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2016

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Deadline For ACRY Scholarships Is Fast Approaching!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, PA [National Senior ACRY] --- Each year the ACRY offers the following scholarship to ACRY members: Freshman, Sophmore, Junior, Senior/Metropolitan Orestes, Graduate, Trade/Technical, Seminarian and Mary Kay Wanchak Memorial. The deadline for ACRY Scholarship applications and recommendations is June 15th, which is fast approaching. Applicants are kindly asked to please check with those from whom they have requested recommendations that they were written and sent to the Scholarship Committee. Read more...

Bishop Gregory Selected As Member of Ecumenical Patriarchate's Delegation At The Holy And Great Council

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, PA --- His Grace, Bishop Gregory has been informed that he has been invited to serve as a member the Ecumenical Patriarchate's official delegation at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, to be held from June 16-27 in Crete. For the first time in 1200 years, the primates of all 14 Orthodox autocephalous (or self-governed) Churches, along with more than 300 bishops and others, will meet to pray and discuss issues of common concern. According to the official press release issued by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the composition of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is as follows:

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, President of the Holy and Great Council
His Eminence Archbishop Leo of Karelia and all Finland
His Eminence Metropolitan Stephanos of Tallinn and all Estonia
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Archpastoral Letter For Pascha 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

On this great and glorious Feast of Pascha – the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, our hearts are filled with tremendous joy, our souls are transformed and we bask in the Light of Truth. This year I want to share with you some Paschal thoughts from St. Gregory the Theologian.

It is the Day of the Resurrection! Let us then keep the Festival with splendor, and let us embrace one another. Let us say Brethen, even to those who hate us, Let us forgive all offenses for the Resurrection’s sake; let us give one another pardon. Read more...

National ACRY Presents Proceeds of Advent Mission Project to St. John's Parish

Friday, April 15, 2016

PHOENIXVILLE, PA ---On Saturday April 16, 2016, National Sr. ACRY President Kevin Coffman, at the Eastern Regional Diocesan Lenten Retreat, made a presentation on behalf of the National Sr. ACRY to Fr. Michael Chendorain, Pastor of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of Perth Amboy, NJ. for the benefit of the Fr. Michael Rosco Memorial, Habitat for Humanity Building Project.

Fr Michael received, on behalf of the parish, a check for $16,133.00 which represented the proceeds of the Diocesan Advent Mission Project that was spearheaded by the National ACRY. Read more...

Registration Opens For 2016 Young Women's Encounter

Monday, April 11, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] - Registration is now open for the Third Annual Diocesan Young Women's Encounter which will take place from Sunday, June 26th to Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA.

This engaging experience, which is open to young women in our Diocese ages 12-18, will highlight how young women can live our Orthodox Faith and serve the Church with their own unique gifts. This year we are really looking forward to having Katrina Bitar with us. She is the YES North America Program Director (Youth Equipped to Serve) for FOCUS North America (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve.) Read more...

2016 Lenten Youth Project To Benefit St. John the Compassionate Mission

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory, the National Junior ACRY, as in previous years, calls upon all to help aid in the mission of our diocesan apostolate of Saint John the Compassionate, in the inner city of Toronto, Ontario. The National Junior ACRY hears the call from the hymns of the Great Fast/Lent and invites everyone to help fulfill this plea of the voice of the Church.

Members of the Junior ACRY had the opportunity to visit the Mission this past summer and witness Christ’s love, which labors through the Mission to minister to the needs of so many. Last year’s donation from the National ACRY along with a matching grant from the John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation was hand delivered by National President Josef Samilenko to Fr. Roberto on behalf of all who donated to the Lenten Project. The Project raised over $12,000.00 for the Mission last year. Read more...

Registration Information For The 2016 ACRY Bowling Tournament Is Now On-Line

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WOODSTOCK, GA -- [National ACRY] Registration information is now online for the 2016 Metropolitan Orestes Memorial Bowling Tournament, sponsored by the National ACRY which will take place over Memorial Day Holiday weekend (May 27-30, 2016) in the Metropolitan Atlanta Georgia Area in Woodstock, Georgia.

Diocesan faithful and friends are cordially invited by His Grace Bishop Gregory along with Fr. Matthew Dutko and parishioners of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church of Woodstock, GA to come spend an enjoyable weekend of bowling, Christian Fellowship and worship All are welcome and need not be ACRY members to take part. Read more...

The Lenten Spring Has Come!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the setting of the sun and the celebration of Forgiveness Vespers this evening, the season of The Great Fast has been ushered in throughout our God-Saved Diocese and the Orthodox Church throughout the world. This Holy Season, as His Grace, Bishop Gregory has reminded us in his Lenten Archpastoral Letter "is a time for self-examination and self-denial. We must take control of our lives and bodies with fasting in order to gain a greater awareness of our dependence on and relationship with God." To assist the faithful in making the most of this holy season, additional resources have been added to our Diocesan Website. Read more...

Advent Mission Project Raises Over $20,000 for the Fr. Michael Rosco Memorial Habitat for Humanity Building Project!

Friday, March 11, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, PA [National ACRY] The National Sr. ACRY is pleased to announce that the 2015 Advent Mission Project has raised over $20,000 in support of the Fr. Michael Rosco Memorial, Habitat for Humanity building project. These funds include a generous $5000 grant from the Kulis Foundation. With the proceeds of the Advent Mission Project, the grand total raised for this worthy cause as of today, is over $32,000.00! Also seven members of our Diocesan family have agreed to serve on a construction team, thus far.

This memorial building project is being spearheaded by the faithful of Fr. Michael’s former parish, St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of Perth Amboy, NJ, in conjunction with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Plans call for a home to be built in the Summer of 2016 for a deserving family in Mandeville, LA Read more...

Register Now For 2016 Diocesan Lenten Retreats!

Monday, February 15, 2016

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 April 9, 2016 at St. Nicholas Church, Homestead, PA from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Eastern Region: Saturday April 16, 2016 at The Conference Center at Valley Forge, Phoenixville, PA from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (EST). Read more...

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