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What is Orthodox Christianity?

A three-part movie exploring Orthodox Christianity entitled "What is Orthodox Christianity" by Fr. Daniel Mackay
is available for viewing HERE.


Attention 2016 Diocesan Graduates! TIME IS RUNNING OUT! DEADLINE IS JUNE 30!

Members of the Class of 2016! It is that time of the year to submit your photo and biographical information for publication in the diocesan magazine, "Alive in Christ." The deadline for submission is JUNE 30, 2016. Click here for detailed instructions.


Holy Apostles Building Fund

 

Dearly beloved,

Holy Apostles is making tremendous progress in erecting their new worship space. Unfortunately, as with any construction there are unexpected expenses and delays that are quite costly. Any donations to move this project forward would be greatly appreciated. To make a donation, click HERE

+Archbishop Mark


The Very Reverend John Perich awarded the Primatial award of St Innocent

The Very Reverend John Perich was given the Primatial award of Saint Innocent on Memorial Day at St Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. The award was presented to Fr. John for his tireless efforts for many years of setting museum exhibits in various venues and arranging symposia on the history and cultural expressions of Orthodoxy in North America for many years. May the Lord grant him and his family Many Blessed Years.


10,000 VISITORS IN MAY!

May of 2016 saw the Diocesan website reach well over 10,000 visitors. This marks the first time to reach this number! People are visiting, is your parish represented?


Toward the Great and Holy Council: Retrieving a Culture of Conciliarity and Communion

A presentation on Ancient Faith Radio you can listen to HERE.


Building a Church in Mechanicsburg - UPDATED! 4/7/2016

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.


Proposed Templates for Parish By-Laws / Constitutions *UPDATED MARCH 2016!

Christ is in our midst!

Here you will find two recently revised "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 as well as leave their parish council members open to personal liability.  The same could also be said of parishes that have bylaws but do not follow them..  

By Laws            Constitution

+ Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania

 



Important Message Regarding Diocesan Insurance

His Eminence, Archbishop MARK, has released a message regarding an upcoming change with Diocesan Insurance which will require parishes to abide by the new carrier's sexual misconduct policies. Please review these policies.which can be found HERE.

Revised OCA Statutes

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.


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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