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Register now for 18th All-American Council

Delegates and participants in the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America and the 89th National Convention of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians of America, both of which will be held here in mid-July 2015, are urged to make hotel reservations at their earliest convenience.


Holy Synod approves "Stewards of Children" training program for all clergy, youth workers

At their spring session held at the Chancery here in mid-March 2015, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America approved the use of the “Stewards of Children” [SOC] sexual abuse prevention training program.

During the last week of March, a letter was sent to all bishops and clergy concerning the program. The letter is available in PDF format.


Holy Synod of Bishops Concludes Spring Session, Bishop Irénée Elevated to Dignity of Archbishop

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held its spring session at the Chancery in Syosset, NY from March 17-20, 2015.


Holy Annointing Service at St. Seraphim of Sarov Church, Richmond Hill, ON

In Memoriam: Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and noted Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, preacher, and speaker, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of March 18, 2015.

Father Thomas was the beloved husband of Matushka Anne [Schmemann] Hopko. They were married on June 9, 1963. Together, Father Thomas and Anne are the parents of five children, sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


Archdiocesan Council - Spring Session meeting

The spring session of the Archdiocesan Council of the Archdiocese of Canada, the Orthodox Church in America was held at Annunciation/St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa, ON on March 12-13, 2015.<--break->

After an opening Moleben at Annunciation St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa, ON, His Grace Irénée, Bishop of Ottawa and the Archdiocese of Canada opened a first Archdiocesan Council meeting from the time of His Enthronement as a Ruling Bishop of the Archdiocese of Canada. His Grace delivered the opening address, in which he reflected on the future life of the Archdiocese of Canada and its spiritual growth and development.

2015-03-12 to 2015-03-13

News on Father Thomas Hopko

Fr. Thomas Hopko

Thank you, to each and every one of you, for your ongoing love, prayers, and concern for our dear Father Thomas! He is truly blessed, and is most grateful!

As many of you know, Fr. Thomas has had several serious health concerns over recent years. The most serious medical issue by far is his diagnosis with congestive heart failure (CHF) due to the fact that he has senile systemic amyloidosis. Simply put, the deposits of a protein-like material called amyloid lodge in the heart and cause stiffening and compromised function. Therefore, it cannot work efficiently, and heart failure ensues.


Dr. Leonid Turkevich among presenters at May 14, 2015 Symposium

Metropolitan Leonty

Leonid Turkevich, Ph.D, grandson of the late beloved Metropolitan Leonty (1876-1965), will be among those offering presentations at the Academic Symposium devoted to the life and work of the late Metropolitan at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary here May 14, 2015.


New Parish Ministry Resources article describes In-reach/Outreach programs

Parish Ministry Resources: In-reach/Outreach programs

An inspiring article describing the “In-reach/Outreach Committee” established at Holy Cross Church, Medford, NJ is now available as part of the Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid's Parish Ministry Resources, formerly known as the Resource Handbook.


Sunday of Orthodoxy in Edmonton

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Edmonton

On March 1, 2015, the first Sunday of Great Lent, St. Herman of Alaska Sobor in Edmonton, Alberta hosted the celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy.