On the occasion of the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, we convey our paternal love, blessings and prayerful best wishes for a very happy feast to all of the Christ-loving Clergy, Monastics and Laity.
To all Orthodox Christians of North and Central America, we send archpastoral blessings and prayerful best wishes for a bright and joyous feast of our Lord's Nativity, and a blessed and peaceful New Year.
Saturday, January 22, 2011 marks the 38th anniversary of the decision by the United States Supreme Court known as "Roe v. Wade." Orthodox Christians are asked to prayerfully remember the victims of abortion ...
The Secretariat of the Assembly of Bishops held a teleconference meeting on Wednesday, 19 January, to follow-up on the work of their meeting from the previous week. All the members were able to participate, except Fr. Nicholas Ceko of St. Steven's Cathedral in Los Angeles. Even His Grace Bishop Maxim was able to join the call, shortly after celebrating the Liturgy for the feast of Theophany (Old Calendar) in San Francisco. Everyone was satisfied that the decisions from the meeting in Alhambra were moving ahead.
On Jan 12-13, 2011, the members of the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America met in Alhambra, CA at St. Steven?s Cathedral, hosted by His Grace Bishop Maxim. The meetings were led by His Grace Bishop Basil, and included bishops, priests, deacons, monastics, and laity.
The Secretariat of the Assembly of Bishops is scheduled to meet this week, from Wednesday, January 12 to Thursday, January 13. It will be the first meeting of the newly-appointed staff, and will be hosted by Bishop Maxim at his chancery in Alhambra, CA.
These bishops, while not part of the agencies' governing structures, are responsible for coordination between the Assembly and their particular agency, and for providing episcopal guidance on behalf of the Assembly for all that agency's activities.
The Secretariat has been established as an extension of the office of the Secretary of the Assembly.
Ecumenical Patriarch Receives Officers of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of North and Central America
On Tuesday, Sept. 21, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received the Officers of the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul.
Greeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Officers of the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America
We are particularly delighted to receive all of you here at the Sacred Center of Orthodoxy, the First-Throne and Mother Church of Constantinople, and we warmly greet you, as brothers accompanying our esteemed Exarch in America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, and as hierarchs ministering in the United States: Your Eminence Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk (serving as vice-chairman of the assembly), Your Eminence Archbishop Antony of Hierapolis (serving as treasurer of the assembly), and Your Grace Bishop Basil of Wichita (serving as secretary of the assembly).
Bishop Maxim Reflects On the Work of the First Episcopal Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America
Recently a historic event took place in New York: a pan-Orthodox Assembly of the Fullness of God's Church on the North American continent, represented by the Hierarchs of the local Orthodox dioceses
This special video was recorded in Oklahoma City, June 17, 2010, at the Parish Life Conference of the Antiochian Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America.
His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas speaks with Fr. Christopher Metropulos about the recent Meeting of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Hierarchs of North and Central America.
AFR correspondent Matthew Namee talks with His Grace Bishop Basil, the newly elected Secretary of the Episcopal Assembly. Audio and written transcript available.
Ancient Faith Radio presents an extensive interview (audio and written transcript both available) with Fr. Mark Arey. The discussion centers on the first Episcopal Assembly meeting in New York on May 26-28, 2010.
At the Episcopal Assembly recently concluded in New York City on Friday, May 28, His Grace Bishop BASIL was elected Secretary of the Assembly.
On Friday, May 28, upon completion of the three-day Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America, ROCOR Eastern American Diocesan Media Office correspondent Reader Peter Lukianov held interviews with Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes in the USA, Bishop Job of Kashira, Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes in Canada, and Bishop Jerome of Manhattan, about their impressions of the Assembly
We glorify the name of the Triune God for gathering us at this first Episcopal Assembly of this region in New York City on May 26-28, 2010 in response to the decisions of the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference held at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Switzerland, from June 6-12, 2009, at the invitation of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
My opening remarks this morning are taken from the Vespers of Palm Sunday, "Today the Grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together." How wonderful and pleasing to God for all of us to meet and discuss matters related to the life of our Church on this particular continent. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairman of SCOBA for his hard work to make this gathering possible. The literature which we received from Chambésy via the Greek Archdiocese of America, raises some important questions.
I sincerely greet all of you as the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, and would like to convey to you the warmest of well-wishes from His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The opening of the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America coincided with the beginning of my service as Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes in the United States of America. I am glad that, not long after my arrival in this country, I am bearing witness to this inspirational moment of Pan-Orthodox unity and mutual understanding. I hope that our current gathering will lay the foundation for further development of efforts to consolidate Orthodoxy on the American continent.