MUSICIAN APPRECIATION DAY
"On Sunday, October 4th, I ask all the faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey to join me in celebrating Church Musician Appreciation Day. On that day, which is the Sunday closest to the feast day of Saint Romanos the Melodist (October 1st), I encourage Rectors, Parish Councils, and the faithful of our parishes to offer special thanks to their choir directors, singers, composers, arrangers, and those who teach church music to our children." -Archbishop Michael
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JACKSON NJ: Archpastoral Visit
Beautiful skies and bright sunshine greeted His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, for his Archpastoral visit to the Nativity of the Virgin Church in Jackson NJ on 20-21 September 2015 to celebrate the patronal feast-day of the parish. Sunday evening the church was filled with parishioners and friends from neighboring Saint Vladimir’s Memorial Russian Orthodox Church (ROCOR) for a Vigil Service. The following day, a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence to mark the feast-day of the Nativity of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary as commemorated according to the Julian Calendar.
WHITESTONE NY: Archpastoral Visit
Saint Nicholas Church in Whitestone NY enjoyed two days with Archbishop Michael on 19-20 September 2015. The days were full of prayer, humor, and fellowship. A sermon was offered at every service and, as one long-time parishioner put it, “every word brought hope and joy!” After finding time to greet each and every parishioner, His Eminence continued his visit by making a hospital call to pray with Anna Kogaczewski, one of the most-senior and dearly-beloved members of the parish. The church in Whitestone has come to know, trust, and love Archbishop Michael without reservation ... and he makes clear that such love is returned to the faithful of his diocese.
NEW! MONTHLY DIOCESAN NEWSLETTERS
The Diocese of New York and New Jersey has launched two new monthly newsletters: "First Fruits" and "Beyond the Plateau." The goal, as expressed by Archbishop Michael, is to increase communication and grow the communal spirit of diocesan fellowship in the building-up and strengthening of our parish communities. The first issues of these publications have been distributed to all clergy for dissemination within their parishes; they will also be made available each month on this website.
"First Fruits" Vol. 1 #1 >
"Beyond the Plateau" Vol. 1 #1 >
WATERVLIET NY: Parish Family Picnic
Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY held its annual family picnic on Sunday, 13 September. The picnic was sponsored by the men’s club of the parish on the grounds of the Maplewood Volunteer Fire Department. Parishioners, families, and friends were welcomed to the picnic attended by approximately 60 people. The weather was a perfect fall day and the food was cooked to perfection with friendship and fellowship abounding.
ALPHA NJ: Archpastoral Visit
The weekend of 12-13 September 2015 was inspirational and memorable as the faithful of Saint John the Baptist Church in Alpha NJ received Archbishop Michael for an Archpastoral visit. Father Bohdan Ostash (parish rector) greeted His Eminence to the church on behalf of the faithful. Michael Tagor Vojnovic, a life-long parishioner, was tonsured to the rank of Reader during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday. Parishioners and guests were inspired by the words and prayers of their Archpastor, and enriched by the chance to reconnect with friends and relatives from near and far during a luncheon following the Sunday Liturgy.
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 >
DIOCESAN CLERGY CONFERENCE
On September 2-3, 2015, over fifty clergy members from the Diocese of New York and New Jersey gathered for the annual Diocesan Clergy Conference, at Holy Assumption Church in Clifton, New Jersey. Convened by His Eminence, Archbishop MICHAEL, the two-day event served to strengthen the bonds of fellowship among the priests and deacons assembled in Clifton. The lectures and discussions were rooted in liturgical worship, with daily services celebrated and sung by Archbishop Michael and diocesan clergy. The Conference concluded with an informal dinner at a local restaurant, where the clergy members shared open discussion and enjoyed fellowship with their Archpastor and with one another before returning to their parishes.