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BUFFALO NY: Church Celebrates 120th Parish Anniversary - 10/01/14

It was a glorious weekend, 27-28 September 2014, at Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Buffalo NY. Many guests and visitors from neighboring churches joined Father Volodymyr Zablotskyy (parish rector) and parishioners in celebration of the 120th Anniversary of the oldest Orthodox Church in Buffalo and the “senior parish” of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Following the celebratory Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, a festive banquet took place at Creekside Banquet Facility in Cheektowaga NY.


"On Sunday, September 28th, 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."  -Bishop Michael

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RANDOLPH NJ: Parish 50th Anniversary on 5 OCTOBER 2014 - 09/27/14

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Randolph NJ is in high-gear preparing for October 5th!  On that Sunday the parish will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Grace, Bishop Michael, followed by a banquet at Meadow Wood Manor. “I’m excited and delighted at the outpouring of our parish’s enthusiasm as we mark 50 years of offering the fullness of the Christian faith in the Morris County community,” said Father David Fox (parish rector). Since January, the parish has been carrying out ambitious plans to mark its golden anniversary.

DIOCESAN GIRLS RETREAT: 14-16 NOV 2014 - 09/26/14

A Diocesan Girls Retreat for those in grades 7-12 will take place at Saint Basil’s Academy in Garrison NY from Friday-Sunday, November 14-16, 2014. Saint Basil's Academy has beautiful grounds offering dormitory style rooms, an indoor basketball court and an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool which will be available for use. There is no fee to participate in this three-day retreat. Participants may arrive beginning Friday, November 14, at 4:00 p.m. Registration documents and complete retreat information are being sent to all diocesan clergy; they are also available on the diocesan website. Registration must be submitted by 3 NOVEMBER 2014.

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The 3rd annual Saint Andrew's Camp Bike Ride was joined by a “southern team” Walk providing much-need financial support from both states (NY and NJ) comprising the diocese.  On Saturday, 23 August, 17 bicyclists and 17 walkers gathered at two ends of the diocese to support the camp. At the camp in upstate NY many of the bicyclists arrived on Friday to enjoy fellowship and a pasta dinner overlooking beautiful Oneida Lake. The next morning, joined by other local riders for a light continental breakfast, they took off on a 12, 30 or 60 mile loop through the beautiful countryside of central NY. The day ended at the camp with a barbeque by the lake.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Fr. David & Matushka Mariam Vernak - 09/17/14

The Vernak family, parishioners, and friends gathered on 17 August 2014 at Christ the Savior Church (Paramus NJ) to celebrate the 40th Wedding Anniversary of Archpriest David and Matushka Mariam Nehrebecki Vernak. A highlight was the attendance of their 6 children and their spouses, and 13 grandchildren. The children presented a memorable slide show, speeches, and other spontaneous remarks about their parents and life in the church. Subsequently, Bishop Michael was present to bless and celebrate the actual anniversary date of their marriage (8 September). May God grant Father David & Matushka Mariam “Many Blessed Years!”

BISHOP MICHAEL: Visit to Poland with Fathers Krawczuk & Shimchick - 09/16/14

At the invitation of His Eminence, Archbishop Abel (Diocese of Lublin and Chelm), Bishop Michael journeyed to Poland from 11-22 August 2014. Joining him from the diocese were Father Wiaczeslaw Krawczuk, Father John Shimchick and his son, John. Beginning in Warsaw, the group was formally received by the leader of the Polish Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa. Accompanied and guided by Archbishop Abel they visited many churches, monasteries, and pilgrimage sites. His Grace and Father Wiaczeslaw also traveled to represent the Orthodox Church in America at the enthronement in Kiev, Ukraine, of the newly elected primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry.

MEMORY ETERNAL: Father John Bohush - 09/08/14

UPDATED  Father John Bohush (Saints Peter & Paul Church, Endicott NY) fell-asleep in the Lord on Monday, 8 September. Well-known and beloved throughout the diocese, especially in the NY State Deanery for his extensive travels and labors assisting parishes during times of pastoral need, the news of Father John’s passing is sudden and heartbreaking. Information regarding funeral services is available HERE.

May his memory be eternal!

On the Diocesan Calendar


October 6-11, 2014

Icon Workshop

Shirley NY

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November 14-16, 2014

Girls Retreat

Saint Basil Academy

Garrison NY

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November 11-12, 2014


Saints Peter & Paul Church

Endicott NY

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