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Consecration of Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa - 01/25/15

Photograph galleries: Our gratitude to Aaron Brodeur for his photographs from the Friday Evening Nomination and Reception and the Saturday Divine Liturgy, Consecration, and Banquet. Photograps are also available from the OCA web site. Photographs from His Grace's first liturgy in Santa Rosa are also available.

2015 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium - 01/20/15

The 2015 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium will be held at LMU (Loyola Marymount University) in Los Angeles on February 27th through March 1st. The title for this year's symposium is: "Sacred Architecture of East and West: Lessons from History and Contemporary Trends." The Diocese's Deacon Nicholas Denysenko is one of the speakers and suggests the event as a continuing education credit opportunity (and it is free of charge!)

From the symposium's webpage (visit by clicking here):

Outreach in Redding - 01/19/15

Saturday January 17, 2015 was a wonderful day for Saint Nicholas of Japan Mission Parish in Redding, CA. We received 5 catacumens and Father Andreas Blom said the Blessing of the Waters (Theophany) for our parish. He then spent the afternoon traveling to various parishioner's homes for House Blessings. It was a great time singing the Troparion together.

Blessing of the Waters at the Continental Divide - 01/10/15

On Thursday, January 8, clergy and faithful from throughout the Rocky Mountain Deanery and region gathered with His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, at Monarch Crest - the Continental Divide of the United States. There the Great Blessing of Water took place, although the water was in a frozen state. It is rumored that the Archbishop "blessed" the faithful by tossing handfuls of snow (see last photo)! A gallery of photos taken by Jason Lee Parks is available below.

BOOK REVIEW: Fr. George Calciu: First Century Christian in the Twentieth Century - 01/07/15

by Wesley J. Smith

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I had no idea. To be more precise, before I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, I knew that the Orthodox Church had been harshly suppressed by the communists, but I had no idea that the cruelty of persecution often equaled that inflicted on the early church.

Father George Calciu (1925-2006) was one such sufferer for Christ. A Romanian by birth, an Orthodox Christian by upbringing, twice a political prisoner (totaling 21 years), a priest by vocation, an outspoken evangelist and critic of communist materialism, brutally tortured for the faith, blessed to experience the “Uncreated Light” of God, and finally when all seemed lost, liberated and exiled to America where he became a beloved priest and a spiritual father—including to the prolific author and Orthodox apologist, Frederica Matthewes-Green.


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