Monday, January 25, 2010

Upcoming Orthodox Events All Over - Mark Your Calendars!

All these events can earn you credits. Attendance at a one-day event or workshop is worth 1 credit. Events of three or more days are worth 1 credit per day. Simply fill out the event/workshop worksheet and submit it to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

+ St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary to appear on "The Economic Report" on FOX BUSINESS NEWS
When: Saturday, January 30th, 2010
Airtimes are: 2:30 pm ET; 1:30 pm CT; 12:30 pm MT; and 11:30 am PT
Description: Father Chad Hatfield, chancellor of St. Vladimir's Seminary, notes: "We are grateful to God and humbled to be a part of 'The Economic Report' production. We believe that this appearance will help raise awareness of the Orthodox Christian faith nationally as well as show the American public how a faith-based school is meeting the challenge of the economic downturn."

+ Pre-Lenten Retreat (Sponsored by the Antiochian Women of the Diocese)
Topic: "Back to the Future With Saint Ignatius: Then is Now!”
Speaker: Mother Alexandra (Abbess of St. Thekla Convent at Antiochian Village)
When: Saturday, January 30th, 2010
Where: Saint George Orthodox Church on 6 Atwood Ave. Norwood, MA 02062

+ Pre-Lenten Spiritual Retreat (2nd Lecture)
Topic: “Growing in the Image & Likeness of God”
When: Monday, February 1st, 2010 at 7 pm
Where: Christ the Savior Orthodox Cathedral on 300 Garfield St. Johnstown, PA 15906

+ Inquiry into Christian Orthodoxy: An Exposition of the Greek Orthodox Faith (5 Weeks - 10 Sessions)
Speaker: Fr. John T. Tavlarides
When: February 1st thru March 3rd, 2010 - every Monday & Wednesday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Saint Sophia Frosene Education Center on 36th St. (& Massachusetts Ave NW) Washington, DC 20007
Description: For those who desire to know the teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church either with a view toward formal affiliation or simply to augment their knowledge about the Faith
To enroll, please contact Pete Panagiotopoulos at the Cathedral Office.

+ The 38th Annual Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America (DOWAMA) Clergy Brotherhood Retreat
Topic: “What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him, and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? (Job 7:17): Fulfillment of Personhood according to Elder Sophrony of Essex”
Speaker: Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex
When: Tuesday, February 2nd thru Friday, February 5th, 2010
Where: The Spiritual Life Center on 7100 East 45th St. North Wichita, KS 67226

+ Kursk Root Icon Visit
When: Friday, February 5th, 2009 at 7 pm
Where: Holy Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on 2500 Clairmont Rd., NE Atlanta, GA 30329
Description: The Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God of the Sign dates from the 13th century, and is one of the most ancient icons of the Russian Church. The icon is commemorated on September 8 an on November 27. During the Tatar invasion in the thirteenth century the city of Kursk was ravaged by the Horde of Batu and fell into desolation. After this, the residents of the city of Rylsk, often journeyed to the site of Kursk to hunt wild beasts. On September 8, 1259, a hunter noticed the icon lying on a root face downwards to the ground. The hunter lifted it and saw that the image of the icon was similar to the Novgorod "Znamenie" Icon of the Mother of God. Just as the hunter lifted up the holy icon from the earth, a strong spring of pure water surged up at that place where the icon rested. With the help of friends the hunter rebuilt an old small chapel and placed the newly-found icon in it. When news of this spread, many came from Rylsk to this old chapel to venerate the icon and pray about their sorrows and needs. There the Mother of God healed all who came to her icon. Soon after, the icon was transferred to Rylsk and put it in a new church in honor of the Nativity of the Theotokos. But the icon did not long remain there. It disappeared and returned to the place of its first appearance. The inhabitants of Rylsk repeatedly took it and carried it back to their city, but the icon incomprehensibly returned to its former place. It was realized, that the Theotokos preferred the place of appearance of her icon. This icon, and the help granted by the Mother of God, is linked with important events in Russian history: with the war of liberation of the Russian nation during the Polish-Lithuanian incursion in 1612, and the 1812 Fatherland war.

