New Orthodox Publisher Launched: Anaphora Press seeks to serve the Orthodox Community

header Anaphora Press now open for business. Responding to the growing needs of American Orthodox Christians, Anaphora Press seeks to provide an array of materials to enrich both personal lives and liturgical experience.

Port Townsend, WA Feb. 5, 2008 – New Orthodox publishing company, Anaphora Press, opens its doors and releases its first two products: liturgical chant CD “Cherubika” and poetry collection Mysteries of Silence. The website goes live, offering a hub of information for Orthodox singers, artists and writers across several genres of creative and liturgical arts.

While theological, hagiographical and biographical works are currently well-represented in English by several established Orthodox publishers, Anaphora Press focuses on the under-represented genres of creative fiction and poetry with a particularly Orthodox ethos. Its first publication, a book of poetry by Reader Christopher Lewis entitled Mysteries of Silence is now available.

Similarly, it seeks to publish curricular materials designed with Orthodox children in mind. Complementing these materials, the website also provides links, reviews, and resource materials for parents, homeschoolers, and educators.

Orthodox Archdiocese of Nigeria Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

clip_image001In a recent letter to OCMC, Metropolitan Alexander, of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Nigeria, greeted all who have supported the work of this church:  “You all have left a green leaf in our hearts.”  His Eminence’s comments followed the recent celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Nigeria.

The Nigerian people formed a union of churches called “Calvary Grace Church” in search of the “original Christian Church.”  By 1985, this collective of Nigerian churches was brought into the full canonical beauty of the Orthodox Church.

In his letter, Archbishop Alexander encouraged the Nigerian faithful toward “a deep reflection and concentration on our vocation, our ministry…for greater spiritual pursuits, for more intensive and warm prayer life, so as to be able with ‘naked intuition’ to listen every moment to ‘what the Spirit says to the Churches’ (Rev. 2:29).” 

His Eminence also shared what wonderful opportunities there are within the Archdiocese to “perceive the certainty of the love, mercy, and the grace of God; His inexorable providence and divine intervention.”  Metropolitan Alexander praised those who, seizing these opportunities, are brought by God to carry the cross, to reveal the Gospel in Nigeria.

Antiochian Village Seeks Camp Program Director

clip_image002Antiochian Village, Ligonier, Pa., is seeking a full-time program director responsible for year round program development and oversight of the summer camp program staff (i.e. morning program, evening program, arts and crafts, etc).

The Antiochian Village Camp is in its 30th year of operation. We are fully accredited by the American Camp Association. We are a full service year-round camp that is minutes north of Ligonier, PA and is part of a team ministry that also includes the Antiochian Village Retreat and Conference Center.

The mission of the Antiochian Village is to present to young people a living experience of the Holy Orthodox Faith, in their relationship with God and other campers in an uncluttered, natural environment.

If interested, send your résumé to V. Rev. Anthony G. Yazge, Antiochian Village Camp, 201 St. Ignatius Trail, Bolivar, PA 15923,

Metropolitan KALLISTOS Ware to Speak at St. George Antiochian Church of Troy, MI Feb. 19

His Excellency Kallistos, Metropolitan of Diokleia, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Great Britain, will lecture on “The Future of Orthodoxy in the United States - Eucharistic Community & Unity: Achieving Both” on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2160 E. Maple Road, Troy.

Born Timothy Ware in Bath, Somerset, England, Metropolitan Kallistos is an auxiliary bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Great Britain and an internationally known writer and lecturer on Orthodox Christianity ( His books include The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way.

Metropolitan Kallistos’s lecture is sponsored by Detroit-based St. Andrew House – Center for Orthodox Christian Studies. “For more than 15 centuries, Orthodox Christians were defined by their faith and worship, following the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,’ said the founder and president of St. Andrew House, the Most Rev. Nathaniel, Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate of the Orthodox Church in America.

“Yet in America, the Ancient Orthodox Church is seen as an ‘ethnic' church, defined more by the nationality of its members rather than the tenets of the One-True Faith,” Archbishop Nathaniel said. “Metropolitan Kallistos will explore the future of Orthodoxy in American and offer his thoughts on how a united Orthodox Church can prosper and effectively preach the Gospel in today's world.”

Metropolitan Kallistos’s lecture is open to the public. The attendance fee is $10. For reservations and additional information, contact Dean Calvert at or (248) 624 1222.

The Falling Asleep of Archbishop CHRISTODOULOS of Athens and All Greece


Archbishop CHRISTODOULOS of Athens and All Greece reposed at his home on Monday, January 28, 2008, after several months combating a serious illness. He had served the Church of Greece as Archbishop since 1998. The prayers of all of the people of the Antiochian Archdiocese go out for the sake of this strong leader and shepherd, and those whose lives he has touched.

Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis paid tribute to the “enlightened” Archbishop in a statement released Monday. Karamanlis praised Christodoulos as a "religious leader who reinforced the role of Orthodoxy in the world," and for bringing the church closer to the public.

Immediately after the announcement of the passing of the late Archbishop Christodoulos, a four day mourning period was declared. The funeral service will take place in the Cathedral of Athens on Thursday, January 31, 2008.

Seminary Announces Schmemann Lecture and Symposium

Crestwood, NY - The annual Fr. Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture at St Vladimir’s Seminary will be expanded this year to a full-day, mid-week event on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, to coincide with the feast of Three Hierarchs, the patron saints of the seminary’s chapel. His Grace BASIL, Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America (Antiochian Archdiocese), will speak on Fr. Schmemann as Teacher and Liturgist, focusing on the influence Fr. Alexander had on him personally.

