Welcome to the Diocese of New York and Washington, D.C., part of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of New York and Washington, D.C. includes 15 churches and missions in the New York City metropolitan area, the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and institutions throughout North America (e.g., the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania).
Parishes of this diocese join with the parishes of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic for Parish Life Conferences and other diocesan gatherings.
In preparation for the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and the related events planned for December 6–8, 2014, a new Media Information page to aid members of the press is accessible on Antiochian.org. Resources include basic descriptions and links for the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and the ancient Church of Antioch. Official portraits are available for Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Joseph, as well as biographical information and links to further information about Orthodox Christianity and Christians in the Middle East.
The Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph will be held at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. Dignitaries from around the world will be present, include hierarchs, clergy, diplomats, and many faithful. The event will be blessed with the presence of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, who will preside over the weekend.
On Sunday, November 9, 2014, we had the pleasure of having His Grace Bishop Nicholas visit with our parish, St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Florida, NY. Bishop Nicholas spoke to us about prayer and faith. It was a beautiful Hierarchal Liturgy, with our pastor Fr. George Kevorkian serving alongside His Grace. During coffee hour, we were blessed as our bishop sat with our Sunday School children and youth, talking with them about the importance of fasting, prayer and attending church every Sunday.
In other youth news, we took our young people to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Little Falls NJ on Saturday, November 9, for a retreat on the topic of miracles. Our small parish also raised $220.00 last month during the Archdiocese's Youth Month; each of our kids participated in the readings, offerings, and greetings for Special Olympics.
Although we are a small parish we are doing great things in and around our community. From collecting food for the local food pantry to serving at the food kitchen, our kids and congregation as a whole have a heart for our neighbors.
By Destiney and John Sanchez, Youth Advisors for St. Ignatius
Registration is open for the annual St. Herman Middle School Retreat, convening at Antiochian Village on the feast day of St. Herman of Alaska.
- Who: Students in grades 5-8
- Where: Antiochian Village Conference Center, December 12-14, 2014
- What: interactive presentations and discussions, weekend liturgical services (with an outdoor supplication service to St. Herman), games, crafts, meals and snacks, sledding, geocaching, stargazing, guided night hike, a campfire
- Why: The distraction-free environment of the Village and the spiritual emphasis of the retreat offer a wonderful opportunity for middle schoolers to focus on their faith
- How much: $100/person for lodging and meals; $120 if postmarked after November 15
- Download the registration form
- Download the Consent Form
- Visit the Antiochian Village's website