Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/ 60 ONEONTA NY: Archpastoral Visit http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170916_3.html Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Oneonta/Visit-AUG-2017/Oneonta_27AUG2017_005.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Archbishop Michael visited <strong>Saint Innocent Orthodox Mission in Oneonta NY</strong> on 26-27 August 2017. He offered an inspirational sermon at the end of Great Vespers service celebrated on Saturday evening by Father Vasil Dubee (parish rector) and Deacon Stephan Karlgut. The parish enjoyed dinner together with His Eminence at Nina's Restaurant in Oneonta. On Sunday, His Eminence was greeted with flowers presented by Veronika Dubee. He was also greeted with traditional bread and salt on behalf of the parish council by council member (Reader) Matthew Masterjohn.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170916_3.html IOCC National “Serv-X-Treme” Conference http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170916_2.html Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/IOCC/Ortiz_IOCC_Photo_2017.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Reader Keanu Matthew Ortiz, a parishioner of Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow Church" in Princeton NJ, was nominated to represent the Diocese of New York and New Jersey at the annual IOCC Serv-X-Treme Conference in Minneapolis MN held July 29 &ndash; August 4, 2017.&nbsp; He sent the following report sharing his experience:</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170916_2.html BALLSTON LAKE NY: Ordination of Deacon Paul Fedoroff http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170916_1.html Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Ballston/Fedoroff_Ord_Deacon_010.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Deacon Paul Fedoroff completed the Diaconal Vocations Program at Saint Vladimir's Seminary and, with the blessing of Archbishop Michael, was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on Saturday, 19 August 2017 at <strong>Christ the Savior Church in Ballston Lake NY</strong>.&nbsp; Reader Paul Giokas was also blessed to serve as a Sub-Deacon. In honor of this event, the parish also celebrated their patronal feast of the Image of Christ <em>&ldquo;Made Without Hands.&rdquo;</em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170916_1.html GIRLS RETREAT: November 10-12, 2017 http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170914_1.html Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Girls-Retreat/2017_Girls_Retreat.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;">information and registration go</span> <span style="color: #ff0000; background-color: #ffff99;"><a style="color: #ff0000; background-color: #ffff99;" href="http://nynjoca.wixsite.com/nynjocayouth/upcoming-events" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here &gt;&gt;&gt;</a></span></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-large;"><strong>&nbsp;~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~</strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170914_1.html HURRICANES IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170909_1.html Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="2" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/IOCC/IMG_2860.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: large;">Archbishop Michael writes:</span> <em><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">"All of us have seen on our televisions or computers images of the disaster and devastation that has occurred in the southern parts of our country as a result of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.&nbsp; The loss of life, the destruction of property, and the displacement of whole families are staggering. Of course, I am asking that prayers be offered in all our churches for the victims of this horrific tragedy.&nbsp; But our response to this national crisis must be more than that.&nbsp; It must be what the Lord has asked of us in the Gospel:&nbsp; &ldquo;Whatever you do for the least of My brethren, you do it for Me&rdquo; (Matthew 25:40). In the face of incredibly great need, I am requesting our immediate assistance with the relief efforts of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), which is already responding to the aftermaths of both hurricanes."</span></strong></em></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #993300; font-size: medium;"><a style="color: #993300;" href="/files/Hurricane_Relief_Archpastoral_Letter_SEPT2017.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">read Archbishop Michael's letter &gt;</span></strong></span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><a href="https://www.iocc.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="color: #993300; font-family: times new roman,times;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,palatino;">donate to IOCC &gt;</span></strong></span></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170909_1.html SAINT ANDREW'S CAMP: 60th Anniversary http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170831_1.html Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Camp/CAMP_60th_ANNIV_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: medium;">Sixty years ago there was a vision: to combine a traditional camping experience with education and fellowship in the Orthodox Faith. From this came <strong>Saint Andrew's Orthodox Camp</strong>, serving campers from around the Church for the past six decades. In celebration of our 60th year, the board and staff invite you to join us on <strong>September 23, 2017</strong> as our honored guests. The day will begin with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am celebrated by Archbishop Michael. A festive meal, fellowship, and tour of the camp will follow.</span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #993300; font-size: large;"><strong><a style="color: #993300;" href="/files/2017/CAMP/CAMP_60th_ANNIV_letter.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif;">invitation letter &gt;</span></a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #993300; font-size: large;"><strong><a style="color: #993300;" href="/files/2017/CAMP/CAMP_60th_ANNIV_flyer.