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 ..)

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

70th Annual National A.C.R.Y.  Bowling Tournament Hosted by 
St John The Baptist Church
Perth Amboy, NJ  
May 25-28, 2018
74th Annual National A.C.R.Y.  Convention Hosted by 
Holy Ghost Church
Phoenixville, PA  
August 31- September 3, 2018.

National ACRY/Diocesan News

On-Line Scripture Study Seeking Input For Future Programming

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- For the past six years, a weekly on-line scripture study has been broadcast live from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio. Taught by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, Professor of Scripture at Christ the Saviour Seminary, the participants have studied the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. John, the Book of Revelation and the Acts of the Apostles. These weekly lectures, which are delivered in a clear and concise manner, drawing on the patristic voice of the Fathers of the Church Read more...

Archpastoral Letter For Pascha 2018

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Today I greet you with great love and joy in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ following His glorious Resurrection. On Great and Holy Pascha, we behold the triumph of Christ, as He rose from death to life, from darkness of the tomb into the Light. With the Resurrection of Christ, all Creation is filled with a new Light of life and joy. On this Feast of Feasts, this Holy Day of Holy Days, we all proclaim the only truth that matters, the Truth that Christ is Risen!

Through this Truth, we are liberated from the power of sin and death, to receive God’s promise to live in eternity. We feel the inexpressible joy of being united with real life in Christ. 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...

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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 Habit 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 Bowling Tournament

Perth Amboy, NJ, USA
May 25

Scholarship Application Deadline

Jun 1

Scholarship Fund Drive

Jul 1

National ACRY Convention

Phoenixville, PA
Aug 31

Camp Fund Drive Month

Oct 1

ACRY Annual Photos Deadline

Oct 31

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Glory Forever!

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