Orthodox Churches

Assembly Convenes Sixth Annual Meeting in Chicago

Chicago, IL--The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened its sixth annual meeting Tuesday, September 15 in Chicago, IL with 45 hierarchs in attendance. The day began with a celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL.

Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly, opened the meeting. His remarks can be read here in their entirety. General business followed, including acceptance of the minutes from Assembly V, a financial report from the Assembly’s treasurer, Metropolitan Antony, and brief reports from the Secretary of the Assembly, Bishop Basil, and the Chairman of the Committees, Bishop Maxim. Metropolitan Antony reported that a budget shortfall is expected and expressed his hope that the hierarchs would seek donations from the faithful to meet the shortfall. Bishop Maxim called attention to the committees that have been particularly active to-date: Agencies and Endorsed Organizations, Canonical Regional Planning, Ecumenical Relations, Financial Affairs, Legal Affairs, Pastoral Practice, Monastic Communities, and Youth.

Metropolitan Hilarion visits EXPO 2015 and takes part in presentation of Russian edition of the works of St Ambrose of Milan

Metropolitan Hilarion visits EXPO 2015 and takes part in presentation of Russian edition of the works of St Ambrose of Milan
Metropolitan Hilarion visits EXPO 2015 and takes part in presentation of Russian edition of the works of St Ambrose of Milan
Metropolitan Hilarion visits EXPO 2015 and takes part in presentation of Russian edition of the works of St Ambrose of Milan
Metropolitan Hilarion visits EXPO 2015 and takes part in presentation of Russian edition of the works of St Ambrose of Milan

On 14 September 2015, during his working visit to Milan, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, visited the Russian Pavilion at EXPO 2015, where he took part in the opening of a photo exhibition on the Mission of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Modern World, organized by St Gregory the Theologian Foundation with the assistance of the Cariplo Foundation, Intesa Bank, and PJSC Gazprom.

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Cardinal Angelo Scola

  On 13 September 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, arrived in Italy on a working visit with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

The Elevation of the Precious Cross in Alexandria

The Elevation of the Precious Cross in Alexandria
The Elevation of the Precious Cross in Alexandria
The Elevation of the Precious Cross in Alexandria
The Elevation of the Precious Cross in Alexandria

On Monday 14th September 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa conducted Orthros and the Divine Liturgy, as well as the ceremony of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross at the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Savvas the Sanctified in Alexandria, together with His Eminence Gabriel, Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria and His Grace Meletios Bishop of Naukratis.

The Commemoration of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Jerusalem

The Commemoration of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Jerusalem
The Commemoration of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Jerusalem
The Commemoration of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Jerusalem
The Commemoration of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Jerusalem

On Friday, the 29th of August/11th of September 2015, the Patriarchate commemorated the Beheading of John the Baptist at the Monastery dedicated to him, which stands within the Christian quarter and is adjacent to the south of the Church of the Resurrection. An underground Church dated to the 4th c. lies within the Monastery, recently renovated by means of collaboration between the Patriarchate and Cyprus’ Leventis Foundation. Over this ancient church stands another, magnificent new church, its origins dated to the 11th c.

Fire threatens Life-Giving Spring convent and St. Nicholas retreat center in Dunlap, California

The Rough Fire located in central California has consumed over 103,000 acres. Residents in many communities along its path have been evacuated, included staff at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center and the adjacent Monastery of the Theotokos the Life Giving Spring. The fire is approximately four miles away from the Ranch and Monastery facilities, located in Dunlap, California, and the air quality is extremely poor and is a health hazard for residents.