, but be the best altar boy and be ready to service the Lord,” Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese, said to the boys after celebrating Divine Liturgy with them on Tuesday.
“Take the theme of this retreat and put it in your heart and love the Lord.”
The retreat balances spiritual and fun activities and shows the boys that the priesthood is a viable and worthy vocation. Participants also have the opportunity to bond and learn how to be leaders. Bishop Gregory said the purpose of the retreat is to encourage the boys to pursue the priesthood.
“Our priests are getting older and retiring, and we will need new priests, and if they aren’t coming from this group then where?” he said. Read more...
Monday, June 29, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA - The Chancery has been informed that Kerya Brisbane, the wife of Deacon Edward Brisbane of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio, fell-asleep in the Lord on Saturday June 27, 2015.
The funeral arrangements are as follow:
On Monday, July 6th at Staton-Borowski Funeral Home - 962 North Road, N.E. Warren, Ohio - The Funeral Service will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, July 7th the Divine Liturgy will be served at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio. Read more...
Sunday, June 28, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that Reader Andrew Talarovich, Jr. of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Homestead, PA, reposed in the Lord suddenly on Saturday, June 27, 2015.
Andrew, age 52, was the son of the late Andrew Sr. and Katherine (Rethi) Talarovich; brother of Michael Joseph (Rachel) Talarovich of Pittsburgh, PA and Kathryn (James) Brackin of Indiana, PA; uncle of Heather (Brent) Blose; great uncle of Aiden Hill; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends. Andrew was a former cantor at SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Homer City, and was the present cantor and choir director at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Homestead. Read more...
Sunday, June 28, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- This evening more than 100 of our Diocesan youth arrived safely at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Johnstown for the Annual Diocesan Altarboy Retreat, and at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA for the Annual Young Women's Encounter. During the next three days, the altar boys and young women of our Diocese will have the opportunity in their own venue to spend time in prayer, learning, fellowship and service.
Taking inspiration from the Scriptural verse, "Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God." - 1 Peter 2:16, the theme of this year's altar boy retreat is “To Serve is to Love…” In addition to interactive discussions on the retreat theme, instruction in Plain Chant Singing, Read more...
Monday, June 15, 2015
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for June through August 2015, has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Diocesan faithful and members of the Junior and Senior ACRY are cordially invited to take part in the 71st National ACRY Convention, From September 4-6. 2015 in Binghamton, NY. Hosted by St. Michael's Parish and ACRY Chapter #40, a wonderful weekend of worship, fellowship and family fun is being planned for all! Along with the usual business session meetings, there will be engaging speakers on the topics of campus ministry and the hands-on outreach and mission projects that the ACRY has taken on during the past year. A highlight of the Labor Day Weekend gathering will be the ordination to the Holy Priesthood of William Bennett.
Other activities planned for the weekend include a Golf Outing and a Finger Lakes Wine Tour, an AA Baseball Game, and a possible visit to a local farm for a hay ride and apple picking! Read more...