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2017 Episcopate Events at Vatra Romaneasca: Camp Vatra for Seniors - July 2-15, 2017...Camp Vatra for Juniors - July 23 - August 5, 2017...Episcopate Congress - August 31 - September 3, 2017...Episcopate Events off-site: 2017 Family Life Conference / Conferinta "Viata in Familie 2017" - May 26-28, 2017 in Merrillville, Indiana...

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017  

 


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THE HOLY SYNOD RENDERS DECISION CONCERNING BISHOP IRINEU

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SFÂNTUL SINOD COMUNICA DECIZIA REFERITOARE LA EPISCOPUL IRINEU

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84TH ANNUAL EPISCOPATE CONGRESS PASSES RESOLUTION AT OPENING SESSION - 09/02/16 

The Congress of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America gathered in its 84th Annual Session at Vatra Romaneasca, in Grass Lake, Michigan, passed unanimously the following resolution in its opening session:

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2017 Episcopate Congress Schedule & Accommodations - 07/11/17

Episcopate Congress 2017

Thursday, August 31 – Sunday, September 3, 2017
Vatra Romaneasca, Grass Lake, Michigan

SCHEDULE

Thursday
Clergy Conference / Episcopate Council Meeting

Friday & Saturday
Episcopate Congress Sessions

Sunday
Hierarchal Divine Liturgy / Closing Banquet 

HOTEL INFORMATION

(mention “ROEA Congress” for rate )
All hotels in Michigan are now non-smoking

Holiday Inn – Jackson | (517) 789-9600                  
2696 Bob McClain Dr., Jackson, MI
(behind MEIER, North side of I-94 @ Airport Rd.)
Booking Deadline: 07/30/2017
Rate: $135.00/night + 11% taxes
Fitness center, business center, indoor pool, free Wi-Fi.
Breakfast buffet $8.95
Online booking code: REO 

Holiday Inn Express – Jackson | (517) 788-6400    
3506 Oneil Dr., Jackson, MI
(South side of I-94 @ Airport Rd. exit)
Booking Deadline: 07/31/2017
Rate: $135.00/night + 11% taxes   
Free breakfast, indoor pool, free Wi-Fi

Comfort Inn – Jackson | (517) 768-0088
2435 Shirley Dr., Jackson, MI
(East side of US-127 near Red Lobster)
Booking Deadline: 07/30/2017
2 Queen - Rate: $110/night + 11% taxes
Single King - Rate: $110/night + 11% taxes
Suite (2 Queen) - Rate: $120/night + 11% taxes
Free breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center


Mesajul Pastoral al IPS Nathaniel - 07/10/17

29 iunie 2017
Sf. Ap. Petru și Pavel 

Preacucernici și Preacuviosi Părinți și Iubiți Credincioși ai de Dumnezeu păzitei noastre Episcopii, 

Cu adâncă întristare, vă împărtășesc vestea primită de la Cancelaria Bisericii Ortodoxe din America, în dimineața zilei de 28 iunie 2017, în legătură cu statutul fostului nostru episcop vicar Irineu (Duvlea).

Sfântul Sinod al Episcopilor Bisericii Ortodoxe in America s-a întrunit în data de 21 iunie 2017 la Biserica „Sfântul Dumitru” din Jackson, Michigan și a convocat Tribunalul Sinodal pentru a asculta și considera anumite acuzații aduse împotriva episcopului vicar Irineu. În urma analizării și considerării probelor prezentate, Sfântul Sinod a hotărât că Episcopul Irineu trebuie depus din treapta arhieriei și din rândul clerului, fiind redus la statutul de simplu monah....


Pastoral Message of Archbishop Nathaniel - 07/01/17

June 29, 2017
Holy Apostles Peter and Paul 

Reverend Fathers and Beloved Faithful of our God-protected Episcopate: 

With profound sadness, I share with you the news received from the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America on the morning of June 28, 2017, in regard to the status of our former Vicar Bishop Irineu Duvlea. 

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America met on June 21, 2017, at St. Demetrius Church in Jackson, Michigan, and convened a Spiritual Court to hear and consider certain accusations brought against Vicar Bishop Irineu.  Following the review and consideration of the evidence presented, the Holy Synod determined that Bishop Irineu should be deposed from the episcopacy and the ranks of the clergy and reduced to the state of lay monk....


Mesajul pentru Ziua Naționala a Canadei și Aniversarea de 150 de ani - 07/01/17

1 iulie 2017 

Preacucernici Părinți și Iubiți Credincioși ai Episcopiei noastre din cuprinsul Canadei, 

Cu ocazia Zilei Naționale a Canadei și la împlinirea a 150 de ani de la proclamare confederației canadiene, ne alăturăm tuturor celor care astăzi sărbătoresc această aniversare cu gând de recunoștiință și mulțumire lui Dumnezeu pentru darurile revărsate peste această țară și locuitorii săi....


Message for Canada Day and 150th Anniversary - 07/01/17

July 1, 2017

Reverend Fathers and
Beloved Faithful of our Episcopate in Canada,

On the occasion of Canada's National Day and the celebration of 150 years since the proclamation of the Canadian Confederation, we join all those who celebrate this anniversary today with gratitude and thanksgiving to the Lord for the abundance He has provided to this nation and its inhabitants....


