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CLERGY STORIES: Six Interviews with Esteemed Senior Priests - 02/21/15

Interviews with four senior priests and their wives are available as videos, and two interviews as audio presentations, as part of “CLERGY STORIES” on this website. “Stories can help us understand the formation of individuals, communities, and our Faith. They can teach, change, and perhaps even save us. They can bring into focus and clarify the key moments of our lives,” said the interview series producer, Father John Shimchick. “Getting older, I find myself more interested in knowing about the paths of those who have come before me.” The most recent addition is an interview with Father Daniel and Matushka Dunia Hubiak.

visit “Clergy Stories” >

LENTEN TEEN RETREAT: Saint Basil Academy, Garrison NY - 02/18/15

The Annual Diocesan Lenten Teen Retreat for students in grades 7-12 will take place March 20-22, 2015 at Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY. The Academy has beautiful grounds, dormitory style rooms, a lovely chapel, and an indoor basketball court. Under the guidance and direction of Bishop Michael, participants will focus on “The Mystery of Prayer” centered around learning and discussing various ways prayer is used both within the life of the church and within personal life. Participants will also enjoy fellowship, education, and spiritual enrichment with one another. There is no charge to participate in this three-day retreat. Adult participants are encouraged to attend and serve as chaperones.

read more >


Participant Behavior Contract > 


UPDATED - NYC Deanery photos   As all three of our Deaneries (New Jersey, New York City, New York State) mark the incredibly successful conclusion of last year’s Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors [DDB] program with appreciation dinners, the 2015 DDB has been launched with an expectation for another year of commitment and generosity from the faithful of the diocese and beyond. As part of the “Vision for Our Future” articulated by Bishop Michael, the DDB Program specifically supports three major initiatives: (1) support for seminarians, (2) support for mission parishes, (3) support for older parishes in need of revitalization. With thanks to God and gratitude to our DDBs, last year was record-breaking with $157,000 in contributions.

GREAT LENT begins on Monday, 23 February 2015 - 02/16/15

As we make ready for our Lenten journey to PASCHA (the Resurrection of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ), we are offered a period of time to prepare ourselves for the increased spiritual effort of prayer, charity, and fasting. The Lenten journey begins on Monday, 23 February and culminates in the joyous PASCHA on Sunday, 12 April. There are two videos in our “Lessons in Our Faith” series that may be particularly helpful! They are: “Great Lent: Our Spiritual Life” and “Fasting: 7 Questions & 7 Answers.” Each video is a very brief and concise discussion (8 minutes each); they have been very popular and highly acclaimed (viewed over 3,000 times). To view these instructional videos, visit “Lessons in Our Faith” ... HERE!

SAINT ANDREW’S CAMP: It’s Time to Plan a Camping Experience! - 02/15/15

The weather outside is frightful (and cold!) but thoughts of a summer camping experience at Saint Andrew’s Camp are delightful. It’s not too early to make plans to attend one of the sessions at our only fully staffed sleep-over camp for children and teens. In 2015 there are four week-long sessions for kids 7-13 years-of-age, and one week for teens. Located in Jewell NY on the shore of Oneida Lake, the camp offers a unique experience of fun, faith, and worship in a truly Orthodox environment. Registration may be accomplished on-line HERE!

see the “Music Week” poster >
see the “Horse Week” poster >
see the “Teen Week” poster >

TRENTON NJ: Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) Ministry - 02/12/15

On Tuesday, 10 February 2015, Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton NJ held the first meeting of a brand new ministry: Mothers of Pre-Schoolers [MOPS]. MOPS meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to Noon, providing free childcare for mothers of pre-school children as well as expectant mothers, during which the moms gather for a couple hours of fellowship, activities, discussion, and fun! "Our parish strives to be constantly aware of the needs of the community around us,” said Father John Diamantis (parish rector). “It is my hope and prayer that by reaching out to mothers, whether they are stay-at-home moms by choice or necessity, that we can help to replace some of their stress with Christ's love, warmth and comfort -- if only for a few hours every month."

ORDINATION TO THE HOLY PRIESTHOOD: Father Gregory White - 02/03/15

On Saturday, 31 January 2015, Deacon Gregory White was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Grace, Bishop Michael, at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Church in South Canaan PA. Father Gregory, whose home parish is in Elmira Heights NY, is a recent graduate of our Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program and is now concluding his full-time/resident studies at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. May God bless and grant “many years” to Father Gregory and his wife, Matushka Katherine, as they begin this next phase of their public ministry to the glory of God and the good-estate of His Holy Church abiding in the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. “AXIOS! He is worthy!”

JERSEY CITY NJ: Archpastoral Visit on the Sunday of the Publican & Pharisee - 02/03/15

Saints Peter and Paul Church in Jersey City NJ welcomed Bishop Michael for an annual Archpastoral visit on 31 January to 1 February 2015.  The commemoration of the “Publican and Pharisee” (Luke 18:10-14) on Sunday marked the first preparatory Sunday leading to the beginning of Great Lent on 23 February, and the usage of the “Lenten Triodion” for liturgical texts leading to PASCHA ~ the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ ~ on 12 April.

On the Diocesan Calendar


March 1, 2015

New Jersey Deanery

Sunday of Orthodoxy


St. John the Baptist Church

170 Lexington Ave.

Passaic NJ

5:00 p.m.

parish website >



March 2, 2015

NJ Deanery

Lenten Clergy Retreat


Metropolitan Joseph

(Antiochian Archdiocese)

Saint George Church

237 Long Hill Road

Little Falls NJ

9:30 a.m.

details >



March 5, 2014

NY State Deanery

Lenten Clergy Retreat

and Meeting

Saints Peter & Paul Church

Syracuse NY

10:00 a.m.


NY State Deanery



to discuss the

Proposed Revisions

to the OCA Statute

Sts. Peter & Paul Church

Syracuse NY

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Revised OCA Statute >



March 7, 2015

Lenten Retreat


Dr. Albert S. Rossi

Holy Trinity Church

East Meadow NY

event flyer >



March 8, 2015

NJ Deanery

Lenten Vespers

4:00 p.m.

Deanery North >

Deanery South >



March 14, 2015

Lenten Retreat:

"Becoming Human"

St. John the Theologian Church

Shirley NY

details & registration >



March 15, 2015

NJ Deanery

Lenten Vespers

4:00 p.m.

Deanery North >

Deanery South >



March 20-22, 2015

Diocesan Lenten

   Teen Retreat

St. Basil Academy

Garrison NY

details & registration >

participant contract >



March 22, 2015

NJ Deanery

Lenten Vespers

4:00 p.m.

Deanery North >

Deanery South >



March 29, 2015

NJ Deanery

Lenten Vespers

4:00 p.m.

Deanery North >

Deanery South >



April 5, 2015

Palm Sunday:

Entry of Our Lord

into Jesusalem



April 6-11, 2015





April 12, 2015

Great & Holy


The Resurrection of

Our Lord, God, and

Savior, Jesus Christ



April 15, 2015

NJ Deanery


Vespers with

Bishop Michael

Christ the Savior Church

Paramus NJ

7:00 p.m.



April 19, 2015

NY State Deanery

DDB Appreciation


Saints Peter & Paul Church

Endicott NY



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