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2014 Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat - 11/19/14

. . . through the lens of a 'newbie' to these events.
November 10-12, the fifth annual Pan Orthodox Clergy Retreat was held at St. Nicholas Ranch & the Life Giving Spring Greek Orthodox Monastery. Of the 80 + attendees, about 20 clergy from the DOW, along with Archbishop Benjamin, participated in this inspired gathering of brothers in the ministry. The keynote speaker was Father Maximos, of Simonopetra Monastery, Mount Athos - presenting the theme of Holiness. [Please note that I have added my own emphasis by using bold italics for certain phases and while having to condense 60-90 minutes of lecture for each session into the following short summaries.]

Tickets Available for Consecration Banquet - 11/12/14

A banquet in honor of the newly consecrated Daniel, Bishop of Santa Rosa, will follow the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, January 24.  The luncheon will take place at McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood & Steaks in San Francisco’s historic Ghirardelli Square from 1:30-4:00.

Reservations are required and will be accepted until January 5, 2015 or until capacity reached.  Adult banquet tickets are $75.00 each.  Please download the registration form here on this site and mail to the Diocese of the West, 1520 Green St, San Francisco CA 94123.

In related news, a 7% discount on air travel is available from Alaska Airlines.  See our travel information page for details.

REFLECTION: On Pilgrimage - 11/08/14

by Father Nicodemus, St. John's Monastery

Pilgrimage is an aspect of the God-revealed truth and faith given to us in both the Old and the New Testaments. As the book of Psalms says, we must “turn away from evil and do good” (Ps 33). The Apostle Peter talks about this as well in chapter two of his first epistle, where he says “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims...” The epistle to the Hebrews declares that all the saints “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

When we go on pilgrimage, though, we must have a very specific place where we are journeying or traveling. Holy Tradition tells us that Most Holy Theotokos herself was the first to make pilgrimages to locations associated with Jesus Christ. Such pilgrimages later became common among newly converted Christians: “Pilgrimages by Christians were first made to sites connected with the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. 

Bozeman Mission Raises Cupola - 11/06/14

St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Mission in Bozeman, MT experienced a great joy on November 5th, shared by all who love Christ and His Church. A crane lifted up their large cupola and placed it on top of their new building, with the sun lighting up the golden cross as it made its way to the top.

Web Page detailing upcoming consecration of Bp-Elect Daniel - 11/05/14

On October 21, 2014, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America elected Father Daniel (Brum) to serve as Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West as Bishop of Santa Rosa.

His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin has formed a Consecration Committee to arrange details related to the divine services and festal events surrounding the consecration of Bishop-Elect Daniel. A new web page features the latest schedule and other information related to the weekend of January 23-25, 2015.  The page is available here:

Archimandrite Daniel (Brum) Episcopal Consecration - 11/04/14



SAN FRANCISCO -- His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN of San Francisco and the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America announces that Archimandrite Daniel’s Episcopal Consecration will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, California, on Friday, January 23, 2015 and Saturday, January 24, 2015. 

Anniversary Celebration at Cathedral - 10/29/14

His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, celebrated the hierarchical Divine Liturgy at his own Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, October 19, when the parishioners here honored the tenth anniversary of His Eminence’s consecration to the episcopate, as well as his sixtieth birthday.

Redding welcomes Archbishop Benjamin - 10/29/14

On the commemoration day of St. Demetrios, His Eminence was able to make his yearly trek to the North State in the cool, fall weather. He was carefully settled in, by the Grace of God, before torrential rains and winds hit the area. Hail, rain and wind were pouring into the front door of the church just prior to his arrival for Vespers!

"Do you make wine?" - 10/25/14

"Do you make wine?" It is a question often asked by visitors to Holy Assumption Monastery and St. Simeon Verkhoturksy Church, both located in Calistoga, CA, nestled at the northern end of the Napa Valley. For two years now, the parishioners and nuns have been able to say, "Yes!", thanks to the creation of Calistoga Orthodox Wines, a jointly-managed non-profit company that currently produces two wines - California Kagor Premium Orthodox Chalice Wine and Traditional Blend Chalice Wine.


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