Last Wednesday, June 28th, the clergy under the Bishops of the Eparchial Synod in America, convened to meet for the annual clergy conference at the Metropolis headquarters in Cobleskill, New York. Clergy met to discuss different pastoral issues. All of the Hierarchs gave Diocesan reports. Different talks were given: His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius gave a much needed talk entitled "Temptation From the Right," wherein he stressed the importance of our confession of faith void of self-righteousness (which gives birth to schism and heresy), His Eminence Bishop Auxentios gave an excellent and detailed report on the Seminary in Etna, and Priestmonk Maximos gave a very informative talk on the missions in Latin America. Fr Panagiotis gave a thorough and articulate talk concerning the false council of Crete.
All of the hierarchs, under the Presidency of His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America, convened on Friday, June 30th, to hold the sessions of the Synod.
The conference concluded with the grand festivities for the feast of St John of San Francisco, patron of the Metropolis of America, at the monastery named in honor of the Saint.
A Synodal Gathering of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece at the Port Authority of Piræus
Keynote Presentation on the Sunday of Orthodoxy: February 16/March 1, 2015 by His Grace, Bishop Klemes of Gardikion, Secretary of the Holy Synod
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary Priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Father John served the faithful in Tucson and the surrounding area in his home Chapel until his repose in November of 2000. His wife, Presbytera Valerie, continued to make her home Chapel available for the mission, with clergy from Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Seattle and His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto (then of Portland), visiting to provide the Divine Services.Read more...
2021 St. Xenia Camp
Greetings St. Xenia Camp family,
As previously announced, through the intercessions of St. Xenia, the prayers of so many of you, and with the blessing of Metropolitan Demetrius, St. Xenia Camp 2021 will return to Forest Acres in Fryeburg, Maine August 15-21! Given the continued impact of COVID-19, camp this year may yet be somewhat different from the past Forest Acres experiences. We are sharing this information ahead of registration so that all families can make an informed decision on whether they feel comfortable sending their camper(s) this year. [Read more...]
Q. In considering becoming part of the GOC in America, I am getting warnings from various circles that the attitude of GOC people is that of being “walled off,” “arrogant,” “judgmental,” and “in your face” toward those not in the Genuine Orthodox Church, with accusations such as “World Orthodox” priests are “not even Christians” and the like. Could you give me your personal, realistic assessment of this dynamic and possibly refer me to an official statement on how GOC members should and do relate to and communicate with those in “World Orthodoxy”? Read more...