National ACRY/Diocesan News

2019

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Scholarships Available for Diocesan Students Attending CrossRoad Orthodox Summer Institute

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] -- The Diocesan Chancery is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2020 CrossRoad program.

CrossRoad is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to make big life decisions and invites them to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. Participants from all over the country come together to experience daily worship, take theology classes from some of the best professors in the country, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor, tour the city, and even spend a day at the beach.

Historically, CrossRoad has been hosted solely on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross. Again,this year, CrossRoad will also take place in Chicago! Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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