Friday, 2 Mar 2018
2018 DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS
2 Mar 2018 at 12:00am
Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors have funded vital ministries throughout New York and New Jersey for several years. Parishes, youth, seminarians, and clergy have all benefitted through financial assistance, retreats, workshops, programs, and social/educational opportunities that help to nurture and grow the Body of Christ. Thanks to our DDBs, much has been accomplished as is being accomplished to this day. The fruits of their investment in the life of our diocese are obvious and the source of much joy. As we are in the midst of the Lenten journey to PASCHA, perhaps you will consider making a contribution to the 2018 DDB program, and join with many others in this blessed work. To learn more, please "click" on the image above ... and, thank-you!
Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018
MEMORY ETERNAL: Matushka Barbara Kucynda
20 Feb 2018 at 12:00am
Barbara Anne Kucynda, age 71, of Wayne NJ passed peacefully at home on Friday, February 16, 2018. She was born to John and Anna Kuntzevich and raised at 5905 Glenwood Road in Brooklyn. She graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn and for one year attended Saint Johns University in Brooklyn. Her family moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut and Barbara finished her education at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Barbara met a young man named Paul Kucynda who was doing seminary field work at her parish, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Brooklyn.
Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018
WATERVLIET NY: Archpastoral Visit, Reader Tonsured
14 Feb 2018 at 12:00am
On Sunday, 4 February 4 2018, Archbishop Michael visited Saint Basil’s Orthodox Church in Watervliet NY. During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Artёm Timofeev was tonsured as a “Reader.” Artёm and his family first joined the parish ten years ago having emigrated from Russia. Artёm is a CPA having completed his higher education at SUNY Albany. He was an altar server at Saint Basil’s, attended summer camp as a camper and counselor at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, and participated Altar Servers Retreat of our diocese. Artёm also has assisted Archbishop Michael as his driver, traveling the lengths and breadths of the diocese.
Thursday, 15 Feb 2018
ARCHPASTORAL LETTER FOR THE BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT
15 Feb 2018 at 12:00am
The season of the Great Fast (Lent) in preparation and anticipation of the joyous celebration of Our Lord's PASCHA begins on Monday, 19 February 2018. As we enter this holy season of increased prayer, ascetic fasting, and philanthropic charity, Archbishop Michael offers a letter to us with an invitation of encouragement to enter the Lenten journey with seriousness in faith, hope, and love. In part, he writes: "Truly, the way for us to see Lent is as a journey of repentance – a return home, like the Prodigal Son, to the house and embrace of the God Who loves us more than we love ourselves. As he rediscovered his place in the household of his Father, so we must rediscover and recover what we were made to be through our baptismal death and resurrection. Lent is our pilgrimage to Pascha, to share in the Passion and Death of our Savior and in the Victory of His Resurrection."
Sunday, 11 Feb 2018
GREAT LENT BEGINS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
11 Feb 2018 at 12:00am
As we approach the season of spiritual renewal in Great Lent (through prayer, fasting, and charity) a wonderful instructional video by Archbishop Michael is available to us. In this concise eight-minute presentation, we are offered a good introduction to the meaning and purpose of the Lenten Journey in our lives. This is a helpful discussion for our Lenten preparation for the celebration of PASCHA -- the Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. To watch the video, please go here>>>
Friday, 23 Mar 2018
In The News: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ontario
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Randolph, NJ: Holy Trinity Church to honor Choir Director for 50 years of service Carol Wetmore
On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Priest David Fox and the faithful of Holy Trinity Church, Randolph, NJ will honor Choir Director Carol Wetmore as she marks the 50th anniversary of her service to the parish. The celebration will begin with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, at which His Eminence, Archbishop Michael will preside. An anniversary banquet will follow at the Meadow Wood Manor. [Reservations may be made by contacting Suzette Eremin at email@example.com.]
