Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America

The Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America


In Memoriam: Milos Konjevich

Memory eternal!

Milos was a pivotal figure in the Diocese of the South, serving as Treasurer of the diocese from 1994 until early 2016. He developed the financial plan that assisted with the construction of St Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas, TX, which then served as a blueprint for assisting in construction projects and land acquisition throughout the entire diocese. His financial plan for the DIocese of the South reiterated the tithe as the basis of parish and diocesan support, and focused on mission planting, parish development, and clergy support. He was Archbishop Dmitri's closest confidant for many years, an indefatigable champion of parish priests and parish councils (encouraging them to "build the temple"), and (without exaggeration) a key to the growth of the Diocese of the South in the early 00's up to the present. He will be missed. May his memory be eternal, and may his soul dwell with the blessed!

oca.org Milos Konjevich, a well-known layman and former long time treasurer of the Diocese of the South, fell asleep in the Lord on the feast of the Meeting of…


Archbishop Alexander will be giving a talk on Friday, February 21, titled: "To See Your Form: Why Monasticism?


Romania Pilgrimage 2020 – SPIRITUAL TREASURES OF ORTHODOX ROMANIA — Holy Archangels Orthodox Annapolis Church

There are 2 spots open to fill this trip, which will take place 29 April - 13 May (2 weeks into the Paschal season). The cost is $2,900 per person, which seems reasonable for the length of the pilgrimage, and includes the international travel from DC. The pilgrimage benefits the Pro Vita orphanage and ministry in Romania where over 300 orphans and abandoned children live. As with all such offers, caveat emptor!


Annual Fr. Schmemann Lecture to celebrate 50 years of OCA autocephaly

[SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY]

A special edition of the Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture at St. Vladimir’s Seminary will commemorate fifty years of autocephaly for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey will headline events on January 30, 2020, the Feast of the Three Hierarchs. As part of the special celebration, three more distinguished speakers will be featured in workshops throughout the day along with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Mid-Year Commencement, the launch of a special 50th anniversary commemorative book (published by SVS Press and edited by Academic Dean Dr. Alexandru Tudorie), and a reception.

Schedule of Events

• 9 a.m. – Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Three Hierarchs Chapel
• 1 p.m. – Rev. Anthony Roeber, “Autocephaly: The OCA, the Greek Archdiocese, and Antioch”
• 2 p.m. – Very Rev. John Parker, “Autocephaly & Evangelism”
• 3 p.m. – Coffee Break & Book Sale
• 4 p.m. – Right Rev. Daniel (Brum), “Autocephaly & New Saints”
• 7 p.m. – Most Rev. Michael (Dahulich), Fr. Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture, “The Gift of Autocephaly”
– Mid-Year Commencement
– Launch of 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book (SVS Press)
– Reception to follow
All the day’s events, except for the Divine Liturgy, will take place at the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building.

The special, day-long celebration is free to attend, and attendance counts toward the OCA’s Continuing Clergy Development (CCD) requirements.

About the Speakers:

The Rev. Dr. Anthony Roeber is professor of church history at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and professor emeritus of early modern history and religious studies at Penn State University, University Park where he served as department head for ten years. Father Anthony attended The Pontifical College Josephinum from 1963 to 1969 and earned his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Denver, a second M.A. and his Ph.D. at Brown University, and his M.A. in Applied Orthodox Theology from the Balamand University, Lebanon. In addition to St. Vladimir’s Seminary and Penn State University, Fr. Anthony has taught at the University of Denver, Princeton, Lawrence University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Chicago-Kent Law College. He has authored some fifty articles, six books—including Mixed Marriage: an Orthodox History through St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press—and three edited volumes.

The Very Rev. John Parker is dean and chief operating officer of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and chair of the Department of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in America. Father John also serves as a board member of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center and was pastor of Holy Ascension Church, Mount Pleasant, SC from 2003 until his appointment at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in 2018. He holds a B.A. in Spanish language and literature from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (TESM), Ambridge, PA; and a Th.M. and D.Min. from St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY. Father John has written more than 170 essays on Orthodoxy for Charleston’s Post and Courier, the Carolina Compass, and the Moultrie News. For the past decade, he has offered bi-annual lectures on Orthodox Christianity at the College of Charleston.