The expanded event begins with Vigil served on the eve of the Feast on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the Three Hierarchs Chapel. Wednesday, January 30 will be a full day beginning with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m., followed by brunch and an academic symposium. Three theologians will address various aspects of St. John Chrysostom’s life and teachings in commemoration of the conclusion of the 1600th anniversary of the repose of this beloved Orthodox Saint and one of the Three Hierarchs.

One of the distinguished speakers for the symposium is Dr. Margaret Mitchell, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature in the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. She is the author of The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation and will be speaking on St. John Chrysostom as homilist.

The second speaker is Hieromonk Gregory Woolfenden, Ph.D., pastor of St Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in New Britain, CT. Fr. Gregory serves as Professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Sophia Seminary and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies at Yale Institute of Sacred Music/Yale Divinity School. Fr. Gregory is the author of Daily Liturgical Prayer: Origins and Theology. He will be speaking on St. John Chrysostom as liturgist.

A New Design for

image Our team here at the Department of Communications and Information Technology is implementing a new design for this website. We hope you're pleased with the results, and ask for your patience as we work through any technical difficulties that might crop up over the coming days.

Over the past months, we've worked to better understand what this site should be, and how it can best serve the needs of our Archdiocese, our Church, and our Lord. We've developed a new appreciation for the vital, organic nature of the Church, the Body of Christ, and the implications of this truth for our efforts here.

A healthy, living body, our Archdiocese contains a great range of people and projects. From the leadership and guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP and our other hierarchs, to dedicated clergy and laity sustaining great works like our youth programs and the Order of St. Ignatius; from the powerful local service of pastors and congregations across North America, to the inspirational teachings of great Antiochian writers and speakers; the information, stories and resources that deserve to be communicated via this site are vast.

Update on the 2008 Archdiocese Directory

For the first time in 2008, we are producing the Archdiocese Directory from our newly established database, which will result in better accuracy as well as more timely updates. Normally the new directory would have been mailed by now – however, the new process has taken longer than expected.


God willing, the 2008 Directory will be mailed by the end of January.


Thank you for your patience.

The Passing of Elinor Bourjaily: Memory Eternal!

image The Order of St. Ignatius was saddened to learn about the passing of our member, Elinor Bourjaily, on January 4, 2007.  She was a past member of the Governing Council and chaired our Public Relations committee.  She was a member of St. Matthew Church in North Royalton, Ohio. Currently her daughter, Anne Thomas, is the Chair of Long Range Planning.  The family requests all spiritual bequests be sent to the Elinor Bourjaily Endowment Fund to benefit Campers and College students:

St. Matthew Church

POB 33183

North Royalton, Ohio 44133

C/O Elinor Bourjaily Endowment Fund

May her Memory Be Eternal!

His Grace Bishop THOMAS Serves 300 OCF Students During College Conference

ocf-button-On a beautiful and very cold Pennsylvania day nearly 300 college students from over a dozen countries descended on the Antiochian Village to kick off the 2007 OCF College Conference (East Coast), a five-day spiritual retreat packed full of speakers, workshops, service projects, panel discussions, fellowship activities, and powerful services.  Fr. Anthony Salzman remarked that serving in the altar with 300 young and amazing singing voices behind him was exciting and moving...and felt a little bit like driving a Ferrari race car. 

ocf2aHis Grace, Bp. THOMAS presided over each of the services and offered insights and encouragement to the attendees urging  them to stay their paths, to stay connected to the Church, and to consider serving God through vocation.  Full of wit and humor, His Grace connected with the students at every opportunity enthusiastically proclaiming that they are the future of the Church.  

Dn. Nick Belcher was the event's keynote speaker delivering a three-day tour de force on vocation that was motivating, inspirational, and at times hilarious.  His unique perspective can be heard in three parts on Ancient Faith Radio.

IOCC Announces Internship Opportunity in Ethiopia


2008 IOCC Internship Program

Please note: The deadline for submitting applications for the 2008 IOCC Internship Program is January 31, 2008. Applicants will be notified of IOCC’s decision by April 1, 2008.

Work overseas in the exciting field of humanitarian relief!

The mission of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is to respond to the call of our Lord Jesus Christ to minister to people in need throughout the world, sharing with them God’s gifts of food, shelter, economic self-sufficiency and hope.

IOCC Internship Program in 2008

The IOCC Internship Program offers a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the operations of an international humanitarian aid organization.

In 2008, IOCC is offering one 3-month internship in Ethiopia. IOCC internships require a 10 to 12 week full-time commitment. Internship assignments are based on the needs of a particular field office. The proposed internship locations may change due to programmatic changes in the field that cannot always be predicted months ahead.

The intern will receive a stipend of $500 per month. IOCC will also cover the following expenses: visas and related costs, round trip airfare, lodging, and workmen’s compensation while overseas.

December AGAIN Audio Journal Now Available

imageThrough a joint effort of Conciliar Press Ministries and Ancient Faith Radio, every month you’ll be able to access a new edition of a fast paced audio magazine featuring original recordings from AGAIN, home for 30 years to the most compelling voices of today’s Orthodox community.

The December edition includes an interview with Fr. David Rucker of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center speaking about our Christian calling to remember the poor in the world, and an article by Douglas Cramer, Managing Editor of AGAIN, speaking about the relationship between our Orthodox Christian faith and the fantasy literature of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.

Bringing with him a lifetime of experience in missionary work, Fr. David Rucker joined the team at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) as its new associate director in late 2006. OCMC is the official international mission agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). Its purpose is to encourage, support, and facilitate the establishment and development of self-supporting, eucharistic Orthodox Christian communities worldwide, thus incorporating the person into the fullness of a life in Christ.

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