Message from His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius on the Upcoming Holy Nativity Fast

The 40 day Holy Nativity Fast is approaching.

Instructions on how to send names of the reposed to be commemorated or make a donation are below.

Online Donations:

Go to the Saint John of Damascus Orthodox Educational Initiative page and click on the donate button - https://orthodoxlearninggoc.com/donate.

For mailing a check and sending names to the reposed, send to:

St John of Damascus 100 Hillsdale St. Hillsdale, MI 49242

(Please make checks out to St John of Damascus).

A brief word about the initiative.

The Saint John of Damascus Orthodox Educational Initiative is a program, under the auspices of the Eparchial Synod of America (GOC), meant to provide an Orthodox Christian education in our diocese. It uses the Classical system of education. This program is for everyone. Whether your child attends public or private school or is homeschooled, the program offers online classes taught by Orthodox teachers. https://orthodoxlearninggoc.com/

Orthodox Awareness

Refutation of an "Encyclical Sermon"

Refutation of an “Encyclical Sermon” by a Hierarch of the New Calendar Orthodox Church of Greece and a Wily Denigrator of Anti-Ecumenists and “Old Calendarists” Who Have Walled Themselves Off From His Church

by His Grace, Bishop Clement of Gardikion, Secretary of the Holy Synod

In Greek

In English

Missions

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Mission, Tucson, Arizona

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.

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Youth

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...]

 

Ask A Priest

Is the GOC Insular?

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...