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Camp Nazareth Celebrates 40th Anniversary
18 Sep 2017 at 9:49pm
On Saturday, September 16th faithful gathered together at Camp Nazareth with His Grace Bishop Gregory and our Diocesan priests to celebrate the Camp’s 40th Anniversary. It was a beautiful celebration that began with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy which was followed by a Luncheon, a dance performance by Slavjane Folk Ensemble from Pittsburgh, a speaking program, as well as a picture display and slideshow.
Real Break 2018 Registration Opens Sept 15 - Diocese To Offer Scholarships!
14 Sep 2017 at 4:04pm
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The Diocesan Chancery has been informed that registration for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship 2018 Real Break trips opens on Friday, September 15, 2017. Diocesan College students are urged to make plans now to take part in this exciting service learning opportunity. Click Here To Learn More and Register. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Diocese will be offering twelve scholarships to Diocesan College Students: four $1,500 scholarships for the Real Break Jerusalem trip, four $1,250 scholarships for the Mount Athos trip and an additional 4 $1,250 scholarships for any of the remaining 2018 Real Break trips.
Spaces are limited on the Real Break Trips
Diocese Takes On Hurricane Relief Outreach Project
8 Sep 2017 at 1:33pm
JOHNSTOWN, PA [National ACRY] --- With the blessing and enthusiastic support of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa, the National Senior ACRY has taken on the coordination of a Diocesan-wide outreach initiative to assist the International Orthodox Christian Charities in responding to the catestrophic devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
In times of natural disaster, the IOCC has boots on the ground distributing Emergency Kits to those who are impacted. These kits help volunteers clean up property and provide basic hygiene supplies that more than likely were washed away in the torrential downpour. Due to the multiple, intense storms that have hit the US during the peak of this hurricane season, IOCC’s supply of Emergency Kits have been depleted.
Diocese To Offer Assistance to Hurricane Victims
8 Sep 2017 at 8:43am
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] --- In an archpastoral letter issued on September 7, 2017, His Grace Bishop Gregory has called upon the parishes of the Diocese to support the hurricane relief efforts of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). All parishes of the Diocese have been directed to take a special collection for IOCC at their earliest possible opportunity, giving whatever they are able to help those in need.
In addition, His Grace has called upon the faithful of the Diocese to support a special Diocesan outreach project which is being coordinated by the National Sr. ACRY. Parishes are being asked to assemble Emergency Clean-up Kits for IOCC.
Camp To Celebrate 40th Anniversary September 16, 2017
6 Sep 2017 at 11:52am
MERCER, PA [Camp Nazareth] -- Our Diocese is pleased to announce its Camp Nazareth 40th Anniversary Divine Liturgy to be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10am at Camp Nazareth – Sts. Cyril & Methodios Church. The Divine Liturgy will be followed by Lunch in the Camp Lodge. Come celebrate with your CN Family and Friends! The schedule will include the Divine Liturgy with Lunch to follow, a dancing performance, talks and more!
The event is free of charge. Donations will be accepted “at the door”.
Schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory For September 2017
2 Sep 2017 at 9:47am
JOHNSTOWN, PA -- The schedule of His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa for September 2017 has been released by the Diocesan Chancery.
IOCC Responds To Humanitarian Needs In The Wake of Hurricane Harvey
31 Aug 2017 at 10:01am
BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] -- International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC] is closely monitoring the progression of Hurricane Harvey as it affects South Texas. IOCC staff members remain in contact with partners, including members of national and local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster [VOAD] and expresses concern for the well-being of the people in the path of the storm.
IOCC staff is reaching out to partners along the path of the hurricane, including in Texas and Louisiana. Additionally, IOCC is activating its Emergency Response Network Frontliners to stand at the ready to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. IOCC invites you to continue praying for the safety and well-being of those threatened by this storm.
Second Annual Stewardship Retreat
10 Aug 2017 at 9:51am
JOHNSTOWN, PA - [Diocesan Chancery] -- The 2nd Annual Stewardship Retreat will be held at Camp Nazareth from September 22-24, 2017. This Year's Theme is Igniting the Flame of True Stewardship.
On Friday evening, Mother Christophora, Abbess of The Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, will be the presenter. On Saturday, Bill Marianes, Ancient Faith Radio contributor and Stewardship Evangelist from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, will be the day-long presenter. The Retreat is open to Coordinators, Clergy and members of Church Boards.
There is no charge and lodging will be provided by the Camp.
Eternal Memory: Matushka Catherine Jula (Updated 8/10/17)
8 Aug 2017 at 8:38am
JOHNSTOWN, PA - With great sorrow, the Diocesan Chancery announces that Matushka Catherine Jula reposed in the Lord on Monday, August 7. 2017.
Matushka Catherine Jula (Jugan), age 83, was the beloved wife of the late V. Rev. Dr. Stephen Jula, the founding pastor of our Diocesan Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in North Royalton, Ohio . She is survived by her children Ilarion (Rita), Maria Jula, and Anthony (Linda), her grandchildren Stephanie, Catherine, Megan, and Nathaniel and siblings Helen Hart, Millie Muir, George and Donald, She was pre-deceased by parents Michael and Mary (nee Kozar) Jugan, one sister and five brothers.
Orthodox Youth Mission Team Arrives In Alaska!
8 Jul 2017 at 9:25am
JOHNSTOWN, PA [Diocesan Chancery] --- The 2017 Orthodox Youth Mission Team (OYMT) has arrived safely in Alaska. With the assistance of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, (OCMC) The team will be participating in a week long mission trip in Napaskiak, Alaska. The team of high youth and adult leaders from parishes of the Carpatho- Russian, Orthodox Church in American and the Greek Orthodox Dioceses are excited for this opportunity to serve the Lord and put their faith to work. While in Napaskiak, they will be involved in a church construction project and will be assisting with an Orthodox Youth Camp program.