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Eternal Memory: +Jack Cochran

Sunday, February 12, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that Jack Cochran, the father of Protopresbyter David Cochran, reposed in the Lord on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

Jack was born on June 12, 1940 in Webster Springs, WV, he was the son of the late Cleremont Cochran & Elladean (Schrader) Been. He married Lona (Carnegie) Cochran on June 12, 1964 in Lake Station, IN. He was a member of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Osceola Mills, PA. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, a member of the Operating Engineers Local 150, a retired Operating Engineer Image of the U.S. Navy Sealfor Heckett Engineering of East Chicago Indiana and a 1958 graduate of the Hobart High School in Hobart, IN. Read more...

Register Now For 2017 Diocesan Lenten Retreats!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

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 March 25, 2017 at St. Nicholas Church, Homestead, PA from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Eastern Region: Saturday April 1, 2017 at St Francis Center For Renewal, Bethlehem, PA from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (EST). Read more...

Eternal Memory: Archon George Smisko

Sunday, February 05, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that George Smisko, the brother of the late +Metropolitan Nicholas, reposed in the Lord on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

George, a parishioner of St. John The Baptist Orthodox Church of Perth Amboy, NJ, was an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, a trustee of St. John The Baptist Church, a member of St. John's Social club and a volunteer at the parish Soup Kitchen and Pirogi Sales.

He is preceded in death by his loving parents Andrew and Anna and is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years Rose Marie; beloved father of Rose Ann Smisko; loving brother of Michael and his wife Mary Ann Smisko, his brother-in-law- Peter Jr. and his wife Lorraine Fenenic Read more...

College Student and Young Adult Retreat

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

CAMP NAZARETH, [Mercer, PA] -- The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese are pleased to announce a co-sponsored retreat for College Students and Young Adults ages 18-35 entitled “Navigating Life Using Your Spiritual Compass”. The Retreat will be held at Camp Nazareth Retreat and Conference Center in Mercer, PA from March 17-19, 2017 and will feature keynote addresses by Very Rev. Dr. Edward Pehanich and Mr. Nick Lionas. The weekend event will be filled with learning, fun, fellowship, worship, and time for reflection and rejuvenation! Visit either or for more information and to register for the Retreat. Online registration begins on February 1. If you ever struggle with “staying on track”, or if you ever feel like you don’t know where you’re headed in your life, then don’t miss out on this unique retreat! I Read more...

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For February 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

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

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Board Of Directors Announces Expansion Or Its Board, Continued Growth Of Its Ministry To College Students, and National Search For Executive Director

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

BROOKLINE, MA — Following its annual meeting, the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) has announced that it will begin its search for an Executive Director. The process for identifying and screening potential candidates is projected to begin in early February 2017, and details regarding the process and its progress will be made available through OCF’s website (

OCF is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States and serves as the official campus ministry for the twelve (12) Orthodox Christian jurisdictions that the Assembly represents. Its mission is to transform the lives of college students in the United States and Canada by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.

Led by His Grace Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, the Assembly Episcopal Liaison to OCF, and James P. Gianakis, serving as Chairman, the OCF Board of Directors gathered on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology to reflect on the past year’s successes, to affirm the ministry’s commitment to Orthodox Christian college students across the country, Read more...

2017 March For Life

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC --- On Friday, January, 27, 2016 Orthodox Christians from across the USA will be among those gathering in the Nation's Capital to participate in the The 43rd Annual March For Life which marks the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States [Due to the Presidential inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, this year’s March is being held one week later than usual] The theme of this year’s March is “The Power of One.”

The March will begin at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Orthodox Christian participants are asked to gather at the “Orthodox Christians for Life” banner, which will be prominently displayed to the right of the stage near Constitution Avenue, between 15th and 17th Streets North West Read more...

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For January 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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

Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity 2016/2017

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On this glorious Feast of the Nativity of Christ we celebrate a truly a wondrous event in which God, in His infinite and marvelous grace, became man bringing us enduring hope, newness of life, and eternal salvation. The Son of God, the Lord of Glory and King of kings who upholds the universe by His word of power, became man so that we human beings might be redeemed, renewed, united with Him, and become fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s kingdom.

The magnitude and depth of the event of the Nativity of Christ are impossible to grasp, but the message is clear and true. It is a message of grace, hope, and salvation to all humanity and to all the created order. Read more...

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Friday, January 06, 2017

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] -- Christ is born, glorify Him. Christ is from heaven, go to meet Him. Christ is on earth, be ye lifted up. Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing out with gladness, all ye people. For He is glorified (First Ode of the Christmas Canon).

His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, the Diocesan Chancery Staff, and the Faculty and Staff of Christ the Saviour Seminary extend their heartfelt greetings to the faithful and friends of the Diocese for a blessed Feast of The Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Read more...

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