"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Within the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, there are numerous ministries that have been established to edify the Body of Christ. Officially referred to as Apostolates ( as they are in reality apostolic in nature), they exist to assist our diocesan hierarch to shepherd the flock entrusted to his care.
The Diocesan Apostolate for Youth serves as a catalyst or motivator for effective youth ministry on the diocesan, deanery and local parish levels. The Youth Apostolate strives to provide the needed resources for our youth to experience and explore their Orthodox Faith beyond the comfort and safety of their parish communities and families.
The Diocesan Apostolate for Christian Education provides guidance and resources for religious education within the parishes of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA. Through its annual Know Your Faith Educational Conference, it provides teacher training and educational enrichment for religious educators and the faithful of the diocese.
Vocations and Clergy Care
The Diocesan Apostolate for Vocations and Clergy Care is involved with the fostering of vocations to the Holy Orders and Monastic ranks of the Church. It works in concert with Christ the Saviour Seminary, the Diocesan Reader and Diaconate Program and the Clergy Pension and Compensation Boards, to nurture vocations of highly qualified, and spiritually mature individuals to the clerical and monastic orders.
Liturgical Music and Publications
The Diocesan Apostolate for Liturgical Music and Publications oversees the publication of all liturgical service texts and rubrics within the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA. It also promotes the Carpatho-Rusyn Plain Chant congregational singing tradition in the diocese, through cantor training programs and symposiums.
Information Technology and Communications
The Diocesan Apostolate for Information Technology and Communications is responsible for identifying, developing and integrating digital communications and information technologies that are suitable for use within the ministries of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA. It oversees the development and expansion of the Diocese's presence on the Internet.
Parish Growth, Mission and Evangelization
The Diocesan Apostolate for Parish Growth, Mission and Evangelization, oversees the domestic and international missionary outreach of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese. It serves as a catalyst for the establishment of new mission parishes and the spiritual renewal and growth of the existing parishes of the diocese. It also promotes and supports Orthodox missionary work throughout the world. It labors in close cooperation with the Diocesan Building Commission, and the Orthodox Mission Center (OCMC) and the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) which are agencies of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA).
Diocesan Growth and Development
The Diocesan Apostolate for Growth and Development is entrusted with the ongoing financial development and strategic planning necessary to sustain and strengthen the ministries and apostolates of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA.
Archives and History
The Diocesan Apostolate for Archives and History is responsible for the gathering, preserving and archiving of various resources and materials of historic importance to the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA. It is tasked with overseeing the development and growth of the Archival Center located within the Diocesan Chancery in Johnstown, PA and the Heritage Museum which is housed within the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church at Camp Nazareth in Mercer, PA.
SCOBA Endorsed Ministries and Commissions
The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), which was founded in 1960, brings together the canonical hierarchs of Orthodox jurisdictions in the Americas. The purpose of the Standing Conference is to create and foster ties of unity among the canonical Orthodox Churches and administrations for a stronger and more visible witness to the Orthodox Faith. With this in mind, the hierarchs have established numerous ministries and commissions that provide a common Orthodox witness in the areas of mission and evangelization, philanthropy, education and ecumenical dialogue.