When Carol first came to Holy Trinity Church on the Sunday after Pascha—April 28, 1968—the parish was still in its infancy, meeting at Knox Hall at the First Presbyterian Church in Dover, NJ. While she possessed considerable musical training, her Protestant upbringing did not quite prepare her for Orthodox Liturgical practices, but through her hard work and with the love and support of Archpriest George Hasenecz, now retired, and the Holy Trinity community, she is today recognized within the Diocese of New York and New Jersey and the Orthodox Church in America as a leader in introducing the wealth of Orthodox musical traditions at the parish level.
Carol was born into a family with extensive musical talent. Both her father and uncle led orchestras in the 1920s, while another uncle was a prominent choirmaster at a number of Morristown, NJ churches. Several of her cousins attended full-time choir schools in New York City and went on to serve as soloists, choir directors, and organists throughout the region. Her sister, Nancie Nichols, was a noted soloist in many choirs. Carol graduated from Duke University with a degree in English (with Honors) and Music. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Music from Rutgers University.
Carol has served as a singer, director, and Board member for many choral organizations, including the Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir, for which she also served as President. She co-chairs the Diocese of New York and New Jersey’s Commission on Liturgical Music and has personally organized many music workshops across the Diocese.
Professionally, Carol worked for the US Army at Picatinny Arsenal as a Human Resources Manager for 31 years. During this time, she earned a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, which led to her “next career”—providing hospice counseling to patients and families.
In honor of Carol’s 50 years of faithful service, the parish will be dedicating a new bell tower in her honor. Carol was personally responsible for providing Holy Trinity Church with its first bell, salvaged from a decommissioned Navy ship, the USS Salamonie, in 1971. She and her husband, Alfred (Aleksei), also led the efforts to purchase the parish’s current tuned bells.
May God grant Carol many years on this monumental occasion in her life and the life of Holy Trinity Church.Wilkes-Barre, PA: Fr. David Shewczyk honored by parish, seminary upon retirement
On Sunday, January 28, 2018, the faithful of Holy Trinity Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA honored their long-time Pastor, Archpriest David Shweczyk, who retired after 22 years of service to the parish.
His Eminence, Archbishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, presided at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, together with His Grace, Bishop David of Sitka and Alaska. Concelebrating were Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA, and Archpriest Joseph Martin, Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Board Member and retired Pastor of Wilkes-Barre’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral. The cathedral’s Protodeacon Sergei Kapral also served.
Following the Divine Liturgy, Father David and Matushka Sharon were honored at a testimonial dinner. Gregory Polk, Holy Trinity Church Choir Director, served as Toastmaster. During the dinner, Father David joined the parish choir in singing the Great Prokeimenon, as his tenor voice is as strong as ever. Matushka Sharon also was recognized with a bouquet of flowers for her active role in parish life, in addition to her ministry as a nurse. Their sons Nicholas and Timothy also took part in the celebration.
In addition to his parish ministry, Father David served as Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, a position he has held since 1989. A 1975 graduate of Saint Tikhon’s, he also holds degrees from Siena College (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology) and Marywood University (Master of Arts in Counseling). He has served as the seminary’s Assistant Director of Field Education and liaison to Wayne Memorial Hospital and Wayne Woodlands Manor, and has codirected the seminary’s annual Integrative Seminar.
The seminary community also honored Father David and Matushka Sharon at a dinner on Monday, January 15, at which time he was presented with a jeweled cross.
In retirement, Father David and Matushka Sharon will reside in Myrtle Beach, SC. May God grant them many years!Toronto, ON, Canada: Archbishop Irénée presides at Pan-Orthodox Vespers
At the invitation of the Orthodox Clergy Fellowship of the Greater Toronto Area, His Eminence, Archbishop Irénée of Ottawa and Canada presided at the annual Toronto Pan-Orthodox Vespers for the Feast of Orthodoxy on Sunday, February 25, 2018. The service was celebrated in the chapel of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, hosted by the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College, a graduate theological school offering MTS and MDiv degrees to prepare clergy and lay people for service in the Orthodox Church in Canada.
