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 Nazareth Cabin Expansion Project

Monday, November 23, 2015

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] - With the Blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory and the approval of the Diocesan Board of Trustees, the Camp Nazareth cabins and other infrastructure are undergoing a significant upgrade in the off-season. The project is well underway and is scheduled to be completed by March 1, 2016, in time for the 2016 Summer Camping Season. Those who received a parish visit from His Grace, Bishop Gregory since last year at this time, or who had a family member attend Camp this past summer, undoubtedly have heard about the project, but may still not know all its details. The project is extensive and when it is completed it will be a major improvement to the quality of the camping experience for our children. Read more...

National Sr. ACRY Announces Annual Advent Mission Project

Sunday, November 01, 2015

JOHNSTOWN, PA [National ACRY] With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory, the National Sr. ACRY is pleased to announce their second annual Advent Mission Project. After a successful project last year, the members of the Senior ACRY decided at the 2015 National Convention, to support an initiative to build a Habitat for Humanity Home in memory of +Protopresbyter Michael Rosco. This memorial building project is being spearheaded by the faithful of Fr. Michael’s former parish, St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church of Perth Amboy, NJ, in conjunction with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Plans call for a home to be built in the Summer of 2016 for a deserving family in Mandeville, LA where Fr. Michael, working with IOCC Relief teams, assisted with 3 similar building projects in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was through his initial efforts that the Diocese saw an increased awareness and participation in hands-on mission work. That work continues to this day. 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


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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

ACRY Publication Fund Drive Month - November

Nov 1

ACRY Membership Drive Month - November

Nov 1

ACRY Membership Dues Deadline

Dec 1

ACRY Ambassador Fund Drive Month - March

Mar 1

ACRY Western Regional Lenten Retreat

St Michael's Church, Niles, IL
Apr 20

ACRY Individual of the Year Award

May 15

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