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 


In order to provide the financial
resources for our many charitable and missionary projects within and outside the Diocese we are now having a single annual fund drive, during the Nativity Fast Season which is now open to the entire Diocese. 

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Coming Events

72nd Annual National A.C.R.Y.  Convention Hosted by 

St Nicholas Church
Elizabeth, NJ   
May 23-26, 2020.

76th Annual National A.C.R.Y.  Convention Hosted by 

St Michael Church
Binghamton, NY   
Aug. 29- Sept. 1, 2020.

 

President's Corner

As the New National ACRY President, I want to welcome you to our website. I encourage all of you to take a look at the information posted about our new ACRY Stewardship Fund Drive initiative.  I invite you, your local ACRY Chapter and your parish to join us in "Empowering the Saints For Ministry"  Learn More Here.

 

National ACRY/Diocesan News

ACRY Launches Second Annual Diocesan Wide Stewardship Drive

Thursday, October 31, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- In an Archpastoral Letter released today,  November 1, 2019,  His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory has once again, enthusiastically endorsed a philanthropic initiative of the National American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth Organization, its second Annual Stewardship Drive to benefit charitable activities both within and outside of the Diocese. He has called upon all parishes of the Diocese to support this philanthropic endeavor of the National ACRY during the season of the Nativity Fast  (Advent) which will soon begin.  Read more...

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...

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Scholarship & Awards

 

Deadline for Submission of 2019 Scholarship Form is July 10, 2019

To be eligible for a scholarship the applicants home chapter must have submitted their annual donation to ACRY Stewardship Drive to the National Financial Secretary by Feb 10, 2019

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Video Gallery

2019  ACRY Convention Videos

 

 

Deadlines & Events


ACRY Annual Advertisement Deadline

Nov 15

ACRY Membership Dues Deadline

Dec 1

ACRY Individual of the Year Award

May 15

Sunday School Teacher of the Year Application Deadline

May 15

ACRY Chapter of the Year Application Deadline

May 15

Scholarship Application Deadline

Jun 1

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Glory Forever!

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