+ St. Photios the Great Symposium
Topic: “Just Another Face in the Crowd? Recognizing Jesus in the Postmodern University”
Speaker: Bishop Savas Zembillas of Troas
When: Saturday, February 6th, 2010
Where: Holy Cross Orthodox Theological Seminary on 50 Goddard Ave. Brookline, MA 02445
For more information, contact: Daniel Beklonick or Mary Long at the Office of Vocation & Ministry at Hellenic College.

+ Kursk Root Icon Visit
When: Saturday, February 6th, 2009 - Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am
Where: Joy of All Who Sorrow Russian Orthodox Church on 6728 Campground Rd. Cumming, GA 30040.

+ Kursk Root Icon Visit
When: Saturday, February 6th, 2009 - Vigil at 6 pm
Where: St. John (Maximovitch) the Wonder-worker Orthodox Church on 543 Cherokee Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30312.

+ Kursk Root Icon Visit
When: Sunday, February 7th, 2009 - Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am
Where: St. Mary of Egypt Russian Orthodox Church on 1765 Woodstock Rd. Roswell, GA 30075.
For more information on the icon, please click this link.

+ Kursk Root Icon Visit
When: Sunday, February 7th, 2009 - Molieben & Akathist service at 3 pm
Where: St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church on 925 Beaver Ruin Rd. Norcross, GA 30093
For more information on the icon, please click this link.

+ Pre-Lenten Spiritual Retreat (3rd Lecture)
Topic: “Growing in the Image & Likeness of God”
When: Monday, February 8th, 2010 at 7 pm
Where: Christ the Savior Orthodox Cathedral on 300 Garfield St. Johnstown, PA 15906

+ Topic: “An Insider’s View: Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Today”
Speaker: Metropolitan Kallistos (Timothy) Ware of Diokleia (Professor Emeritus, Oxford University & Author of The Orthodox Church, The Orthodox Way, & The Inner Kingdom; Orthodox Co-Chair of the International Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue, Member of the International Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue & Speaker and co-founder of the Orientale Lumen Conferences)
When: Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Where: Catholic University of America on 620 Michigan Ave. NE Washington, DC 20064

Topic: “Lent: Our Personal Journey”
Speaker: Metropolitan Kallistos (Timothy) Ware of Diokleia (Professor Emeritus, Oxford University & Author of The Orthodox Church, The Orthodox Way, & The Inner Kingdom; Orthodox Co-Chair of the International Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue, Member of the International Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue & Speaker and co-founder of the Orientale Lumen Conferences)
When: Thursday, February 11th, 2010
Where: Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church Parish Center on 3410 Woodburn Rd. Annandale, VA 22003

+ The Emmaus Journey - Monthly Lecture Series Sponsored by the Orthodox Clergy of Brooklyn
Topic: "Significant Other, Surrogates, Reproduction, In-Vitro Fertilization, Piety. Home Church, Economy, Marriage"
Speaker: Fr. Michael Ellias
When: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 7 pm
Where: Holy Cross Church on 8401 Ridge Blvd. Brooklyn, NY 11209

+ Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) Mission Team Chicago 2010 Benefit Banquet
Speaker: Fr. Chad Hatfield (OCMC Board Member; Vice President Chancellor of St. Vladimir's Seminary & former Dean of St. Herman's Seminary, Kodiak, AK)
When: Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Where: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church on 2350 E. Dempster St. Des Plaines, IL 60016
Donation: $30 per person
Registration Deadline: January 29, 2010
Call: 708-533-1543 or e-mail: mtcdinner@live.com

+ Marriage Enrichment Weekend
Topic: “Sacred Image, Sacred Marriage: Incarnating the Images of Marriage Given to Us in the Church”
Speaker: Presbytera Kerry Pappas, MA, MA, LMFT (licensed marriage and family therapist who works primarily
with Orthodox couples)
When: Friday, February 12th thru Monday, February 15th, 2010
Where: Antiochian Village on 140 Church Camp Trail Bolivar, PA 15923
Registration information