The Right Rev. Daniel (Brum) is bishop of Santa Rosa (OCA). He holds a B.A. in humanities, with specialization in history, philosophy, and English literature, from Saint Patrick’s College Seminary, Mountain View, CA; an M.Div. from Saint Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, CA; and a degree in canon law (JCL) from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Bishop Daniel was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1981 and was received into the Orthodox Church in America in 1997. After his reception into the Orthodox Church, he served at Saint Nicholas Church, Saratoga, CA, Saint Paul the Apostle Church, Las Vegas, NV, St. Gregory Palamas Mission, Flemington, NJ, and Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Phoenix, AZ; as secretary to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius and, later, to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman; and on several Church committees and commissions, including the Canons and Statute Commission, the Statute Revision Task Force, the Legal Advisory Board, and the Canonization Commission, and in numerous other capacities. In 2014, the Holy Synod elected him to serve as auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West as bishop of Santa Rosa, CA. He was consecrated to the episcopacy on January 24, 2015.

The Most Rev. Michael (Dahulich) is archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey (OCA), secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops, and rector and professor of New Testament and pastoral theology at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Archbishop Michael holds a B.Th. from Christ the Savior Seminary, Johnstown, PA; a B.A. from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA; and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. He served for many years as pastor of both Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Homer City, PA, and Holy Ghost Church in Phoenixville, PA. He was consecrated to the episcopacy in 2010 and was elevated to the rank of archbishop in 2015. Archbishop Michael has also served the Church in numerous other capacities, including as dean of the Mid-Atlantic Deanery parishes of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese; a member of the Study and Planning Commission and the Ecumenical Commission of SCOBA; a member of the Board of Theological Education of the Orthodox Church in America; OCA representative to the National Advisory Board of the American Bible Society; a member (and former national secretary) of the Orthodox Theological Society of America; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion (OCAMPR). Additionally, Archbishop Michael has published a number of articles in theological journals, magazines and newspapers, has presented several papers, delivered numerous talks, lectures, and keynote addresses, and led many seminars and retreats in schools and parishes throughout the United States and abroad.


Reflections on Autocephaly: Archpriest Thaddeus Wojcik

A nice reflection as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the granting of Autocephaly.

"The American Church was in transition from a highly ethnic community to generations of people familiar only with the mores of the American scene. For example, when I was a seminarian (1965-68) beside the normal course work, three languages were required in order to graduate: Koine Greek, Church Slavonic and Russian. Most Metropolia parishes were using Slavonic as their main liturgical language. The first all-English parishes were located on the fringes of the Metropolia; Encino, CA (founded in 1955) and Dallas, TX (founded in 1954). With rare exceptions, the entire Church used the Julian Calendar to celebrate feast days including The Nativity of Christ."

domoca.org Looking back to the birth of our Church's autocephaly brings a flood of memories. In the late 1960s and early 70s priests of the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church (the Metropolia) would gather once a year for a summertime retreat at St. Andrew’s Camp on Lake Oneida in Upstate New York...


Historic Orthodox Church gets fresh look

The three-domed church has stood for more than a century at the top of what is informally known as Russian Hill in Hartshorne.

Throughout that time, the three silver onion-shaped domes atop the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church have withstood the elements, ranging from blazing hot summers to ice and snow in winter and driving rains in the spiring.

mcalesternews.com The three-domed church has stood for more than a century at the top of what is informally known as Russian Hill in Hartshorne.


Schedule of Services Announced for Episcopal Ordination of Archimandrite Alexis

Archimandrite Alexis is a Great-schema hieromonk who has returned from Greece to the United States on His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon’s invitation and with the blessing of his abbot, Archimandrite Philotheos, in order to serve the Orthodox Church in America. He was received into the Orthodox faith at the Monastery of Saint Tikhon where he became a monk and lecturer in patristics.