Memory Eternal! + Kh. (Preoteasa) Stefanie Yazge - 06/29/17

(Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America - June 29, 2017) With great sadness, and with the hope of the Resurrection, Khouriyee Dr. Stefanie Yova Yazge suddenly fell asleep in the Lord on the morning of June 29, 2017, the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul. Kh. Stefanie is the wife of Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Yazge, director of the Antiochian Village Camp. They have three children: Matthew, Mark and Alexis....


The Holy Synod renders decision concerning Bishop Irineu - 06/28/17

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- During their annual retreat held in Michigan on June 19-23, 2017, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held a special session convening the Synodal Court which canonically deposed the Bishop Irineu (Duvlea), Auxiliary Bishop of the ROEA, from the status and all sacred functions of the episcopacy, removed him from the ranks of the clergy, and returned him to the status of a lay monk.

The letter of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon to the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America reads as follows....


SFÂNTUL SINOD COMUNICA DECIZIA REFERITOARE LA EPISCOPUL IRINEU - 06/28/17

SYOSSET, NY (OCA) - Pe durata retragerii (spirituale) anuale, care a avut loc în Michigan în perioada 19-23 iunie 2017, membrii Sfântului Sinod al Episcopilor Bisericii Ortodoxe în America au convocat o sesiune specială a Curții Sinodale, care a depus pe Episcopul Irineu (Duvlea), Episcop Vicar al ROEA, din treapta de episcop și din toate funcțiile episcopale, precum și din toate treptele clericale, reducându-l la statutul de simplu monah.

Scrisoarea Preafericirii Sale, Mitropolitul Tikhon, adresată Episcopiei Ortodoxe Române din America, comunică următoarele.

Apasați aici să citiți scrisoarea P.F. Mitropolit Tikhon. 


SOLIA-THE HERALD January/February 2017 Now Posted - 05/15/17

Click here to read the January/February 2017 issue of Solia - The Herald.


$8,500.00 still needed for Elena Maria’s May 1 surgery - 04/21/17

Click here to view the letter from Nobody's Children.

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PASCHAL PASTORAL LETTER OF ARCHBISHOP NATHANIEL - 04/07/17

PASTORAL LETTER OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP NATHANIEL FOR PASCHA 2017

ENGLISH / ROMANIAN


Free Book Promotion: Metropolitan Serafim Joanta - 04/07/17

The book "Treasures of Romanian Christianity: Hesychast Tradition and Culture," written by Metropolitan Serafim Joanta, will be available for free in e-book (Amazon Kindle) format on Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday and on Holy Pascha (April 8-9, 16, 2017) at the the following link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IQJYTYK.


Baby Maria Elena Sauca Update - 04/07/17

Paschal Appeal - $19,000 raised but $13,000 still needed

In order for Maria Elena Sauca to receive the follow-up operations she needs on April 24 and May 1, 2017 in Royal Oak, Michigan, $13,000 is still needed. Please make a donation during the Paschal season. Donation information (checks and online) is listed below at the end of the letter from Nobody's Children.


Report of Spiritual Consistory of ROEA concerning Priest Gheorghe Carstea - 01/06/17

The Episcopate is forced to make the following report public today (January 6, 2017) as a result of misinformation being distributed by some members of the Parish Council of St. Nicholas Parish, Troy, Michigan, related to the suspension and retirement of Rev. Gheorghe Carstea, effective January 1, 2017.

CLICK HERE to read the Report.


Preoteasa Alice Lipan Nenson - Memory Eternal! - 12/13/16

Preoteasa Alice nee Lipan Nenson passed away December 9, 2016, having fulfilled her purpose in life - "to love and be loved". In her last days, her room at Regina Wascana Grace Hospice was overflowing with her family and loved ones....


HELP MARIA - Make a Christmas Miracle Happen - 12/12/16

The 25-year old charity, Nobody's Children, a 501(c)(3)(a) tax-exempt organization founded in 1991 in New Hampshire, is working urgently with Dr. Antonio Capone, Jr. and Dr. Michael Trese of Associated Retinal Consultants from The William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, the world's experts in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), to help Maria Elena Sauca of Maramures, Romania. Maria is a  7 mo old infant with rapidly progressive blindness who needs surgery urgently to prevent further visual loss. Her operation is scheduled for Jan 9, 2017. Please contribute toward this $24,000-26,000 surgery. Thank you in advance for any support you can find to help this beautiful little girl. All the donations received via the PayPal link on Nobody's Children website will go toward helping Maria receive this surgery. Parishes are encouraged to make an urgent appeal to their parishioners via email / Facebook or other social media to meet the deadline. Click here and here for more information.


Camp Vatra Collection - 11/29/16

Just in time for Christmas! Camp Vatra alumni and supporters, show your pride and support for Camp Vatra by purchasing shirts today for yourself and your loved ones....


OCA Synaxis of Monastic Superiors - 11/01/16

Held at the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA from October 25-27, 2016, the Synaxis of Monastic Superiors was led by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. 


