2015 ANNUAL DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY
Archbishop Michael, in conjunction with the Diocesan Council, has scheduled the Annual Diocesan Assembly to be convened on 10-11 November 2015 at Saints Peter and Paul Church in South River NJ. As a special guest, His Eminence has invited His Beatitude, Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada to the Assembly. Additional information, delegate certification forms, and reports will be published on this website soon.
announcement letter from the Chancellor >
BRICK NJ: Celebration of 200 Years of Marriage!
On Sunday, 23 August 2015, Archbishop Michael made an annual Archpastoral visit to the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Brick, NJ. After the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence presented gramotas (recognition certificates of honor) to Dennis and Ann Marie Gahr, who celebrate 50 years of marriage this year. Gramotas were also presented to five parish couples celebrating 30 years of marriage: Thomas & Deborah Anderson, Thomas & Catherine Berger, Archpriest Gary & Matushka Mary Breton, Steven & Natalie May, and William & Linda Washenko.
BUFFALO NY: Church Listed on National Register of Historic Places
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, the oldest Orthodox Christian Church in Buffalo NY, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is excellent news not only for the parish but for the immediate neighborhood. A letter sent to the parish from the New York State Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation states: "Listing on the National Register recognizes the importance of these properties to the history of our counrty and provides them with a measure of protection." Read more HERE!
Saturday, 29 August, marks the occasion of the birthday His Eminence, Archbishop Michael. Of all the things that can be said about our beloved “Vladika” perhaps the most concise is that he is very well known to all of us, and we are all very well known by him; he is loved by his spiritual flock, and he manifests his love for us continually. From end to end and top to bottom of our diocese, his perpetual travels, infectious enthusiasm, Archpastoral care and guidance are truly extraordinary. “Happy Birthday!” and “Many Years!” to Archbishop Michael. Eis Polla, Eti Despota!
A NOTE FROM FATHER JOSEPH CHUPECK
June 15, 2015: Dearly Beloved Archbishop Michael, devoted Clergy and all the Faithful of our Diocese and neighbors: Bless Master! My words to you all are late in coming, for only now my health and interests have returned. Thanks be to the Physician of soul and body for His Grace of healing! You also have worked no small part in this healing process, for my renewed life has been borne of your prayers. I have also been humbled by the other expressions of your compassion. Please accept my gratitude for all that you have done for my family and me. With love, Archpriest Joseph T. Chupeck
LANSING NY: Holy Apostles Mission Celebrates 5th Anniversary
The 5th Anniversary celebration of Holy Apostles Mission in Lansing (Ithaca) NY took place on the weekend of 8-9 August 2015. Archbishop Michael led the festivities having previously celebrated the 125th Anniversary of Saints Peter & Paul Church in Buffalo NY, the oldest parish in the diocese. As a testimony to the faithful endurance of Orthodox Christians in the diocese and the blessings of the Lord, His Eminence followed the 125th Anniversary commemoration by traveling 150 miles south-east to lead the faithful of one of the youngest parishes in its anniversary celebration. Nine local clergy representing three jurisdictions as well as faithful from throughout the diocese and beyond came together to give thanks to God for the tremendous blessings that have been poured out on this young, vibrant community.
BUFFALO NY: Archpastoral Visit to a 125 Year-Old Parish
On 1-2 August 2015, Archbishop Michael made a pastoral visitation to one of the oldest parishes ... most likely the oldest ... in the diocese of New York & New Jersey, Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo NY. The faithful of both OCA Buffalo parishes (the other is Saint George Orthodox Church) as well as other local Orthodox parishes gathered for the occasion to be with His Eminence for the liturgical celebrations. To read more about Archbishop Michael's visit to Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church please visit HERE!
18th ALL-AMERICAN COUNCIL: Diocesan Video “As Seen on TV”
The 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America [OCA] convened in Atlanta, Georgia on 20-24 July 2015. Gathered in holy assembly were the bishops, priests, monastics, and laity representatives of the church in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The council, which meets every three years, seeks to build the unity of faith within the Body of Christ by sharing prayer, fellowship, sacramental communion, and to discern the grace and will of the Holy Spirit for today and the future. Each diocese of the OCA presented a brief look into its life with a focus on the theme: “How to Expand the Mission.” The fourteen-minute video from the diocese of New York and New Jersey presented to the AAC is available for viewing here!
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