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18th All American Council Announced

The 18th All American Council will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from July 20-24, 2015. The theme of the Council is "How to Expand the Mission." More information on this historic event can be found at THIS LINK

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Addresses Assembly in Video Message

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in a special video message presented during today’s opening session, addressed the members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. The video message can be found HERE

Proposed Parish By-Laws

Christ is in our midst!

Here you will find the "Proposed Template" for parishes desiring to adopt a set of By-Laws where there are none or update them in cases where the old By-Laws are incongruent with the Statutes of the OCA or simply out of date. We welcome feedback on these "Proposed Parish By-Laws."  Additionally, we encourage every parish to develop a Mission Statement for their parish and specifically identify ways they intend to fulfill their missionary calling and submit it to the Diocese for approval.

+ Mark, Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania


Please Review and Provide Feedback

September 4, 2014
Dear to God,
Christ is in our midst!  The Diocesan Council has prepared a draft set of By-Laws for the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania.  This monumental task was begun under the direction of His Beatitude Metropolitan TIKHON when he was your Archbishop.  The By-Laws Committee utilized copies of Diocesan By-Laws from other Dioceses of the Orthodox Church in America and scrupulously harmonized this draft with the OCA Statutes.
As we hope to place them on the Agenda for the Diocesan Assembly January 29-30, we ask you to review them and forward any suggested changes or concerns to the Diocesan Office at
We are also aware that a number of churches do not have By-Laws or By-Laws that are outdated.  A lot has changed since the early 1900s and we need to insure every parish has a workable set of By-Laws and that they are following them.  From a legal perspective parish council members who disregard or ignore their By-Laws are personally liable for the decisions they make even with the best of intentions.  Hopefully, in the next few weeks we will post a template that will provide for Uniform Parish By-Laws throughout the Diocese allowing some latitude for the number of Council Members and things specific to the parish.       
May the Lord bless and keep you, May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

Your unworthy father in Christ,

Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania

New Diaconal Program at St. Stephen's Cathedral


A two-year course of studies now being offered in Philadelphia at St Stephen's Othodox Cathedral for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.

Through serving in the altar, singing in the choir, and studying graduate-level material in Scripture, Church History, Liturgics and
Spirituality, St Tikhon's Diaconal Formation program immerses students in the life of the Orthodox Church and prepares them for their future service in their parishes.

For more information please see the FLYER.

October Events at Agia Sophia

Events for October 2014 at the Agia Sophia Coffehouse have neen updated. The newest Agia Sophia NEWSLETTER and an update on CHARITIES so far can be found by clicking the links

Fr. Alexis Trader: Being Christian in a Post-Christian World

The following link will take you to a series of four guest posts from Fr. Alexis Trader, a priestmonk and spiritual father of Karakallou Monastery on the Holy Mountain, and author of In Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord: An Orthodox Interpretation of the Gifts of the Spirit.

Fr. Alexis has recently released a new book and it is about his new book that he now writes.  CLICK HERE TO READ


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