Holy Synod of Bishops concludes Fall Session - 10/25/16

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] October 24, 2016 -  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded its Fall Session at the Chancery here on Friday, October 21, 2016.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, presided at the sessions....


Thy Will Be Done: Strategic Leadership, Planning, and Management for Christians - 10/25/16

Source: St Vladimir's Seminary Press

Peter Danilchick, a protodeacon [Protection of the Mother of God Church, Falls Church VA - Romanian Diocese] and retired corporate executive, brings his experience and expertise to bear on the meaning, challenges, and techniques of strategic leadership, planning, and management for Christians in his new book: Thy Will Be Done: Strategic Leadership, Planning, and Management for Christians. Many books examine these skills from a business perspective, but none have incorporated the timeless wisdom of the Orthodox faith. Thy Will Be Done serves as a bridge between the ecclesiastical and corporate worlds, drawing on Scripture and the Church fathers, together with the strategies and best practices of the business world....


Psa. Silvia Yova - Memory Eternal! - 10/21/16

(October 24, 2016 - Fairlawn, Ohio) Following a long illness, Preoteasa Silvia nee Balaj Yova, beloved wife of (+) Protodeacon Paul, fell asleep in the Lord at home today surrounded by her loving family. The calling hours will be at her church (Presentation of Our Lord, 3365 Ridgewood Rd., in Fairlawn) on Monday, October 24, from 4-6:30 p.m. The funeral will follow immediately at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception. A private burial will be held the next morning. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to either her church, Project Mexico, or St. Gregory Palamas Monastery in Perrysville, Ohio. May God grant her rest and may her memory be eternal!

Click on the following link for her full obituary:  http://anthonyfh.com/tribute/details/2516/Silvia-Yova/obituary.html#tribute-start.


Church's Holy Rollers believe in their pumpkin roll fundraiser - 10/19/16

Source: The Herald - Sharon Pennsylvania

By SANDY SCARMACK Herald Staff Writer / October 17, 2016

HERMITAGE – It’s almost too picturesque to be real. A beautiful old church, nestled among trees bursting in shades of orange and crimson, the sun shining bright and the cozy, welcoming scent of ginger and nutmeg, wafting out the door. Fall is here and so are the Pumpkin Holy Rollers, a dedicated group of volunteers at Holy Cross Orthodox Church on Maple Road, where they chop, stir, whip, fold and bake up arguably one of the best pumpkin rolls around....


In Memory - Ersilia Maximo (sister of Fr. John Toconita) - 09/17/16

Ersilia Maximo (nee Toconita), a lifelong resident of the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on September 13th, 2016 with family by her side. She was 94 years of age....


84TH ANNUAL EPISCOPATE CONGRESS PASSES RESOLUTION AT OPENING SESSION - 09/02/16

The Congress of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America gathered in its 84th Annual Session at Vatra Romaneasca, in Grass Lake, Michigan, passed unanimously the following resolution in its opening session:


2016 EPISCOPATE CONGRESS REGISTRATION PROCEDURE - 08/29/16

     For the sake of efficiency and good order, all Congress Delegates and Visitors will register at the Tent in front of the Chancery Office (east side of Grey Tower Road across from the Vatra Campus). The registration will be a drive-thru process...


Fire at Ascension Monastery Destroys Church / Biserica Mănăstirii Înălțarea Domnului a Fost Mistuită de Flăcări - 08/13/16

[CLINTON, MI - August 12, 2016] With sadness, we report the fact that around noon on Friday, August 12, the church of Ascension of the Lord Monastery in Clinton, Michigan burned down....
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[CLINTON, MI - 12 August, 2016] Cu părere de rău, vă aducem la cunoștință faptul că în ziua de 12 august, în jurul amiezii, biserica Mănăstirii Înălțarea Domnului din Clinton, Michigan a fost mistuită de flăcări....


Queen Anne of Romania – Obituary - 08/03/16

The Telegraph - August 1, 2016

Queen Anne of Romania, born September 18 1923, died August 1 2016

Princess Anne of Romania, who has died aged 92, was queen of a country whose language she did not speak and on whose soil she did not step until she was nearly 70....

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Letter from His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel to King Michael.


New “Orthodoxy in America” app now available at no charge - 07/14/16

SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Priest John Parsells, Rector of Christ the Savior Mission, Berlin, MD, and his associates at Orthodox Web Solutions have developed a new free app—“Orthodoxy in America”—for smartphones and tablets.

“This app is much more than just a church locator,” explains Father John. “It brings together news, social posts, daily audio, and trending photos, as well as video and 360 tours from the various jurisdictions, agencies, seminaries, monasteries, and Orthodox media outlets, including Ancient Faith, Orthodox Christian Network, Pravmir, Pemptousia, Pravoslavie.ru, Patristic Nectar, Sister Vassa, Y2AM, and others. News from the Orthodox Church in America and its institutions also are featured in this app, which is offered to help inform, educate and inspire the faithful to live and share their Faith!”

Android, Apple, and Windows versions—totally free and without advertisements—are in the app stores now and may be downloaded free of charge.