+ Annual Orthodox Christian Women of Montreal (OCW) Conference 2010
Topic: “The Lord's Prayer”
Speaker: Fr. Thomas Hopko (Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary - Crestwood, NY)
When: Saturday, February 13th, 2010 from 9:30 am to 3 pm
Where: St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church on 80 de Castelnau St. Montreal, Canada H2R 1P2
Cost: Advance registration: $35; at the door: $40 (includes breakfast, lunch & refreshments)
For more information, please contact Matushka Masha Tkachuk at: 514-481-5093 or by e-mail: masha@pusinka.com

Topic: “Our Transfiguration in Christ: The message of the Philokalia”

Speaker: Metropolitan Kallistos (Timothy) Ware of Diokleia (Professor Emeritus, Oxford University & Author of The Orthodox Church, The Orthodox Way, & The Inner Kingdom; Orthodox Co-Chair of the International Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue, Member of the International Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue & Speaker and co-founder of the Orientale Lumen Conferences)
When: Saturday, February 13th, 2010 - Three Lectures: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm followed by Great Vespers: 5 pm
Where: St. Mark Orthodox Church on 7124 River Rd. Bethesda, MD 20817
For more information, please contact Fr. Gregory Safchuk at: 301-229-6300

+ 2nd Annual Young Adult League (YAL) Retreat
When: Saturday, February 13th thru Monday, February 15th, 2010
Where: All Saints Camp on 205 Raft Island Dr. Gig Harbor, WA 98335

+ Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and Metropolitan Kallistos
When: Sunday, February 14th, 2010 at 9:30 am followed by Forgiveness Vespers & Fellowship in the parish Hall
Where: St. Mark Orthodox Church on 7124 River Rd. Bethesda, MD 20817

+ Greek Orthodox Youth Association (GOYA) Lenten Retreat (for all Graduates)
When: Friday, February 19th thru Sunday, February 21st, 2010
Where: Diakonia Center on 455 Quail Ridge Rd. Salem, SC 29676
For more information, please contact Fr. George Savas at: diakoniacenter@yahoo.com or Fr. Matthew Carter at: FrMatthewCarter@gmail.com

+ New Haven Oratorio Choir and Orchestra: Baroque Spectacular
When: Saturday, February 20th, 2010 at 8 pm
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church on 292 Orange St. New Haven, CT 06510
Description: Crystalline and dance-like; intense and profound . . . Experience the multiplicity of the Baroque in a kaleidoscope of vocal and instrumental combinations. A brilliant display of intricacies unfold to delight the senses in a multi-dimensional presentation of small and large ensembles, featuring the singers and instrumentalists of NHOCO, culminating in G.F. Handel's Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest.

+ A Journey Into Light: All about the Faith - A Pan Orthodox Retreat and Resource Fair Lenten Hymns performed by St. Vladimir's Choir & Holy Cross Seminarians
Topic: "The Importance of the Deaconate in our Orthodox Churches"
Speakers: Frank Schaeffer & Michael Albano
When: Saturday, February 20th, 2010 from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on 4070 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604
Donation: $5
For more information, please contact Gale Papageorge at: 203-366-1187

+ St. Theodore Saturday Lenten Retreat
When: Saturday, February 20th, 2010 - Divine Liturgy at 10 am followed by Lenten brunch & talk
Where: St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church on 389 Clark St. Sharon, PA 16146

+ Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Celebration
When: Sunday, February 21st, 2010 at 6 pm
Where: Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral on 5701 N. Redwood Dr. Chicago, IL 60631

+ 2009–10 Faith & Thought Lecture Series Speakers
Topic: “Looking East: Protestant Americans and Orthodox Russians in the 20th Century”
Speaker: Matt Miller, Ph.D. (assistant professor of history at Northwestern College. He joined the Northwestern faculty after teaching for several years in Moscow. A specialist in the history of imperial and Soviet Russia, Miller studies the development of religion, education, and philanthropy. His research and writing explores the interaction of Russian Orthodox Christianity with the modern world)
When: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Where: Northwestern College Nazareth Chapel on 3003 Snelling Ave North St. Paul, MN 55113

