All News Feeds

The Attitude of the Saints towards the Maladies of their Era

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/10/19 - 8:20am
Elder Christodoulos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousi   We feel sad, worried, exposed and afraid not only because of external events, but also because we ourselves have lost the centre of our lives. We’ve become subject to the temptations which Christ rejected in the desert: gluttony, vainglory and the desire for power. We’ve […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General

On Sharing the Love and Warmth of Christ

OCN Now - Thu, 2017/10/19 - 8:03am
Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Stacy Kokkinos of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, Florida.  Stacy has spearheaded the ministry “Handmade for the Homeless.”  The ministry is a Philoptochos outreach program where women make handmade fleece scarves for the homeless and those in need throughout the city of […]


Categories: All News Feeds, General

Antiochian Women 2018 Project: "Strengthening the Ministries of our Church--VOCATIONS"

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 5:01pm

"Vocation" is defined as "a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation; a calling, mission, or purpose." At our 53rd Biennial Convention in Miami, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH told us that "we are here for a purpose, and that purpose is to bring people together to praise God."

As we think of the definition of “vocation” in relation to the Church, we realize that it does not refer just to ordained or monastic vocations, but that there are many people who are doing holy work by dedicating their lives to ministries of various kinds. These ministries are inspired by the Holy Spirit and instituted by our Lord for the well-being of the Church and the salvation of souls. “And Christ, Himself, gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Our Project this year will focus on these ministries and on supporting those who undertake them as a Godly VOCATION -- Our goal is to inspire and support vocations as well as to raise money to fund and encourage all of the excellent work that is being done throughout our Archdiocese by dedicated and self-sacrificing men and women.

His Grace Bishop JOHN wrote:

“Metropolitan JOSEPH has asked the Antiochian Women to promote vocations in our
Archdiocese. The spiritual growth of our people as well as the success of the Metropolitan’s
visionary plan for our Archdiocese depend on recruiting and developing people to enter into the
various vocations of our Church. The vocations include but are not limited to service in the
parish as pastors, youth workers, Christian educators, church musicians, monastics and
administrators. Vocations also include serving the community as nurses, physicians, social
workers, institution developers and administrators, as well as counselors. Some vocations will
call people to other countries and traveling ministries as teachers, coaches, and missionaries.”
(DIAKONIA, summer 2017)

We want our Archdiocese to flourish; we want many more men and women to dedicate their lives to vocations of ministry in the Name of Christ Jesus. However, a firm financial foundation is necessary in order to support these ministries. Let us work hard this year to raise these needed funds. THANK YOU!

Kh. Suzanne Murphy
Vice President of the North American Board & NAB Project Coordinator

AttachmentSize Antiochian Women Project 2018 Letter for Mailing (PDF)237.92 KB Antiochian Women Project 2018 graphic (JPG)1005.54 KB Antiochian Women Project 2018 graphic (PNG)1.57 MB
Categories: All News Feeds, General

Adult Education: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 3:00pm
">Adult Religious Education Class Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time October 15th Lesson: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society Many experts among scientists, mental health professionals, theologians, clergy, and others, believe there is a growing problem of loneliness and isolation in our society. Is this true? […]

Categories: All News Feeds, General

Diocesan Clergy Brotherhood Meets in Fall Synaxis at Antiochian Village

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 1:07pm








The Clergy Brotherhood of the Diocese of Oakland, Charleston and the Mid-Atlantic met in Synaxis under the Patronage and prayers of St. Joseph of Damascus, October 16-19, 2017 at Antiochian Village.  We experienced once again the warm hospitality and service of the Village under the excellent direction of Amy Stiffler and her staff, and the exquisite cuisine at the hand of Tim Johnston and his crew.

Prayer, fellowship, education and periods of quiet reflection made it a precious time for the brethren with our beloved Bishop THOMAS. This year our speaker was Fr. Joshua Makoul, who led us in four sessions on the theme of "The Healing of the Soul," employing his expertise in the modern application of the insights of the Desert Fathers to our lives. We were encouraged to dig deep to uncover often unconscious or unresolved issues and experiences in our lives and those of our parishioners which can affect our relationships and perceptions – sometimes “shadowboxing with our past through our relationships in the present” (Tian Dayton).  His deep reflection on these issues and ability to relate them in accessible terms were clearly manifest and greatly appreciated. We were given tools to deepen our spiritual life through vigilance and willingness to explore our own past and perceptions, and more effectively pastor the members of the royal priesthood over which we have been given responsibility.

