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Diocesan Youth Take On Hurricane Relief Outreach Project (Updated 10/5/19)

Thursday, October 03, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA [National ACRY] --- With the blessing and enthusiastic support of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa, the National Junior and Senior ACRY has taken on the coordination of a Diocesan-wide outreach initiative to assist the International Orthodox Christian Charities in responding to the catastrophic devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian which brought destruction to the Bahama’s and the south eastern coast of the United States. Hurricane Dorian caused over 7 billion dollars in damage and left thousands homeless.

In times of natural disaster, the IOCC has boots on the ground distributing hygiene kits which  provide basic hygiene supplies that more than likely were washed away in the torrential downpour. Due to the multiple, intense storms that have hit during the peak of this hurricane season, IOCC’s supply of hygiene kits have been depleted. Read more...

Fall Youth Encounter To Take Place At Camp Nazareth Nov 8-10, 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA [National Jr ACRY] - The Annual Fall Youth Encounter will take place from Friday Nov 8 - Sunday Nov 10, 2019 at Camp Nazareth in Mercer, PA. The Encounter is sponsored by the National JR. ACRY and is open to youth ages 8-18. All Diocesan youth are invited and do not have to be a member of the JR. ACRY to attend.

The weekend will be full of fun activities, spiritual activities and time spent in one of the best places on earth. Come and bring a friend and experience all your faith and friendships have to offer in our Lord Jesus Christ!

The encounter will begin with arrival and registration on Friday, Nov 8th from 7:00 to 9:00pm and will conclude on Sunday Nov 10th, 2019 at Noon following the celebration of Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am and Brunch. Read more...

Schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory For October 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa for October 2019 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Eternal Memory: +Rev Paul Eugene Tobias

Monday, September 23, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA - With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that Rev Paul Eugene Tobias, the father of  Very Rev. Jonathan Tobias, reposed in the Lord on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

Ordained as a pastor in the Churches of God General Conference in 1959, The Rev. Paul ministered to nine congregations in Indiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. After semi-retiring in 2001, he continued to serve as an interim pastor for several more congregations before taking on the role of visitation pastor at Kingwood Church, where he finally retired fully in 2016, as pastor emeritus. Read more...

Metropolitan Gregory Takes Part in Executive Committee Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] - His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory, as Secretary of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, took part in a meeting of the Executive Committee on Wednesday September 18, 2019 at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in New York Cit. The hierarchs met under the chairmanship of Archbishop Elpidophoros, to discuss the state of Orthodox Christian unity in the USA. Recognizing the challenges in global Orthodoxy, the jurisdictional representatives reiterated their commitment to the local faithful of America and rededicated themselves to fulfilling the call for canonical normalcy and pastoral unity on contemporary issues. Read more...

Diocesan Relief Effort Announced For Those Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

Thursday, September 05, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory, has called today for a relief effort throughout the Diocese to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

All Diocesan Parishes are requested to take up a special  collection on Sunday, September 15.  All donations are to go directly to the International Orthodox Christian Charities.  Note: Donations are NOT to be sent  to the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory For September 2019

Sunday, September 01, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa for September 2019 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery. Read more...

Diocesan Parenting Workshop Series

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Our Diocese is pleased to announce its second and third Parenting Workshops in its Series of Parenting Workshops entitled “Raising Believing Children”.  The next Workshop will be hosted by our church of St. Michael’s in Niles, IL on Saturday, September 7th and the third Workshop will be hosted by our church of St. John’s on Mill Hill Avenue in Bridgeport, CT on Saturday, September 21st.  The fourth in the Series will be hosted by our Holy Ghost Church in Phoenixville, PA on Saturday, October 19th.  The Workshops are designed to help parents learn more about the “craft” of parenting and help them raise their children in the Faith.  The Workshops focus on the ways parents can help their children stay faithful to Christ and His Church in a world that is filled with doubt and most often works against their Faith.  The Workshops are for parents of any age – you’re never too old to be a son or daughter, and likewise you’re never too old to be a parent!  I Read more...

Eternal Memory: +Protopresbyter George Havrila

Sunday, July 21, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA - With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that Protopresbyter George Havrila, long time priest of the Diocese, reposed in the Lord on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Funeral  arrangements for Fr. George are as follows:

Thursday, July 25:

3:00 PM - Entrance of the body into Descent of the Holy Spirit Church in Schererville, IN and Panachida, followed by Visitation

7:00 PM - Funeral Service for a Priest

Friday, July 26

9:00 AM - Visitation at The Descent of the Holy Spirit Church, Schererville, IN

10:00 AM - Funeral Divine Liturgy Read more...

Orthodox Youth Mission Team (OYMT) Leaves for ASP Trip to Barbourville, KY

Friday, July 05, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA --- [Diocesan Chancery]-- The Orthodox Youth Mission Team left this morning, July 6th from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Danbury, CT and St Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, CT to participate in the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) in Barbourville, KY. This marks OYMT’s 9th year of doing youth mission work. This year more than 70 Orthodox youth and adult leaders from Florida, California, Texas, Kentucky, Maryland, New York and Connecticut will come together to serve our Lord by working with families in Appalachia to help make their” homes warmer, safer and drier.” Another group of about 30 Orthodox Christians from North Carolina and New Jersey has just completed a week long work session in the same location. Read more...

 
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