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2019

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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...

Archpastoral Letter For Pascha 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

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!

We gather together as family and friends, in joy  and in love, celebrating the presence of the Risen Lord in our midst, and singing with one voice the triumphant hymn Read more...

Third Annual Science and Nature Camp To Take Place Aug 4-10, 2019!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Camp Nazareth is pleased to announce its THIRD ANNUAL Science and Nature Camp which will take place August 4-10, 2019!!!

Camp participants will learn all about Astronomy, Biology, Earth Science, Geology, Meteorology and SO MUCH MORE!

Participants will have the opportunity to use telescopes, microscopes, and other equipment used to study and learn about nature. But most importantly, they will explore the trails, waterfalls, streams and geography of the Camp. Special emphasis will be placed on appreciating the beauty of nature and the wonder of the fields of science they will study. Read more...

2019 Lenten Youth Project To Benefit St. John the Compassionate Mission

Friday, March 15, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory, the National Junior ACRY, as in previous years, calls upon all to aid the Diocesan ministry of Saint John the Compassionate, which is located in Toronto, Canada. The decision to assist this ministry to those in need was made by the National Junior ACRY at the National ACRY Convention held over Labor Day Weekend 2018.

Members of the Junior ACRY had the opportunity to visit the Mission this past summer and experience the labors of love that take place there each and everyday. The donation from the National ACRY was hand delivered to The Mission on behalf of all who donated to the Lenten Project.

The Mission provides assistance to those in need in the inner city of Toronto. The Mission has continued to provide meals, job training and spiritual counsel to those in need in part because of the generous contributions made by organizations and individuals. Read more...

The Lenten Spring Has Come!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA -- With the setting of the sun and the celebration of Forgiveness Vespers this evening, the season of The Great Fast has been ushered in throughout our God-Saved Diocese and the entire Orthodox Church.

This Holy Season, as His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory has reminded us in his Lenten  Archpastoral Letter,  is a time for increased "... self-examination, reflection and confession.... Great Lent is not just about what we eat, but more importantly how we live."

To assist the faithful in making the most of this holy season, additional resources have been added to our Diocesan Website. Read more...

Webinar Will Address Ministry to Special Needs Campers

Thursday, February 28, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA,  [Diocesan Chancery]  -- The Orthodox Youth Directors in North America are pleased to announce our upcoming webinar - "Ministering to Campers with Special Needs"? - March 6, 2018 at 1 p.m. (Eastern time).  The  panel of presenters are Fr. Stephen and Pani Daria Loposky (Camp Nazareth), Fr. Anthony Yazge (Antiochian Village), and Natalie Kapeluck Nixon (All Saints Camp). Read more...

A.C.R.Y. Annual Launches in Digital Format

Monday, February 11, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- This is an exciting time for the A.C.R.Y. Annual and Diocesan Yearbook as for the first time in its long history it will be available in full-color from front to back and available as a downloadable digital file. If you are not an A.C.R.Y. member and have not purchased a hard copy of the A.C.R.Y. Annual, you may purchase a downloadable version for just $6. Read more...

Register Now For 2019 Diocesan Lenten Retreats!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA - The Diocesan Chancery is pleased to announce the schedule of the annual Diocesan Lenten Retreats, which are sponsored by the ACRY for the upcoming Lenten Season. These retreats are open to everyone and contain special programming for youth and adults of all ages. Metropolitan Gregory, along with other talented clergy of the Diocese will offer insightful and inspiring presentations designed to encourage and challenge the faithful to stay focused on the spiritual life as they continue their Lenten Journey to Pascha.

Central Region: Saturday April 6, 2019 at St. Nicholas Church, Homestead, PA from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST)

Eastern Region: Saturday April 13, 2019 at St Francis Center For Renewal, Bethlehem, PA from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (EST)

Western Region: Saturday April 13, 2018 at Holy Transfiguration Church, Crawfordsville, IN at 2 pm (CST) Read more...

Protodeacon Gregory Benc Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Ordination

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

PERTH AMBOY, NJ -- On Sunday, January 13, the faithful of St. John the Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, NJ hosted a surprise celebration honoring Protodeacon Gregory Benc’s 20th Anniversary of Ordination. The celebration began with Divine Liturgy, during which Protodeacon Gregory assisted the celebrant, Fr. Michael Chendorain. A sermon was prepared by Diocesan Chancellor, Protopresbyer Fr. Frank Miloro who was unable to attend at the last minute. Over 160 people were present for the liturgical celebration. Following the Divine Liturgy, a celebratory brunch was held in the parish hall which was filled with family, friends and parishioners. The honoree was presented with gifts by the parish and the parish choir for his dedicated service. Very Rev. Fr. Michael Chendorain, pastor, toasted the honoree before he addressed those gathered. In his speech, Fr. Deacon Gregory gave thanks to his parents for raising him in a devout Christian home and to the late Metropolitan Nicholas for seeing in him the desire and ability to serve Christ’s Holy Church. Read more...

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