The services of Orthros, Vespers, Compline and Liturgies in both Western and Eastern traditions fed our souls with prayer, worship and excellent homilies. As is traditional at our Synaxis, we held a Supplication service to St. Raphael and had Trisagion prayers for our leaders of thrice-blessed memory, Metropolitan PHILIP and the recently departed Bishop ANTOUN at their resting places at the Camp. Our joy was mingled with sorrow as we received the news of the repose of our brother, the Archpriest George Rados, whom we remembered at each service. May all their memories be eternal!

We were given a preview of the next PLC for our Diocese which will take place at the Village next summer, under the sponsorship of St. Philip’s Souderton, St. George, Darby and Holy Ascension, Chester, and the direction of Frs. Noah Bushelli, Joel Gillam and Daniel Meyer. It promises to be a rich experience for all at our “home away from home” the Antiochian Village.

Categories: All News Feeds, General

Hank Unplugged: MUSLIM with Robert Spencer

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 9:31am
Listen Now to a conversation with Robert Spencer in this podcast series of Hank Unplugged. The Bible Answer Man’s podcast brought to you through Christian Research Institute and now showcased on Orthodox Christian Network. ABOUT HANK HANEGRAAFF Hank is the author of more than twenty books, with more than a million copies in print. He is a regular […]

Categories: All News Feeds, General

The weight will be lifted

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 9:30am
When you feel a persistent weight or you’re tormented by lack of faith, you should know that the enemy has taken his seat in your heart and is making the most of your ignorance, weakness and instability in the faith. You must condemn your foolishness, blindness and lack of faith immediately. Then the Lord will […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General

It’s Tradition!

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 9:23am
Do you have traditions that you follow with your family? On holidays, maybe you do the same special thing every year. Maybe you wonder where those traditions came from or when they started. Maybe you’ve asked and nobody can tell you. “I don’t know. It’s tradition!” somebody might tell you. In our holy Orthodox Church, […]


Categories: All News Feeds, General

Evangelist Luke, “the Beloved Physician”

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 8:15am
Archbishop Lazar Puhalo   It has become a commonplace of for critics to suggest doubts about the authorship of Luke’s Gospel and the Book of Acts. Such doubts are, however, clearly unfounded. The evidence is conclusive that both treatises were written by a physician, and Luke was “the beloved physician” (Col. 4:14 ) who wrote […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General

Finding God in Nature

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 7:27am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses from the Bible O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast Thou made them all; the earth is full of Thy creatures.  Psalm 104:24 Order a reminder.  Good morning Prayer Team! The distractions and […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General

On the California Wildfires

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 1:57am
Listen Now.   Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Lawrence Margitich of Saint Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Santa Rosa, CA about the wildfires.  Fr. Lawrence’s parish has set up a Wildfire Relief Fund to help those in need as a result of the wildfires.  The OCN continues to pray for California and […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General

Weigh Your Heart

OCN Now - Wed, 2017/10/18 - 12:10am
Saint Macarius the Great is one of the monastic leaders of the fourth century. He was a disciple to Saint Anthony the Great. In studying the life of Saint Macarius, we read: The Lord of Glory sent a cherub; he led him into this mountain, and when he had set his seal on Abba Macarius […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General

Two Antiochian Scholars to Participate in Public Forum on Religious Freedom

Antiochian Archdiocese - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 4:50pm

Livestream Link: tune in Friday night, 7:30 Central Standard Time

Leading religious scholars will explore how Christian identity is shaped by the current culture in a free and public forum, "Religious Freedom in the Culture War," on Friday, October 20, 2017. The event is sponsored by North Park University in Chicago, IL, and is the second such forum in the University’s "Engaging Orthodoxy" Series, being made possible by the John C. Kulis Foundation.

Offering the main address is Princeton’s Dr. Robert P. George; Dr. George holds the Princeton McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is former Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Prominent Antiochian Orthodox New Testament scholar Dr. Edith M. Humphrey of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will offer the reply.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bradley Nassif, an Antiochian Orthodox theologian and professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University.

Dubbed “the country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker” by The New York Times, Dr. George will address what it means to be a Christian “in a culture that is forced upon us today," and whether or not Christians can express their faith in public places of employment without violating the law. The topic is relevant for people of all Christian affiliations who are working as public school teachers, business owners, health care professionals, psychologists, government workers, religious leaders, and employees in all areas of commerce.

The event is open to the public. A Q & A session for the audience and livestreamed listeners will follow the forum presentations. Follow the livestream on Friday night, October 20 from 7:30-9:30 pm.

