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The 18th All American Council - July 2015

The 18th All American Council

"How to Expand the Mission"

July 20 - 24, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia

2015-07-20 to 2015-07-24

Statute Revisions Available for comments by Church-at-large

The 18th All American Council

The Holy Synod of Bishops recently blessed the general release of the revised Statute of the Orthodox Church in America for general review by the Church.

The finalized revised Statute will be presented at the 18th All-American Council [AAC] in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.


The 100th Anniversary of the Repose of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn

St Raphael Hawaweeny

Pilgrims from across North America gathered at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA, May 28-29, 2000 to celebrate the glorification of the first Orthodox Christian bishop to have been consecrated on North American soil—Saint Raphael Hawaweeny.

Today—February 27, 2015—marks the 100th Anniversary of Saint Raphael’s repose. His many missionary and pastoral journeys across North America to gather Orthodox Christian faithful of Middle Eastern background had taken their toll. He fell ill early in 1915, patiently bearing his infirmities at home. At 12:40 a.m. on February 27, he fell asleep in the Lord.


Metropolitan Tikhon offers Condolences, Prayers on Slaying of Coptic Christians in Libya

Syosset, NY [OCA]

In a letter addressed to the Primate of the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II dated February 17, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, expressed condolences and offered prayers on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the clergy and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America on the martyrdom of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian men whose beheadings by IS forces were confirmed by the Libyan and Egyptian governments on February 14.


First Services at Holy Apostles Mission Station, Chilliwack, BC

Holy Apostles Mission Station, Chilliwack, BC
2015-02-07 to 2015-02-08

February 7th and 8th marked the first liturgical services of the Holy Apostles Mission Station in Chilliwack, British Columbia. It was the culmination of a season of prayerful planning, but also the beginning of something new that the Lord has established and blessed.

Court Upholds Conviction of Archbishop Seraphim

The Court of Appeals of the Province of Manitoba affirmed the conviction of Archbishop Seraphim.

Click here for further information (oca.org news article).


Online Church Music Courses Available at the PaTRAM Institute

PaTRAM Institute Online Courses Spring 2015

Church music courses are now open for enrollment at the PaTRAM Institute. These 12-week courses will begin at the end of February. This semester, the following classes are available online:


Monastery Creates Waterfowl-Nature Refuge


The Monastery of All Saints of North America in Dewdney, BC, has created a 15 acre waterfowl refuge area and stream rehabilitation project. The subject area is shaded in brown in the photograph.

Theophany at St Seraphim Orthodox Church, Richmond Hill


Photos from the celebration of Theophany at St Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto.

Great Blessing of Waters at High Park, Toronto


Fr Geoffrey Ready and some of the parishioners of St Innocent Mission, the English service of Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Toronto, celebrated the Great Blessing of Waters at Grenadier Pond in High Park after Liturgy on Sunday 18 January, the eve of Theophany.

After a week of severe below seasonal temperatures, it was a blessing to have milder weather for the occasion!