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As we go back to a school year that is vastly different from the last,

many of our Diocesan parishes are in need of a timely, streamlined

Christian Education Program

One that is…

-easy to use in socially distanced settings and virtual meeting groups

-works for K-12, and even adults

-an online format for distanced learning

-able to be presented with minimal or advanced teaching experience


We are pleased to offer…

Each week’s lesson is sent directly to your email and will explore the feasts,
fasts, saints, liturgical services, and lectionary of our Orthodox Faith.

Each week’s lesson will include:

The popular 2-4 page full-color handouts featuring a summary of the week’s
commemoration, the hymns (troparia/kontakia) and scripture readings (epistle/gospel)
of the week, along with an assortment of educational activities
Corresponding study guides prepared in lesson format for four age groups:

Level 1: Grades K-2

Level 2: Grades 3-5

 Level 3: Grades 6-8

 Level 4: Grades 9-12 & Adult

Questions and answers to spark conversations with youth in each age group
Discussion topics and lessons exploring the:


Liturgical Life of the Church

Feasts & Saints

Daily Living (Contemporary Social issues)

Instead of an in-person Diocesan Church School Conference this year, we will be offering

a Zoom Training Session to learn about the program & how simple it is to teach

Orthodox Journeys to multiple age levels.

When: September 10, 7:30 PM (ET)

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about

joining the meeting.

If you cannot attend this session, a second Zoom session will be added soon.

With the blessing of Archbishop Michael, our Diocesan Parishes will receive special diocesan pricing for the Annual Subscription to Orthodox Journeys: 

45-week subscription delivered to your email weekly:  $300 (regularly $375) for the entire program

To sign up, click on this link and use the coupon code below for the special pricing:
Please contact me for the special Coupon Code (for Parishes of OCA Diocese of NY-NJ use only).

Don’t forget to check out the attached sample lesson and please contact me if you should have any questions or have financial barriers in acquiring this program. We are here to help you keep moving forward during this challenging time!

May God bless your efforts!

Yours in Christ,

Matushka Tamara Cowan
Chair, Department of Christian Education
Diocese of New York and New Jersey

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On the Diocesan Calendar

September 30
Diocesan Council Meeting
9:00 a.m. by ZOOM

October 14
Diocesan Council Meeting
11:00 a.m. by ZOOM

October 15
Presbyters Council Meeting
Diocesan Chancery
Bronxville NY

November 5
Annual Diocesan Assembly
Saints Peter and Paul Church
South River NJ

Diocese of New York

and New Jersey
33 Hewitt Avenue
Bronxville NY 10708
914-779-6580 (Phone)
914-779-6581 (Fax)

Diocese of New York and New Jersey - OCA; 33 Hewitt Avenue; Bronxville, NY 10708; 914-779-6580

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