Welcome to the Western Rite Vicariate, a part of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in America. Effective May 18, 2012, by appointment of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory, His Grace Bishop John serves as the only Auxiliary Bishop to oversee the Western Rite Vicariate. Assisting His Grace is the V. Rev. Edward Hughes, Vicar General of the Western Rite Vicariate. The Vicariate includes more than 20 churches and missions located throughout the United States.
The Very Reverend W.S. Paul Schneirla, longtime pastor at St. Mary Church in Brooklyn, New York, fell asleep in Christ on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at the age of 98. May his memory be eternal!
Father Paul was ordained an Antiochian priest in 1943, and served parishes in Iron Mountain, MI and Allentown PA, before moving to New York to serve at St. Mary's in Brooklyn from 1951 until his retirement in August, 2002. He served in many capacities within the Archdiocese for 71 years, including: the first chairman of the Department of Christian Education, the dean of the Atlantic Deanery, the first editor of The Word magazine, and as the Archdiocese's Ecumenical Officer.
As a young man, Fr. Paul had converted to Orthodoxy from a Protestant background, and thus years after his ordination, his interest in the Western Rite was kindled by a visit to one of the Rite's parishes within the Romanian Orthodox jurisdiction in Paris, France.
The biennial conference of the Western Rite Vicariate will be held Tuesday, August 5 through Friday, August 8 on the beautiful lakeside campus of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Seminary and St. Mary’s Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan.
The theme for this year's conference will be based on St. Paul's words to the Corinthians:
"Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible." (1 Cor. 9.25)
Presentations will focus discipline and the spiritual life.
Bishop JOHN (Abdalah), Auxiliary Bishop for the Western Rite Vicariate, will attend and will address the clergy and laity. Other presenters include V. Rev. Patrick Reardon, V. Rev. Chad Hatfield, and V. Rev. Edward Hughes, Vicar General for the Vicariate.
Mass will be celebrated daily, together with Vespers and Lauds (or Morning Prayer).
The conference begins with Vespers at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 August, followed by a formal welcome by His Grace, Bishop JOHN. Presentations will be given on Wednesday and Thursday, and will include the Bishop's address to participants. The final presentation, by Fr Hughes, will be on Friday morning. The Conference concludes at noon on Friday, 8 August.
In addition to the presentations, ample free time is scheduled for prayer and conversation. Participants will be able to visit the Galeria (an art museum dedicated to Polish history), the campus Grotto, and other sites on the spacious campus. Participants may also join a pontoon excursion to Apple Island where Chief Pontiac is visited and perhaps was buried, according to legend.
The Western Rite Vicariate announces the publication of ORDO 2014. This booklet is the official liturgical guide for all Western Rite parishes in the Vicariate. It contains directions for reciting the Divine Office and celebrating the Mass according to the calendar and use of the Western Rite Vicariate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. It contains rubrics for both the Rite of St. Gregory with the Monastic Diurnal, and the Rite of St. Tikhon with The English Office.
The ORDO 2014 is available in both print and electronic formats. Copies may be purchased at the St. Luke’s Priory Press Store on Lulu: www.lulu.com/spotlight/frfenton.