+ Greek Orthodox Youth Association (GOYA) Lenten Retreat (for High School Girls)
When: Friday, February 26th thru Sunday, February 28th, 2010
Where: Diakonia Center on 455 Quail Ridge Rd. Salem, SC 29676
For more information, please contact Fr. George Savas at: diakoniacenter@yahoo.com or Fr. Matthew Carter at: FrMatthewCarter@gmail.com


+ One-day Lenten Retreat
Topic: “The Crucified & Glorified Messiah”
Speaker: Fr. Thomas Hopko (Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary - Crestwood, NY)
When: Saturday, February 27th, 2010
Where: Christ the Savior Orthodox Church on 4285 Ashland Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45212
Registration: $20 per person; $30 per couple or family; college students - FREE
Please RSVP by phone to Fr. Steven Kostoff at: 513-351-0907 or by email: steven.k@zoomtown.com. Information.

+ 2010 New York Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA) Lenten Retreat
When: Saturday, February 27th, 2010 from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church on 835 South Ave. Rochester, NY 14620
All GOYAns in the NY part of the Metropolis are invited!!!

+ Pastoral Conference of the Eastern American Diocese
When: Monday, March 1st thru Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
Where: St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral on 706 Hill St. Mayfield, PA 18433
The Pastoral Conference is open to all priests, deacons, and matushkas of the Eastern American Diocese and will begin on Monday, March 1st at 9:00 AM and close on Wednesday, March 3rd after Liturgy (approximately 3:00 PM)
· Hierarchal Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts, led by the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, co-served by His Grace, Bishop George of Mayfield, His Grace, Bishop Jerome of Manhattan, and clergy from around the diocese.
· A lecture by famous author Archpriest Artemiy Vladimirov, professor at St. Tikhon Theological Institute in Moscow and rector of All Saints Church in “Krasnoe Selo,” Moscow.
· A lecture for matushkas by Matushka Elena Vladimirov.
· A lecture by Deacon Andrei Psarev on the 50th anniversary of the repose of Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko).
· A report by the diocesan secretary on the work and progress of the diocesan administrative center.
· A pilgrimage to nearby St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, PA.
· Separate group meetings for clergy and matushkas.
· Liturgical workshop for clergy.
Each parish is responsible for reimbursing its clergy and matushkas for their traveling, accommodation, and registration expenses. Each parish treasurer is to forward a check in the amount of $200.00 per each attending clergyman and matushka. Registration must be mailed by January 22, 2010 to: St. John the Baptist Cathedral Attn: Subdeacon Michael Pavuk - 706 Hill St. Mayfield, PA 18433 More information; registration form.

+ Annual Diocesan Lenten Retreats - CENTRAL REGION
Topic: “God's Mercy: What To Do When Great Lent Isn't So Great” (for adults)
Speaker: Fr. Stephen Loposky
Topic: “You are the Light of the World” (for Youth Ages 6-12)
Speaker: Fr. Miles Zdinak
When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010 from 9 am to 5 pm
Where: St. Nicholas Church on 903 Ann St. Homestead, PA 15120
Registration Deadline: February 28th, 2010 - Contact Barbara Coe at 724-375-5384 or e-mail: barbnharry@comcast.net

+ Annual Jr/Sr Ukranian Orthodox League (U.O.L.) Lenten Retreat
Topic: "Finding Your Spiritual Path"
When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010
Where: Villa Maria Retreat Center on 2067 Evergreen Rd. Villa Maria, PA 16155
Registration Deadline: February 24th, 2010 (A late fee of $10 will apply after February 24th, 2010)
Registration Fee: Adults $30; Young Adults & Teens $25
*Note: Jr. UOL members need a Chaperone
For more information, please contact Diane Senedak at: 330-792-6699 or e-mail: dkssenny@aol.com or Melanie Nakonachny at: 440-842-3820 or e-mal: MelanieNak@aol.com