After ten years at the monastery, he went to the Monastery of Karakallou on the Holy Mountain in order to deepen his experience of the monastic life. There, he immersed himself in the life of community and was ordained to the holy priesthood. He also wrote “In Peace Let us Pray to the Lord”, translated several Greek books into English, and edited other books in both Greek and English for publication. For health reasons, he was transferred to a women’s monastery that was also a dependency of Karakallou. There, the local bishop blessed him to be a spiritual father for the community that also served as a parish for many Greeks in the area. At this time, he completed his doctoral dissertation in Greek at the University of Thessaloniki which was later published in Greek and English as “Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy”. He has also engaged in further studies in clinical psychology, but his chief work has been pastoral, building up the parish growing around the monastery and offering one-on-one assistance to those in need through the mystery of holy c

oca.org This afternoon, Friday, January 10, 2020, Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, announced the schedule of services for the Episcopal Ordination of the…


January 19 is “Sanctity of Life Sunday”

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon will lead a delegation of bishops, clergy, monastics, seminarians and faithful from the Orthodox Church in America as they join other Orthodox Christian bishops, clergy, and faithful participating in the annual March for Life. Among the other members of the Orthodox Church in America’s Holy Synod of Bishops expected to participate are His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh, His Eminence Archbishop Michael of New York, His Grace Bishop Paul of Chicago, and His Grace Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa.

Events on Friday, January 24 will begin with the Divine Liturgy at 8:30 am at Saint Nicholas Cathedral celebrated by His Grace Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa. Following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy marchers will make their way to the National Mall for the pre-March rally and March. The pre-March rally will begin at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall. Among those scheduled to address the rally will be His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, who will offer a prayer on behalf of the Assembly of Bishops.



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gofundme.com Seth Earl Memorial Fund for Ephrem Talley Ephrem Tally reposed in the Lord on December 22nd, 2019, surrounded by his loving family-- parents Nancy and Daniel


Sermon on the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple

Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica: Sermon on the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple

“We who understand the salvation begun for our sake through the Most Holy Virgin, give Her thanks and praise according to our ability. And truly, if the grateful woman (of whom the Gospel tells us), after hearing the saving words of the Lord, blessed and thanked His Mother, raising her voice above the din of the crowd and saying to Christ, ““Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the paps Thou hast sucked”” (Lk. 11:27), then we who have the words of eternal life written out for us, and not only the words, but also the miracles and the Passion, and the raising of our nature from death, and its ascent from earth to Heaven, and the promise of immortal life and unfailing salvation, then how shall we not unceasingly hymn and bless the Mother of the Author of our Salvation and the Giver of Life, celebrating Her conception and birth, and now Her Entry into the Holy of Holies?”

oca.org If a tree is known by its fruit, and a good tree bears good fruit (Mt. 7:17; Lk. 6:44), then is not the Mother of Goodness Itself, She who bore the Eternal Beauty, incomparably more excellent than every good, whether in this world or the…

Join your fellow Orthodox believers in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of St. Herman of Alaska's canonization and the 50th Anniversary of the OCA's autocephaly in 2020.


The Nativity Fast – Why We Fast

oca.org November 15, marks the beginning of the Nativity Fast (40 days before Christmas). The following article offers some thoughts on the purpose of fasting. Fasting is not very alive and well in the Christian world. Much of that world has long lost any living connection with the historical memory of Chri...


Holy Synod Issues Anniversary Proclamation; Celebrates Seventh Anniversary of Election

In 2020, the Orthodox Church in America will celebrate the anniversary of two foundational events in her history: the reception of the Tomos of Autocephaly from the Venerable Russian Orthodox Church, and the canonization of Our Venerable Father Herman, Elder and Wonderworker of Alaska. We, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, give glory to God for these wonderful gifts that have allowed the Church to take root in North America, and invites all Orthodox Christians, indeed, every person of goodwill to join our Church in our celebrations.

oca.org On Wednesday, November 13, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the feast of Saint John Chrysostom, and commemorated the seventh…

Archbishop Alexander celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Stephens Parish in Orlando/Longwood, FL. The Divine Liturgy included the ordination of Dn. Mark Reudelhuber. May God grant Fr Daniel Hickman and the faithful of St. Stephen’s many years!


Encyclical of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon for the beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day of Prayer for Creation

“This first day of the New Year not only marks a renewal of the liturgical cycle, but, as the beginning of the year, it draws our attention to the beginning of all and to God who has no beginning,” writes Metropolitan Tikhon in this year’s message. “We are given the opportunity to offer prayers for the preservation of the earth, for the welfare of us who inhabit it, who are part of it, and who crown it, and for God to grant us the wisdom and grace to be good and faithful stewards of this earth, the Lord’s creation, given to us freely and always imparting more gifts for our nourishment, benefit, and life.”

oca.org On September 1, 1989, the first day of the ecclesiastical year, the late Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios I issued the first message from the Ecumenical Throne on the environment, and the…

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