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Assembly of Bishops Releases National Study on Outreach and Evangelism in Orthodox Parishes in the US

Sunday, April 23, 2017

[NEW YORK, NY ] The first ever, national study on evangelization and outreach in Orthodox parishes in the United States has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. The report "Go and Make Disciples: Evangelization and Outreach in US Orthodox Parishes" explores the practices and strategies developed by some Orthodox parishes that can be viewed as "exemplary" in their missionary and outreach efforts. Examples of what the readers will find in the report include: The "secrets" of being a parish that attracts and welcomes new members; Eight good practices of welcoming first-time visitors and inquirers about the Faith; How do "exemplary" parishes achieve a high degree of involvement of their members in parish life; Four distinct features of religious education in the "exemplary" parishes;and Six "lessons" that Church leadership (bishops) can learn from the "exemplary" parishes. Read more...

National ACRY Scholarship Application Now Posted On-Line

Friday, April 21, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- Each year, the National ACRY offers scholarships for undergraduate, graduate, technical school and seminary students. The scholarship program is designed to encourage diocesan youth to remain connected to the Church while pursuing higher education. Diocesan faithful who are members of the ACRY are invited to apply for the following scholarships: Freshman, Sophmore, Junior, Senior/Metropolitan Orestes, Graduate, Trade/Technical, Seminarian and Mary Kay Wanchak Memorial. Read more...

Registration Now Open For 2017 Young Women's Encounter!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] Registration is now open ONLINE for the Fourth Annual Diocesan Young Women's Encounter which will take place from Sunday, June 25th to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA which is open to young women in our Diocese ages 12-18.

This engaging experience includes spiritual discussions and special events. Explore the work of women in the Church, develop and strengthen friendships with other Orthodox young women Read more...

Archpastoral Letter For Pascha 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

In this world where darkness unceasingly prowls and is ever ready to overtake and consume any goodness which may exist, we must remain steadfast in our faith and allow Christ’s Light to shine through us, transforming us into beacons of hope for the entire world.

During the beautiful service of the Resurrection, waiting in a darkened church, anticipating the Light, we should be mindful of what we are about to experience and its significance. The Resurrection is a real event. It is happening right now for all of us. Read more...

Camp Nazareth 40th Anniversary Alumni Day

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MERCER, PA [Camp Nazareth] -- Our Diocese is pleased to announce its first annual Camp Nazareth Alumni Day to be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 on the grounds of the Camp. All former Campers, Staff, Volunteers and Clergy alumni, and their families, are invited to attend the event. This includes the alumni from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Pennsylvania, both long-time user groups of the Camp. This first Alumni Day will include prayer services, fellowship time, dancing performances, a barbeque lunch, tours, presentations, of course a Camp craft!, slideshows, a special “Remember When” segment of the day, and a whole lot more as we continue to celebrate Camp Nazareth’s 40th Anniversary!! Alumni will have the opportunity to see their old Camp friends, share their fond memories of Camp, and meet other members of the Camp Nazareth family. Read more...

Cathedral Holy Week Services To Be Live-Streamed

Friday, April 07, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA ---The Very Rev. Protopresbyter Robert Buczak has announced today that scheduled Divine Services for Holy Week at Christ the Saviour Cathedral will be live streamed. Holy Friday Vespers, Resurrection Matins and the Paschal Divine Liturgy will be archived for on-demand viewing. Read more...

Camp Nazareth Family Camp 2017

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

June 9-11,2017

Our Diocese is pleased to announce its fifth annual Family Camp at Camp Nazareth this year in conjunction with Family Day. The event is exactly what it sounds like. Families “camping” together in the Camp cabins and participating in a weekend of services, games, discussions, activities and challenges that are all designed to help families deepen their relationship with God and with one another.

This year’s theme – “Your Family’s Sacred Story”. Jesus and His family fled to Egypt. Noah and his family entered the ark. Abraham and his family left their home. Lot and his family fled Sodom. Stories of faith and God’s mercy are part of every family’s Sacred Story. Read more...

Diocesan Parishes Invited To Submit Holy Week and Pascha Photos!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- Diocesan Parishes are cordially invited to submit via email up to 3 photos of this year's Holy week and Paschal services for inclusion in a special photo gallery, "Pascha throughout the Diocese".

It is asked that parishes avoid sending low resolution cell phone camera quality photos as they may also be included in The Church Messenger

Please email photos to media@acrod.org Please put in the body of the e-mail the name of the parish, and a brief captions describing the photos. Please do not send captions as attached document files. Read more...

Diocesan Priest Featured on Orthodox Christian Fellowship Podcast!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- Fr. William George, the Pastor of our Diocesan Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Rockaway, NJ. was recently featured on the March 2017 Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Podcast, OCF All Stars - Spiritual Advisors.

Fr. William joined OCF Media Student Leader Dan Bein in a conversation about some of the unique challenges Father William encounters, as a spiritual advisor for the OCF chapter of County College of Morris--giving room for others to work, leading discussions, and maintaining the peace. Read more...

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For April 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for April 2017 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

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