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Archbishop visits Holy Apostles Mission Station

2015-06-26 to 2015-06-29

The Most Reverend Irénée, Archbishop of Ottawa and the Archdiocese of Canada, made his first Archpastoral visit to the Holy Apostles Mission Station in Chilliwack, BC, June 26-29th, 2015. Great Vespers, Matins, and the Divine Liturgy were served, for the Sunday commemorating the Holy Unmercenary Healers Cyrus and John, and the Holy Fathers Sergius and Herman of Valaam. At Great Vespers on Saturday evening, His Eminence received a family of four as Catechumens, preparing to enter the Church.

Pastoral Life Colloquium synopsis available

In anticipation of the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, the Department of Pastoral Life has released a synopsis of its first colloquium held at the OCA Chancery here April 28-29, 2015.  Participating in the gathering, held to discuss issues facing clergy and their families, were representatives from every OCA


The Canadian Government announces support for seniors in Narol, Manitoba


Seniors in Narol will soon have new opportunities to mentor younger generations and to participate in social activities announced James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is receiving $23,175 for their project from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

Serbian Orthodox Church glorifies two North Americans

At their regular session here on May 29, 2015, the members of the Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church announced the glorification of two clerics who served in North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—Bishop Mardarije [Uskokovic] and Archimandrite Sebastian [Dabovich]. Both saints are being recognized as “preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of the holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries” for their pastoral labors in America and their homeland.


Serbian Patriarch visits Montreal

Serbian Patriarch visits Montreal

On Thursday, June 18, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia was making his pastoral visit to Montreal, QC.

Present at the Vespers and meal were His Eminence Archbishop Irénée accompanied by the Chancellor, Archpriest Anatoliy Melnyk, Dean of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, Archpriest Gregory Nimijean, and Deacon Justin Mitchell. Also present was His Grace, Jean-Cassien, Vicar for the Romanian Patriarchate in Canada.


Holy Synod concludes annual retreat

Logo of The Holy Synod

The annual retreat of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded on June 11, 2015. [See related story.]

In addition to participating in the daily cycle of services at Holy Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI, retreat site, and reflecting on a number of spiritual themes, including that of the forthcoming 18th All-American Council, the hierarchs engaged in sessions of a practical nature.


Assembly of Bishops' Executive Committee to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch June 16

In a media release posted on the web site of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, it was announced that the Assembly’s Executive Committee will travel to Istanbul, Turkey for a meeting with His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Phanar on June 16, 2015.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will accompany the members of the Executive Committee.


Metropolitan Tikhon congratulates Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on patronal feastday

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon sent greetings to His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the occasion of the latter’s patronal feastday.

The text of Metropolitan Tikhon’s letter appears below.


Application for grants to further mission of Orthodoxy now available

The Ganister Orthodox Foundation is now accepting applications for grants for organizations and parishes with innovative approaches to advancing the mission of Orthodox Christianity in the US. The deadline for submitting grant applications is July 31, 2015. Recipients will be announced in the fall.


Holy Martyr Peter the Aleut Orthodox Church in Calgary marks the occasion of moving into a new building with a special service

Holy Martyr Peter the Aleut Orthodox Church in Calgary marks the occasion of moving into a new building with a special service

On Saturday, June 6, parishioners of Holy Martyr Peter the Aleut Orthodox Church in Calgary, Alberta attended a special service to mark the occasion of moving into the building of the Anglican parish of St Mark and St Philip, which they are leasing from the local Anglican diocese.