Welcome to The Official Website of the National Senior ACRY (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth) 

ChapelThe National ACRY (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth) - The Fellowship of Sts Cyril and Methodios, is the national youth organization of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two separate organizations. The Junior ACRY (for ages 8 to 18) and the Senior ACRY (for ages 18 and older).

The ACRY is an Orthodox Christian family fellowship dedicated to the purpose of encouraging spiritual growth through charitable and apostolic missionary works, prayer and fellowship for the Glory of God and the building up of the Church and our Diocese.  (Read More...)

Becoming A Member of the ACRY

 

It is easy to become a member and join in the good works and fellowship of the ACRY.  If your parish has an active ACRY Chapter, speak to any officer. If not, only three interested people are needed in a Diocesan parish to form a chapter. It is also possible to join the Chapter at Large.

Learn More And Read Chapter Quick Start Guide 

 

Special Announcements
& Local Chapter News

70th National ACRY Bowling Tournament

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

St. John The Baptist Church] - Perth Amboy, NJ -- St. John The Baptist Orthodox Church of Perth Amboy, NJ is pleased to be the host of the 2018 National ACRY Metropolitan Orestes Memorial Bowling Tournament which will take place on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28, 2018). The parish has been working hard to plan an enjoyable weekend with many surprises. Mark your calendars now and plan on attending. Read more...

Potomac Chapter 2016 Convention Fundraiser

Monday, September 07, 2015

POTOMAC, MD - The members of the Holy Resurrection Parish ACRY Chapter 25 are hard at work preparing for the 2016 National Senior and Junior ACRY Convention. In order to help keep costs down, to allow as many people as possible to take part in the Convention, they are holding a special fundraiser. As revealed at the 2015 Convention in Binghamton, NY, they have designed a special T-Shirt that expresses the Truth of the Orthodox Faith in a very simple, yet powerful manner. T shirts are available in men's, women's and youth sizes in crew and v neck styles Read more...

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Spiritual Reflection

Our Patron Saints - Sts Cyril &  Methodios

In the Slavic Life of St. Methodius, written immediately after his death by one of his dedicated disciples, St. Constantine of Preslav, it is written:

"On Palm Sunday he (St. Methodius), despite his weakness, came into the church where all his people were assembled. After imparting his final blessing, he said: "Watch with me, my children, until the third day!" This they did. At dawn of the third day he said: "Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my soul!" (Lk.23:46), and he fell asleep in the arms of his priests on the sixth day of April, in the third Indiktion, 6393 from the creation of the world" (SVII, 7-10). In other words, St. Methodius died on April 6, 885 A.D. This year of 1985, then, we commemorate the 1100th Anniversary of his pious death.

The name of St. Methodius is inseparably connected with the name of his brother, St. Cyril. They both are venerated together as Apostles of the Slavs, and they both were instrumental in the conversion of our ancestors to Christianity.

Our Rusyn ancestors were converted to Christianity in the second half of the ninth century by the Apostles of the Slavs, SS. Cyril and Methodius, before they started their famous mission among the Slavic tribes of Great Moravia. With Christianity, the holy Brothers initiated our ancestors into their beautiful Byzantine Slavonic Rite and brought them into the sphere of Slavic culture. Justly then we venerate them as our Slavic Apostles and Teachers.

The birthplace of our Slavic Apostles was the city of Thessalonica, the capital city of the Macedonian Province of the Byzantine Empire. The father of SS. Cyril and Methodius was a high ranking officer in the Byzantine Army. He was of Greek descent. However their mother, Mary, in all probability, was of Slavic birth.Hence both sons we acquainted with the Slavic tongue since childhood.

During the eighth century some Slavic tribes settled in Macedonia, making the entire province predominantly Slavic. The Macedonian Slavs were soon Christianized by these Greek missionaries and accepted the Orthodox Faith.

St. Methodius, whose baptismal name was Michael, was born in 815 A.D. His younger brother Constantine, better known by his religious name, Cyril, was born about ten years later. They both studied at the Imperial School of Constantinople, where all the children of the higher imperial officials received their advanced education. (Read More ..)

Scholarship & Awards

Deadline for Submission of 2018 Scholarship Form is July 10, 2018

To be eligible for a scholarship the applicants home chapter must have submitted their annual donation to ACRY Scholarship Fund to the National Financial Secretary by July 1, 2018

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Outreach/Mission Work 



2017 Mission Project
IOCC  Hurricane Relief

Donations: $50,984.00 
Clean-up Buckets: 411  
Health Kits: 1486

2018 Summer Mission Trip: TBA

COMING EVENTS

74th Annual National A.C.R.Y.  Convention Hosted by 

Holy Ghost Church
Phoenixville, PA  
August 31- September 3, 2018.
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National ACRY/Diocesan News

Register Now For 2018 National ACRY Convention & Diocesan Family Weekend

Sunday, June 24, 2018

JOHNSTOWN, PA [National ACRY] - Holy Ghost Orthodox Church and ACRY Chapter #30 will be the host of the 74th National Senior and 35th National Junior ACRY which will take place Labor Day weekend, August 31st through September 3rd, 2018 at Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - King of Prussia, 260 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406. This is the same venue that hosted the 2014 ACRY Convention.

A rate of $109 (+ tax) for a double occupancy room has been secured for the weekend. These room rates are also secured for the day before the convention (Aug 30th) to allow everyone the opportunity to visit the area. Read more...

National Jr. ACRY Announces Annual Camp Essay Contest

Saturday, June 09, 2018

JOHNSTOWN, PA [National Junior ACRY] - If you’ve ever been to Camp Nazareth, chances are you can’t wait to go back. Wouldn’t it be great if you were able to go for free?

Each year, the National Jr. ACRY holds a Camp Essay Contest that anyone across the diocese can enter. If your essay is chosen as the winner, the National Jr. ACRY will pay for one full Diocesan week of camp if you are a National Jr. ACRY member. If you are not a member of the National Jr. ACRY, half of your camping week will be paid for. Read more...

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President's Corner

As the National ACRY President, I want to take this time to encourage all of you to please take a look at this year’s Advent Mission Project that we are coordinating.  In case you have not had a chance to read the flier and press release introducing what we are doing, we are coordinating efforts with Fr. Michael Chendorain and the faithful of St. John’s Parish in Perth Amboy, NJ to raise both money and volunteers to enable us to honor the late Fr. Michael Rosco by building a Habitat  for Humanity home in New Orleans in the summer of 2016.  Read More


Jr. ACRY

Featured Video

Bishop Gregory's Homily
2016 Bowling Tournament
Liturgy -  May 30, 2016

National Officers'
Addresses - 2016 Bowling
Tournament May 30, 2016

Bishop Gregory's Keynote
Address - 2015 Convention
September 6, 2015

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Deadlines & Events


National ACRY Convention

Phoenixville, PA
Aug 31

Camp Fund Drive Month

Oct 1

ACRY Annual Photos Deadline

Oct 31

ACRY Publication Fund Drive Month - November

Nov 1

ACRY Membership Drive Month - November

Nov 1

ACRY Annual Advertisement Deadline

Nov 15

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