Holy Synod issues Statement, Petitions on the Holy and Great Council - 06/07/16

SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has issued a Statement on the Holy and Great Council, slated to be convened on the Island of Crete from June 16 through 27, 2016.  Concurrently, petitions have been made available and are to be included in the Litany of Fervent Supplication at all Divine Services, beginning immediately. The Statement and Petitions that appear below also are available in PDF format....


Ecumenical Patriarchate Provides Resources for Holy and Great Council - 05/25/16

NEW YORK –  [Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America] An historic gathering for the Orthodox Christian Churches, the first of its kind in 1200 years, is being supported with both digital communications and a multilingual team of experts. A website, www.orthodoxcouncil.org, provides background information on the Holy and Great Council, which will meet in Crete June 16-27 and gathers representatives from the 14 autocephalous (internally self-governing) Orthodox Churches to discuss issues ranging from the mission of the Orthodox Church in the modern world and its relations with other Christian churches, to the importance of fasting and the sacrament of marriage....


Press Release of the Episcopate Council of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America - 04/08/16

[Grass Lake, Michigan – April 8, 2016] On April 2nd, 2016, the Episcopate Council met under the presidency of His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, and discussed administrative, canonical and educational-pastoral matters....

Comunicat de Presă al Consiliului Eparhial al Episcopiei Ortodoxe Romane din America 
[Grass Lake, Michigan – 8 Aprilie 2016] În data de 2 aprilie 2016, s-a întâlnit Consiliul Eparhial sub președinția Înaltpreasfințitului Părinte Arhiepiscop Nathaniel. S-au dezbătut probleme de natură administrativă, canonică și pastoral-educațională....


The Sunday of Orthodoxy visit of Metropolitan Tikhon to the Ecumenical Patriarchate - 03/24/16

ISTANBUL, TURKEY [OCA] As reported earlier, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon had accepted the invitation of His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to concelebrate at the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Church of Saint George in the Phanar district here on the Sunday of Orthodoxy—March 19-20, 2016.


Earlier, Metropolitan Tikhon had accepted similar invitations from Patriarch Bartholomew.  In December 2014, he visited the Holy Theological School of Halki and the Patriarchate with Archpriests John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, and Archpriests John Behr and Alexander Rentel of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY.  In June 2015, Metropolitan Tikhon and Father Alexander traveled to the Patriarchate in connection with the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA....


- 12/22/15

ROMANIAN CHRISTMAS CAROL TEXTS (English & Romanian) 

CLICK HERE


- 12/17/15

 

CAMP VATRA FUNDRAISER

Camp Vatra alumni and supporters, show your pride and support for Camp Vatra by purchasing a limited-edition Tshirt or Sweatshirt today!  All proceeds from this sale will go toward helping to fund another year of programs for our youth.

Due to popular demand, we are now offering these black & white shirts based on the commemorative t-shirts presented to our campers each year.  (Black & white seems to have been our most popular color combination!)

This is a limited time offer, so don't miss your chance to order now.  Once the sales campaign is over on January 15, shirts will no longer be available.  (All shirts will be printed and shipped after January 15.) 

 

Purchase online only at:  www.booster.com/CampVatraCollection.

 

Please help spread the word (including “sharing” the above page on social media) so that our many former campers and friends will have the opportunity to participate. 

 

Thank you in advance for your continued support!

CLICK HERE for more information and to place your order!


- 09/23/15

83RD EPISCOPATE CONGRESS HIGHLIGHTS 

The 83rd Episcopate Congress was held in Cleveland, Ohio from September 3-6, 2015. St. Mary Cathedral hosted the event. On Thursday morning, the clergy attended the Divine Liturgy. Following breakfast, the clergy met in the atrium of the Cathedral’s Cultural Center for the annual clergy conference. At the opening of the conference, the Archbishop referred to the statement posted on the Episcopate website regarding His Grace, Bishop Irineu (see http://roea.org/news_150901_2.html).


- 09/01/15

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING HIS GRACE, BISHOP IRINEU 

(September 1, 2015 – Grass Lake, MI) The Episcopate Office has been notified by the Office for Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations (ORSMA) of the Orthodox Church in America, that His Grace, Bishop Irineu (Duvlea), Bishop of Dearborn Heights and Auxiliary Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, is being investigated for allegations of sexual misconduct....

COMUNICAT REFERITOR LA SITUAȚIA PREASFINȚITULUI PĂRINTE IRINEU

(2015-09-01 - Grass Lake, MI) Cancelaria Episcopiei a fost notificată de către Biroul de Investigare și Revizuire a Acuzațiilor de Abatere Sexuală (ORSMA) a Bisericii Ortodoxe din America despre faptul că Preasfințitul Părinte Irineu (Duvlea), Episcop de Dearborn Heights și Episcop Vicar al Episcopiei Ortodoxe Române din America, este cercetat pentru acuzația de comportament sexual neadecvat....


- 07/28/15

How to Expand the Mission - A Video Presentation by the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America at the 18th Annual All-America Council of the Orthodox Church in America

CLICK HERE to view the video.