Joining the school’s Codirector, Archpriest Geoffrey Ready, were 23 priests and two deacons. Several choirs — from the Orthodox Church in America, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Serbian Orthodox Church, in addition to cantors from the Greek and Romanian traditions — sang the responses and contributed to a beautiful and prayerful service. More than 220 people were in attendance, filling the chapel to capacity.
Following the service, Father Geoffrey spoke about the work of the Orthodox School of Theology, as well as Orthodox campus ministry and Orthodox Christian Fellowship at the University of Toronto. A collection was taken to support the work of OCF.
Thursday, 22 Mar 2018
STOTS Board announces three new Trustees
22 Mar 2018 at 12:03pm
Metropolitan Tikhon with Archbishop Michael and STOTS Board of Trustees.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the meeting of the Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Board of Trustees held on the school’s campus March 15-16, 2018. Also participating in the meeting was His Eminence, Archbishop Michael, STOTS Rector and CEO.
Among the agenda items, according to Archpriest Steven Voytovich, STOTS Dean, was the acceptance of three new Board of Trustees members.
Dr. Jeffrey Carpenter is Chief of Surgery and Vice President for Surgical Services at Cooper University Hospital and Cooper Health System, serving as a teaching Vascular Surgeon. He has held numerous faculty positions and holds a B.A. from Amherst College, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Greek (1981), and M.Div. and M.D. degrees from Yale Divinity School (1986). He and his wife have a son and a daughter. Dr. Carpenter has been recognized on numerous occasions for his surgical expertise as a top doctor at the state level in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and a leading doctor in the nation.
Samuel Jacob is a life-long member of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Lorain, OH. He has served in multiple roles in the parish (President, Vice President, and Chairman of Finance Committee) and the Diocese of the Midwest. He has served as Superintendent for Water Plants in Lorain and Elyria, OH for more than 20 years. He received his A.S. degree in Chemical Technology from Lorain County Community College and his B.S. in Management (1994) and MBA (2004) from Cleveland, OH’s David Myers University.
Attorney Anthony Frederick Chapekis is a Founding Partner of the Chapekis, Chapekis, Kardas, and Schmidt Law Group in Chicago. He is licensed for multiple state, appeal, and supreme courts, as well as multiple levels of the federal court system. Attorney Chapekis has been highly involved in the Greek Orthodox community in the Chicago area, serving as Chief Legal Counsel for the Chicago Metropolis. He has a keen interest in both Orthodox monasticism and theological education. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University (1974) and a Juris Doctor Degree from Chicago-Kent School of Law (1977).
Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018
Ancient Faith June 2018 Conference speakers, topics announced
21 Mar 2018 at 3:11pm
Speakers and topics that will be featured at the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference, to be held at Antiochian Village, Bolivar, PA June 20-23, 2018, were recently announced. The conference, which is open to all interested individuals whether published or unpublished, is fully committed to mentoring the upcoming generation of Orthodox writers and podcasters. College students are especially welcomed.
“The conference offers a professional development and fellowship opportunity for Orthodox Christians who want to enrich their creative work or break into a new media field,” according to Melinda Johnson, conference organizer. “The conference will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network and collaborate with well-known Orthodox authors, podcasters, editors, and publishers, and to gain inside perspective on the Orthodox media world. Guests will enjoy time for fellowship in a beautiful and peaceful environment. Community building and spiritual refreshment are important goals of this gathering.”
The keynote address, titled “Can You Be All Things to All People and Still Be Yourself?” will be delivered by Frederica Mathewes-Green. A wide-ranging author, Frederica has been published in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio, on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and on the Hallmark TV network. She has served as a columnist for Religion News Service, Beliefnet.com, and Christianity Today. Her book and movie reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, National Review Online and Christianity Today Movies. Her podcast is featured on Ancient Faith Radio. She has published 10 books, has appeared as a speaker over 500 times, and has been interviewed over 700 times, on venues that include PrimeTime Live, the Diane Rehm Show, the 700 Club, NPR, PBS, CNN, NBC, and Fox News, and by Time, Newsweek, The New Republic, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The New York Times.
