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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...

Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For
January - February 2014

Sunday, January 05, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for January - February 2014, has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Cathedral To Live Broadcast Nativity Services!

Friday, January 03, 2014

JOHNSTOWN [Christ the Saviour Cathedral] -- The Divine Services of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (January 6-7, 2014)at Christ the Saviour Cathedral will be live-streamed on the internet. The Christmas Eve broadcast will begin at 7:45 pm. The broadcast of the Christmas morning Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Read more...

Bishop Gregory Offers Keynote Address at OCF's College Conference East

Sunday, December 29, 2013

LIGONIER, PA [Antiochian Village] At the invitation of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Campus Ministry, His Grace, Bishop Gregory is serving as keynote speaker at the 2013 College Conference East at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA, which is in session until December 31, 2013. For the next three days, His Grace will be surrounded by 300 of North America's finest young Orthodox Christians, Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

I greet you with joy and love in the Name of our Incarnate Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks to Almighty God, by whose grace we have been given the opportunity to celebrate the Birth of His Son. If we look around, we find hatred, mistrust, suffering, and the absence of peace and love in our neighborhood, city, country, and in fact the whole world. This reality in life makes us cry out for God’s help, assistance, and intervention. Read more...

Patriarchal Encyclical for The Nativity 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Many centuries ago, the Prophet foresaw and announced with enthusiasm and joy the birth of the child Jesus from the ever-Virgin Mary. Naturally, even then, there was no period of census by Augustus Caesar, no place to stay for the safety of the Holy Virgin who was carrying a child by the Holy Spirit. So the holy Joseph as her betrothed and protector was obliged to lead her to a cave, a manger with animals, in order to give birth to a child. Heaven and earth received them, offering thanks to their Creator:The angels offered the hymn; the heavens a star; the wise men gifts; the shepherds a miracle; the earth a cave; the desert a manger; and we the Mother Virgin. Read more...

Be A Light In The Lives Of Our Orthodox College Students!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

BROOKLINE, MA -- Christ is born! Glorify Him! The National Office and Student Advisory Board of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship extends its greetings on the upcoming Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. To spread the joy of the feast, they invite you to watch a short, 4-minute video we made as a fun way to share in the celebration of this joyous upcoming feast! Diocesan faithful and friends are kindly asked to be a light in the lives of our beloved Orthodox College Students Read more...

His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Exceptional Academic Honor

Thursday, December 19, 2013

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE -- On December 19, 2013, His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul's Bogaziçi University (formerly Robert College) for his extraordinary vision and initiatives for the protection of the natural environment. The award comes on the occasion of Bogaziçi University's 150th anniversary. Not only is this Turkish institution of higher learning the first ever to be ranked (as it has since 2012) among the top 200 universities in the world, but it is the first to bestow such an honor on His All-Holiness, and the first also publicly to acknowledge his status and position as Ecumenical Patriarch, a title which has been used since the 6th century A.D. Read more...

 

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