"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must be Eastern. The West was fully Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies." -St. John Maximovitch
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2015 ROCOR Western Rite Conference
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the ROCOR Western Rite Conference is scheduled for September 28th - October 1st of 2015. Please keep this conference, and the ROCOR Western Rite, in your prayers.
Ordination - Deacon John Pachucki
On Thursday, June 18, the Feast of the Hieromartyr Dorotheos, His Eminence ,Metropolitan Hilarion ordained Subdeacon John Pachucki from Christ the King Parish, Tullytown PA to the Diaconate at the Synodal Church of St Sergius of Radonezh . Axios !
Ordination - Priest Gregory Myers
On Wednesday, June 17, the feast of St Metrophanes, His Grace Bishop Nicholas ordained Gregory Myers to the Diaconate. The next day, Thursday, June 18, the Feast of the Hieromartyr Dorotheos, His Eminence ,Metropolitan Hilarion ordained Fr Dcn Gregory to the Sacred Priesthood at the Synodal Church of St Sergius of Radonezh . Fr Gregory will serve at the new WR Mission of St Patrick in WV. Axios !
New Ordination - Fr. Brendan Dougherty
On Thursday, May 28 on the Feast of St Pachomius, Father Brendan Dougherty was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion. Father Brendan was ordained the previous day to the Diaconate by His Eminence. The ordination took place at the Monastery of St Sabbas the Sanctified (ROCOR) , Harper Woods, MI. It was cause for great celebration not only due to the ordinations, but also as the patronal feast day of the Abbot, Archimandrite Pachomius.
Clergy in attendance in addition to the Metropolitan and Archimandrite Pachomy were Father Mark Rowe, Dean of the WR Communities; Archimandrite Maximos Weimar, Abbot, Brotherhood of the Holy Cross, Setauket, NY ; Father Patrick Lowery , Christ the Saviour Parish, MI, Hieromonk Tikhon Gayfudinov, Synod Cleric/ Cell Attendant to the Metropolitan; Hieromonk Zosimas, Synod Cleric / Brotherhood of the Holy Cross, Setauket, NY ; Hierodeacon Dionysius, Brotherhood of the Holy Cross, Setauket, NY .
Father Brendan will be attached to the WR Parish of Christ the Saviour in Michigan under the Rector , Father Patrick Lowery.
Join me in offering your prayers, fellowship and support to our newest Priest, Fr Brendan and his Matushka, Mary. They are lovely people. It was a blessed day !
Axios ! Axios ! Axios !
New Ordination - Subdeacon Joseph Burt Weigen
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We are blessed to announce the ordination of Joseph Burt Weigen to the rank of Subdeacon on May 13, 2015. Sdcn. Joseph is assigned to the clergy ranks of Christ the Saviour Monastery in Niagara Falls, NY. May God grant him many years!
Click here to see the details of the ordination.
Ordinations - Fr. Nicholas and Fr. Matthias
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We are blessed to announced the ordinations of Deacon Nicholas Poulin and to the rank of Priest on May 13, 2015, and of Deacon Matthias Brookes to the rank of Priest on May 14, 2015. Both are assigned to the Orthodox Mission to Maine. May God grant them many years!
Click here for details of Fr. Nicholas' ordination.
Click here for details of Fr. Matthias' ordination.
New Western Rite Mission - Saint Mary the Virgin
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, we have established Saint Mary the Virgin Orthodox Mission in Madison, GA. Fr. Irenaeus Scott Watson is the Rector now that he has completed his duties in Putnam Valley, NY. Here's a link to their new Parish listing:
Click here to view the details of the decree.
New Western Rite Mission - Saint Patrick's
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, we have established Saint Patrick Orthodox Mission. Fr. Mark Rowe will serve as the Priest in Charge, and the local contact is Mr. Gregory Myers. Here's a link to their new Parish listing:
Click here for details of the decree.
Newly Illumined - Matthias and Susan
On Sunday, May 3, 2015 on the Fourth Sunday after Pascha - Feast of the Paralytic, Miles Brookes and his wife Susan were received into Holy Orthodoxy. Miles was received by Baptism and Chrismation, and has taken the name Matthias. His Wife, Susan, was received by Chrismation.
Officiating were the Clergy of St Stephens Orthodox Church in Oakland, Maine- (WR ROCOR) Fr Ceraphim Mitchell, Fr Deacon Nicholas Poulin and Fr Deacon Abraham Fortier.
Matthias was an Anglican clergyman for over 30 years, and has been blessed for ordination for service to the ROCOR Wr Communities by His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion at the Synodal Church of St Sergius of Radonezh in May.
Many years to the newly-illumined Matthias and Susan!
England Western Rite Administrative Changes
Per a decree from His Eminenence, Metropolitan Hilarion, all Western Rite parishes in England will now be subject to the Dean of North American, Fr. Mark Rowe.
Click here to see the Decree from the Metropolitan.
2015 WR Conference Updates Emerging
The 2015 ROCOR WR conference is coming together very well, with some new details emerging about the presentation topics being worked on. As more details ermge, look for additional news/announcments to be posted.
Click here to se the presentation topic titles.
Icon Donation to New Hermitage
On the occasion of the newly tonsured, Heiromonk Ezekial in Louisianna, Metropolitan Hilarion donated an Icon, The Mother of God "Joy of all Joys" to the Hermitage. The copy of this Icon comes from the Nuns of Diveyevo Monastery in Russia. Fr. Ezekiel shared a picture of this holy Icon.
Metropolitan Visits Saint Cuthbert Orthodox Church
This past fall, at Holy Cross Day, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, visited one of our mission churches, Saint Cuthbert, to have some prayer time and a refreshments. Enjoy the pictures!