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif;">event flyer &gt;</span></a></strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: right; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170831_1.html ALPHA NJ: FEAST-DAY OF OUR LORD’S TRANSFIGURATION http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170819_1.html Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Alpha/Alpha_NJ_6AUG2017_002.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">The weekend of 5-6 August 2017 was inspirational and memorable for the Orthodox faithful of <strong>Saint John the Baptist Church in Alpha NJ</strong>, marked by the Archpastoral visit of His Eminence, Archbishop Michael. It was the great feast-day of the Transfiguration of our Lord and a time to gather in prayerful gratitude for the many blessings God bestows on the parish. Of special joy was the presence of Father Joseph Chupeck, former rector of the church. After the festal Liturgy on Sunday with the traditional blessing of fruit, His Eminence had a dialogue with parishioners during which he shared experiences about his recent pilgrimage visit to the Holy Land. A celebratory festal dinner followed in the rectory.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170819_1.html 2017 DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170818_1.html Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/DDB/Summertime/2017_DDB_summertine_logo.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 190%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">As the days of summer fly by, our <strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors</strong> continue to provide vital financial support to ministries throughout the diocese. By offering assistance to our seminarians, mission parishes, and struggling older parishes, the strength and vitality of our local churches are being nurtured. To date during 2017, DDBs have contributed over <strong>$69,000</strong> out of their dedication and love for the church. &nbsp;<a href="/ddb_2017_honorroll.html"><strong>See the &ldquo;honor roll&rdquo; of DDBs here &gt;</strong></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: right;"><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="color: #008000;"><strong><span style="font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: large;">Learn how to become a DDB now &gt;</span></strong></span></a></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170818_1.html TRENTON NJ: Archpastoral Visit on Parish Feast-Day & Anniversary http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170812_1.html Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Trenton/Trenton_15_July_2017.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong>Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church in Trenton NJ</strong> celebrated its patronal Feast-Day and 102nd anniversary on <strong>Saturday, 15 July 2017</strong>.&nbsp; The festivities commenced with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Michael, presiding.&nbsp; Serving with His Eminence were: Father Volodymyr Chaikivskyi (Parish Rector), Father Paul Shafran (Pastor Emeritus, retired), Father Joseph Lickwar (Diocesan Chancellor), and numerous other diocesan clergy.&nbsp; At the conclusion of the liturgy the sizable crowd of clergy, parishioners, and friends made a procession around the outside of the church with the icon of Saint Vladimir, and then enjoyed a cocktail hour and luncheon at the parish social hall next door.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170812_1.html NEW BRUNSWICK NJ: A NEW ERA OF OUTREACH http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170812_2.html Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/New-Brunswick-NJ/Ordination/New_Brunswick_2017_ordination_008.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="color: #993300;"><span style="color: #ff0000;">UPDATED:</span> Read "Beyond the Plateau" <a href="/files/2017/Newsletters/Plateau_Vol_2_Number_3_2017.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">here</span> &gt;&gt;&gt;&nbsp;</a></span> Saturday, 1 July 2017, was the occasion of an historic event in the life of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey:</strong> the ordination of Sub-Deacon Samuel Davis, of Somerset NJ, to the Holy Diaconate. While diaconal ordinations are not necessarily historic, Deacon Samuel is the first African-American to be ordained to this office in the history of the Diocese, and he is leading the planting and development of Saint Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission in New Brunswick NJ, an inner-city mission seeking to reach out to African-Americans and Hispanics with the light of Christ&rsquo;s Gospel in Holy Orthodoxy.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170812_2.html WATERVLIET NY: St. Basil’s Church at the Regional Food Bank http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170805_1.html Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Watervliet_food_bank_2017_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Twenty-six people from three area Orthodox parishes teamed up for a fun and productive volunteer time at the Regional Food Bank on Saturday, 8 July 2017. Participating were parishioners from Saint George Antiochian Church (Albany NY), Christ the Savior Church (Ballston Lake NY), and Saint Basil&rsquo;s Church (Watervliet NY) along with parish rector Archpriest Pe<a name="_GoBack"></a>ter Olsen.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170805_1.html 2017 YOUTH DAY at Six Flags Great Adventure http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170608_1.html Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Youth-Day/Youth_Day_2017_promo.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: medium;">The <strong>Annual Diocesan Youth Day</strong> will again take place at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson NJ on <strong>Thursday, 24 August 2017</strong>. The day is open to all Orthodox Youth and their friends, from elementary school age to college students.&nbsp; <strong><span style="color: #993300;"><a href="/files/2017/Youth-Day/2017_YOUTH_DAY_REGISTRATION_FORM.