- 05/06/15

Funeral of Archimandrite Roman

A photo gallery from the funeral of Archimandrite Roman (Braga) is now posted. CLICK HERE.

Photos courtesy of Subdeacon Tom Rosco.


- 04/29/15

Memory Eternal: Archimandrite Roman Braga

RIVES JUNCTION, MI [OCA]  Archimandrite Roman [Braga], 93, of the Monastery of the Holy Dormition here fell asleep in the Lord shortly before midnight on the evening of Tuesday, April 28, 2015....


- 03/30/15

Holy Synod responds to Assembly of Bishops’ “Common Starting Point”

SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  In a document dated March 15, 2015, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America offered a response to the Chairman and Secretary of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America with regard to the “Common Starting Point” for Canonical and Regional Planning.

The text of the six-page document is available here.


- 09/20/14

Assembly of Bishops Issues Message to the Faithful, Statement on Middle East

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America concluded its fifth annual meeting on Thursday in Dallas, Texas. The Assembly issued a message to the faithful and a statement on the Middle East.

Both texts can be found here: Message to the Faithful and Statement on the Middle East

In other business, the Assembly reviewed and approved the 2015 budget. Assembly VI will be held September 15-17, 2015. The location is to be determined.

Documents pertaining to Assembly V, including the minutes, 2015 budget and committee reports, will be forthcoming on the Assembly's website.


OCA Holy Synod issues Preliminary Response to canonical restructuring proposals by the Assembly of Bishops - 09/19/14

[Syosset, NY]  A Preliminary Response of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to proposals with regard to canonical restructuring, a topic of discussion at the fifth meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America in Dallas, TX September 15-19, 2014, was issued and distributed to all bishops on September 17.

The text of the Preliminary Response reads as follows.

PRELIMINARY RESPONSE OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA TO THE PROPOSALS FOR CANONICAL RESTRUCTURING

September 17, 2014

“The light of Orthodoxy was not lit to shine only on a small number of men. The Orthodox Church is universal; it remembers the words of its Founder: ‘Go ye unto all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature’ [Mark 16:15]….  We ought to share our spiritual wealth, our truth, light, and joy with others who are deprived of these blessings, but often are seeking them and thirsting for them….” [St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America Homily for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, 1903, San Francisco].

The fourth gathering of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North America (ACOB) took place on September 17-19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. At that meeting, the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning presented a Proposal for Canonical Administrative Restructuring, which was discussed in detail at several sessions by the assembled bishops.

According to the minutes of Assembly IV, “[t]here was a general sense that there was no agreement on the proposed model at this time, but that the model was a good starting point for further discussion and development.” In addition, the suggestion was made that, “following the conclusion of Assembly IV, there should be discussion within each jurisdiction about the proposals.”

More recently, the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning has forwarded to all the bishops of the Assembly an updated proposal for canonical restructuring in our region along with a second unsolicited proposal from an interested group outside of the Committee. These are being discussed at our Assembly gathered here in Dallas. Several jurisdictions have already offered responses to the most recent proposals or expanded on the comments they have made about last year’s Proposal.

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America is presently considering its own fuller and more comprehensive contribution to the present discussion but offers the following points as an outline of some principles which we feel should be considered by the brothers of the Assembly:

  1. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America remains committed to the work of the Assembly of Bishops and is grateful to the Most Holy Patriarchs and Primates for initiating the process that has taken us from the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan Orthodox Conference in Chambésy, Switzerland in June of 2009 to our present expectation of a Great and Holy Council in 2016.
  2. We likewise remain supportive of the efforts of the Assembly of Bishops within our region, which has met now for five years in a row, in a spirit of mutual love and respect, with a view to fulfill the mandate of the “swift healing of every canonical anomaly” in our region and to propose, by consensus, a plan for canonical reorganization to be submitted in time for the Great and Holy Council [Message of the Patriarchs 3.12].
  3. In particular, we offer sincere thanks to Archbishop Nicolae, the Chairman of the Canonical Regional Planning Committee, along with all its members and consultants, for their excellent initiative and work to date. We recognize the exhaustive research and complex reflection that were required to address the issue of canonical organization in our region. We also acknowledge the many hours of discussion and review that have gone into the drafting of the initial 2013 proposal and the subsequent proposals presented to this Assembly.
  4. We also would like to acknowledge the concerns expressed on the two proposals that we are considering here in Dallas, including those referring specifically to the canonical implications of the proposals, the duty of the Mother Churches to pastorally care for the flock of their particular ethnic and cultural heritage and the need address current variations in pastoral and ecclesiastical practice. These are legitimate concerns that must be carefully addressed in any plan that is put forward. We also emphasize that the principle of consensus, which has been operative on the global level through the Synaxes of the Holy Patriarchs and the Chambésy process, as well as within our own Assembly, must be preserved as we look to finalize our Assembly’s proposal to the Great and Holy Council.
  5. We note that the two proposals most recently distributed to the bishops articulate two different approaches to the question of canonical restructuring. The first (from the Committee) proposed a 10-year path towards a potential autocephaly via an interim status of autonomy to be overseen by all the Primates of the Orthodox Churches. The second (from an unsolicited source) proposes a similar 10-year plan but with the emphasis on common and concerted joint local effort of the members of the Assembly in addressing a number of specific areas (pension, theological education, missions, etc.).
  6. Although both plans present concrete solutions, the Holy Synod of the OCA feels that both options require further discussion and analysis both within the Assembly and within each of our respective jurisdictions. Nevertheless, in terms of a principle of approach, we remain committed to the vision of a fully functioning and canonical local Church in our region. Therefore, we continue to maintain the principle that the best solution for this region is a canonically and administratively united local Church with a properly functioning Holy Synod.
  7. We acknowledge that the status of the Orthodox Church in America as an autocephalous Church is not universally recognized within the Orthodox world. We likewise re-affirm that we do not consider our autocephaly as an obstacle to a broader autocephaly, which is, in fact, envisioned within the Tomos of Autocephaly, granted to us by the Russian Orthodox Church. In the words of His Eminence, Archbishop Dmitri, of blessed memory, who was bishop here in Dallas: The Orthodox Church in America is autocephalous not in order to be self-sufficient and isolated, but in order to be in living communion and close contact with all Orthodox Churches… The Orthodox Church in America received autocephaly not in order to be master of Orthodox unity in America but in order to be a servant of this unity.
  8. At the same time, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America fully acknowledges that attention needs to be legitimately directed to the question of the pastoral and administrative care of particular ethnic/cultural groups. The cooperative work that has been undertaken by all the brothers gathered here, not only through the work of the Assembly, its Committees and Agencies, but for many decades before. We are confident that the universal dimension of the Orthodox Church, reflected in the beautiful diversity of the Orthodox presence in the United States, should remain a hallmark of our Church here. Is it not possible that an administratively united Church might offer a more effective means to collectively and in brotherly fashion assist the bishops of the Assembly in the care of the diversity of our faithful?
  9. As such, we ask our brothers of the Assembly to consider a broader question: For what purpose has God, in His infinite Wisdom and Providence, brought us together in this country? Is our answer a positive response to the Lord’s commandment to “preach the Gospel to every creature”? Is our answer to look to the model provided St. Tikhon at the turn of the last century, and to “share our spiritual wealth … with others who are deprived of these blessings”? In His High Priestly Prayer in St. John’s Gospel, our Lord Jesus Christ prays to the Father and asks that “they may be one, as we are”. How is this to be realized if we place limits on our responsibility to be the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church? St. Paul tells the Galatians that “There is neither Jew nor Greek … for you are all one in Christ Jesus” [Gal. 3:28] Does this not direct us to see no difference between the immigrant from Russia and the one from Indonesia, between the one from Africa and the one from Central America? Does this not direct us to see the Agnostic, the Protestant, the Buddhist or Taoist in the same way we see the marginal Orthodox Christian?

For these reasons, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America strongly urges that all efforts continue to be made by the Assembly to fulfill the expectation of the Most Holy Primates, as re-iterated by His All-Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew, in his inspiring address to us this morning, that we offer a proposal which “moves beyond words to actions” and which “puts our theology into practice.” We submit that the most clear and direct path to this goal is the establishment of a local autocephalous Orthodox Church here in our region and recommend this to the Assembly for their consideration as the most effective way to fulfill the exhortation of His All Holiness: “To move beyond what is mine and yours, to what is ours.”


Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches - 03/11/14

(March 9, 2014 - Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople) By the grace of God, the proceedings of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches concluded today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Synaxis took place at the Phanar from 6-9 March, 2014, at the invitation and under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and was attended by all the most venerable Primates in person, with the exception of His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch, who, due to illness, was represented by Hierarchs of his Church. 


- 11/27/13

Information on Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- At their Fall 2013 meeting, members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America approved and issued a revised Policy, Standards, and Procedures on Sexual Misconductwith the goal of providing a safe and healthy environment for all of the faithful. A new page featuring detailed information and resources is now available on the OCA web site athttp://oca.org/about/sexual-misconduct.  Among the accessible resources are Policies, Standards, and Procedures of the Orthodox Church in America on Sexual Misconduct, a Summary and checklist of responsibilities and procedures, and Annual Parish Compliance Report forms.


- 05/16/13

CLERGY CONFERTREAT PHOTO ALBUM - 2013


- 05/16/13

URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT KIDNAPPED SYRIAN ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOPS

CLICK HERE to view the message.


- 04/19/13

"They Gather Here No More" Video
The story of St. Andrew Romanian Orthodox Church in Terre Haute, Indiana and its closing.


 


- 03/21/13

The Enthronement Speech of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

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- 03/05/13

Letter from His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel to ROEA Monasteries regarding Sacraments

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- 02/28/13

Assembly of Bishops Makes Orthodox Christian Research Reports Available Online

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America

The Assembly of Bishops Research Coordinator, Alexei Krindatch, has prepared a range of reports on Orthodox Christianity in America. Along with the following research summaries, the full reports are available in PDF format. ...