Among the evening lecturers will be Deacon Nicholas Kotar, who will speak on “Culture Creation for a Post-Christian America.” A writer of epic fantasy inspired by Russian fairy tales and a freelance translator from Russian to English, Deacon Nicholas is the resident conductor of the men’s choir at Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY, and a semi-professional vocalist. He blogs about seeking beauty and truth in Russian folk culture and history at The Storyteller blog on the Ancient Faith platform. He will be giving all participants copies of his translation of Ivan Ilyin’s “Christianity and Culture” as part of his presentation. His lecture will conclude with a concrete action plan for Orthodox culture creators.
“Orthodoxy and Shame” will be the topic of Archpriest Stephen Freeman’s presentation. Rector of the Orthodox Church in America’s Saint Anne Church, Oak Ridge, TN, Father Stephen was educated at Furman University, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and Duke University. He is the author of the popular blog, Glory to God for All Things and the weekly podcast, “Glory to God,” on Ancient Faith Radio. His writings have been widely translated and published in Europe and Russia. In his presentation, Father Stephen will discuss the experience of shame (clinical understanding) and its occurrence in religious conversion and practice.
A variety of specialized networking sessions also will be offered. Topics will include “Make It Beautiful: The Art of Editing Your Own Writing,” “Voices in the Wilderness: Writing Beauty for the Digital Age,” “Concrete Thinking as a Model for Evangelism,” “Re-Catechism Preaching to the Older Brother,” “Deliver us from Gnostic Cannibals: Engaging our Orthodox High School and College Students in Print, Podcasts, and the Classroom,” “Making Online Content Accessible to People with Disabilities,” and “Writing for Children.” Several craft workshop tracks will explore adult fiction, book-length nonfiction, short-form nonfiction, and podcasting.
Additional information and registration details are available online.
Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018
DCE offers educational resources “from Pascha to Pentecost”—and beyond
20 Mar 2018 at 1:14pm
The Department of Christian Education [DCE] of the Orthodox Church in America offers a variety of activities and resources for use after Pascha and into the summer months. And with Pascha just a few weeks away, now is the time to plan end-of-the-school-year and early summer lessons and programs.
Among the many seasonal resources available on the DCE and OCA web sites are
Visit the DCE web site for a wealth of similar resources for all ages and levels.
Monday, 19 Mar 2018
OCAMPR announces Conference keynote, plenary speakers
19 Mar 2018 at 10:40am
The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion [OCAMPR] recently announced the keynote and plenary speakers for its upcoming annual Conference, “Compliance and Resistance: Discerning the Spirit”.
The Conference, which will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, Somerset, NJ November 8 through 10, 2018, will focus on the medical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of discerning the Spirit, in the compliance and resistance in those we serve and in ourselves, as we seek to serve, guide, and assist.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, will deliver the keynote address. His Grace, Bishop John of the Diocese of Worcester and New England, will present Metropolitan Joseph’s address on his behalf.
Presenting the medical perspective of the Conference theme will be Halina Woroncow, MD, Staff Consultant for the Department of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Dr. Woroncow also is Medical Consultant for Dodge County Public Health and Medical Director of Rochester’s Fairview Care Center.
The psychological perspective will be presented by Olimpia Belea, MRCPsych (Member of The Royal College of Psychiatry), a Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult and Addiction Psychiatry currently working in an ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder clinic in South West London and at Saint George’s NHS Mental Health Trust, London, UK.
Helen Theodoropoulos, PhD, will present the theological perspective of the theme. Dr. Theodoropoulos is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology, Libertyville, IL and a Lecturer in the Department of Spiritual Theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL.
Additional Conference information will be forthcoming on the OCAMPR website.