AttachmentSize Public Forum on Religious Freedom, 10.20.17 (PDF)285.32 KB
Categories: All News Feeds, General

St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess and New Martyr

Ancient Faith Radio - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 1:44pm
On a new "Hearts and Minds," Fr. John Oliver suggests that the death of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess and New Martyr tells us about how she lived her life lived long before her martyrdom.
Categories: All News Feeds, General

Chicagoland Greek Community Unites to Support Hippocratic Cancer Research Center

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 8:59am
CHICAGOLAND GREEK COMMUNITY UNITES TO SUPPORT HIPPOCRATIC CANCER RESEARCH CENTER Illinois Governor Bruce and Diana Rauner also attend 2nd Annual Wings to Cure Gala CHICAGO, IL: Over 600 members of Chicago’s Greek Community attended the 2nd Annual Black Tie “Wings to Cure Gala” in support of the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation on Saturday, October 14. Dignitaries […]


Categories: All News Feeds, General

Be a Light in the World Today

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 8:24am
Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Go-To Verses From the Bible Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  Mathew 5:16   Good morning Prayer Team! When […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General

The Truth of the Faith as a Struggle for Life

OCN Now - Tue, 2017/10/17 - 8:15am
Archimandrite Ieronymos Nikolopoulos   People today, who are indifferent towards so many things, are also indifferent to matters of the faith. Naturally, some sociologists and anthropologists are not slow to interpret this phenomenon as ‘the end of faith’. And there are historians who analyze it as ‘a turn towards modernity’ which is typical of our […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General

His Beatitude Patriarch John to Visit the United States in October, 2017

Antiochian Archdiocese - Mon, 2017/10/16 - 7:13pm

Patriarch John X (left) and Metropolitan JosephEnglewood, NJ   His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, is pleased to announce the visit of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, to the United States on October 21–31, 2017.

(View the full schedule.)

The purpose of the visit is to meet with the leadership of the United Nations as well as members of the current administration of the United States to: 1) promote a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, 2) highlight the current humanitarian crisis, and 3) discuss the future of Christians in Syria and the Middle East. His Beatitude will also be an honored guest at the “In Defense of Christians” Summit in Washington, D.C., from October 24–26. The Summit is titled "American Leadership and Securing the Future of Christians in the Middle East."

His Beatitude has grown increasingly concerned over the last six years as the situation in Syria has worsened. One of the key goals of his visit is to ensure that American and international decisionmakers understand that the Antiochian Patriarchate represents a strong network of Christian churches in Syria and the Middle East, and that this is a constituency which is committed to peace.

As an historic and highly regarded institution in the Middle East, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church can contribute to a peaceful resolution to the current conflict.

Another one of His Beatitude’s goals will be to highlight the very effective humanitarian arm of the Patriarchate, the Department of Ecumenical Relationships and Development (DERD). DERD is the largest independent local NGO operating inside Syria and like the Patriarchate, is completely independent of government involvement. DERD seeks to “offer help to those who are in dire need, ensuring that efforts are made to provide service to all, to spread the spirit of humanity, justice, tranquility and peace among those affected, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.”

While there has been tremendous media interest in the Syrian Refugees (which number approximately 2.5 million), the situation is even more dire within Syria. The UN estimates that there are currently 6.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) inside of Syria, with more than half of those being children. It is this population which DERD seeks to reach. DERD now ministers to approximately 3 million Syrians annually, and seeks to go and have mercy, as did the Good Samaritan. In that spirit, almost 90% of those it serves are of the Muslim faith. (View the video clip about DERD, and contribute directly online.)

For questions regarding the visit of His Beatitude Patriarch John X or for press inquiries, contact Sonia Tower at: or (212) 308-3696.

Categories: All News Feeds, General

The Importance of the Right Faith in the Life of the Church

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/10/16 - 9:30am
The dogmatic boundaries of the Church The significance of the right faith for the existence of the Church God’s love knows no bounds, it’s without limits. As Saint Gregory of Nyssa puts it in his Dialogue on the soul and resurrection, the divine life is activated through love and God’s agapetic. Energy has no boundaries. […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General

Thoughts on the crisis of our times

OCN Now - Mon, 2017/10/16 - 8:15am
Elder Christodoulos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousi   The saints are our friends and the friends of God, the people to whom we can always turn. On the one hand, to receive comfort and strength. On the other to receive models tried and tested by God for our everyday life, our everyday trial, […]

Tags: ,

Categories: All News Feeds, General
Syndicate content