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.

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Special Announcements
& Local Chapter News

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...

63rd Annual Communion Breakfast in Homestead

Monday, April 22, 2013

HOMESTEAD, PA -- On Sunday April 21, 2013, St Nicholas Orthodox Church of Homestead held its 63rd Annual Communion Breakfast, hosted by the local ACRY Chapter. 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 ..)


71st National A.C.R.Y. Convention Hosted by Chapter #40 Binghamton, Sept 4-6, 2015
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Outreach/Mission Work

Advent Mission Project
To Benefit The Fr Michael Rosco

Memorial Building Project
Habitat For Humanity
New Orleans, LA
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Summer Mission Trip
St Herman's House
Cleveland, Ohio

Coming National Events:

68th Metropolitan Orestes Memorial Bowling Tournament
Hosted by St. Elizabeth Church Woodstock, Georgia
May 27-30, 2016
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72nd National A.C.R.Y.  Convention Hosted by
Chapter #25, Potomac, MD   September 2-5, 2016
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National ACRY/Diocesan News

Camp Cabin Expansion Project Groundbreaking

Thursday, October 08, 2015

MERCER, PA [Camp Nazareth] -- On Thursday morning, October 18, 2015, a few priests and lay people gathered together at Camp Nazareth to celebrate the groundbreaking service for the beginning of the Camp’s Cabin Expansion Project. It turned out to be a beautiful day on which to celebrate outdoors and say the prayers together to begin this project. The service was celebrated at the Holy Innocents Shrine. The Holy Innocents are the patron saints of the Camp itself. Their shrine is located in the grove of trees in front of cabins 4 & 5. The shrine was beautifully adorned with Fall plants and flowers; fitting for the task at hand. The service itself was beautiful. The Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, who is the Camp Overseer, mentioned after the service was over that St. Paul exhorts us to pray at all times, to pray constantly, as a way of both putting and showing our trust in God, and as a way of defeating the evil one. Read more...

Diocesan Youth Encounter To Take Place In New York City!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] – Due to planned renovations at Camp Nazareth, The National Jr. ACRY will be hosting its Weekend Encounter at St Nicholas Orthodox Church in New York City over Veteran’s Day Weekend. The event will be held from November 6 –8, 2015, and is open to youth ages 8 – 18. You do not have to be a member of the Jr. ACRY to attend. The weekend’s activities will include time for prayer, recreating, learning more about the Faith, and more. During the weekend, you can catch up with old friends, make new friends, and have fun while living the Faith Read more...

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President's Corner

I was elected President of the National ACRY at the 71st National Convention in Binghamton, NY this past Labor Day weekend. As my predecessors mentioned in their inaugural addresses, the full weight of what had occurred did not immediately set in until much later. It was not until I sent out my first email to the newly elected board that I realized how much responsibility had been entrusted to me. With your cooperation, I intend to continue on the path set before us, growing our God-saved organization to the levels of membership and attendance that the ACRY experienced decades ago.  Read More


Featured Video

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

Sr ACRY President's Address
2015 ACRY Convention
September 6, 2015

Jr ACRY President's Address
2014 ACRY Bowling Tournament
September 6, 2015

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Deadlines & Events

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

ACRY Membership Dues Deadline

Dec 1

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