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #993300;">Information &amp; REGISTER NOW &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></a></span></strong></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170608_1.html DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS: Appreciation Dinner http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170722_1.html Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/DDB/BALLSTON_DDB2017_002.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;">Nearly 60 <strong>Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors</strong> from the Upstate New York region joined together with their host, Archbishop Michael, for an evening of thanks and fellowship&nbsp;in Ballston Spa NY. This was the final of four appreciaition dinners recognizing the financial contributions of 2016 DDBs from throughout the diocese and beyond who support and make possible vital ministries to parishes and seminarians. To learn about the DDB and join them, go <span style="color: #993300; background-color: #ffff00;"><strong><a href="/vision_for_future_2012.html"><span style="color: #993300; background-color: #ffff00;">here &gt;&gt;&gt;</span></a></strong></span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170722_1.html HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Father Paul Shafran http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170715_1.html Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Shafron/Shafran_95yrs_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 170%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: medium;"><strong>Very Reverend Paul Shafran</strong> celebrated his <strong>95th birthday on Sunday, 2 July 2017</strong>, giving thanks to God for his many blessings which include the ability to continue serving at the altar. Following the Divine Liturgy that morning, the parish of <strong>Saint Vladimir in Trenton NJ</strong> (<em>where Father Paul is Pastor Emeritus, retired)</em> honored and blessed him with the singing of&nbsp; <span style="font-family: book antiqua;"><em><strong>"Many Years!"&nbsp;</strong> </em></span>A celebration followed in the fellowship hall and a birthday cake was enjoyed by all. The previous day his extended family gathered for an in-home celebration with toasts and photo-trips down memory lane.</span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170715_1.html BRICK NJ: Father’s Day Celebrations http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170708_2.html Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Brick/BRICK_FatherDay_2017_BANNER.JPG&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: times new roman,times;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Archbishop Michael visited the <strong>Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Brick NJ</strong> on <em>"Father's Day"</em> weekend of 17-18 June. During his Archpastoral visit, His Eminence tonsured Veljko Pejovic as a Reader, recognized Archpriest Gary Breton on the occasion of his 25th</span><span style="font-size: medium;"> anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood, and blessed the nearly-completed parish hall and education center. He also received a donation from the parish Church School students representing their Lenten efforts of providing alms to those in need.</span></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170708_2.html DIACONAL FORMATION PROGRAM: 2 Locations, Apply Now! http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170509_1.html Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2017/Diaconal-Formation/DiaconalFormation2017_001.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 200%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="margin: 0px; color: #000000; line-height: 107%; font-family: times new roman,times; font-size: large;">Our <span style="color: #000080;"><strong>Diocesan Diaconal Formation Program </strong></span>offers an opportunity for men, with the blessing of their parish priest and Archbishop Michael, to experience a 2-year program facilitated by Saint Tikhon&rsquo;s Orthodox Theological Seminary. The program involves both academic and practical application of a diaconal parish ministry. While no program of study guarantees ordination as a deacon, graduates will have fulfilled the necessary academic requirements. <strong><span style="color: #000080;">There are two campus locations: Endicott NY and Philadelphia PA</span> </strong>(convenient for those in New Jersey and New York City). See the flyer <span style="color: #993300;"><strong><a href="/files/2017/Diaconal-Formation/2017_deacon_program_flyer_001.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: #993300;">here</span></a></strong></span> for general details of the program and specifics of the Philadelphia campus. For information on the Endicott program, contact Father Alexey Karlgut at <a href="mailto:ayk0@yahoo.com">ayk0@yahoo.com</a> </span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_170509_1.html ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL: "Happy Birthday!" http://www.nynjoca.org/news_160828_1.html Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.nynjoca.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/events/2016/Archbishop/birthday_2016_BANNER.jpg&archive=0&final_h=45&final_w=90&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 180%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: georgia,palatino; font-size: medium;">The clergy and faithful of the Diocese of New York and New Jersey convey love, admiration and sincere gratitude to His Eminence, our beloved <strong>Archbishop Michael</strong>,<strong> as he celebrates his birthday on August 29th.&nbsp;</strong> His love, leadership, determination and wisdom have strengthened, inspired and encouraged dedicated service of the diocesan clergy and laity, and various institutions throughout the Church. We pray that the Lord will give him strength of soul and body, and many good and blessed years. <em><strong>Eis polla eti Despota!</strong></em></span></p></div> Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/news_160828_1.html Archpastoral Letter for Holy Pentecost 2017 http://www.nynjoca.org/files/2017/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Pentecost_2017.pdf Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Diocese of New York-New Jersey http://www.nynjoca.org/files/2017/Archpastoral-Letters/Archpastoral_Letter_Pentecost_2017.pdf