- 12/17/12

Patriarch-Elect Youhanna (John) X of Antioch

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

His Eminence the Metropolitan Archbishop of Western and Central Europe has been elected Patriarch of the Great City-of-God Antioch and all the East. The Patriarch-elect Youhanna X (Yaziji) was elected by the members of the Holy Synod earlier today, December 17, during a special session held at the Balamand Patriarchal Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. Continued...


His Beatitude, Patriarch Ignatius of Antioch and All of the East Falls Asleep in the Lord - 12/05/12

Source: Orthodox Church in America

BEIRUT, LEBANON [OCA]

Two days after he was admitted to Saint George Hospital here, His Beatitude, Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Patriarch Ignatius had suffered a severe stroke on Monday, December 3, and had been under the care of physicians in the hospital’s intensive care unit.  He was 91 years old.  [See related story.] ...Continued


Letter of Thanks from Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church for the Episcopate Parishes' Donation for the Cathedral for the Nation's Salvation - 11/14/12

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Related Story
Românii din America sprijină zidirea Catedralei Mântuirii Neamului - Basilica.ro


Archbishop Tikhon elected Metropolitan of All America and Canada - 11/13/12

PARMA, OH [OCA]  His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, was elected Primate of the Orthodox Church in America during the 17th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America at Holy Trinity Church here Tuesday, November 13, 2012. . . .continued


- 08/29/12

"This is Your Church" video:
The life and work of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.


URBAN MISSION 2012 - JUNE 20-24, 2012 - DETROIT, MICHIGAN - 03/12/12

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Sfinţirea Bisericii Sfânta Maria / Consecration of St. Mary Church - Anaheim, California - 11/22/11

Click on the following link to view a slide presentation:http://photographs.iustincapsa.com/2011-11-12/index.html.


Eighth Annual CLERGY "CONFERTREAT" - November 8-11, 2011 - 10/19/11

The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
Eighth Annual
CLERGY “CONFERTREAT” 
Tues., November 8 – Fri., November 11, 2011
At the Franciscan Renewal Center, Paradise Valley AZ
 
Main Speaker:
V. Rev. Fr. George Morelli, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Chaplain and Pastoral Counseling Ministry,
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese  

Fr. Morelli is a seasoned professional in the areas of Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. An active pastor and leader, he chairs the archdiocesan Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Ministry, and is also Religion Coordinator and Liaison of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine. He lives in San Diego, California, where he is Assistant Pastor at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Fr. George has taught university and seminary courses in psychology and pastoral theology, and supervised doctoral clinical psychology interns. He has authored numerous articles in the field of psychology, and is also the author of Healing: Orthodox Christianity and Scientific Psychology. He can be heard on Ancient Faith Radio through his weekly podcast Healing: Orthodox Spirituality and Psychology. Also a regular contributor to OrthodoxyToday.org, Fr. George has graciously allowed the Antiochian Archdiocese to reproduce his writings on [its] website (www.antiochian.org). 

Send reservation and payment to ROEA Chancery IMMEDIATELY

Cost: 
$350 includes lodging, meals, materials and speaker expenses.  Make checks payable to ROEA.

Airport:  Phoenix Sky Harbor

Plan to arrive early afternoon on Tuesday, Nov 8.  The Confertreat will end with Divine Liturgy and breakfast on Friday, Nov. 11.  Plan your return flight home anytime after noon on Friday.

If you wish to stay an extra day, and visit the Phoenix / Grand Canyon area, you may remain at the Renewal Center for an extra cost of $110/ night, including meals.  Please send payment for this extra time together with your registration IMMEDIATELY.

Questions?  Contact Fr. Ian Pac-Urar: 330.329.5353   pacurar@roea.org


Editorial: De Mortuis Nihil Nisi Bonum (Speak Only Well of the Dead) - 09/01/11

(A response to an article published in the Mitropolia Banatului Review, sent on July 27, 2011) 

Not long ago, I read an article published in Mitropolia Banatului Review, no. 22, (LXII, new series, January-March, 2011). On pages 7-11 of this publication, I found a homage to the late metropolitan and writer Bartolomeu Anania, entitledIn Memoriam, written by Fr. Horia Ţâru. I read it with interest and appreciated its content, but I was troubled by some statements that could have been omitted, just so that we would let the dead rest in peace. I am writing to inform you that the article has some problems of both accuracy and methodology. . . .Click here for the rest of the article.

(Un raspuns la un articol publicat in revista Mitropolia Banatului trimis pe 27 Iulie 2011)

Nu de mult, mi-a căzut în mână un articol publicat în Revista Altarul Banatului, nr. 22, (LXII), serie noua, ianuarie-martie, 2011. Am găsit la paginile 7-11 ale revistei un omagiu intitulat In memoriam, adus de preotul Horia Ţâru, mitropolitului şi scriitorului Bartolomeu Anania al Clujului. L-am citit cu interes şi i-am gustat conţinutul, dar am fost tulburat de anumite afirmaţii care s-ar fi putut omite, ca sa-I lăsăm pe cei morţI să doarmă în pace. De aceea, vă scriu spre a semnala faptul că prezentarea are câteva scadenţe, atât din punct de vedere metodologic, cât şi faptic. . . .Apăsaţi aici pentru continuare.


