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November 19, 2014
Dear to God,
The Proposed Diocesan By-Laws have been on this website since September for your review and input in anticipation of presenting them to the Diocesan Assembly in January 2015.  They are substantially based on the Statutes of the Orthodox Church in America as it appears on the OCA website. We were recently informed by the Statutes Revision Committee that there has been at least one amendment and / or clarification to the Statutes at an All American Council several years ago which is not reflected in the online document.  His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, chair of the Statutes Revision Committee prefers to speak of clarification rather than revision. Nevertheless, as there will be important clarifications made, it seems prudent to postpone approval of the Diocesan By-Laws until after the All American Council in Atlanta, GA, where the Revised Statutes will be presented.  The Proposed Diocesan By-Laws will then be reviewed and edited to include Revised Statutes approved in Atlanta in 2015.    Please send any feedback and/or suggestions to Bishop MARK.  As we know the Statutes of the OCA are the overriding Document and all Parish By-Laws must be in accord with the Statutes and have the Blessing of the Bishop to be valid.
Your unworthy father in Christ,

+Mark
Bishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania


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there are none or update them in cases where the old By-Laws are incongruent with the Statutes of the OCA or simply out of date.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

CLICK HERE FOR PROPOSED BY-LAWS


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.


November Events at Agia Sophia

Events for November 2014 at the Agia Sophia Coffehouse have neen updated. An October Charity update can be found HERE. Year to date Charity updates can be found HERE. Thank you for your continued support!



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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