Abbot Tryphon was our guest speaker for the 52nd Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. He words were both challenging and inspiring as we look to expand the mission in Eastern Pennsylvania. He challenged us at every level to be faithful to our Lord's command to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. As Orthodox Christians we must transcend nationalistic inclinations and be open to ministering to all the Lord brings across our path. More information on the 52nd Diocesan Assembly can be found HERE.
52nd Diocesan Assembly - Final Reports all Posted
The 52nd Diocesan Assembly was held at St. Michael Orthodox Church, in Jermyn, PA. All reports are now online. His Eminence, Archbishop MARK's Message to the Diocese is now available - click on the links below.
St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary will be hosting a lecture on Sunday, January 31. All are welcome for this free event. Click HERE or on the image for more information.
Diocesan Council approves Proposed Resolution for the Transition to Proportional Giving Levels
The Diocesan Council approved a recommendation by the Finance Committee concerning the transition to proportional giving from parishes to the Diocese in accordance with the resolution passed by the Diocesan Assembly in 2008. The report and an online calculator to aid in this process CAN BE FOUND HERE.
The Diocesan Finance Committee has developed standardized Parish Financial forms for Parishes in the Diocese to make their monthly with, plus comprehensive directions for each. They can be viewed and downloaded HERE.
Building a Church in Mechanicsburg - SIGNIFICANTLY UPDATED! 1/6/2016
FOLLOW THE PROGRESS! For the past 3 years, Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA has been planning on moving from the office space multi-purpose chapel/hall, to a more permanent and accommodating facility. After a lot of meetings, struggle, prayer, and patience things have begun to move! On June 30, the feast of the Holy Apostles, after a moliben for the beginning of any good work was served on the property with the relics of our heavenly Patrons, the township issued our building permit. In late July the footers were dug and the preparation work was done. On the feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross the walls began to go up. After a slight delay due to some kinks that needed to be worked out, the roof trusses were set in an impressive manner on Monday, November 16. You can track all of the progress on the construction of the new building HERE.
His Eminence, Archbishop MARK has released a series of articles on the topic of Orthodox Stewardship. Read them HERE.
The revised statutes for the Orthodox Church in America are now available. The Revised Statutes are the governing document for the Orthodox Church in America, its' Dioceses, and Parishes. Please review the Revised OCA Statutes HERE.
Proposed Diocesan By-Laws
The proposed Diocesan By-Laws have been revised and are now available. Members of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania are urged to review them. Our Deans will be scheduling a meeting in the coming months to discuss the Proposed Bylaws and Proposed Resolution to Transition to Proportional Giving in anticipation of our Diocesan Assembly in January. Your full participation and cooperation are needed to make for a productive and fruitful Assembly in January 2016. PLEASE REVIEW THE PROPOSED BY-LAWS HERE
Proposed Templates for Parish By-Laws / Constitutions
Christ is in our midst!
Here you will find two "Proposed Templates" for parishes desiring to adopt a set of By-Laws or Constitutions where there are none or update them in cases where the old By-Laws are incongruent with the Revised Statutes of the Orthodox Church in America or simply out of date. We welcome feedback on these "Proposed Parish By-Laws." According to Federal Law regulating Non-Profit Organizations, every Non-Profit must have a set of By-Laws and follow them. Those who do not endanger their tax exempt status. Additionally, we encourage every parish to develop a Mission Statement for their parish and specifically identify ways they intend to fulfill their missionary calling and submit it to the Diocese for approval.
+ Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania
New study report on Orthodox Christian Fellowship
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA has released a new study report on Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official collegiate campus ministry program of the Assembly. OCF plays a critical role in the lives of young Orthodox adults who study at US colleges and universities. Strong OCF chapters can provide a vital connection for youth to the Orthodox Church and stem the tide of students who leave the Orthodox Faith while in college. Read the full report HERE. Access summaries and links to all of the Assembly's research reports HERE.
National study on giving in US parishes
An ongoing national study — “Exploring Orthodox Generosity: Giving in US Orthodox Parishes” — has been launched by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. “We need and invite as many pariticipants as possible,” said Alexei D. Krindatch, the Assembly’s Research Coordinator. “Both Orthodox clergy and laity are invited to take part in this unique project.” The study is being conducted as an on-line survey and may be accessed here.
Fr. Alexis Trader: Being Christian in a Post-Christian World
The following link will take you to a series of four guest posts from Fr. Alexis Trader, a priestmonk and spiritual father of Karakallou Monastery on the Holy Mountain, and author of In Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord: An Orthodox Interpretation of the Gifts of the Spirit.
Fr. Alexis has recently released a new book and it is about his new book that he now writes. CLICK HERE TO READ
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