A New Era in Evangelism and Outreach

“What are we doing about outreach to the Black community?" From the OCA Diocese of New York and New Jersey. Saturday, July 1, 2017, saw an historic event in the life of the Diocese of New York – New Jersey: the ordination of Subdeacon Samuel Davis, of Somerset, NJ, to the Holy Diaconate. While diaconal ordinations are not necessarily historic, Deacon Samuel is the first – ever – African-American to be ordained to this office in the history of the Diocese, and he is leading the planting and development of St. Simon of Cyrene Orthodox Mission in New Brunswick, NJ, an inner-city mission working on reaching inner-city Blacks and Hispanics. The … [Read more...]

Jonathan Jackson: ‘How My Entry into Orthodoxy Affected the People Around Me’

Jonathan Jackson, the famous actor and friend of Holy Mountain and Pemptousia, talks about the great turning point of his life, his entry into Orthodoxy, and the way that this convertion affected the people around him. … [Read more...]

Russian Church to Help Emergency Situations in Natural Disasters

It is about being a good neighbor, after all. Clergy and parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church will begin to help rescuers in dealing with emergency situations, reports Interfax-Religion. It is expected that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Vladimir Pukov will sign an agreement of cooperation on July 5. According to the document, the rescue department will train priests, sisters of mercy, and volunteers to help people caught in emergency situations. Additionally, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations will be able to use trained volunteers in emergency situation … [Read more...]

The Monastery of Levin New Zealand

Our revered Metropolitan of New Zealand Amphilochios from the beginning of his presence in this beautiful country was searching for a suitable location for establishing a male Monastery. Upon investigation and in a wonderful way, the required was found in an idyllic setting on the North Island of New Zealand outside the town of Levin: a piece of earthly paradise on 104 acres, crowned by New Zealand bush of silver fern on the top and with a large Makahika river swirling like a giant snake at his feet, making its prostration. Amidst the "Eden", the presence of God, wonderfully harmonized with the environment a church of the Grand Commanders … [Read more...]