SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: Preparing for Summer!
It is still winter, but summer will be here soon. Now is the time to make plans for another summer camping program at Saint Andrew’s Camp! Counselors and volunteers are needed and are now being recruited. We cannot “get the word out” to eligible workers and volunteers without your assistance. Please help us in making this year’s Orthodox camping experience a success.
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WASHINGTON DC [Orthodox Church in America]
British Broadcasting Company and Public Broadcasting Service will air interviews with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon on the widely publicized meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at Havana’s José Martí International Airport today, 12 February 2016. BBC’s World News America will air a live interview with Metropolitan Tikhon at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time this evening, while an interview taped earlier today in Washington, DC earlier will air between 6:00 and 7:00 Eastern time tonight as part of its PBS News Hour. Check local listings for possible variations in times.
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PRINCETON NJ: Church Opens New Sanctuary
The church of the Mother of God, “Joy of All Who Sorrow,” in Princeton NJ celebrated the opening of its new Church on 29-30 January 2016. Now located at 904 Cherry Hill Road in Princeton, the parish project began with the purchase of a home and property in December of 2010. The grand opening event, marked by prayerful thanksgiving and celebration, began on Friday evening as Archbishop Michael and long-time parishioner, Nina Robinson, cut the ribbon and everyone entered for the first time to celebrate of Great Vespers.
VISION FOR OUR FUTURE
As part of a "Vision for Our Future," Archbishop Michael launched the Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors [DDB] program in January 2011. He called upon the faithful of the diocese to voluntarily support three initiatives through their financial gifts. These initiatives are: Support for Mission Parishes, Support for Seminarians, and Support for Existing Parishes. Thanks to the sacrificial generosity of DDBs from throughout the diocese and beyond, over $650,000 was contributed during the first five years (2011-2015) of the program! Last year a record-breaking total of $160,000 was received. As a result, vital ministries have received much-needed support; the work of the Church is being funded as never before! Soon, the list of DDBs already “on-board” this year will be published. You are invited to join them now in this opportunity to offer your support!
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see the “honor roll” of DDBs in 2015 >
PRINCETON NJ: Opening of a New Church!
The parish of the Mother of God, “Joy of All Who Sorrow,” in Princeton NJ will observe a very special event on Saturday, 30 January 2016, as their newly constructed church building will be blessed and officially opened for worship. The celebrations will be led by Archbishop Michael and offer prayerful tribute to the sacrifices and labors of love exhibited by the community as they arrive at this important moment of grace. Many faithful from throughout the diocese who participated with diligence during “OPERATION PRINCETON” will rejoice with them. An invitation is extended all who wish to join in this joyous event.
SANCTITY OF LIFE
Common Statement by Orthodox and Catholic Bishops
On January 22nd, Catholic and Orthodox Christians will once again stand in solidarity on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As our communities firmly believe in the sanctity of life, the faithful -- along with many people of other traditions and good will -- lament the legal circumstances that facilitate abortion and the cultural phenomena that present abortion as the only choice for expectant mothers experiencing difficult conditions. We recognize that the choice to abort an unborn child ultimately reflects the broken condition of humanity.
WASHINGTON DC: ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE
Metropolitan Tikhon will be among the Orthodox Christian hierarchs, clergy, and faithful participating in the annual "March for Life" in the US Capital on 22 January 2016. Among the other members of the Orthodox Church in America’s Holy Synod of Bishops expected to participate are: Archbishop Benjamin, Archbishop Melchisedek, and Archbishop Michael. As in years past, students from Saint Tikhon’s Seminary and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary will be among the marchers. Orthodox Christian marchers are asked to gather before noon at 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue; look for the iconic “Orthodox Christians for Life” banner.
prayers from Sanctity of Life Sunday >
"Welcome" - Father Vasil Dubee and family
Father Vasil Dubee is the new pastor of Saint Innocent Mission in Oneonta NY. He was assigned to the mission parish by Archbishop Michael on December 1st. Father celebrated his first weekend of services at the Oneonta mission on the Feast of Saint Nicholas, Dec. 5-6. He married Matushka Lesya, a native of Ukraine, in 2010; they welcomed their daughter Veronika into the world in 2013. Father was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 2014 and to the Holy Priesthood in November 2015 by His Eminence, Archbishop Mark (Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania). Received under the omophorion of Archbishop Michael in late 2015, he served as a supply priest in the New York State Deanery while awaiting assignment to his first parish.
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