+ Annual Diocesan Lenten Retreats - EASTERN REGION
Topic: “The Expulsion of Adam and Eve From Paradise: Insights into the Battle With Sin And the Spiritual Life From the Book of Genesis” (for adults)
Speaker: Fr. Luke Mihaly
Topic: “Music and the Orthodox Spiritual Life” (for Youth Ages 12-18)
Speaker: Subdeacon Nicholas Mihaly
Topic: “Let Us Forgive All In The Resurrection” (for Youth Ages 6-11)
Speaker: Protodeacon Gregory Benc
When: Saturday, March 20th, 2010 from 9:30 am to 5 pm
Where: National Christian Conference Center on 1485 Valley Forge Rd. Phoenixville, PA 19460
Registration Deadline: March 6th, 2010 - Contact Tracey Bilanin at 484-624-4664 or e-mail: tbilanin@yahoo.com

+ Annual Diocesan Lenten Retreats - WESTERN REGION
Topic: “I was in prison and you visited me..." Matt. 25:36 - Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry”
When: Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at 2 pm
Where: Saint Nicholas Church on 954 State St. Hobart, IN 46342
For more information, please contact Fr. Sam Sherry, the Dean of the Chicago Deanery at: FrSam@juno.com

+ Annual JUNIOR- SENIOR Ukranian Orthodox League (U.O.L.) LENTEN RETREAT
Topic: “Confession"
When: Saturday, March 20th, 2010
Where: St. Francis Retreat House on 3918 Chipman Rd. Easton, PA 18045
Registration Deadline: February 28th, 2010 - Contact Oleh or Natalie Bilynsky at 610-892-7315 or e-mail: nsufler@aol.com
Retreat registration rate $40 (late registration additional $10 if mailed after 3/1/10)

+ Icon Retreat Workshop: The Holy Family
Instructor: Maryam Gossling, FSPA
When: Sunday, April 11th thru Saturday, April 17th, 2010
Where: Marywood Lodge on 3560 Highway 51 North Arbor Vitae, WI 54568
Description: In the early Church, believers have seen icons as windows to the heavenly world. In the Eastern Orthodox world the use of icons has flourished for centuries, while a resurgence of appreciation of the significance and spiritual richness of this is presently occurring in the West. Participants will write/paint The Holy Family (no art experience required), while being introduced to the history of icons and their use as a focus for prayer and contemplation.
Registration fee all materials, food and lodging; commuter fee includes all materials and the noon meal each day. Please include a $100 deposit; $50 commuters (deposit refunded if cancelled by March 12). Fee: Resident $550; Commuter: $285. Limit of 15 participants
Registration Deadline: March 12th, 2010

+ RUSSIAN SACRED ART TRIP: An Educational Tour
When: June 11th thru June 27th, 2010
Includes Moscow and cities of the “Golden Ring” . . . Vologda, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, and Pskov.
17 days/16 nights June 11 – June 27, 2010, with OPTIONAL 4 Day Extension in St. Petersburg: SPONSORED BY The Museum of Russian Icons
The tour cost based on 25 participants is $5150 USD / €3485 EURO
The cost of the trip INCLUDES airfare from Boston, accommodations at three star hotels, transportation, tours, entry fees, and most meals.
$200 tax-deductible contribution to the Museum of Russian Icons included
Registration deadline: March 11th, 2010

+ SUMMER CAMP AT ANTIOCHIAN VILLAGE
Camp Dates: Session 1 - June 20th thru July 2nd; June 20th thru June 27th (one week); Session 2 - July 4th thru July 16th; Session 3 - July 18th thru July 30th; Session 4 - August 1st thru August 13th
Where: Anticohian Village on 201 St Ignatius Trail Bolivar, PA 15923
Camp serves young people ages 9 - 17. Take advantage of Early-Bird Registration by paying in full before March 1

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sermons on the Feasts - Read and get credit!

Blessed Theophany! May our Lord's baptism kindly remind us of our own baptisms and rising from death to life!

The Orthodox Church in America (OCA) has started a section called Sermons on the 12 Great Feasts. The section features sermons for each feast of the year, written by the church fathers.

You can now get credit for reading these sermons. Simply read a sermon and email me (else10-at-gmail-d0t-com) your answers to the questions below. You can earn 2 credits for each sermon!

Questions to answer:

--What is the title of the sermon?
--Who is the author?
--What feast does the sermon celebrate?
--In your own words, summarize the key points of the sermon.

Please include your name, e-mail address and phone number with your submission. May your reading be blessed!