CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONFERENCES: “Darkness to Light”
The Department of Christian Education conducted annual conferences regionally in the three Deaneries: 13 June at Christ the Savior Church, Paramus NJ; 20 June at Holy Trinity Church, East Meadow NY; 27 June at Saints Peter & Paul Church, Endicott NY. Sixty-one church school coordinators and teachers attended the conferences. During opening remarks, Archbishop Michael said: “Some say the youth is the future of the church. I say the church should be the future of our youth!” Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive with many stating it was extremely valuable information and exceeded all expectations.
READY, SET, GO! Scenic Bike Ride in Central New York State
Grab your bike and join the fourth-annual Saint Andrew’s Camp (Jewell NY) Bike Ride fundraiser on Saturday, 22 August 2015. Register today and prepare for a charity ride that shows off the beautiful scenery of central New York. The ride has 3 distances to suit the needs of riders of all experiences: 62 mile loop, 30 mile loop, 12 mile loop. The registration cost is $100 per participant and includes a Saint Andrew’s Camp t-shirt. An additional tiered registration structure is available for riders who wish to participate as a team. Join in support of the camp and a day of athletic achievement and fun. Grow your athletic abilities and engage your friends as you close out the end of the summer! Accommodations are available on the camp premises for $30 per night on Friday or Saturday.
information and registration >
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!
see the video now >
more information on the AAC >
DIACONAL FORMATION PROGRAM
The Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program immerses students in the life of the Orthodox Church through serving in the altar, singing in the choir, and studying Scripture, Church History, Liturgics, and Spirituality. The Diaconal Formation program meets every Saturday from September to December (Fall Semester) and January to May (Spring Semester). Students attend one of two campuses: Endicott NY or Philadelphia PA. Completion of the course of studies fulfills the necessary academic requirements for ordination to the Holy Diaconate. In accordance with Canon Law, all decisions regarding ordination rest with the diocesan hierarch. Men among the laity interested in pursuing theological study, spiritual formation, and liturgical training, and sense they might be called to the diaconal ministry, are encouraged to seek guidance from their parish priest.
Endicott NY Campus information >
Philadelphia PA Campus information >
"JACOB'S WELL" - New Edition Now Available!
A new edition of the official diocesan publication, “Jacob’s Well,” is now available on-line! Printed copies of this highly acclaimed magazine have been sent to all parishes for distribution to parishioners and visitors, and to provide a wonderful outreach to shut-ins and “seekers” interested in Orthodoxy. This current edition, and previous publications, may be viewed on the "Jacob's Well" website. Get the current edition (Read-All-About-it!) HERE >
"Jacob's Well" website >
DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS Support Vital Ministries
With flowers of the field blossoming and the delightfully sweet fragrances of summer, the life of the diocese is flourishing thanks to the dedication and contributions of our Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors [DDB]. You can join their commitment to support our mission parishes, seminarians, struggling older parishes, and more, by adding your name to the 137 individuals, parishes and organizations that have become DDBs already this year. Last year, DDBs contributed $157,000 enabling ministries and outreach that would have been impossible without their loving, sacrificial support. Complete information about becoming a DDB including a convenient on-line contribution option may be found HERE!
see the 2015 DDB “Honor Roll” >
become a DDB now >
Archpastoral Letter: Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage
In a letter addressed to the clergy and faithful of the diocese regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, Archbishop Michael provides instruction and guidance. In part, he writes: "Today we have heard the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn all bans of same-sex marriages by states. In doing so, it has declared such unions as being a constitutional right. This means that same-sex marriages can be legally performed in all states of our country. Despite this announcement, nothing has changed the teaching of our Holy Orthodox Church."
read the Archpastoral Letter >
“Exercising Our Faith”: Walkers and Bikers Support Church and Camp
On Saturday, 13 June 2015, sixty-seven participants from several New Jersey parishes met for the annual “Run/Walk for the Church” to run and walk together on a course beginning and ending at Saints Peter & Paul Church in South River NJ. Participants enjoyed fellowship with each other, Archbishop Michael, and the Mayor of South River NJ, while celebrating the 20th anniversary of the annual “Run/Walk for the Church.” Similarly, Saint Andrew’s camp hosts an annual “Bike Ride” fund raiser, scheduled for 22 August 2015. See the event details in the “Upcoming Events” section of this website!