Text of the Decision adopted in Chambesy in June regarding the “diaspora” and the Rules of Operation of Episcopal Assemblies in the Orthodox Diaspora - 06/13/11

Text of the Decision adopted in Chambesy in June regarding the “diaspora” and the Rules of Operation of Episcopal Assemblies in the Orthodox Diaspora - Click here for full text.


Archbishop Nathaniel, Bishop Irineu meet with western European Romanian bishops - 12/17/10

ROME, ITALY [OCA] -- His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate and His Grace, Bishop Irineu of Dearborn Heights, participated in a gathering of western European Romanian bishops, the theme of which was "Conscience and Canonical Orthodox Ecclesiology," at the headquarters of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of Italy here during the last week of November 2010. Attending the gathering, the third of its kind, were bishops from the Metropolia of Western and Southern Europe and the Metropolia of Germany, Central and North Europe, according to the Romanian Patriarchate's news agency "Basilica."  Quoting His Grace, Bishop Siluan of Italy, Basilica reported that the meeting provided an opportunity for the hierarchs to share pastoral experiences in their respective regions and to discuss various aspects of mission, Christian identity, and the sharing of the faith and traditions in light of major westward emigration of Romanians witnessed since the fall of communism in Romania. During the gathering the hierarchs celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Rome's mid-second century Saint Callistus Catacombs. 


Statement of Clarification - 10/18/10

[ROEA Chancery - October 18, 2010] Concerned that unofficial internet postings distort and misrepresent the current status of the dialogue of reconciliation with our sister Romanian eparchy in North America, we offer the following information.  The Press Release posted on our website, www.ROEA.org, is the only official statement of the ROEA on this issue. We deplore any other postings that claim to report factual information from unknown “sources close to the Episcopate”. Such erroneous postings disinform and foster disunity in the Church and our Episcopate.                                                          

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Clarificare

[Cancelaria ROEA, 18 Octombrie 2010] Preocupat de faptul că anumite comunicări neoficiale făcute pe internet deformează şi reprezintă eronat statutul curent al dialogului de reconciliere cu eparhia soră Ortodoxă Română din America de Nord, oferim următoarea clarificare.  Comunicatul de Presă publicat pe website-ul nostru, http://www.ROEA.org, este singura comunicare oficială din partea ROEA (Episcopiei Ortodoxe Romane din America) pe această temă. Deplângem orice alte declaraţii care pretind că rapoartează informaţii “factuale” provenite de la “unele surse apropiate Episcopiei.” Astfel de declaraţii eronate dezinformează şi alimentează dezbinare în Sf. Biserică şi în Episcopia noastră.


The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America - Press Release - 10/04/10

[October 4, 2010] - The 78th Congress of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America was held October 1-2 at St Mary Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio.                                                                                                                        more information >

Comunicat de Presă
Cel de-al 78-lea Congres al Episcopiei Ortodoxe Române din America s-a ţinut în zilele de 1-2 octombrie, la Catedrala Sf. Maria din Cleveland, Ohio. 


Clarificări din Partea Episcopiei Ortodoxe Române din America în legătură cu articolul "Schizma ortodocşilor români din SUA, aproape de final" (România liberă, 26 noiembrie 2009). - 11/30/09

APĂSAŢI AICI să citiţi.


Text of the Decision adopted in Chambesy in June regarding the “diaspora” and the Rules of Operation of Episcopal Assemblies in the Orthodox Diaspora - - 06/13/09

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Archbishop's Address to 2009 Episcopate Congress - 06/01/09

Address of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel to the 77th Episcopate Congress, July 2009 - English / Romanian



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NAME
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CITY/STATE
Bond, LEVON
Lieutenant
St. George
Winnipeg, MB
Brown, STEVE
Sergeant Major
St. Mary
Chicago, IL
Bugan, CATALIN
1st Lieutenant
Annunciation
Grand Rapids, MI
DuChesne, MATTHEW
Master Sergeant
St. Michael
Aurora, IL
Haney, Dr. AARON
Captain
Sts. Constantine & Helen
Indianapolis, IN
Ilcus, LIDIA STANA
Lieutenant Colonel
Holy Trinity
Miramar, FL
Kauffman, CHRISTOPHER
Captain
Holy Cross
Hermitage, PA
Lupu, NICOLAE
Master Corporal
St. Mary
Calgary, AB
Madsen,
CASSANDRA
Navel Lieutenant
Sts. Constantine & Helen
Indianapolis, IN
Madsen, KC
Naval Lieutenant
Sts. Constantine & Helen
Indianapolis, IN
Mogosanu, ANDREI
Navy Cadet
St. Mary
Calgary, AB
Slywka, DAVID
Master Corporal
St. George
Dysart, SK
Sofronie, MIHAI
Captain
St. Joseph
Hazleton, PA
Sotak, ANDREW
T. Sergeant
St. Mary Cathedral
Cleveland, OH
Tolle, MICAH
SPC
Sts. Constantine & Helen
Indianapolis, IN
Wixson, BRANDON Eugene
Lance Corporal
Sts. Peter & Paul
Dearborn
Heights, MI

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