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John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation Offers Scholarship Opportunity For Diocesan Youth

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that Diocesan Students may be eligible for a $5,000 Undergraduate or a $5,000 Graduate Scholarship through the John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation. A total of ten undergraduate and ten graduate scholarships will be awarded. To be eligible, a student must be actively involved in ther Eastern Orthodox faith and a member of a parish in one of the following jurisdictions: American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, or the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States. Scholarships are based on need and all candidates must provide evidence of true financial need. Read more...

On-Line Scripture Study To Resume For The Lenten Season

Thursday, February 20, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The Diocesan Chancery is pleased to announce that the on-line Orthodox Bible Study Class, hosted by St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Warren, Ohio, will resume this coming Saturday, February 21, 2014 after a several week hiatus. The harsh winter weather caused water lines to burst, which resulted in extensive water damage to the Church complex and the internet broadcast system. This year's study is focusing on the Gospel of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John The class is led by Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, D. Min, Professor of Sacred Scripture at Christ the Saviour Seminary and Pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio. The class takes place on Saturday evenings at 4:45 pm and is approximately 60 minutes in duration. The Gospel of St. John is being read and discussed within the context of the patristic mindset of the Church. Emphasis is placed on both the Gospel's historical context and application to contemporary life. Read more...

Message By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the Tragic Situation in Ukraine

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPE --His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople, released the following message today to the Ukrainian Nation and the members of the Ukrainian community abroad in response to the escalating crisis in the Ukraine. Beloved children and friends in Ukraine and abroad,It is with heavy heart that we have been following the ongoing and, indeed, only escalating tragic circumstances in Ukraine over the last weeks. We feel that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine are our own flesh and blood. We endure the same sufferings that you suffer and we work with you for your joy, as St. Paul says. In our high responsibility as Ecumenical Patriarch, we are obliged to call for peace from the authorities in a democratic and independent nation, where its elected leaders – both in government and opposition – have the ultimate responsibility to protect the dignity of human life among its citizens. Read more...

Diocesan Clergy Retreats Postponed

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [Diocesan Chancery] - Due to weather-related concerns, the Diocesan Priest Convocation scheduled for Feb 19-21 and the Readers/Subdeacons/Deacons Retreat (Feb 21-22) has been postponed. The convocation has been re-scheduled for Bright Week, Priests: April 23-25; Readers/Deacons/Sub-deacons: April 25-26. Read more...

Register Now For 2014 Diocesan Lenten Retreats!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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. Read more...

2014 Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth Worker Conference Commences

Thursday, January 23, 2014

LIGONIER, PA [Antiochian Village] The Annual Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth Workers Conference, co hosted by The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and our Diocese, and held at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA commenced yesterday, January 23, 2014. Centering on the theme, Writing Icons of the Kingdom, this annual conference which is open to all those involved in Youth Ministry across all jurisdictions in the United States and Canada offers Church School Teachers, Youth Directors, Camp Directors, those involved in youth programming, and many others to come together, learn, share insights, network, and together lay the foundations for further inter-Orthodox cooperation and ministry to our youth. Read more...

Well Known Orthodox Monk To Visit St John the Compassionate Mission

Saturday, January 18, 2014

TORONTO [St John the Compassionate Mission] - Fr. Zacharias from the monastery founded by Fr Sophrony, the disciple of St Silouan of Athos is coming to St John the Compassionate Mission in February 2014. Fr Zacharias is the author of several books on the spiritual life and is in much demand as a speaker and spiritual guide. He has visited the USA several times but this is his first visit to Toronto. During his visit, from February 12th to 16th he will give three retreats at the Mission. Read more...

Diocesan College Student To Serve on OCF Real Break Mission Team

Thursday, January 16, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- [National ACRY] In keeping with the missionary spirit of the ACRY, Nate Choma, a student at Kent State University, will be joining a team of Orthodox College Students on an Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) sponsored Real Break short term missionary trip to Romania from March 22-29, 2014. The student team will travelling to Valea Plopului, a remote village about 70 miles north of Bucharest, Romania. This community takes care of about 220 orphans, handicapped children and children from families with financial hardships. The orphanage is a ministry of the Pro Vita Association, an Orthodox, non-profit, non-governmental organization. The association receives no help from the Romanian state. It is the families in Valea Plopului who support these children. Because these villagers earn their living through agricultural activities and small crafts, their incomes are extremely small. Unfortunately, despite their goodwill and desire to help the children, the adults are often not able to offer the children an appropriate healthy meal.With the income from the selling of religious objects (icons, painted wooden crosses made in their workshops) and some limited donations, the orphanage has managed to acquire two peasant bread ovens, some animals, and two cars needed for the transportation of basic food supplies, construction material, and agricultural produce. Students on this trip will work on maintenance projects Read more...

St Mary's Parish in Morgantown, WV Blesses The Monongahela River

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MORGANTOWN, WV - Members of the St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Westover held their annual commemoration of Jesus’ baptism Saturday, at the Edith Barill Riverfront Park boat ramp in Star City. A steady rain didn’t dampen the spirits of two dozen or so who sang hymns, read Scripture and prayed in the riverside gazebo. “It’s really a special blessing and we view the rain as a little bit of a blessing in and of itself. We know that God is with us,” the Rev. Matthew Stagon said. “It’s better that it rains than it’s snowy and icy and people can’t get here.” Fr. Stagon blessed the water of the Monongahela River and asked for a blessing for everyone near and far whose lives the water will touch, including the entire Morgantown community. Read more...

Eternal Memory: Peter Kralick

Thursday, January 09, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, PA - The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that +Peter Kralick, the father of Pani Barbara Psenechnuk fell asleep in the Lord on January 8, 2014. Born in Shenandoah, Pa., Mr. Kralick moved to Jersey City, N.J., in 1929, then Elizabeth, N.J., residing in Garwood since 1951. Mr. Kralick was an Army Air Corps veteran Read more...

 

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